Standish gymnast places third with team at nationals
SHREVEPORT, La. –– Standish native Tawnee Hadd competed in the U.S.A. Gymnastics Nationals Collegiate Championships on April 13, placing third as part of the Centenary College of Louisiana team.
Hadd, a senior at CCL, competed in the beam and floor events during the two-day nationals.
“It was so exciting and amazing competing at the national level,” Hadd said. “We had worked so hard throughout the year that making it to the national championships was satisfying, and just ended our season on an amazing note.”
Hadd said she did great the first day, scoring a 9.625 on beam and a 9.6 on floor ––– and she scored even better the next day.
“The second day of nationals I got a 9.75 on beam and a 9.725 on floor,” Hadd said. “Both days the team had a score of 193.975, and the championship team finals were, Bridgeport University with a 196.50, Texas Women’s University with a 194.80, Centenary with 193.975 and Brown University with 193.575.”
Hadd said in order to qualify for nationals, her team needed to have an average team score that ranked them within the top eight in the division.
“Centenary (my team) actually placed 11th, but because we were hosting nationals at our school, we kicked the eighth team out and got to compete,” she said. “So going into nationals we were definitely the underdogs. We would have never thought that we would have made it to day two of nationals, let alone third place.”
Hadd said she started training when she was 6 years old and started competing when she was 7.
“I trained for 10 years at Bay Valley Gymnastics Academy and the last two years before college,” she said. “And every time I’m home I train at Midland Gymnastics Training Center.”
Hadd, now 21, said some of her goals are to earn an All-American award, win nationals and forge many more relationships and memories with her teammates, classmates and professors. She hopes to go to nationals as an individual as well as a team member next year.
“I feel like gymnastics has taught me so much throughout the years,” Hadd said. “I learned how to work with others, push through anything even if you think you can’t do it, help others, to lead a team, be disciplined and respectful, and be positive no matter the outcome, and hardworking. I could go on and on.
“But the thing I think I learned the most and probably still learn today is the love and passion I have for the sport!”
“Gymnastics is an everyday thing for me,” she added. “Still, at the age of 21, I will flip around in my front yard or in my living room. I will go grocery shopping with my mom and do full turns or my dance troughs throughout the store. When we were cleaning up after nationals I was still doing routines on the floor and beam, just because I wanted to compete again and again and have that same feeling of landing that dismount and feeling like you have conquered the world!”
“I have so much passion for the sport, and I hope someday maybe I can pass my love and passion on to someone else,” she said.
Hadd is the daughter of Mark and Kim Hadd of Standish. She is a 2010 graduate of Standish-Sterling Central High School.