Gymnastics Captures Regional Title and NCAA Berth
RALEIGH, N.C. – The second-ranked LSU gymnastics team took down five teams and posted a team score of 197.675 to capture the NCAA Raleigh Regional and secure the program’s 29th NCAA Championships appearance, Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Tigers moved to 27-1 overall after posting the highest road score in a regional in school history. The regional win marked the 17th overall for LSU and sixth-straight NCAA Regional title.
Nebraska earned the second spot to the NCAA Championships after a score of 197.525. NC State placed third overall with a 196.050, Maryland was the fourth place team with a196.050, Oregon State finished fifth with a 194.975, and GWU finished sixth with a 195.425.
Senior Myia Hambrick and junior Sarah Finnegan won the all-around title with score of 39.625. LSU’s Hambrick and Edney took home the vault title, Hambrick won the beam title, and Finnegan secured the floor title.
“The thing about this meet is it’s a marathon with all the byes,” LSU Gymnastics Head Coach D-D Breaux said. “I was proud of the way we adjusted after floor and did a great job vaulting. On beam they were absolute rocks. In this meet, you do what you have to do to get out. Now it’s time to go home and prepare for NCAA Championships.”
Finnegan Captures Floor to Start
The Tigers opened with a strong showing on floor with Finnegan leading the way for LSU’s 49.350 with a 9.95 of her own. Freshman Christina Desiderio scored a 9.80 in her first NCAA appearance. Lexie Priessman and Edney each followed with a 9.85. Finnegan 9.95 and Hambrick’s 9.90 closed out the opening rotation.
Vault Finds Landings Before First Bye
LSU moved on to vault and put up the second-highest score of the season with a 49.450. Finnegan opened with a 9.85 and the Tigers counted a 9.80 from Ruby Harrold in the third spot. The lineup then closed out the second rotation with three stone-cold sticks in a row. Julianna Cannamela matched her career high with a 9.90 and Hambrick and Edney each followed with 9.95s on their Yurchenko 1 ½ vault.
Priessman Leads the Way for Strong Bars Lineup
LSU followed after the bye and continued its strong afternoon with a 49.375 on bars. In the opening three performances, freshman Sami Durante posted a 9.80, Hambrick added a 9.85 and Harrold scored a 9.825. Edney also posted a 9.825 and Priessman put up an outstanding 9.95. Finnegan closed out the rotation with a 9.295.
Beam Clinches Program’s 29th NCAA Championships Berth
With Nebraska square on its heels, LSU’s beam lineup left no doubt with a 49.500 for the program’s highest NCAA Regional beam score away from Baton Rouge ever. Seniors Erin Macadaeg and Hambrick set the pace with scores of 9.875 and 9.925. Edney and Desiderio followed with scores of 9.90 and freshman Regan Campbell also earned a 9.85. Finnegan sealed the win for the Tigers with a 9.90.
LSU will compete in NCAA Semifinal I at noon CT on Friday, April 20 in St. Louis, Missouri. The top three teams from the early session will advance to the NCAA Super Six on Saturday, April 21. Both meets will be televised live on ESPNU.
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