Super Six to Decide Gym National Champion
FORT WORTH, Texas – After securing a fifth appearance in the NCAA Super Six on Friday, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team will compete to win the program’s first national title in the Super Six at 8 p.m. CT Saturday in Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.
LSU (27-5) will face off against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 8 UCLA and No. 10 Georgia in the sport’s biggest collegiate stage. The winner of the Super Six will be crowned national champion.
The Tigers are making their fifth appearance in the Super Six since the format was adopted in 1993. LSU is also making its third appearance in the last four years after qualifying for the national title meet in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014. The team’s best finish was third place in 2014.
LSU placed second in NCAA Semifinal I on Friday by scoring a 197.3375, the second-highest score at the NCAA Championships in program history.
Because of that second-place finish LSU will once again start on the bye before bars, the fifth-straight competition in which the Tigers’ first event will be bars, followed by beam, floor and vault.
Oklahoma will start the meet on vault, Georgia will open on bars, Florida will begin on beam, Alabama will start on the bye before floor and UCLA will begin on floor.
The Sooners posted the highest score in the semifinals with a 197.7875 to win Semifinal II. Alabama placed second in Semifinal II with a 197.3875, followed by UCLA in third at 196.7000.
Florida won Semifinal I with a 197.4750, while LSU was right on the Gators’ heels with a 197.3375. Georgia finished third with a 196.7250.
ESPNU will televise the meet live at 8 p.m., and fans can watch several live streams online at WatchESPN.com.
Bart Conner (play-by-play), Kathy Johnson Clarke (analyst) and Laura Rutledge (reporter) will call all the action inside the convention center arena.
Live stats will be available at http://statb.us/b/130553.
2016 NCAA SUPER SIX
Team, Semifinal Score, Semifinal Place, Super Six Rotation
#1 Oklahoma, 197.7875, 1st place Semifinal II, starts on vault
#2 Florida, 197.4750, 1st place Semifinal I, starts on beam
#4 Alabama, 197.3875, 2nd place Semifinal II, starts on bye before floor
#3 LSU, 197.3375, 2nd place Semifinal I, starts on bye before bars
#10 Georgia, 196.7250, 3rd place Semifinal I, starts on bars
#8 UCLA, 196.7000, 3rd place Semifinal II, starts on floor