Courville Claims Second NCAA Vault Title

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
Rheagan Courville - NCAA Vault Champion Meet Results +0
Courville Claims Second NCAA Vault Title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – LSU junior Rheagan Courville repeated as NCAA vault national champion after posting a 9.9750 in the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Sunday afternoon in BJCC Arena.

Courville tied with Arkansas’ Katherine Grable for the vault national title, and the 9.9750 marked the highest vault score to win a title in Individual Event Finals history.

The national title is the fourth on vault and the 10th overall in school history, making LSU only the eighth team in the history of collegiate gymnastics to rack up double-digit individual national titles.

Courville is the first LSU gymnast to win two national titles on vault, and she also tied volunteer coach and former LSU gymnast Ashleigh Clare-Kearney for the second most national titles in school history with two.

Courville was not the only Tiger to find success on the final day of the season.

In fact, LSU placed in the Top 8 in each event in the same season for the first time since the 2006 event finals in Corvallis, Ore., when April Burkholder did it.

Freshman Sydney Ewing, who earned First-Team All-America honors on beam two days earlier, performed a fantastic routine on Sunday to earn a third-place national finish with a 9.8875. It marked the highest individual finish on beam by a Tiger since 2010 when Susan Jackson captured the beam national title.

Sophomore Jessica Savona placed on floor by tying for eighth with a 9.9000, and freshman Ashleigh Gnat finished 12th with a 9.8250 on vault.

Courville came in fifth on bars with a 9.8750, the highest individual finish on bars for LSU since Summer Hubbard earned second place in 2010.

“I think the difference in Rheagan’s vault was the distance because there were so many vaults that were stuck so strong,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “Overall, I am so pleased with how all four ladies competed today. They did a great job representing LSU, their families and themselves, and I am very excited with what the future holds for this team.”

Courville is the first national champion to repeat on vault since Alabama’s Ashley Miles won in 2003 and 2004.

“I’m honored to be able to share this title with Katherine Grable,” Courville said. “To be able to start and end our season as well as we did, it makes me very proud to be from LSU, and it makes me very proud to have such an amazing team behind me every step of the way.”

LSU wrapped up the team portion of the season by earning the highest final placement in program history with a third-place finish in the NCAA Super Six Finals on Saturday night.

Susan Jackson – 3 titles (VT, 2008; AA, 2010; BB, 2010)
Ashleigh Clare-Kearney – 2 titles (VT, 2009; FX, 2009)
Rheagan Courville – 2 titles (VT, 2013; VT, 2014)
April Burkholder – 1 title (BB, 2006)
Nicki Arnstad – 1 title (FX, 2002)
Jeanie Beadle – 1 titles (BB, 1977)

1. Rheagan Courville LSU 9.9750
1. Katherine Grable Arkansas 9.9750
3. Haley Scaman Oklahoma 9.9667
4. Maileana Kanewa Oklahoma 9.9417
5. Lindsay Mable Minnesota 9.9333
6. Bridget Sloan Florida 9.9167
6. Lindsey Cheek Georgia 9.9167
8. Olivia Courtney UCLA 9.8750
9. Sachi Sugiyama Michigan 9.8667
9. Georgia Dabritz Utah 9.8667
11. Brandie Jay Georgia 9.8500
12. Ashleigh Gnat LSU 9.8250

Uneven Parallel Bars
1. Bridget Sloan Florida 9.9375
2. Samantha Shapiro Stanford 9.9250
3. Kristina Vaculik Stanford 9.9000
4. Mackenzie Caquatto Florida 9.8875
5. Rheagan Courville LSU 9.8750
6. Kim Jacob Alabama 9.8500
6. Alaina Johnson Florida 9.8500
6. Lindsey Cheek Georgia 9.8500
9. Shona Morgan Stanford 9.8375
10. Taylor Spears Oklahoma 9.8250
11. Joanna Sampson Michigan 9.7625
12. Samantha Peszek UCLA 9.1000

Balance Beam
1. Taylor Spears Oklahoma 9.9250
2. Lindsey Cheek Georgia 9.9000
3. Sydney Ewing LSU 9.8875
3. Madeline Gardiner Oregon State 9.8875
3. Mary Beth Box Georgia 9.8875
3. Jamie Schleppenbach Nebraska 9.8875
7. Kristina Vaculik Stanford 9.8750
8. Jessie DeZiel Nebraska 9.8625
8. Chayse Capps Oklahoma 9.8625
10. Alaina Johnson Florida 9.8500
10. Hollie Blanske Nebraska 9.8500
12. Sarah DeMeo Alabama 9.8375
12. Mackenzie Caquatto Florida 9.8375
14. Emily Wong Nebraska 9.7500
15. Kim Jacob Alabama 9.3750
16. Hanna Nordquist Minnesota 9.3000

Floor Exercise
1. Katherine Grable Arkansas 9.9625
2. Joanna Sampson Michigan 9.9500
2. Maileana Kanewa Oklahoma 9.9500
2. Haley Scaman Oklahoma 9.9500
5. Kim Jacob Alabama 9.9375
6. Diandra Milliner Alabama 9.9125
6. Lara Albright Oklahoma 9.9125
8. Jessica Savona LSU 9.9000
8. Lauren Beers Alabama 9.9000
8. Emily Wong Nebraska 9.9000
11. Becky Tutka Utah 9.8500
12. Brandie Jay Georgia 9.7875
13. Nansy Damianova Utah 9.7375