Texas Gymnasts Lead the Way at NCAA Championships

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FORT WORTH — Cowtown is becoming Gym Town this weekend! Yeah, Fort Worth is playing host to this year's NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.

And while no Texas teams will be tumbling, plenty of Texas talent will.

Ashlyn Broussard is a star out of Plano West. Last year, she was named Georgia's team MVP, and now she has the team’s eyes set on a national title in her own backyard.

“It’s definitely great. I’m so happy to be back and I have a lot of family coming in so that will be really nice,” Ashlyn said after Thursday morning’s practices.

A little further south, Rachel Daum is repping Katy as a centerpiece to the Stanford squad.

“We’re just like super pumped, there’s great chemistry between all of us,” Rachel described her team. “We’re just ready to go.”

Gymnastics has been a lifelong effort for both Ashlyn and Rachel. And now that they’re at the top of the collegiate mountain, they can be role models to those little gymnasts just hitting the mats for the first time.

“It’s especially nice to see the little girls that are cheering us on,” said Rachel. “They just look up to us so we do it for them.”

And it’s that lifetime of dedication that has led them to this chance to shine on the NCAA’s biggest stage, in their home state.

“It feels like all my hard work has paid off,” said Ashlyn. “All those hard days that was just such a struggle and its so nice to be in front of all these big lights and I can’t wait.”