Jan. 22, 2003
DURHAM - It was a surreal experience for both of them, having once sat in the very same set of bleachers where nearly 1,000 people were now staring down at them.
For Rutgers University sophomore Nicci Bradder and Brown University's Mandi Baughman, a recent gymnastics meet at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium was everything they thought it would be and more.
Yes, it was great and special to be performing so close to home, allowing friends and family members to see them compete. Yet adding to the magnitude of the moment, for both gymnasts, was the fact that the meet was also their first-ever collegiate performances, coming after both have battled back from injuries.
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