Gymnastics Takes Down Georgia with a 197.575 in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. – The second-ranked LSU gymnastics captured at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a 197.575 for the program’s first win in a regular season meet in Athens since 1983, Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum.
The Tigers (12-1, 6-0 SEC) need a win next Sunday at home against Auburn to capture the title for a second-straight year. First vault is set for 2:35 p.m. CT, and tickets for the meet are available at LSUtix.net
The score of 197.575 marked the highest in Athens in a regular season meet. The Tigers’ team score was the highest in a true road meet and third-highest score of the season anywhere.
LSU combined to win seven event titles on the night. Junior Sarah Finnegan took home the all-around title with an outstanding 39.675.
“We hit 24 sets, which was really what we wanted to do in this environment,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “I think crowds like these will make us better as the season goes on. This win just mean a lot. It means a lot for our team, for (associate head coach) Jay Clark, for Sami (Durante), our alumni, and the fans that came out. It was a great Tiger night.”
Bars Opens with Solid 49.425
Three Tigers posted a 9.90 or higher in the opening rotation to give the squad a lead after one rotation. Senior Myia Hambrick scored a 9.875 and sophomore Ruby Harrold followed with a 9.85. Kennedi Edney, Lexie Priessman and Finnegan then followed with scores of 9.90.
Finnegan, Hambrick Win Vault
LSU went into vault and extended its lead 98.725-97.850 over Georgia with a 49.300 in the second rotation. Finnegan and Hambrick earned the wins on the event with scores of 9.90. LSU also used a 9.85 from Edney and 9.825s from freshman Sarah Edwards and junior Julianna Cannamela.
Priessman Shines with Floor Title
Priessman took home her second-straight title on floor and tied her career high on the event with a 9.95 in the fourth spot of the lineup. Finnegan scored a 9.925 and Edney posted a 9.90. LSU was led off on the event with a 9.825 from Ashlyn Kirby and Christina Desiderio.
Beam Closes Out the Win for the Tigers
Finnegan anchored the Tigers’ beam lineup that went 49.425 to wrap up the meet with a 9.95. Erin Macadaeg led off with a 9.80. Hambrick followed in the second spot with a 9.925. To close out the meet, Desiderio tied her career high with a 9.90, freshman Reagan Campbell went 9.85, and Finnegan closed the win.
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