With the Southeast Region Coach of the Year leading the way and three team members who qualified for NCAA regionals returning, the Towson University gymnastics team has lofty expectations as it begins its 50th anniversary season.
But even if the team doesn't achieve all of its goals, the culture of service, accountability and togetherness that head coach Vicki May has created has prepared her student-athletes to handle any adversity they might face.
"We are literally with each other from the crack of dawn into the evening almost every single day," said junior Mary Elle Arduino, who nearly qualified for the NCAA national meet a year ago by finishing fifth in the balance beam at the Gainesville Regional. "When you go through all the sweat, blood and tears and spend so much time together, you become a very close-knit team. It's nice to know that everyone has your back. We all have the same goals, came here for the same reasons and are on the same page."