Find out how LSU’s gymnastics team is heading into their next season | Sports


Head Coach Jay Clark and the LSU gymnastics team are starting their season with the right frame of mind. With better leadership and better teamwork, they believe they have the right necessities for this year.

Head coach Jay Clark and the LSU gymnastics team began official workouts this week and they’ve grown mentally and physically stronger for their upcoming season in January.

“I think this team is hungry” said Clark. “I think this team has leaders who are eager to take on the role.”

However, they have some doubts about the obstacles they might face during this year.

“We’re really deep and talented on three events,” Clark said. “I think bars are probably where we are the…if we’re thin anywhere, that would be it.”

The team will look to its senior six for leadership in order to succeed. Versatile gymnast Kiya Johnson is determined to become a better role model to lead her team through their tough schedule.

“I think being a vocal leader is something that kind of goes with the no-regret thing,” Johnson said. “I don’t feel like I’ve done this as well as I could have done in the last three years, so yeah, I’ll do my best this year.”

LSU’s gymnastics team started strong at the start of its 2022 season setting new school and personal bests, but fell short of finishing fifth in the SEC Championship with a score of 196.725.

A lot of our scoring power from last year, they’re back and they’re hungry, and they’re angry and those are all things we want to see out of last year,” Jay Clark said.

Johnson and the rest of the squad know what it takes to win a league title this season.

This new mindset and teamwork will hopefully make the dream of the tigers come true this winter.


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