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Week 11: Gymnasts of the Week

182 days ago
SEC Staff
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SEC Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan • LSU
Junior • Lee's Summit, Mo.

Finnegan became the second gymnast in school history to earn perfect scores on three different events after anchoring the Tigers' bars and beam lineups with 10.0 scores Saturday in the regular-season finale against Arizona. She pushed LSU's total to a 49.750 on bars for a school record and the second-highest score in NCAA gymnastics since 1998. In the third rotation, Finnegan helped LSU tie the school record on beam with a 49.725. LSU became the first team since 1998 to go 49.700+ on both bars and beam in the same meet. Finnegan won her fifth all-around title this season and the seventh in her career with a 39.700. She became the fifth gymnast in school history to earn a 39.700 or higher in the all-around twice in one season. Finnegan now owns three career perfect scores for her career, with all of them coming during this season. She is the only gymnast in the SEC to have a perfect 10.0 in three different events this season and one of two in the nation.

SEC Specialist of the Week
Braie Speed • Arkansas
Senior • San Antonio, Texas

Speed posted multiple 9.900's for the third time in four meets, tying her career high on bars with a 9.950 and winning her fourth vault title of the season. She led Arkansas to its second-highest bars score of the season of 49.550. Arkansas is one of three teams in the country to score a 49.550 or higher on bars multiple times this season, with Speed being a scorer in each one.

SEC Freshman of the Week
Sarah Shaffer • Arkansas
Redshirt Freshman • Tyler, Texas

Shaffer had the highest all-around score by a freshman in the conference this past weekend while setting a new career high with a 39.500. As a scorer on all four events, she helped lead Arkansas to a program-record score of 197.300 in a first-place finish in the Arkansas Tri Meet. Her all-around score was the highest by a Razorback since 2016, as she set career highs on the floor with a 9.950 (the fourth highest score in program history) and on the beam with a 9.900. Shaffer has posted a 9.900 or higher on floor in six of the last eight meets.