‘Superwoman’ falls just short in battle of Twister endurance

Monday, November 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:05 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 28, 2008

Last Wednesday, Beth Scheiding dressed herself as Superwoman and headed to the MU Student Recreation Center to compete in a Twister tournament held by Student Foundation. In green pants, a blue Superwoman T-shirt, a red cape and yellow arm warmers up to her elbows, Scheiding’s outfit mirrored the colors on the Twister mats.

Scheiding said most of her Twister experience came from birthday parties she went to as a child. The last time she played was about 10 years ago.

“The FARCers are going to rock tonight,” Scheiding said, referring to the Fine Arts Residential Community she belongs to.

After snarfing pizza, the participants formed lines, and Student Foundation members directed them to one of five Twister mats.

The first round began.

As a spinner called out body parts and colors, a referee watched to make sure that players followed the rules and that no knees touched the mats. After many “left foot, blues” and “right foot, reds,” Scheiding became tangled with her one remaining opponent.

Suddenly, the spinner blew a whistle and called Scheiding’s opponent out for moving his right hand from a red circle. Scheiding pumped her hands in victory and danced a small victory dance.

“That was some tricky playing,” she said, as she shook hands with the other players.

Scheiding and one other player from her group, Dustin Miller, advanced to the final round.

“My muscles are going,” Scheiding said. “They’re shaking, but I’m going to stick it out until the end.”

As the final round began, a small group circled around a Twister mat set up in the center of a basketball court. Passers-by stopped to see what was happening. Claps and cheers erupted as the spinner called out the first set of instructions.

“Left foot, blue!”

Cameras flashed as the Twister celebrities battled for the grand prize, an office party at Deja Vu and about $100 in gift certificates for Columbia businesses.

Scheiding moved her hands and feet quickly. Soon, the competition was down to three players.

Scheiding’s and Miller’s opponent stretched her legs from one side of the mat to the other. She shook.

“Spin, just spin,” the opponent said. “Left foot, something, please.”

On the next spin, she was eliminated. It was down to Scheiding and Miller. They battled for a few minutes, and then Miller won as Scheiding’s knee brushed the mat.

“I’m out, I’m out,” Scheiding said. “My knee touched the mat.”

They shook hands. Miller kissed his grand prize basket and held it up for the cameras. Scheiding said she is happy with her prize of an envelope of gift certificates.

“I think my costume was the base of my power,” she said. “I love Twister.”

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