Large crowds packed Mitchell Hall over the weekend to cheer on the UW-La Crosse gymnastics teams as it picked up its record 16th NCGA title. Among the Eagles faithful in the crowd was a former gymnast who enjoyed the same success in a UW-L uniform a decade earlier.
Nina Schubert was a four-time national champion with the Eagles from 2003-06, and a three-time national champion on the uneven parallel bars. She lives in Germany now, but made the trip back to La Crosse for the championships.
"It felt more exhausting being in the stands than actually competing because you have to cheer all the time," Schubert said. "As a competitor, you can at least go 'well I still have to compete, so save some energy,' but in the stands you have to go and cheer the whole time."
Schubert witnessed history Saturday, as current freshman Amy Enright and sophomore Samantha Wiekamp became national champions on the bars, breaking her school record score of 9.725 from 2004. Enright and Wiekamp both scored 9.8 to tie for first place.
Schumbert said she came back to La Crosse to see head coach Barbara Gibson, who has coached the team to all 16 national titles. She is not sure when she'll come back again.