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A Look Back at the 2019 Gymnastics Season

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A Look Back at the 2019 Gymnastics Season

BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team caught fire between March and April to end the 2019 season as the NCAA National Runner-Up. The gymnasts and coaches continued to rewrite the history books.

By the Numbers: 2019 LSU Gymnastics Season

    • LSU scored a 197.8250 in the NCAA Four on the Floor to finish as the NCAA National Runner-Up and match the best finish in school history.
    • The finish tied the 2016 and 2017 teams for the previous best. The team score marked the second highest in a final in school history and third highest at an NCAA Championship meet in school history.
    • The squad reached the first ever NCAA Four on the Floor after scoring a 197.5125 in NCAA Semifinal I.
      • LSU was one of two programs from the Southeastern Conference to advance to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas and the only one to reach the Four on the Floor.
      • The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 30th time in school history after winning their second title of the season at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The squad won the program’s 18th regional title, 12th NCAA regional title and seventh in a row after putting up a 197.500 in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Final, the fourth-highest regional score in school history.
      • LSU defeated No. 6 Utah, No. 11 Minnesota and No. 13 Auburn in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to advance to the championships.
      • For the third-straight year and fourth time in school history, the LSU gymnastics program won the Southeastern Conference Championship. The three-peat marked the fifth time in SEC history a team has won three or more SEC titles in a row.
    • An SEC-meet record of 10,505 fans stormed the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and lifted the Tigers to the championship win.
    • With an average score of 197.370, LSU has now finished with an average team score above 197 for six-straight seasons.
    • LSU finished with an overall record of 28-5. The Tigers have now earned 25 or more wins in every season since 2013, a streak of seven-straight seasons.
    • LSU earned at least one win over every SEC team this season. The squad finished with a record of 14-3 against league teams in 2019.
    • The squad ended the season ranked fourth on vault, bars, beam and floor. In the last six seasons, LSU has ranked in the top-five of all four events nationally. The streak, which began in 2014, is tied with Oklahoma for the longest in the nation.
    • Two LSU gymnasts won NCAA individual championships to push LSU’s total to 15.
    • LSU earned four SEC event championships at the meet in New Orleans.
    • LSU gymnasts scored seven perfect scores in 2019. The mark tied the 2004 squad for the most in a season in school history.
    • The Tigers combined to earn 12 All-American honors at NCAA Championships and 10 WCGA Regular Season All-America honors. The combined 22 All-America honors rank third in a single season in school history.
    • LSU finished with a record of 11-1 inside the Maravich Center. The Tigers own a record of 45-1 in the PMAC over the last six seasons.
    • The 11,072 average attendance number was third nationally and the second-best average attendance figure in school history. LSU has averaged more than 10,000 fans per meet for three-straight seasons.
    • More than 10,000 fans attended every regular season meet this season. The six meets with 10,000 fans or more matched 2018 for the best in school history.
    • All six of LSU’s meet in the PMAC ranked in the top-25 of the best gymnastics attendance figures in Maravich Center history.
    • LSU’s season opener crowd of 10,788 set the record for a first home meet.
    • LSU scored a 198-plus team score in consecutive weeks in 2019. The first came against Oregon State 198.150 and the next came at Arizona (198.175). The score at Arizona marked the highest in an away meet and second highest away from the PMAC in school history.
    • The program now owns 13 scores of 198 or more for fourth in NCAA Gymnastics history.
    • LSU was dominant in the month of March with four-straight scores of 197.900 or better. LSU joined Oklahoma as the only programs in NCAA Gymnastics history to hit that mark in four-straight meets.
    • LSU earned season high scores of 49.675 on vault, 49.600 on bars, 49.650 on beam and 49.675 on floor. The vault score marked the second highest in school history and the best on the road in school history. The beam score marked the second highest on the event in school history.
    • On vault and bars at Arizona, LSU scored a 49.600 and 49.675 respectively. It marked the eighth time in school history LSU scored 49.600 or higher in multiple events in a meet but the first time to do it on vault and bars together. The 99.275 combined vault and bars scored marked the highest in school history and second highest in the country in the last 15 years.
    • In the home finale against Oregon State, LSU ended the meet with a 49.650 on beam and 49.675 on floor. The Tigers became the first in SEC history and fifth school in NCAA Gymnastics history to score at least a 49.65 in both beam and floor in the same meet.
    • LSU scored a 49.650 on beam in meets against Georgia and Oregon State. The feat marked the first time a school had scored a 49.650 or higher on the event in NCAA Gymnastics history.
      • Individual Notes for 2019:
      •  Head coach D-D Breaux was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year for the ninth time in her career after leading the program to a third-straight SEC Championship.
      • Breaux completed her 42nd year at the helm of the program to pass Adolph Rupp of Kentucky for the most in the history of the Southeastern Conference.
      • At the NCAA Semifinal I, Breaux’s squad defeated Utah and Michigan to push the Dean of the SEC’s career win total to 800.
    • Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Ewing was named the WCGA Administrator of the Year.
    • Associate head coach Jay Clark coached his ninth NCAA bars champion and the second in school history. Clark’s nine individual champions in the event mark the best in NCAA history.
    • Assistant coach Bob Moore coached the eighth NCAA vault champion in his career and sixth at LSU. The eight titles on vault are the most in NCAA history.
    • Gymnasts Reagan Campbell, Julianna Cannamela, Kennedi Edney, Sarah Edwards, Sarah Finnegan, Ruby Harrold, McKenna Kelley and Lexie Priessman combined for 22 All-America honors. The total honors marked the third highest in school history.
    • Finnegan and Priessman earned All-SEC honors to push the school’s total to 89.
    • Finnegan concluded her career as arguably the greatest gymnast in LSU history and one of the best athletes to ever wear the Purple and Gold. Finnegan was the 2019 NCAA bars champion with a score of 9.95. It marked her second NCAA individual championship, and she became the fourth gymnast in school history to win multiple championships.
        • Finnegan was voted as the 2019 AAI Award winner, which is voted by the nation’s coaches and given to the best senior gymnast in the nation.
        • She was named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award for a second-straight season and LSU’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She became the sixth gymnast in LSU history to be a finalist for the award and first to be named a finalist in consecutive years.
        • One of the best all-around gymnasts in the nation in 2019, Finnegan was named the WCGA Central Region and SEC Gymnast of the Year for a second-straight season. She became the third gymnast in the league’s illustrious history to win the top honor in consecutive seasons.
        • Finnegan capped off her career as a 23-time All-American, which tied Rheagan Courville for the most in school history.
        • Finnegan won the SEC bars, beam, floor and all-around titles to set the school record for most at a meet. Finnegan ended her career with five league wins, which tied for the most in school history. She became just the fourth gymnast in SEC history to win four or more titles and the ninth to win three or more individual event at a meet.
      • She was named the SEC Gymnast of the Week seven times to set the record for the most in a season in the league’s history.
      • Finnegan capped off the program’s third-straight SEC meet title with a perfect 10 on floor. It marked her sixth career perfect score and third in 2019. She joined April Burkholder as the only gymnasts in school history with multiple perfect scores on three different events.
      • Finnegan became the ninth gymnast in LSU to history to score a 9.95 or higher on all four events. She ended her career with bests of 9.95 on vault and 10 on bars, beam and floor.
      • She earned career-high all-around scores of 39.800 on two separate occasions. Here 39.7625 all-around score at the NCAA Four on the Floor marked the highest by an LSU gymnast at an NCAA Championship in school history.
      • Finnegan rewrote the LSU history books in her four years in Baton Rouge with 95 individual wins in 212 routines competed in that span.
      • One of the best beam workers ever at LSU, Finnegan set the career record for titles on the event with 27.
      • Finnegan save her best performances for 2019 as a dominating force in the all-around all year. Finnegan competed all four events in 16 of 17 meets and earned 14 wins to shatter a new school record. She also set the LSU single-season record for beam titles with 11.
      • One of the most remarkable records of her illustrious career is the 49 individual titles in 2019. The original record was set by Sandra Smith in 1980 and tied in 2010 by Susan Jackson No other LSU gymnast since Jackson won more than 30 titles in a season.
    • Edney once again stuck her 1 ½ to win the NCAA vault championship with a score of 9.95. It marked Edney’s second national championship as she also won the vault championship in 2017.
  • Finnegan and Edney joined Rheagan Courville, Susan Jackson and Ashleigh Clare-Kearney as the only gymnasts in school history to win national championships.
  • Finnegan, Priessman, Kelley and Edney all earned perfect scores in 2019. They made up four of the five gymnasts to own perfect scores in the SEC.
    • Priessman became the first gymnast in the nation’s best conference with a 10.0 when she did it on bars against Georgia.
    • Finnegan scored her fourth career 10 and the nation’s first 10 on beam against the Bulldogs.
    • A week later, Kelley and Edney closed out the Tigers’ outstanding performance against Oregon State on floor with their first career perfect scores.
    • In the non-conference finale, Finnegan scored her fifth career 10 as the anchor performer on bars. Edney also anchored the vault lineup with her first perfect score on the event.
    • At the SEC Championships, Finnegan clinched the program’s fourth SEC Championship with a perfect 10.0 on floor.