Gymnastics No. 2 in First RQS National Rankings

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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Gymnastics No. 2 in First RQS National Rankings

BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team checked in at No. 2 with a 197.335 regional qualifying score (RQS) in the GymInfo national rankings released Monday.

Previously the national rankings had been determined by a team’s season average, but starting this week and continuing for the rest of the season the rankings will be determined by a team’s RQS.

LSU (9-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) used a 197.950, the second-highest score of the season and the fourth-highest in school history, to knock off then No. 2 Florida on Friday and bolster the Tigers’ position in the initial RQS standings.

The RQS is ascertained by taking a team’s top six scores – three of which must be from road/neutral meets – dropping the high score and averaging the remaining five scores.

In LSU’s case, the six scores consisted of a 198.075 versus Georgia, the 197.950 against Florida, a 197.425 at the Metroplex Challenge, a 197.350 at Auburn, a 197.350 against Missouri and a 196.600 at Kentucky.

The 198.075 was dropped, and the five remaining scores were averaged to give LSU a 197.335 RQS.

Oklahoma took the No. 1 ranking with a 197.640 RQS, and Florida was right behind LSU with a 197.270 RQS.

In the event rankings, LSU is listed at No. 2 nationally on floor (49.405 RQS), No. 3 on beam (49.230), No. 4 on bars (49.320) and No. 6 on vault (49.370).

Rheagan Courville is No. 3 nationally in the all-around standings with a 39.495 RQS. Courville is No. 3 on bars with a 9.935 RQS and No. 5 on vault with a 9.920 RQS.

Jessie Jordan does not appear in the all-around RQS rankings because she did compete in the all-around at Auburn, one of LSU’s three road meets, so Jordan did not qualify for the rankings.

Jordan is ranked No. 3 in the beam standings with a 9.90 RQS, and she is tied for 17th at 9.865.

Lloimincia Hall is tied for No. 1 nationally on floor with a 9.935 RQS, and Ashleigh Gnat is No. 7 on floor with a 9.915 RQS.

It will be back-to-back Top 5 matchups for LSU as the second-ranked Tigers travel to face No. 5 Alabama (6-1, 4-1) in Tuscaloosa on Friday. The meet will begin at 8 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum, and SEC Network will broadcast the meet live.

Live audio will also be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25
Feb. 23, 2015

Rank, Team, Regional Qualifying Score (RQS)
1. Oklahoma 197.640
2. LSU 197.335
3. Florida 197.270
4. Utah 197.265
5. Alabama 197.055
6. Michigan 196.985
7. Auburn 196.610
8. Nebraska 196.595
9. Georgia 196.525
10. UCLA 196.315
11. Stanford 196.175
12. Oregon State 196.150
13. Penn State 196.125
14. Minnesota 196.010
15. Boise State 196.000
16. Illinois 195.945
17. Arkansas 195.820
18. Denver 195.800
19. California 195.660
20. Arizona 195.615
21. Southern Utah 195.555
22. Washington 195.395
23. Missouri 195.315
24. Iowa 195.280
25. Kentucky 195.275

LSU in the Individual National Rankings
Rheagan Courville: 3rd AA, 5th VT, 3rd UB
Ashleigh Gnat: 7th FX
Lloimincia Hall: 1st FX
Jessie Jordan: 17th UB, 3rd BB