Tyler Gymnast Impresses with 9.9 at Recent College Meet
Sidney Dukes, a 2015 Graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, scored big last week in an SEC competition with Florida.
Now a Sophomore at the University of Kentucky, her team entered the competition the tied at No. 5 in the College Gymnastics Association’s Coaches Poll.
This wildcat proved her flexibility and agility on the Balance Beam as indicated in the above video. She finished the routine with a score of 9.9 to win the round.
She then went on to compete in the floor exercise and impress again. In this round she managed to score a 9.925. For reference a 10 would be a perfect score. Though the wildcats lost, Dukes remarked on her notable performance to the Kentucky Kernel,
“I just came out and did what I usually do. Tonight I was able to let loose and have fun, and this is something we need to carry on with as a team,” Dukes said.
According to her team biography, Sidney has been competing at high level for years. She was named the 2016 Female Rookie of the Year among other honors, and received a perfect score in a pivotal meet versus Alabama last year.
Prior to college Dukes competed for Texas East Gymnastics under the direction of Martin and Stacy Parsley. Interested in watching them compete? You have an opportunity next month. The 2018 Rose City Classic Gymnastics Invitational will be Feb. 16-18 at the UT Tyler Patriot Center.