GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team will conclude a four-meet road swing with a third straight contest against the No. 2 team in the nation as the Tigers take on Florida at 6 p.m. CT Friday in the O’Connell Center.
LSU (7-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) is coming off back-to-back meets against Oklahoma, who at the time was the No. 2 team in the nation, and the Tigers recorded two successful performances, beating the Sooners in Norman, Okla., with a 197.650 on Feb. 9 and shattering the school record high score with a 197.875 against Oklahoma at the Metroplex Challenge on Feb. 15.
LSU and Florida (6-0, 4-0) enter Friday’s meet as two of the top scoring teams in the nation. The Gators hold the nation’s second-highest score with a 198.050, while the Tigers and Gators share the third-highest score nationally with a 197.875.
The SEC rivals are the only teams in the country with multiple perfect 10.0 scores this season. LSU has produced three 10s this year with two from junior Lloimincia Hall and one from junior Rheagan Courville, while the Gators have had five 10s this year with three from junior Kytra Hunter and two from sophomore Bridget Sloan.
“We’ve had great preparation going into these recent meets, and the more success we have, the more success this team wants,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “They are beginning to feed off each other’s momentum throughout the meets, and that’s what we need to do Friday night against a great Florida team.
“We are excited to compete against another high-caliber team in front of a big crowd, and I know our ladies are prepared to go in and fight for victory.”
Both teams enter the meet with three gymnasts ranked among the Top 25 in the all-around standings. LSU’s Courville is No. 5 with a 39.504 average, junior Jessie Jordan is 11th at 39.368 and senior Kaleigh Dickson is 14th at 39.313. Florida is led by Sloan who is No. 1 nationally with a 39.575 average, Hunter who is No. 3 with a 39.520 average and senior Alaina Johnson who is 13th with a 39.338 average.
LSU is ranked in the Top 5 in every event in the team standings, highlighted by No. 2 rankings on vault and floor. The Tigers are No. 3 on beam and No. 5 on bars.
The Gators are first nationally on beam, No. 2 on bars, No. 3 on floor and No. 5 on vault.
LSU is also looking to extend its streak to six straight meets with a 197 score or higher as the Tigers approach the school record of eight straight meets set during the 2004 season.
Live audio will be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live with Mike Smith on the call.
Florida has agreed to share its video, so Geaux Zone members can watch the GatorVision video at no extra cost by logging into a Geaux Zone account at www.LSUsports.net/live.
ESPN is broadcasting the meet on a tape delay basis. The first airing will be on ESPNU on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m., and ESPN2 will show the meet on March 2 at 5 p.m.