Former Gymnasts Excel at CrossFit Games

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
Former Gymnasts Excel at CrossFit Games

BATON ROUGE – Former LSU gymnasts Aida Canovas Koepplinger and Eva Hozman Thornton earned high finishes at the 2015 CrossFit Games at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., last week.

Thornton, who lettered at LSU in 1989 and 1990, finished in fourth place in the Masters Women 45-49 division.

Koepplinger, who lettered at LSU from 1993-95, placed 16th in the Masters Women 40-44 division.

Koepplinger’s best event was the “triplet” in which she placed third.

Thornton captured first place in the “Amanda” event and second place in the “triplet.”

Thornton excelled on bars and beam for the Tigers as she helped lead the team to a sixth place national finish as a senior in 1990. She is married to LSU track and field star Terry Thornton, who wrapped up his stellar career as a five-time All-America distance runner for the Tigers and claimed the 1991 NCAA individual national title in the 10,000 meters race.

Koepplinger achieved All-America status on balance beam as a sophomore in 1994 and set the school record at the time with a 9.95 on beam against Kentucky on Feb. 11, 1994.

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