Gym Returns to Take on Alabama in the PMAC

by Brandon Berrio | Assoc. Director of Creative and Digital Content
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Gym Returns to Take on Alabama in the PMAC

BATON ROUGE – For the 23-straight straight meeting, LSU and Alabama will meet in a top-10 showdown as the sixth-ranked Tigers and seventh-ranked Crimson Tide face off at 7:15 p.m. CT Friday inside the Maravich Center. 

The meet between the two SEC rivals will be televised on the SEC Network. First vault is set for 7:35 p.m. with John Roethlisberger and Bridget Sloan on the call.  

Meet Promotions 
The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a bobble head of LSU All-American and 2017 and 2019 NCAA Uneven Bars champion gymnast Sarah Finnegan. More than 60 alumni will also be on hand from both the men’s gymnastics team and women’s team over the years. The group will be recognized prior to the meet. 

Arrive Early
With one of the largest crowds of expected for the meet on Friday, LSU officials are encouraging all fans to arrive to the PMAC early. Doors for students will open at 5:30 p.m. The remaining doors to the arena will open at 5:45 p.m. 

Buy Tickets before Friday
Fans who have not purchased tickets yet are encouraged to buy ahead of time to avoid lines. Tickets for the meet are available at www.LSUTIX.net or by calling the LSU Ticket Office at (225)578-2184 or toll-free at (800)960-8587. LSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

Geaux Clear
Fans are reminded that LSU’s Geaux Clear policy is in effect for all sports. The following bags are permitted inside LSU Athletic venues: clear 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or smaller bags, clear 1-gallon freezer bags & clear or non-clear 4.5″ x 6.5″ (approximately the size of a person’s hand) wallets/wristlets/clutches. For more information regarding the clear bag policy, please visit lsusports.net/geauxclear.

Last Time Out?
The Tigers posted a season-high team score of 197.77 against No. 2 Florida. The squad, led by freshman Kiya Johnson and senior Kennedi Edney put together the most consistent performance of the season. 

Johnson Takes Home SEC Freshman of the Week Honors
Johnson was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, her second league honor in 2020. Johnson scored a 39.725 in the all-around for the best performance of her debut season. The Dallas, Texas, native scored a perfect 10 on beam. She became the third LSU freshman to score a perfect 10 and the fourth LSU gymnast to do it on beam. In 2020, Johnson is the sixth gymnast and only freshman to score a 10. 

In addition to the win on beam, Johnson also scored a 9.975 on floor for the victory for a career high. Johnson set a career high on bars with a 9.85 and earned a 9.90 on vault. Johnson has won nine titles with two in the all-around, two on vault, three on floor and two on beam. 

Series Between LSU and Alabama
LSU is currently on a 10-meet winning streak over Alabama since the 2017 NCAA Championships and the Tigers have won five straight in the regular season. The two schools have meet every year since 1981 and all but a three-year stretch (1978-80) since the LSU program started in 1975. Alabama leads the all-time series over LSU, 96-29-2, with the Tigers owning a 13-16-2 record at home.

 LSU has won the last five regular-season meetings over Alabama and the last three meets inside the PMAC. In 2016, a school-record sellout crowd of 13,256 fans watch No. 4 LSU defeat No. 3 Alabama, 197.925-196.225. The 2018 team followed two years later with a 197.450-196.725 victory over No. 9 Alabama in front of a new record crowd of 13,729 fans. 
?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.