Change is scary, but it can be good thing.

When former Florida gymnast Peyton Ernst transferred to Alabama, trading in her blue and orange leotards for crimson and white apparel was easy. Finding her place on the team was trickier.

“She was really quiet in the beginning because she came in the middle of our year last year, so right before season,” UA senior Nickie Guerrero said. “We already had relationships with each other, and it was hard for her to come in.”

There were a few familiar faces on the team, which helped. Prior to college, Ernst trained at Texas Dreams Gymnastics, the same gym as senior Kiana Winston, junior Ari Guerra and freshman Bailie Key. A safe net was in place.

Still, the transition was far from over. NCAA rules prohibited Ernst from competing for an entire season.


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