BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — LSU gymnastics prepares to go on the road this week to a hostile Auburn environment.
The Tigers are still searching for their first win outside of Baton Rouge. Although it’s on the list of accomplishments head coach Jay Clark wants to see, he’s actually more interested in the confidence of his team growing with each competition.
“It’s a personality thing we got to outgrow. I want us to attack this meet. And we’re the hunter, we’re not the hunted right now. We’re the ones that should take the aggressive posture and just let it fly.” Clark said.
His team saw season-ending injuries take out star Kiya Johnson and transfer Cammy Hall in the early parts of this year. Less experienced gymnasts stepped in, and now have a better understanding of what it’s going to take for their team to have success.
“Because on the one hand, we got everything to gain and nothing to lose. Just keep with that mindset and keep pushing. And confidence is the key for this group. And they want to be man, you should hear them. You should hear the things they say to each other. And they want that.” Clark said.
Sophomore Aleah Finnegan continued to thrive in the all-around role she’s taken this season. She scored her first career perfect 10 against Georgia on her floor routine.
“I think it’s just all about staying in what we like to call the ‘purple zone.’ We’ve been doing the skills for so long. It’s about just our mental our mental sets, how our mind is going that day.” Finnegan said.
As far as Auburn, they have one of the best gymnasts in the world in Sunisa Lee, the reigning Olympic All-Around gold medalist.
Yet Finnegan reiterated the only thing the Tigers are concerned with is what they can control.
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