Jackson Wins Two Events; Gym Team Advances

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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Jackson Wins Two Events; Gym Team Advances

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – After an early battle with host and No. 3 seed Penn State, the 11th-ranked and second-seeded LSU gymnastics team pulled away late to finish second and earn a spot at the NCAA Championships for the ninth straight season Saturday night in Rec Hall.

LSU (15-8-1) earned the second-place finish with a 196.400 score as undefeated and No. 1 seed Oklahoma rolled to a 197.250 mark and Penn State finished third at 196.050.

“You want to win this meet, but this team has showed so much character,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “The team took charge the second half of the meet. The kids did a fabulous job and represented LSU in the best manner possible, and I am so proud of their effort and how they took charge of their gymnastics tonight.”

LSU trailed Penn State after the first rotation as the Tigers managed a 48.825 on floor to Penn State’s 49.050 on vault.

After Kayla Rogers led off with a 9.70, Ashley Lee and Sabrina Franceschelli posted back-to-back 9.75’s. Summer Hubbard responded with a 9.825, and Samantha Engle scored a 9.80. However, Susan Jackson fell on her first tumbling pass to end up with a 9.30.

After two events LSU pulled ahead of the Nittany Lions by the smallest of margins, .025, at 98.075-98.050.

The Tigers totaled a 49.250 on vault while Penn State earned a 49.000 on bars. Rogers stuck her landing to lead off with a 9.875. Franceschelli earned a 9.70, but Lee followed with a 9.825 and Gloria Johnson and Ericka Garcia posted 9.80’s. Looking to shake off the poor floor performance, Jackson landed a beautiful vault to earn a 9.95.

LSU pulled away from Penn State after the fourth rotation when the Tigers put up a 49.150 on bars to the Nittany Lions’ 48.775 on beam. Franceschelli and Shelby Prunty earned back-to-back 9.725’s to open bars, and Garcia earned a 9.775. Engle, Hubbard and Jackson all delivered high scores to increase LSU’s lead over Penn State with a 9.825, 9.875 and 9.95, respectively.

Three events into the meet LSU held a four-tenths lead at 147.225-146.825, and the Tigers finished strong for the victory with a 49.175 on beam to Penn State’s 49.225 on floor.

Prunty led off with a 9.80, tying her season high, and Johnson followed her with a 9.80. After Garcia scored a 9.775 for the second straight event, Hubbard, Engle and Jackson again delivered outstanding scores to seal the championship berth for LSU. Hubbard posted a 9.825, Engle tallied a 9.85 and Jackson tied her season high with a 9.90.

Even though Jackson was unable to win her 11th all-around title of the season, she did win two individual titles with the 9.95 on vault and the career-high tying 9.95 on bars. It marked her 18th career vault title and 13th career bars title. She now has 69 career individual titles.

Oklahoma was solid throughout the meet, posting a 49.300 on floor and vault, a 49.175 on bars and a 49.475 on beam to wrap up the regional title.

New Hampshire finished in fourth place with a 194.800 while Ohio State came in fifth with a 193.875 and Maryland was last at 193.750.

LSU and Oklahoma advanced to the NCAA Championships and will compete as two of the final 12 teams, so the Tigers will continue their quest for a third straight NCAA Super Six appearance.

The championships will be held April 22-24 at Florida’s O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

NCAA REGIONAL MEET RESULTS

Team
1. Oklahoma 197.250 (VT – 49.300, UB – 49.175, BB – 49.475, FX – 49.300)
2. LSU 196.400 (VT – 49.250, UB – 49.150, BB – 49.175, FX – 48.825)
3. Penn State 196.050 (VT – 49.050, UB – 49.000, BB – 48.775, FX – 49.225)
4. New Hampshire 194. 800 (VT – 49.000, UB – 48.425, BB – 48.700, FX – 48.675)
5. Ohio State 193.875 (VT – 48.575, UB – 48.600, BB – 48.450, FX – 48.250)
6. Maryland 193.700 (VT – 49.100, UB – 47.350, BB – 48.350, FX – 48.950)

Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)

All-Around – 1. Brandi Personett (Penn State) 39.550; 3. Susan Jackson 39.100

Vault – t1. Susan Jackson 9.95; t1. Brandi Personett 9.95; t5. Kayla Rogers 9.875; t13. Ashley Lee 9.825; t19. Gloria Johnson 9.80; t19. Ericka Garcia 9.80; t32. Sabrina Franceschelli 9.70

Bars – 1. Susan Jackson 9.95; t3. Summer Hubbard 9.875; 7. Samantha Engle 9.825; t12. Ericka Garcia 9.775; t18. Sabrina Franceschelli 9.725; t18. Shelby Prunty 9.725

Beam – 1. Hollie Vise (Oklahoma) 9.95; 4. Susan Jackson 9.90; t6. Samantha Engle 9.85; t8. Summer Hubbard 9.825; t10. Shelby Prunty 9.80; t10. Gloria Johnson 9.80; t15. Ericka Garcia 9.775

Floor – 1. Jackie Flanery (Oklahoma) 9.95; 8. Summer Hubbard 9.825; t9. Samantha Engle 9.80; t19. Ashley Lee 9.75; t19. Sabrina Franceschelli 9.75; t29. Kayla Rogers 9.700; 38. Susan Jackson 9.300

 

NCAA Championship Qualifiers by Regional

University Park, Pa.
1. Oklahoma, 197.250
2. LSU, 196.400

Lexington, Ky.
1. Alabama, 197.400
2. Nebraska, 195.975

Morgantown, W.Va.
1. Stanford, 196.775
2. Michigan, 195.800

Salt Lake City, Utah
1. Florida, 197.675 
2. Utah, 196.900 

Columbia, Mo.
1. Missouri, 196.500 
2. Oregon State, 196.275 (won tiebreaker over Georgia)

Los Angeles, Calif.
1. UCLA, 197.825
2. Arkansas, 196.675

2010 NCAA Women’s National Gymnastics Championships

Session 1 (afternoon session)
#1 seed UCLA
#4 seed Oklahoma
#5 seed Utah
#8 seed Oregon State
#9 seed LSU
#12 seed Nebraska

Session 2 (evening session)
#2 seed Florida
#3 seed Alabama
#6 seed Stanford
#7 seed Arkansas
#10 seed Missouri
#11 seed Michigan