Friday January 24, 2014Morgan Frazier: Ready for Adventure of Year II
By Jimena Panduro, UF Communications
What a difference a year makes.
When she came in as seventeen-year old freshman for the 2013 spring semester, Florida gymnast Morgan Frazier was much like a deer in headlights. Everything was larger and newer, and though she was never scared, she did feel some anxiety as she was unsure of what awaited her.
Fast-forward one year later and she’s almost unrecognizable. Not only is she sporting new fancy hardware in the shape of Southeastern Conference and NCAA championship rings on her fingers, but she is also more secure, confident and determined. She is also finally able to vote.
“I’ve matured a lot, and I’m 18 now. I’m actually an adult!” Frazier said. “This year is extremely different. Now I have a sense of what’s going on and what’s expected. I feel a little more prepared.”
Despite all the Gators’ accomplishments last season, Morgan and her teammates are well aware that the dream never ends, if anything, it only changes slightly and becomes bigger.
“Our journey and successes last year definitely made us closer throughout the year. We all had the same dream, the desire and passion, and the hunger to win. That really brought us together. This year, we want to do it again. We have the motivation to get even better. We want to win back-to-back SEC and national titles. That feeling was awesome. It would be surreal to win again,” Frazier said.
Aside from winning championships, Morgan also has goals that extend beyond the gym. Double-majoring in political science and telecommunication broadcast, she hopes to one day work as a political analyst and possibly even one day, dip her toes in politics.
“I want to go to law school. I don’t know if I want to study patent law or criminal constitutional law, but I would love to work for a network one day and be a political analyst, that’s my dream job. And maybe even go into politics when I’m older.”
After starting the season on the road with two wins at UCLA and Auburn, Morgan admits she couldn’t be happier to be back at home tonight. She says it’s a huge sigh of relief knowing that once again it will be time to compete in front of the Florida faithful.
With the season moving forward, the Gator gymnastics team will only hope to keep improving and keep reaching towards the pinnacle of college gymnastics- to be national champions.
For Morgan, this second year is all about building and surpassing what she knew and experienced last season.
“Everything in the season is like a stepping stone. You can’t start off with your best because then you’ll have nowhere else to go. It’s nice to build each week and learn from your mistakes in order to peak at the right time,” she said.
If things go at all like last year, and they hit things at the right time, then this team and Morgan Frazier herself are bound for greatness once more.