The LSU Tigers gymnastics squad made history on Saturday in their matchup against Arkansas, securing a resounding victory with a program-best score of 198.475 to Arkansas’ 196.200.
Making a notable return to the arena was Olivia Dunne, marking her first appearance since the Sprouts Collegiate Quad on Jan. 13.
Dunne showcased her prowess in the floor routine, earning a stellar 9.90 in her initial performance and a commendable 9.85 in her subsequent showing, resulting in an impressive average score of 9.875.
This performance equaled her season high, previously achieved against Ohio State.
Celebrating the team’s triumph, Dunne shared a TikTok video with teammate Annie Beard captioned “Record setting dub” after the meet.
Teammate Haleigh Bryant also shined, securing a perfect score and solidifying her status as the record holder for the most perfect 10s in program history, with an impressive tally of 12.
On the floor exercise, the Tigers displayed their prowess, notching a remarkable score of 49.775.
They maintained consistency across other events as well, scoring 49.550 on the bars and 49.625 on the beam.
Reflecting on the team’s performance, Tigers coach Jay Clark expressed satisfaction with their progress, emphasizing the importance of improvement over the numerical score.
“Well, we got better.
That’s what this week was about,” Clark remarked.
“The focus and the main goal was to get a good performance, a complete performance.
I know everyone wants to talk about the score tonight and that’s great.
I do not focus on whether we get a low or high score.
It’s about our performance.”
Clark also celebrated a personal milestone, securing his 100th win of his coaching career during the meet.
With a commendable 5-2 record for the season and a 2-1 record against SEC opponents, LSU looks ahead to their next challenge as they hit the road to face off against Georgia in their upcoming meet.