Top-3 Gymnastics Matchup Set for Friday Night
BATON ROUGE – The latest GymInfo national rankings were released Monday, and a showdown of two of the nation’s top-ranked teams is set Friday as No. 3 LSU gymnastics will play host to No. 2 Florida.
The two teams mirror each other almost to the thousandth decimal point. LSU (8-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) is ranked third nationally with a 197.321 season average, and Florida (5-1, 4-1) is second with a 197.325 average.
Both teams are tied in two of the event national rankings. The Tigers and Gators are each ranked No. 2 on bars with matching 49.338 averages, and they are tied for third on floor with 49.342 averages.
While Florida ranks higher on vault at No. 3 to LSU’s No. 6 ranking, the Tigers are higher on beam at No. 1 nationally compared to the Gators’ No. 4 ranking.
The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday in the Maravich Center, and tickets are available for purchase. Tickets for reserved seats cost $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-12, while general admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Group tickets are also available for groups of 10 or more at a cost of $2 per ticket.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net, by calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.
An autograph session with the team will be held immediately following the conclusion of the meet at the Maravich Center, and Friday is also the Gold Meet in which fans are encouraged to wear gold.
After winning her first career all-around title, sophomore Ashleigh Gnat jumped back into the national all-around rankings at No. 20 with a 39.244 season average. She joins Top 5 seniors Rheagan Courville (third at 39.521) and Jessie Jordan (fifth at 39.519).
Gnat is also seventh nationally on beam with a 9.863 average.
Courville is No. 2 on bars at 9.942, No. 7 on vault at 9.925 and 22nd on beam at 9.838.
Jordan is ranked second on beam at 9.90 after coming up with a clutch 9.925 performance in LSU’s final routine of the night to clinch victory at Auburn last Friday. Jordan is also tied for 11th on bas with a 9.875 average, and she is No. 10 on floor at 9.90.
For the latest information on LSU gymnastics, visit www.LSUsports.net/gymnastics. Fans can also connect with the Tigers on the team’s social media accounts: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.
GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25
Feb. 16, 2015
Rank, Team, Season Average
1. Oklahoma 197.536
2. Florida 197.325
3. LSU 197.321
4. Utah 197.167
5. Alabama 196.938
6. Michigan 196.929
7. Nebraska 196.492
8. Auburn 196.271
9. UCLA 196.263
10. Oregon State 196.196
11. Georgia 196.096
12. Penn State 196.025
13. Illinois 195.996
14. Arkansas 195.958
15. Boise State 195.871
16. Stanford 195.821
17. Denver 195.479
18. California 195.436
19. Minnesota 195.432
20. Arizona 195.408
21. Washington 195.379
22. Southern Utah 195.214
23. Ohio State 195.168
24. Kentucky 195.113
25. New Hampshire 195.095
LSU in the Individual National Rankings
Rheagan Courville: 3rd AA, 7th VT, 2nd UB, 22nd BB
Ashleigh Gnat: 20th AA, 7th BB
Lloimincia Hall: 4th FX
Jessie Jordan: 5th AA, 11th UB, 2nd BB, 10th FX
Randii Wyrick: 24th UB