2015-2016 Texas champion, member of the girls gymnastics team, Kaitlin Hornsby is now in her last competing season as a senior.
Hornsby says she feels good about this season being that her team is first in state as of now. She admits that there is some competition this year so the ranking may change. According to Kaitlin, Rockwall High School specifically is going to make it “a very interesting year.”
Gymnastics has finished the compulsory section of their meets and is now moving into the optional season.
“Compulsory is level 5 and everyone does the same routines,” she said. “Optional is level 7 (or higher) and you have your own routines and the skills are harder.”
Hornsby is most excited for the optional season because it gives her the opportunity to perform “harder skills.” In state, currently Kaitlin is 13th on vault, 12th on floor, 1st on beam, and 4th all-around.
Kaitlin says that performing on beam is her favorite because it’s what she’s best at.
“I get the most nervous for beam compared to other events, but making a solid beam routine is the best feeling,” she said.
Her least favorite event is bars because they seem to be the hardest to make improvement on.
Hornsby says that she is doing well this season, breaking personal records. What keeps her motivated is knowing that this is her last year competing, so she wants to make it her best; she’s also motivated by the close competition.