BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — LSU gymnastics practiced today after wrapping up a gauntlet of three meets in eight days.
The team battled injuries and mentally fought through an up-and-down start to the season. Now they prepare for a trip to Arkansas on Friday, and the biggest thing the Tigers are fighting is fatigue.
“Whatever I feel, they’re probably feeling double. So when when I’m tired from those road trips, I can only imagine where they are. And so I kind of gauge their rest on that.” said LSU head coach Jay Clark. “I think we’re getting back to a kind of a place of homeostasis.”
Clark admitted there’s not as much depth on the team as in years prior. Even if the Tigers did want to rest some gymnasts, the injuries have depleted the reinforcements.
LSU finished Friday’s meet against Missouri with three individuals competing in all four events. Sophomore Aleah Finnegan transitioned into that role for every competition this season, after not doing it at all last year.
“Her presence has grown not just in the gymnastics role, but her overall presence when she’s in the room, when we’re in there together.” Clark said.
“At the end of the day, my gymnastics is still the same. Obviously you can get like that physical fatigue along with the mental fatigue as well. But it’s really just pushing because it’s for the team and it’s not for an individual.” Finnegan said.
Another Tiger pushing for the team is Cammy Hall, who is out for the year with a lower leg injury. However, it has not stopped her from giving her advice and guidance to the less experienced members of the team.
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