Olivia Dunne is serious in her final season at Louisiana State University.
Dunne and the No. 5 LSU gymnastics team defeated No. 7 Arkansas on Friday with 198.475 to 196.200. The team declared on their website that it was LSU's highest score ever. It is the highest score by any squad this season in the nation.
Additionally, the gymnast's score ranks 14th in NCAA history. Dunne's floor routine got 9.875, the third-best on her team, while her bars performance received 9.775.
Head coach Jay Clark said their “main goal was to get a good performance, a complete performance,” and the record-breaking score was a bonus.
I know everyone wants to talk about the score tonight, which is terrific. I don't care about our score. Our performance matters. He stated, "We did our job tonight and we can do that same performance elsewhere," according to the school's website.
Dunne told PEOPLE before her senior season at LSU that she's grateful for her experience there and is learning how to handle her online stardom.
"Last year was probably one of the most rewarding and most difficult years of my life," stated. "Just having so many eyes on me was such a new feeling, but it was pretty cool at the same time."
As she entered her fourth season, she said, "This year I have the best grasp on it."
"Since my sophomore year, since the summer of 2021, I've had a hard time finding balance with NIL," she said. That's crucial because mental health might suffer without balance. I finally understood it this year.