Gymnastics Celebrates 2015 Season at Banquet

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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Gymnastics Celebrates 2015 Season at Banquet

BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team gathered at the L’Auberge Event Center Wednesday night to celebrate the 2015 season and recognize all the team and individual accomplishments during the year.

In front of a great crowd of boosters and supporters, head coach D-D Breaux, associate head coach Jay Clark, assistant coach Bob Moore and volunteer assistant Ashleigh Clare-Kearney gave out awards, plaques and flowers to the gymnasts for their achievements in the classroom, competition arena and in the community.

In addition, Lauren Li, Julianna Cannamela, Kaitlyn Szafranski, McKenna Kelley, Sarah Finnegan and Lexie Priessman were introduced for the first time as the newest Tigers.

The first award handed out was the National L-Club award presented to the captains for 2015. Outgoing seniors Rheagan Courville and Jessie Jordan were named the recipients of the award after they combined to compete in the all-around in an amazing 97-of -114 competitions in their careers.

Breaux presented the “Eye of the Tiger” award to long-time LSU supporters Barry and Rita Blair. The Eye of the Tiger award goes to the person whose “ordinary” is “extraordinary.” No matter when or where the Tigers competed, Barry and Rita Blair were there to greet and cheer on their favorite team.

The entire team was recognized for winning the Community Service Cup as the LSU sport that completed the most service hours per student-athlete on the roster. The team also won the Tiger Cup that is awarded to the LSU sport that has the highest total achievement in the areas of academics, community service and athletics.

Jordan was the recipient of the Community Service Award as she logged a team-best 42 hours of service in 2015 and directed the gymnastics team’s community service events throughout the year.

Courville, Jordan, Sydney Ewing, Michelle Gauthier, Ashleigh Gnat, Lloimincia Hall, Shonacee Oliva, Jessica Savona, Scarlett Williams and Randii Wyrick were recognized as SEC Academic Honor Roll members, and Myia Hambrick, Erin Macadaeg and Kylie Moran were recognized as SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll members.

LSU’s Scholastic All-Americans were Courville, Ewing, Gauthier, Hall, Hambrick, Macadaeg, Moran, Oliva and Wyrick. They all maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average in the 2014-15 academic year.

Gauthier earned the Wally Pontiff Jr. Academic Excellence Award for achieving a 3.967 cumulative GPA in kinesiology.

Shae Zamardi took home the Most Improved Award. In 2015, Zamardi was a regular in the uneven bars lineup, and she finished the year as a first-team All-American on the event.

Clark presented the Dee Dee Fulmer Gilbert Coaches Award to Courville and Jordan. The award, given out since 1998, is named after the late Dee Dee Fulmer Gilbert who was an advocate of women’s athletics at LSU and a real booster to the gymnastics program. She passed away in 1999 after a long battle with lung cancer.

The Dee Dee Fulmer Gilbert Coaches Award is presented annually to the gymnast that consistently demonstrates a strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence.

Courville, Hall and Jordan were honored for achieving a perfect 10.0 during the 2015 season.

That senior trio and Myia Hambrick were honored for earning All-SEC distinction as well as winning at least one SEC individual title in 2015.

Hambrick, Ewing, Gnat, Zamardi, Wyrick, Hall, Jordan and Courville were recognized for earning All-America honors in the 2015 season.

LSU resumes fall practice Thursday as the Tigers continue preparations for the 2016 season.

Season ticket deposits are available online at http://lsul.su/1AHxy4K, and season tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-12.

Once again LSU will offer a free preview of the 2016 team by hosting Gymnastics 101 in the Maravich Center on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Labeled a “Gymnastics Showcase,” Gymnastics 101 will provide fans a first look at the 2016 Tigers who will perform routines on all four events.

Fans can follow the Tigers on the team’s social media channels: @LSUgym on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, www.Facebook.com/lsugym and at YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.