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Gymnastics Set for Quad Meet at Metroplex Challenge
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Published: February 14, 2014, 04:06 PM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

FORT WORTH, Texas – Third-ranked LSU gymnastics heads back on the road to compete in the team’s first quad meet of the season at the Metroplex Challenge at 7 p.m. CT Saturday.

LSU (5-1) will square off against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 17 Arizona and Kentucky in the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Live audio should be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live with Mike Smith set to call the action.

The Tigers enter the competition riding the momentum of four straight 197 scores and four consecutive victories, including a 197.650-197.325 win last time out at Oklahoma on Feb. 9.

LSU’s 197.650 at Oklahoma is the nation’s highest road score so far this season, and the Tigers will look to build on that score at the Metroplex Challenge.

“We have to put what happened last weekend behind us and focus on a great meet at Metroplex against fantastic teams,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “We are looking forward to the challenge of competing against stiff competition on a podium. The ladies really performed well in practice this week, and we just need to carry that preparation into the meet.”

LSU will open the meet on bars where the Tigers are ranked sixth nationally, and LSU will rotate to beam and floor before ending the meet on vault. The Tigers rank No. 2 nationally on the final three events.

Oklahoma (3-2) will have the Olympic rotation and start the meet on vault. Arizona (3-3) will begin on beam, and Kentucky (4-4) will open on floor.

This marks the third time in four seasons that LSU has competed at the Metroplex Challenge. The Tigers were in it in 2011 and in 2013, and LSU earned the first 197 of the season last year with a 197.100 and a second-place finish at the meet.

This time around LSU is hoping to take home the Metroplex Challenge title behind a solid cast of performers, including the SEC Specialist of the Week in Sarie Morrison and the SEC Freshman of the Week in Ashleigh Gnat.

Rheagan Courville, Kaleigh Dickson, Lloimincia Hall, Jessie Jordan, Britney Ranzy and Jessica Savona are all ranked in the Top 25 in at least one category entering Saturday’s competition, and Randii Wyrick is coming off a season-high 9.825 on bars at Oklahoma.

The Sooners enter the meet led by sophomore Haley Scaman who posted a 9.975 on floor, 9.925 on bars and 9.90 on vault against LSU on Feb. 9.

Arizona is paced by junior Allison Flores who is ranked 13th nationally in the all-around with a 39.350 average, and senior Jordan Williams who is 23rd in the all-around with a 39.225 average.

Kentucky is led by senior Audrey Harrison who has a team-high six event titles this season, and she has posted the Wildcats’ best score on beam, floor and the all-around.

Gymnastike will provide a live video stream of the Metroplex Challenge to gold level subscribers at http://www.gymnastike.org/.

Tiger fans can also track the meet and interact with the team by following LSU gymnastics’ social channels: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter, @LSU_gym on Instagram and www.Youtube.com/lsugymnastics.

 

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