There is excellence, and then there is perfection.
Last week, the first perfect 10 of the 2017 NCAA gymnastics season was earned by LSU gymnast, Ashleigh Gnat, on the vault during SEC Network’s “Friday Night Heights” coverage.
SEC Network has a perfectionist of its own – recently hired analyst Bridget Sloan, who was the first Florida gymnast to score a perfect 10 in each of the four events. The feat has been achieved by only seven other gymnasts in NCAA history.
“You must be perfect,” Sloan said. “It sounds so easy, but in college, a flexed foot can put you at a 9.975. It’s crazy how technical college scoring is. A gymnast has to have perfect technique along with a perfectly stuck dismount.”
It was in an SEC Network-televised event where Sloan completed her “grand slam” and at a home meet to boot.
“I don’t know how to describe what it feels like to perform for the last time in the [O’Connell Center] and receive a 10,” Sloan said. “I was so proud to represent Florida and reach perfection.”
Tonight, Sloan debuts as a studio analyst in SEC Network’s SEC Now following a doubleheader of gymnastics meets.
“SEC gymnastics is the best of the best, so I am definitely looking forward to being involved with the sport, just in a different way,” Sloan said. “Critiquing gymnastics is all about highlighting what an athlete did well on while mentioning mistakes.”