Arkansas gymnast Lauren Williams named SEC co-specialist of the week

Arkansas' Lauren Williams competes in the floor exercise Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, during the Razorbacks' meet with Auburn in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville. (Andy Shupe/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

Arkansas sophomore gymnast Lauren Williams was named SEC co-specialist of the week on Tuesday by the conference office.

Williams, of Rogers, put up scores of 9.925 on the vault and the floor exercise in the Razorbacks’ loss to Oklahoma on Sunday at Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Williams tied for the highest score on the vault at the meet, giving her a sixth title on that apparatus this season. Her 9.91 national qualifying score on the vault ranks 13th in the country and her 9.945 NQS is also 13th nationally and second on the team behind sophomore Frankie Price, who is ninth at 9.95.

Williams has scored 9.9 or better in nine of 10 meets on the floor exercise and in five meets on the vault.

Williams, who shared the SEC honor with Alabama’s Jamison Sears and LSU’s Savannah Schoenherr, secured the Razorbacks first weekly SEC honor this year and the program’s first since Maggie O’Hara did it in 2021.

The Razorbacks return to action Friday at Walton Arena at 7 p.m. against Nebraska for a meet that will stream live on SEC Network Plus.