Oct. 28, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – %^$

%^$Can you talk a little about your impressions of fall camp? %^$

%^$”As is the case with every fall training camp we’ve had since I’ve been here, this year’s started tough but they are starting to look really good now. A lot of learning has carried over from the summer and last spring. That’s encouraging.”%^$

%^$What are your thoughts on the new freshman class? %^$

%^$”They will certainly contribute. Even after losing the services of seniors like Susan Eckman who was really strong on the bars and vault and Mindi Farmer who was tough on the floor and the beam, we have more than replaced the talent. The question I have is have we replaced their ability to compete.”%^$

%^$At this point we’re around two months from your first official meet. What’s your outlook? %^$

%^$”Our schedule is brutal again. We start off at Michigan State where we will also see perennial powers LSU and Oregon State. We usually use the first meet to get some competition kinks resolved, but this year will have to be more seasoned for this meet. We have not yet begun full routines anywhere except the beam, and those are watered down as it is too early to jump the gun. Next month at this time we will be in a whole different mode in the preparation process.”%^$

%^$Can you talk a little about the schedule this year and its strength? %^$

%^$”As I had mentioned earlier our schedule is going to be tough. After the first meet with two perennial powers we go on to meet two more at Arizona State, who was fourth at the NCAA’s last year, and Stanford who also qualified for the NCAA Championships. After that we go back to West Virginia where we did not compete well at all on two occasions last year, one of which was the NCAA regional meet. The rest of our schedule includes an NCAA qualifier and Big Ten rival Penn State at State College. That meet will be a challenge for this young team. I’m looking forward to watching it unfold.”%^$