The Gym Dogs have continued to improve throughout the first three meets of this season, but the team took a slight step back in their meet against the Gym ‘Backs from the University of Arkansas, specifically on the balance beam.
The Gym Dogs started on the vault and they had an outstanding performance here to start off the meet. Their highest score on the vault for either team was a 9.9 and it came from Sydney Snead, who was the Bulldogs only all-around performer on the night. In fact, the Bulldogs had all three top scorers with Lauren Johnson getting a 9.875 and Rachel Dickson getting a 9.850.
The next rotation for the Gym Dogs was on the uneven bars where they had a slight regression from their previous meets, but they still had a solid night. However, the Bulldogs had a much stronger performance than their Razorback counterparts. They had the three top scorers in this area as well, with Rachel Dickson leading the way with a 9.850, which tied her career high.
The night took a turn for the Gym Dogs when they reached the balance beam, where they struggled more than usual. The Gym Dogs had one fall and they ended up with their lowest score of the season on this routine. However, they still had some positive performances on the beam with Rachel Schick, Hayley Sanders, and Sabrina Vega scoring over a 9.8.
The Gym Dogs were able to get back on track with their floor exercise and finish strong. All five of the scores registered for the Bulldogs in this event were over a 9.8, with Gigi Marino anchoring this event and scoring a 9.9. This ended up being the Bulldogs strongest event of the night and their performance here definitely helped them gain the victory.
Overall, The Bulldogs had a strong performance but they definitely had some regression from their previous meets. This may have something to do with them having three meets in the past 8 days and rest may be just what they need to get back on track. They will get this much-needed rest as their next meet is on January 27th against the Missouri Tigers.