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Don’t Lose Heart

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor

May 15, 2019

Filed under Columns, In the deep end

I was a gymnast for nine years. That’s over half my life. From age six until 15 years old, I ate, breathed and slept gymnastics. I traveled across the country and competed every month. To give you an idea of how involved in gymnastics I was, I never did PE in junior high. Lexi Swanson, my former teammate, and I sat in ...

Practice vs. Procedure

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor. Sports Columnist

October 31, 2018

Filed under In the deep end, In the deep end, Sports

Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods and a countless number of other professional athletes have some of the weirdest superstitions. From bouncing the ball five times before the first serve, wearing a certain pair of shorts or taking cold 45-minute showers before a match and wearing a red shirt, they canno...

Finding a voice

Alana Cervera, Online Managing Editor, Sports Columnist

September 29, 2018

Filed under In the deep end, Sports

Gymnasts, dancers, volleyball players and pole vaulters have all been silent for too long. Most recently, over 300 student athletes have sued USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in sexual assault allegations against team and university doctor Larry Nassar. Back in December 2017 and January 2018, Nassar was tried in cou...