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Gymnastics Earns Second-Highest Score of 2021 at Auburn

by Brandon Berrio | Assoc. Director of Creative and Digital Content
Gymnastics Earns Second-Highest Score of 2021 at Auburn

LSU Athletics Communications
For Immediate Release – February 5, 2021

Gymnastics Earns Second-Best Score in the Nation at Auburn 

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 2 LSU Gymnastics team (4-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated No. 22 Auburn, 197.550 -197.075, for the second-highest score in the nation this season, Friday night inside Auburn Arena. 

“I am so proud of the fight tonight from the entire team,” head coach Jay Clark said. “We had some new faces in our lineups and they all delivered. Their confidence is growing and they know what it takes. We haven’t even put together a full meet yet so the future is bright” 

Freshman Haleigh Bryant led the way for LSU on Friday night with a 39.550 for the all-around victory. In her first collegiate appearance in the all-around, sophomore Alyona Shchennikova scored a 39.525 to finish second overall. 

Bars Opens Night Strong
The LSU bars lineup scored a 49.475, which is the second best in the nation in 2021. Three LSU gymnasts matched or set career highs. Kiya Johnson started the night with a 9.90. Chase Brock and Olivia Dunne followed with career highs of 9.875 and 9.925. Bryant and Shchennikova each scored a 9.825. Sami Durante anchored the event with a 9.95 to match her career high and earn the victory. 

Three Tigers Split Vault Title
Shchennikova, Bryant and freshman Elena Arenas all scored a 9.90 to earn the vault win and extend LSU’s lead to 98.675-98.600. The scores for all three marked career highs. LSU also used a career high 9.875 from Brock and 9.700 from Johnson to score a 49.200. 

Floor Matches Season High
The LSU floor lineup matched a season high with a 49.450 and hit six for six. Reagan Campbell scored a season high 9.90 and Shchennikova scored a 9.925 to set a new career high. Freshmen Sierra Ballard and Arenas made their collegiate debuts on floor and scored a 9.825 and 9.875. Bryant anchored the event with a 9.925. 

Beam Seals the Victory  
The Fighting Tigers sealed the night on beam with a 49.425 for a season best. Christina Desiderio started with a 9.90 and Bryant matched it to tie her career high. The final three of the lineup – Dean, Shchennikova and Campbell – all earned a 9.875. 

Next Up 
LSU returns to action for at least a top-three match up inside the Maravich Center at 6:15 p.m. CT Friday, Feb. 12. The meet against No. 1 Florida will be one the top meets in the nation in 2021 and will be televised on SEC Network.