Gym Prepared to Fight for Spot in NCAA Final
FORT WORTH, Texas – The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team (24-3) will compete in Semifinal I at noon CT Friday inside the Fort Worth Convention Center fighting for one of four spots in the NCAA Final.
The Tigers are the No. 3 overall seed and the second-ranked seed in the first session, which also features No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Michigan. The evening session will feature No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Denver, No. 8 Georgia and No. 13 Oregon State.
The top two teams from each NCAA Semifinal will advance to the first ever Four on the Floor. Prior to this year, LSU advanced to the NCAA Super Six seven times in school history and finished a program-best second in both 2016 and 2017.
Individual event and all-around national champions will also be determined during the semifinal competition. LSU has 13 individual national champions in its history. The last individual national champions for the Tigers came in 2017 when Sarah Finnegan won the program’s first bars title, Kennedi Edney became the first freshman in school history to win a national championship after winning vault, and Ashleigh Gnat won the floor title.
The meet on Friday will be televised live on ESPN2 with competition beginning at 12:06 p.m. CT. Bart Conner, Katy Johnson Clarke and Holly Rowe will have the call. Full coverage will also be available on WatchESPN.com and the app.
All rotations were predetermined by random draw last summer. As the first-place finisher in the top of the bracket, the Tigers will open on beam. The squad will then compete on floor and vault before closing on bars.
“The last two weeks have been about getting healthy and ready for this moment,” LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux said. “We had a really good practice in Fort Worth and got adjusted to the equipment. I think this team is ready to go out there tomorrow and compete and have fun. We know the gymnastics is there. It’s just time to do what we do.”
Finnegan One of Nation’s Best All-Around Performers
Senior Sarah Finnegan is one of the nation’s top all-around performers and most recently added to her list of accolades as the winner of the AAI Award, which goes to the top senior gymnast in the nation. Finnegan became the third gymnast in school history to win the award, joining national champions Ashleigh Gnat and Susan Jackson.
Finnegan is the defending two-time Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year and all-around champion. A dominating force in the all-around in 2019, Finnegan set the school record for all-around wins with 13. She also owns the school record for beam titles in a career with 27 and is tied for the most individual titles in a season with 45.
Gymnasts Combine for Ten Regular Season All-America Honors
Finnegan, Kennedi Edney, McKenna Kelley, Lexie Pressman and Reagan Campbell combined to earn an SEC-best 10 Women’s College Gymnastics Association (WCGA) Regular Season All-America honors. Overall, LSU gymnasts have combined to earn 66 All-America honors in the regular season since the association begin this honor in 2013. LSU has now combined to earn 249 regular season and meet honors in program history.
LSU at NCAA Championships
This marks the 30th NCAA Championship appearance in school history. The squad under Breaux moved on to the Super Six seven times (2008, 09, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18). LSU has finished in the top-six in the country eight different times; including second in 2016 and 2017 for the highest finish in school history.
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.
|Round||Event/Time (CT)||Live Stream|
|Semifinal I||Friday, April 19, 12 p.m.|
|Semifinal II||Friday, April 19, 6 p.m.|
|Championship||Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m.|