Despite being part of a skilled Lincoln-Way co-op gymnastics team, Brent Schneider was the only gymnast representing the team at the state competition in May. The senior competed in the all-around and made the finals on high bar. He finished eighth in the state with a score of 8.95.
Name: Brent Schneider
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Position: All-around (all six events)
How long have you participated in gymnastics? I first started my freshmen year.
What do you love most about gymnastics?
There is always something new to learn, whether it be a new trick or just a different way of doing that trick.
What was your biggest challenge this season? How did you overcome it?
Trying to catch my full Higgins (a twisting inversion of my hands) on the high bar. It was on and off all season, but towards the end of the season my coach had me doing a lot of repetition and visualizing of the skill. So I think that helped a lot.
What was your favorite moment of this season? Why?
When I stuck my double backflip off of the high bar during the state preliminaries. This moment stands out because it was one of the few times ever that I had stuck my dismount and it helped me make it to state finals.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
Whenever I chalk up before an event, I put chalk on, blow it off, and then do it again until I am up on the event. It sounds repetitive but it keeps me focused.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My dad because he brought me into sports and taught me most of what I know. He taught me how to stay motivated and to always put the effort in in order to accomplish whatever it is that I am doing.
If you didn’t participate in gymnastics, what would you be doing?
I played baseball all my life up until my freshmen year in high school. So I would probably still be playing baseball.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside gymnastics?
Playing pick-up football and basketball games with friends.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
An important person in my life always said, “Don’t dwell on the past because the most important play/event is the next one.” – Jeff Schneider
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