BATON ROUGE – After posting the second-highest score in the nation with a 197.200 against Centenary, the LSU gymnastics team climbed three spots to No. 2 in the GymInfo national standings released Monday.
Junior Rheagan Courville checked in at No. 1 nationally in the all-around after scoring the highest all-around total in the country with a 39.600 against Centenary.
The team ranking is the highest ranking for the Tigers since March 21, 2005, when LSU was No. 2 in the GymInfo Top 25 with a 197.010 regional qualifying score. The last time LSU was ranked higher than No. 2 was March 14, 2005 when the Tigers were No. 1 with a 196.990 RQS.
It marks the second time Courville has held the top spot in the national all-around standings. She reached No. 1 in last season’s initial rankings too after scoring a 39.500 in the all-around in the 2013 season opener.
Junior Jessie Jordan is ranked No. 3 in the all-around after scoring a career-high 39.500 Friday night.
It is the first time LSU has had multiple gymnasts in the Top 5 of the all-around rankings since March 30, 2009 when Ashleigh Clare-Kearney was No. 3 and Susan Jackson was No. 4.
In the team standings, LSU (1-0) is ranked No. 2 on vault after scoring a 49.425 against Centenary, No. 3 on beam with a 49.250, No. 3 on floor with a 49.400 and No. 10 on bars with a 49.125 score.
Courville and Jordan are tied for No. 1 in the nation on beam after posting identical 9.925’s to lead the Tigers against Centenary.
Courville is No. 2 on floor with a 9.95, and she is No. 18 nationally on vault with a 9.875.
Jordan is tied for No. 7 nationally on vault with a 9.90.
Senior Sarie Morrison is tied for No. 3 on bars with a 9.925, and she is tied for No. 4 in the vault rankings with a 9.925.
Sophomore Jessica Savona is tied for No. 9 in the floor standings with a 9.90.
After scoring 9.875’s on vault and bars in the season opener, junior Britney Ranzy is tied for No. 17 nationally on bars and No. 18 on vault.
Freshman Ashleigh Gnat checked into the national beam standings at No. 18 after she scored a 9.85 in her first meet as a Tiger. Her 9.85 is the highest beam score by a freshman in a season opener in LSU history.
Gnat also appeared at No. 22 in the floor rankings after scoring a 9.875 against Centenary.
Second-ranked LSU will travel to face No. 9 Georgia (0-2) in the Southeastern Conference opener on Friday. The meet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT from Stegeman Coliseum.
Live audio will be available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live starting at 6:25 p.m.
2014 GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25
Rank, Team, Season Average
1. Oklahoma 197.700
2. LSU 197.200
3. Alabama 197.150
t4. Florida 196.650
t4. Utah 196.650
t6. UCLA 196.625
t6. Nebraska 196.625
8. Michigan 196.525
9. Georgia 196.325
10. Arkansas 196.200
11. Boise State 195.850
12. Stanford 195.575
13. Illinois 195.325
t14. Denver 195.200
t14. Oregon State 195.200
16. Rutgers 195.075
17. Kentucky 195.000
18. Auburn 194.875
t19. Ohio State 194.750
t19. Arizona 194.750
21. Kent State 194.725
22. Central Michigan 194.625
23. BYU 194.550
24. Minnesota 194.425
25. Michigan State 194.150