Position
All-around
Height
4'11
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Bethlehem, Pa.
Previous School
Parkettes
High School
Liberty HS

Updated 6/27/06

All-American (Bars)
Four-time Academic All-American
Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll

SENIOR SEASON (2006)
Turned in the most successful season of her career as a senior, earning All-America honors at the NCAA Championships … Recognized as a second-team selection on the bars after scoring a season-best 9.825 in the prelims … Throughout the season competed on the vault, bars and floor for LSU … Averaged a 9.733 on the bars as the Tigers’ leadoff performer … Six times notched scores of 9.800 or better on the event … On the floor, twice posted a season-high 9.850 – first against Oklahoma and then against UCLA … Added a 9.825 against Kentucky … Finished the year with a 9.681 season average … Competed on the vault in five meets for the Tigers … Made her collegiate debut against Iowa (9.250) … Notched a career-high 9.825 one week later against Arkansas … Scored a 9.800 versus Auburn … Earned her fourth straight Academic All-America selection … Also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year.

JUNIOR SEASON (2005)
The Tigers’ lead off performer on bars, she also saw action on the floor during the 2005 season … On the bars, scored a season-high 9.825 on three separate occasions, including at the SEC Championships … Recorded a 9.800 on the event three times – at Alabama, against Georgia and at Texas Woman’s … Averaged a 9.690 over the course of the year … Competed on the floor in six meets for LSU … Notched a season-best 9.800 at Texas Woman’s … Scored 9.775s against Florida and at Ohio State … Finished the year with a 9.708 average … A member of the SEC Honor Roll, she was also named to the Academic All-America team.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2004)
Saw limited action on the bars and floor for the Tigers … Recorded a career-high 9.950 on the floor at Texas Woman’s … Posted identical marks of 9.675 on the event against Alabama and Kentucky … Scored a season-best 9.750 on the bars at Centenary … Turned in season averages of 9.575 on the bars and 9.705 on the floor … Named to both the Academic All-America team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2003)
Competed on the bars and floor during her freshman campaign … Posted four top-three finishes on the bars over the course of the season … Twice scored a personal-best 9.875 on the event, first against Denver to place third and then at the Masters Classic … Her 9.850 on the bars at Auburn was good enough for a second-place finish … Also earned a second-place finish at the season-opening Bahama Breeze Invitational, scoring a 9.775 … Scored a solid 9.800 in her collegiate debut on the floor against Arkansas … Later matched that mark at the SEC Championships and the NCAA West Regionals … Named to the Academic All-America team.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa. … Graduated with a 4.3 GPA … A member of the school’s honor roll … Coached by Bill and Donna Strauss at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center … A four-time Junior Olympic national qualifier … Placed fifth on the vault at the 1999 national championships … 2001 regional champion … Two-time state champion, winning titles in 2000 and 2001 … Member of the 1999 and 2001 Pennsylvania state championship teams.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Kevin and Janet Lea … Has a younger brother, Chris … Her uncle, Mike Carroll, played football at Missouri and later with the Minnesota Vikings … Born Dec. 30, 1983, in St. Louis, Mo. … Majoring in kinesiology.

LEA’S CAREER HIGHS
Vault – 9.825 at Arkansas 1/27/06
Bars – 9.875 twice
Floor – 9.950 at Texas Woman’s/Arizona 2/23/04

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