With the rest of the North Carolina gymnastics team lined up around her shouting encouragement, Kaitlynn Hedelund stands facing the vault, calmly waiting for the judge’s signal.
Saturday in UNC's meet against Georgia, Hedelund, a freshman, competed in vault for only the third time in her college career. She had used her collegiate experience to prove why she deserved to continue competing in vault.
At the previous meet against William and Mary, Hedelund notched a 9.85 for successfully completing a Yurchenko, a difficult vault involving a round-off and a back handspring. Although her score Saturday dropped slightly to a 9.775, she still produced a strong performance despite her inexperience in vault at the collegiate level.
Hedelund said she does not feel as though her lack of experience has an effect on her performance.
“I am very comfortable with my vault now,” Hedelund said. “I have been training (vault), and training it, and training it, and I know I have done a thousand so every time I go up on vault, I know I can do it.”