Gymnastics Holds Annual Team Banquet

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
Gymnastics Holds Annual Team Banquet

BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team celebrated the accomplishments of the 2010 season Friday night at the annual team banquet held at the LSU Faculty Club.

Head coach D-D Breaux and her staff honored the team by presenting letter awards, SEC certificates, national awards and team awards, and the coaches recognized the 2010 senior class for all the accolades they racked up during their careers.

“The reception is a great opportunity in the fall for us to honor our team and graduating seniors for all the team and individual accomplishments from the prior season,” Breaux said. “It’s so fitting to honor this senior class because this one is particularly special because of what they accomplished in their careers and how they added to the tradition of our program.”

Sonny Gilbert, the husband of the late DeeDee Gilbert, presented the senior class of Sabrina Franceschelli, Summer Hubbard, Susan Jackson and Kayla Rogers with the DeeDee Fulmer Gilbert Award that is given annually to the gymnasts who consistently demonstrate a strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence.

Assistant coaches Bob Moore and Philip Ogletree presented junior Ashley Lee with the Most Improved Award after Lee earned First Team All-America honors on vault and finished ninth nationally in the event.

Breaux honored Jackson and Gloria Johnson for receiving All-SEC recognition, and Senior Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator Miriam Segar along with Director of Compliance Blair Napolitano presented Samantha Engle, Hubbard, Jackson and Lee with All-America certificates

Laura Leach, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, presented Jackson with her national championship trophies as Jackson was recognized for winning the All-Around national title, Beam national title, Honda Award, AAI Award, SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and the SEC Gymnast of the Year Award.

Daniel Nunes, Marketing Coordinator for gymnastics, served as master of ceremonies for the event, and Joe Alleva, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, gave an introduction at the event.

The event concluded with a highlight video from the 2010 season that was prepared by Tate Guillotte, a student member of the LSU football video staff.

LSU will continue preparation for the 2011 season when the Tigers resume fall practice Monday.