Inside The Floor With Ruby Engreitz
Feb. 10, 2012
SEATTLE - Senior Ruby Engreitz (Kirkland, Wash.) had an excellent performance against No. 1 UCLA winning the floor and helping UW to the team upset. Engreitz describes that routine below.
I walk out onto the floor, find my starting place, and take a deep breath before I go into my starting pose. I let my mind go blank. When the music kicks in, I start dancing. I always try to make quick eye contact with the judge in the corner fº Then I make my way to the corner to tumble. My first pass is a double pike ¡V I run into it, remembering to push through my arms on my round off, squeeze my legs, stretch on the takeoff, and open up for the landing. Head throw! I get lots of time to breathe on my dance after my first pass. I look at my teammates and see they are all cheering for me. They give me a lot of confidence for my second pass! When I get to the corner for my second pass, I take another deep breath and clear my mind. All I have to do is run hard and keep tight. I land my second pass and smile at my teammates¡V more breathing time! I let my body rest and go loose during the dance parts on the floor. Then I stand up, do my leaps, and make my way to the corner for my last pass. I take one more deep breath, clear my mind, and let my body take over. Just like my first pass, I make sure to push through my arms, keep my legs extra tight, set up in the air and pull into a tight tuck before opening to land. I throw my head back to keep my chest up on my landing, and I drop into my final pose. It feels great to do a solid routine to help my team!