No. 8 Gymnastics Fourth at SEC Championship
DULUTH, Ga. - The eighth-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted the third-highest road score of the season with a 196.425 to finish in fourth place at the SEC Championship Saturday in front of 7,170 fans in the Gwinnett Center.
No. 1 Florida claimed the conference title with a 197.150, followed by No. 3 Alabama at 196.775 and No. 5 Georgia at 196.575. No. 24 Kentucky placed fifth at 194.350, No. 10 Arkansas was sixth at 194.175 and No. 15 Auburn was seventh at 194.100.
Freshman Lloimincia Hall captured the SEC Floor Exercise title after she won the event with a 9.925. Hall became the third LSU gymnast to be SEC Floor Champion, joining former greats Sandra Smith who won in 1981 and 1982 and Ashleigh Clare-Kearney who won in 2008 and 2009.
Four Tigers - Hall, Rheagan Courville, Jessie Jordan and Ashley Lee - earned All-SEC honors, the most in one season for LSU since five Tigers recorded all-conference honors after winning the SEC team title in 1981.
Hall and Courville tallied First-Team All-SEC honors, and Jordan and Lee received second team recognition. Hall earned first-team status by winning the floor title, and Courville secured it by finishing third in the meet in the all-around with a 39.450. Jordan placed sixth in the all-around with a 39.350, and Lee finished second on vault with a 9.925 to earn second-team honors.
Courville, Hall and Jordan earned spots on the All-SEC Freshman Team. The trio joins Sarie Morrison as the only Tigers in school history to be named All-SEC Freshmen after Morrison made it last season.
"We will be able to carry everything we experienced in this meet to regionals and nationals, and this team is good enough to be in the Super Six," head coach D-D Breaux said. "I am so pleased and proud of how this team fought all meet long, and now we need to prepare for the NCAA postseason."
LSU (10-11) opened the meet with a 49.150 on floor, using strong performances from Hall (9.925), Courville (9.875), Jordan (9.85) and Mathis (9.825). The Tigers also counted Kaleigh Dickson's 9.675.
LSU posted the second-highest vault total in the meet with a 49.375, only trailing Florida's 49.525. The Tigers counted a 9.925 from Lee, 9.90's from Courville and Jordan, and 9.825's from Randi Lau and Maliah Mathis.
After a bye in the fifth rotation, LSU struggled to maintain the momentum from vault as the Tigers finished with a 48.900 on bars. LSU only tallied two scores higher than a 9.80 - a 9.875 from Courville and a 9.825 from Sarie Morrison. Jordan led off the event with a 9.75, and Hall and Lau contributed 9.70's.
LSU ended the meet on beam with a 49.000, using a 9.85 from Jordan, 9.80's from Shelby Prunty and Courville, and 9.775's from Dickson and Hall.
Because the team score is the third highest of the season on the road, LSU will be able to count it toward the final regional qualifying score (RQS) that will move up from a 196.550 to 196.570.
LSU will find out Monday at 2 p.m. CT where the Tigers will be headed for NCAA Regional competition. NCAA.com will live stream the selections. Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, North Carolina State, Utah and Washington are the six regional host teams this season.
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2012 SEC AWARDS
SEC Gymnast of the Year - Jaime Pisani, Arkansas
SEC Freshman of the Year - Kytra Hunter, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Kim Jacob, Alabama; Laura Lane, Auburn
SEC Coaches of the Year - Jeff Graba, Auburn; Rhonda Faehn, Florida
1. Florida 197.150 (VT - 49.525, UB - 49.375, BB - 49.050, FX - 49.200)
2. Alabama 196.775 (VT - 49.325, UB - 49.275, BB - 48.825, FX - 49.350)
3. Georgia 196.575 (VT - 49.175, UB - 49.200, BB - 49.050, FX - 49.150)
4. LSU 196.425 (VT - 49.375, UB - 48.900, BB - 49.000, FX - 49.150)
5. Kentucky 194.350 (VT - 49.000, UB - 48.575, BB - 48.725, FX - 48.050)
6. Arkansas 194.175 (VT - 49.050, UB - 48.850, BB - 48.700, FX - 47.575)
7. Auburn 194.100 (VT - 48.900, UB - 48.825, BB - 48.675, FX - 47.700)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)