May 23, 2013 8:35 AM by Kristen Holloway
A joyous occasion for many high school students this spring as they walk across the stage but for many students paying for college can be stressful but one Acadiana student doesn't have to worry about that.
How'd she do it?
Well it took years of practice, intense conditioning, strict diets and nailing her landings at Acadiana Gymnastics Center and for Sydney Ewing, her gymnastics career landed her a full ride.
Sydney Ewing started gymnastics when she was just four years old, her goal was to become a collegiate gymnast.
"Ever since I was like 6 or 7 my mom would bring me to LSU gymnastics meets and I knew thats what I wanted to do," said Ewing.
After being in the sport for 14 years, today she trains five days a week for 22hrs a week at the highest level of competition, level 10.
Coached by her mom, Donna Ewing who says at Acadiana Gymnastics she expects 110% from all gymnasts, not only at competition but also during practice.
"Sydney is such a focused gymnast and she has always had her goals in mind of where she wanted to go and what she wanted to be so its been a easy journey for us together," said Donna Ewing.
This year Sydney dazzled the crowd with her elegant and powerful vault at countless meets and big schools like Michigan, Boise State, Illnois and Georgia all wanted her but after being offered a full scholarship at LSU, she says it was an easy decision.
"I'm so excited to start at LSU I just want to keep getting better, reach my potential with my gymnastics and just be able to represent LSU and the gymnastics team and as a student athlete.
Sydney will start summer classes in less than two weeks and shortly after she will start preparing for a rigorous season with arguably one of the best gymnastics teams in the SEC, LSU.