No. 2 Gymnastics Travels to Face No. 15 Georgia

by Brandon Berrio
Inside LSU Gymnastics - Episode 7 Gymnastics Media Session - February 22 +0
No. 2 Gymnastics Travels to Face No. 15 Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The second-ranked LSU gymnastics team (11-1, 5-0 SEC) will take on No. 15 Georgia (3-4, 3-3 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference battle at 6 p.m. CT Friday at Stegeman Coliseum.

With a win, the Tigers can claim at least a share of the 2018 SEC regular-season title. LSU won the inaugural title a year ago with a perfect 7-0 record in league meets.

The meet between LSU and UGA will be televised live on SEC Network and streamed on Bart Conner (play-by-play), Kathy Johnson Clarke (analyst) and Laura Rutledge (reporter) will have the call.

D-D Breaux Previews the Meet
“We are going to go into that arena and control what we can control,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “Nothing that has happened in the past will impact this team. We need to carry the momentum from last weekend and put up another consistent performance.”

Last Time Out
LSU compiled the most impressive performances in the nation this season with back-to-back scores of 198 for the first time in school history Friday and Sunday. The second-ranked Tigers posted a 198.075 at the GymQuarters Invitational for wins over No. 8 Arkansas, No. 20 Missouri and No. 21 George Washington and turned around on Sunday and scored a 198.175 against Texas Woman’s.

In the Sunday meet, LSU’s bars lineup posted a 49.725 for the school record, the highest in the nation since 2004 and the fourth highest in NCAA gymnastics history.

Junior Sarah Finnegan put together an outstanding performance over the weekend with a 39.775 in the all-around on Friday night. Finnegan finished with a career high 9.975 on beam at GymQuarters and posted a 9.90 or better on all six routines over the weekend. Her all-around score marked the second highest in the nation this season and the best in the Southeastern Conference.

Tigers in the National Rankings
LSU jumped up two spots to second in the nation following a 198.075 Friday and 198.175, which was the top score in the nation this season. LSU is ranked second on bars and floor and third on vault and beam. The Tigers own the top three bars scores in the nation in 2018.

Myia Hambrick: 1st FX, 7th AA, 12th UB, 12th BB; Sarah Finnegan: 3rd AA, 5th UB, 4th BB, 12th FX, 19th VT; Lexie Priessman: 7th UB, 10th FX; Kennedi Edney: 11th VT, 24th FX; Sami Durante: 24th UB; Erin Macadaeg: 25th BB

Gymnastics in Search of First Dual Meet Win in Athens Since 1983
The meeting between LSU and Georgia on Friday night marks the 27th meeting between the two schools in Athens. LSU has only won four times in Athens with two of those coming in postseason competition.

Prior to the Tigers’ 2015 win at the Athens Regional, LSU hadn’t won at UGA since finishing higher than the Bulldogs at the 1990 SEC Championship. Of 19 meetings during the regular season, LSU has lost 16 straight with the lone wins only coming in 1978 and 1983.

Gymnastics Owns Eight Scores of 49.700 or Better Between Four Events
Following a school-record score of 49.725 on bars Sunday against TWU, the LSU gymnastics program is one of only three in the nation to own scores of 49.700 or higher on all four events in its history.

LSU has scored a 49.700 or higher on an event eight times in school history, including six times in the last four years: Vault – 49.825 vs. Minnesota (2015); 49.725 vs. TWU (2018); Beam – 49.725 at NCAA Super Six Finals (2017), at Oklahoma (2005); Floor – 49.7125 at NCAA Championship Semifinal II (2017); 49.700 – vs. Auburn (2016), vs. Minnesota (2015) and vs. Missouri (2014)

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