Hey there Gator fans! Bridget Sloan here with this week’s “Fresh Faces.” Being a sophomore on the UF Gymnastics Team, I remember what it was like stepping foot into the locker room, thinking “Is this real life?!” This week, I got the inside scoop from freshman Claire Boyce on her transition to college, how she is liking it so far, and just some fun facts about Claire.
BS: Claire, when is your birthday?
CB: April 25.
BS: And…where are you from?
CB: Dallas, Texas.
BS: Do you have any siblings?
CB: Two. One younger and one older: Brian and Luke.
BS: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
CB: I can play piano and guitar. I also love being active and outdoors.
BS: What was going through your mind when you walked into the gym for the first day of practice?
CB: Oh my gosh, Is this real life….Let’s try not to mess up today—It ended being a great practice though! J
BS: What is it about gymnastics that makes you love the sport?
CB: The feeling of flying through the air while flipping and twisting is never old to me, and I absolutely love it.
BS: What made you want to be a Gator?
CB: The Gator Nation is like a big family. That kind of atmosphere is something I really wanted to be a part of.
BS: I know teams have nicknames for their teammates, what are some nicknames you have?
CB: Well, my teammates have given me quite a few. I go by Claire-Bear, Wags, Honey-Bear, and Éclair…I personally prefer Honey-Bear, but answer to all of them.
BS: What has been the biggest adjustment as a student-athlete so far?
CB: I haven’t struggled too much, but the one thing I have found hard I would say is organizing and remembering everything I have to do.
BS: Now for some fun. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
CB: Chocolate chip cookie dough.
BS: If you could be any celebrity who would it be?
CB: Jennifer Lawrence.
BS: Where is your favorite place to travel?
CB: I love to vacation at the beach, but my dream vacation is to go to Australia or New Zealand.
BS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CB: Hopefully married with at least 1 kid, working in a career I am passionate about.