Olivia Tierney has a simple goal heading into the WIAA state gymnastics meet: A top 10 finish on the floor exercise.
It’s an attainable goal for the Marshfield junior.
Tierney has moved up five spots in the final rankings from her first trip to state a season ago. As a freshman she placed 19th and last year finished 14th, putting her on pace to crack the top 10 with a strong performance.
“I’ve moved up five places each year so hopefully I can place in the top 10 this year and maybe get on the podium my senior year,” Tierney said. “The floor is by far my best event, but I was really hoping to make it in the all-around to establish myself as an all-around gymnast.”
Tierney placed third on the floor at the Eau Claire Division 1 sectional with a score of 9.30.
During practice this week she has worked on perfecting her routine.
“I’ve had the same routine the last two years, so I’m getting to the point where I can just go out there and perform and not worry about the steps,” Tierney said. “I’m perfecting my tumbling and my jumps are a lot better. Sometimes I have so much air that I don’t know what to do with it.”
Tierney will compete in the Division 1 individual competition at 11:10 a.m. Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. The 35-minute drive to the competition means she can stay in her own bed Friday night. The WIAA switched the days for the team and individual competition this year. Previously the individuals battled for medals on Friday and the team competition was Saturday afternoon.
“It will be nice to chill Friday night and watch my friends in the team competition,” Tierney said. “It doesn’t bother me that they switched the order of competition. I just show up when then they tell me to.”
Marshfield coach Lori Nilsen-Bibbo is excited to see Tierney compete against the best in the state. The work that she does all year long prepares her for competing at the state meet.
“She’s one of those girls who is doing something with gymnastics all the time,” Nilsen-Bibbo said. “She goes to the Stevens Point YMCA and helps with our Marshfield Magic program during the summer. She is always thinking about gymnastics. She has her goals for next year already.”