Gymnastics Fifth at NCAA Semi; Six Advance to Sunday
FORT WORTH, Texas – A season filled with tremendous team achievements and records came to a close as the fourth-ranked LSU gymnastics team finished fifth out of six with a 196.550 in NCAA Semifinal II Friday night in Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.
However, six LSU gymnasts qualified for Sunday’s NCAA Individual Event Finals with Myia Hambrick on vault, Rheagan Courville, Shae Zamardi and Randii Wyrick on bars, Jessie Jordan on beam and Ashleigh Gnat on floor.
LSU finished the season at 25-6 after scoring a 49.375 on vault, 49.425 on bars, 48.275 on beam and 49.475 on floor to end with a 196.550.
No. 1 Oklahoma (26-0) placed first in the semifinal with a 197.400, followed by No. 5 Alabama (24-4) in second at 197.100 and No. 8 Auburn (17-11) in third at 197.075. Those three teams advanced to the NCAA Super Six where they will compete against No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Utah and No. 11 Stanford for a chance at the national title.
No. 9 Nebraska (28-9) placed fourth with a 196.675, and No. 12 Oregon State (18-14) finished sixth with a 195.875.
“I made some conscious choices on beam after tracking hits and misses all season, and it did not go as planned,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “I will live with that until next season because I thought I knew the personalities and training we had.
“Three events were fabulous. I think beam is our best event, and we fell apart. We should be vying for a title tomorrow night, and we’re not. I’m sad for this team and very sorry for LSU because I know this team has represented LSU well. This is not representative of this team and who we are.”
Individually, a school-record seven Tigers earned All-America honors at the championships, including eight first-team marks. Courville tallied four All-America honors with first-team distinction on bars and the all-around. Jordan earned three total honors with first-team recognition on beam and the all-around. Gnat (FX), Hambrick (VT), Wyrick (UB) and Zamardi (UB) each added one All-America award. Sydney Ewing earned second-team All-America honors on beam and floor.
LSU opened the semifinal with a 49.375 on vault, highlighted by freshman Hambrick’s outstanding 9.95. Courville posted a 9.875 to claim the second-highest score by a Tiger on the event, and Ewing, Jordan and Gnat all added 9.85s.
After sitting out the second rotation with a bye, the Tigers roared to the third-best bars total of the season with a 49.425 in the third rotation. Courville earned a 9.925 to lead the way, followed by solid 9.90s from Zamardi and Wyrick. Jordan tallied a 9.875, and Gnat recorded a 9.825 to fill out the team’s counting scores.
At the halfway point of the meet LSU sat in third place with a 98.800, narrowly trailing Alabama’s 98.075. Oklahoma was in the lead with a 99.025. Auburn was fourth with a 98.525, while Nebraska was fifth at 98.300 and Oregon State was last at 98.100.
The meet took a turn for the worse in the fourth rotation when LSU counted two low scores to finish with a 48.275 on beam. Competing in her familiar anchor spot, Jordan established the team high with a 9.90, and she was followed in scoring by 9.85s from Courville and Ewing. The Tigers were forced to count a 9.375 from Gnat and a 9.30 from Lloimincia Hall.
In the final event of the night LSU posted a 49.475 on floor as Gnat led the team with a 9.925 to advance to event finals. Ewing, Jordan and Courville all tallied 9.90s to register All-America honors, and Savona led off the lineup with a 9.85 to wrap up the scoring.
Courville, Gnat, Hambrick, Jordan, Wyrick and Zamardi will compete in the NCAA Individual Event Finals at 2 p.m. CT Sunday in the Convention Center Arena. They will try to add to LSU’s list of 10 individual national titles.
The event will be carried live on www.WatchESPN.com.
2015 LSU ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Rheagan Courville – First-Team All-American (UB, AA); Second-Team All-American (BB, FX)
Sydney Ewing – Second-Team All-American (BB, FX)
Ashleigh Gnat – First-Team All-American (FX)
Myia Hambrick – First-Team All-American (VT)
Jessie Jordan – First-Team All-American (BB, AA); Second-Team All-American (FX)
Randii Wyrick – First-Team All-American (UB)
Shae Zamardi – First-Team All-American (UB)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL II MEET RESULTS
Team (Top three advance to NCAA Super Six)
1. #1 Oklahoma 197.400 (VT – 49.550, UB – 49.500, BB – 48.875, FX – 49.475)
2. #5 Alabama 197.100 (VT – 49.475, UB – 49.275, BB – 48.950, FX – 49.400)
3. #8 Auburn 197.075 (VT – 49.225, UB – 49.250, BB – 49.275, FX – 49.325)
4. #9 Nebraska 196.675 (VT – 49.200, UB – 49.175, BB – 48.875, FX – 49.425)
5. #4 LSU 196.550 (VT – 49.375, UB – 49.425, BB – 48.275, FX – 49.475)
6. #12 Oregon State 195.875 (VT – 49.000, UB – 49.225, BB – 48.875, FX – 48.775)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Vault – t1. Myia Hambrick 9.95, t1. Ali Jackson (Oklahoma) 9.95, t1. Haley Scaman (Oklahoma) 9.95, t10. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t14. Sydney Ewing 9.85, t14. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85, t14. Jessie Jordan 9.85, t24. Jessica Savona 9.825
Bars – t1. McKenzie Wofford (Oklahoma) 9.95, t1. Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma) 9.95, 3. Rheagan Courville 9.925, t4. Randii Wyrick 9.90, t4. Shae Zamardi 9.90, t9. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t24. Ashleigh Gnat 9.825, 40. Jessica Savona 9.725