Sarah

Finnegan

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All-Around
Height: 5'1"
Class: Senior
City/State: Lee's Summit, Mo.
High School: Heritage Classical Christian Academy
Club: GAGE
Major: Kinesiology
Experience: 4 Letters

Bio

2019 AAI Award Winner
2019 NCAA Bars Champion
2019 Honda Sports Award Finalist
2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
2019 First Team All-American (UB, BB, AA)
2019 Second Team All-American (VT)
2019 NCAA Baton Rouge Beam Champion
2019 Central Region Gymnast of the Year
2019 SEC Gymnast of the Year
2019 SEC All-Around Champion
2019 SEC Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise Champion
2019 All-SEC
2019 First-Team Regular Season All-American (UB, BB, FX, AA)
2019 SEC Gymnast of the Week (vs. Cal, vs. Florida, vs. NC State, at GymQuarters/vs. Missouri, vs. Georgia, vs. Oregon State, at Arizona)
2018 First-Team All-American (BB, AA)
2018 Second-Team All-American (UB)
2018 Honda Sports Woman of the Year Nominee
2018 Central Region Gymnast of the Year
2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Around Champion
2018 First-Team Regular Season All-American (UB, BB, FX, AA)
2018 SEC Gymnast of the Year
2018 SEC All-Around Champion
2018 All-SEC
2018 SEC Gymnast of the Week (vs. Arkansas, vs. Alabama, at GymQuarters/vs. TWU, at Georgia, vs. Arizona)
2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2017 NCAA Bars Champion
2017 First-Team All-American (UB, FX, AA)
2017 Second-Team All-American (BB)
2017 NCAA Lincoln All-Around Champion
2017 First-Team Regular Season All-American (BB)
2017 SEC Specialist of the Week (vs. Georgia)
2016 First-Team All-American (UB)
2016 First-Team Regular Season All-American (BB)
2016 Second-Team Regular Season All-American (UB)
2016 All-SEC
2016 SEC All-Freshman
2016 SEC Freshman of the Week (vs. Oklahoma, at Florida, at Texas
Woman’s)
2016 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Considered to be the greatest gymnast in LSU history and one of the best student-athletes to ever wear the Purple and Gold … A two-time NCAA bars champion, the only one on the event in school history … The fourth gymnast in school history to win multiple national championships … Finished with 23 All-America honors for her career, the second most in school history … The winner of the 2019 AAI Award, which goes to the top senior gymnast in the nation … The third AAI Award winner in school history … The only two-time Honda Award finalist in school history … Five-time SEC champion, which tied for the most in a career in school history … A four-time All-SEC performer, 2018 and 2019 all-around champion and 2019 bars, beam and floor exercise champion … The 2018 and 2019 SEC Gymnast of the Year and Central Region Gymnast of the Year … Only the second gymnast in SEC history to be named the gymnast of the year in consecutive seasons … The sixth gymnast in league history to win the SEC all-around title in consecutive seasons … Finished with career highs of 9.95 on vault, 10 on bars, beam and floor and 39.800 in the all-around … The ninth gymnast in school history to achieve a 9.95 or higher on all four events ... Finished her career six perfect scores - two on beam, two on bars and two on floor ... One of two gymnasts in school history with multiple perfect scores on three different events ... In the lineup for school records on bars, beam and floor … Set the SEC record for Gymnast of the Week honors in a season with seven and finished with 12 on her career for the second most in league history ... School record holder for career beam titles with 27 … Set the school record for beam titles in a season (11), all-around titles in a season (14) and total individual titles in a season (49) … Finished with 95 career titles for third in school history … A graduate of LSU in May 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology … LSU’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

SENIOR SEASON (2019)
Capped off her final year in Baton Rouge with the most dominant performance in school history and one of the most dominant in NCAA Gymnastics history … The 2019 NCAA Uneven Bars champion, her second career championship … Set the school record for total individual titles in a season with 49 … The record of 45 titles was originally set in 1980 by Sandra Smith and tied in 2010 by Susan Jackson … Competed against the nation’s top all-around performers all year and finished with 14 wins in 17 meets to smash the previous record of 11 set by Jackson in 2010 … Also set the school record for beam titles with 11 previously set by April Burkholder in 2006 … An All-American at NCAA Championships on vault, bars, beam and all-around to tie Rheagan Courville for the most in school history with 23 … In her final career performance at the NCAA Four on the Floor, scored a 39.7625 in the all-around for the win and the highest score at an NCAA Championship for an LSU gymnast … Also earned wins on bars and floor at the championship final with scores of 9.95 … In NCAA Semifinal I, finished first on bars to win the championship with a 9.95 … Finished as the national runner-up on beam and fourth overall in the nation in the all-around … Won the NCAA Baton Rouge beam title with a 9.925 ... Recorded her 13th all-around win with a 39.600 in the NCAA Regional Final ... Scored a 9.90 on vault and 9.95 on both beam and bars in the final ... Put together one of the most dominating all-around performances in SEC history capped off by a perfect 10.0 on floor to clinch LSU’s third-straight league meet ... Earned the seventh SEC Gymnast of the Year honor in school history and became the third gymnast in league history to earn the honor in consecutive years ... Won the all-around title with a 39.800 to set the school record for wins in a season ... In addition to the all-around win, also earned SEC championships on bars, beam and floor ... Became the fourth gymnast in SEC history to win four or more titles at a meet and the ninth to win three or more individual events ... Scored a 39.725 in the all-around for her 11th win of the season to tie for the school record for most in school history ... Scored her fifth career 10 and second on bars at Arizona ... Also earned the beam title and floor title with scores of 9.90 and 9.95 ... Put together her best all-around performance against Oregon State with a 39.800 ... Became the second gymnast in school history to score a 39.800 or higher without a 10 ... Also won bars and beam titles with scores of 9.975 ... Scored the fourth perfect score of her career and second on beam against Georgia ... Was the first gymnast in the nation to score a 10 on beam in 2019 ... Also won the floor and all-around with scores of 9.95 and 39.675 ... Opened with a 9.90 on vault against the Bulldogs ... Won another all-around title and also earned wins on bars with a 9.925 and floor with a 9.95 at Arkansas ... Had another four-title night against Missouri with wins on bars, beam, floor and the all-around ... The all-around win against Missouri marked her seventh of the season ... Finished with four titles on the night after scoring a 39.650 in the all-around at GymQuarters ... Scored a 9.95 on her Yurchenko Full for a career high and also scored 9.925 on bars and on floor for wins ... Earned a pair of tiles with scores of 9.925 on beam and floor at Kentucky ... Kept her streak of all-around titles alive with a scores of 39.65 against NC State ... Took titles on bars and beam with scores of 9.95 against the Wolfpack ... Won the all-around title for the fourth time in 2019 with a 39.625 at Alabama ... Also earned wins on beam and floor against the Crimson Tide ... Surpassed 39.700 for the third time in her career against Florida ... Won four titles against the Gators with a 9.925 on vault, 9.975 on bars, 9.95 on floor and 39.700 in the all-around ... Was named SEC Gymnast of the Week after her meet against Florida ... Took the all-around and bars titles at Auburn ... Earned a 9.925 on bars and 9.90 on floor ... Opened the season by being named the SEC Gymnast of the Week after scoring a 39.675 against Cal ... Earned three titles against the Bears with scores of 9.95 on beam and floor and the 39.675 in the all-around.

JUNIOR SEASON (2018)
Was named the SEC Gymnast of the Year, Central Region Gymnast of the Year and nominee for the Honda Award … Earned seven All-America honors across bars, beam, floor and the all-around … Named the SEC Gymnast of the Week five times … Became the second gymnast in school history to earn a 10.0 in three different events (bars, beam and floor) in the same season … Won her second-straight NCAA Regional all-around championship after finishing with a score of 39.625 in Raleigh … Earned scores of 9.950 on floor, 9.925 on bars and 9.90 on beam at the regional … Crowned the SEC Gymnast of the Year after winning the all-around title with a 39.500 and completing the most consistent season in the league … Earned perfect scores on bars and beam against Arizona and totaled a 39.700 in the all-around … Scored her first perfect score in the fifth spot of the floor lineup to lead LSU to the second-straight SEC regular season title … Won event titles on vault, bars and beam, and also took home the all-around title with a 39.675 at Georgia … Posted a 9.90 or higher in all six events she competed in at GymQuarters and against TWU … Posted a 39.775 all-around score for the fourth highest in school history at GymQuarters … Won titles on bars with a 9.95, beam with a 9.975 and all-around … Shared the win on floor with a 9.975 and beam with a 9.90 at Missouri … Anchored the Tigers’ win at Florida with a 9.925 on beam … Opened the season by winning titles on bars, beam and in the all-around … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2017)
One of the most consistent performers on the team who competed in the all-around in all four postseason meets … Ended with six beam titles for the fifth-most in a single season in school history … Earned four All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with first team recognition on bars, floor and all-around and second team recognition on beam … Became the first NCAA Bars Champion in school history when she totaled a 9.95 at the NCAA Semifinal II … Finished as the national runner-up on floor after a 9.95 in the semifinal and finished fourth in the nation in the all-around with a score of 39.5875 … Shattered her previous career high in the all-around and tied the highest by any gymnast in school history with a 39.625 at the NCAA Super … In the Super Six, also set a career high on beam with a 9.975 to finish second overall and totaled scores of 9.9 on bars and 9.9125 on floor … Captured the bars title and was the all-around champion at the NCAA Lincoln Regional ... Competed in the all-around at SEC Championship and posted a score of 9.875 in the leadoff of vault, 9.90 on beam and 9.90 on floor ... Finished with a 9.925 on beam for second place against New Hampshire... Posted a career-high score of 9.925 in the fourth spot of the floor lineup against Florida... Matched her then career high of 9.95 on beam at Auburn GymQuarters and against George Washington and Iowa with a score of 9.95 ... Her score on beam was enough for the title in the tri meet ... Captured the beam title with a 9.95 against Missouri... Competed in the all-around against Texas Woman’s and finished first with a score of 39.300 ... Captured the bars and beam titles with a pair of 9.925s against the Pioneers ... Made just her fourth appearance in the all-around at Alabama and finished with a career-high score of 39.525 ... Won the beam title with a score of 9.925 and matched her career high on floor with a 9.90 ... Added scores of 9.85 on both vault and bars against the Crimson Tide ... Secured the beam title against Georgia with an outstanding score of 9.95... Added the bars title against the Bulldogs with a 9.90 ... Won two individual titles in the same meet for the second time in her career against UGA ... Named the SEC Specialist of the Week after her opening performance.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2016)
Earned three All-America honors with regular-season distinction on bars and beam and a first-team honor at nationals by scoring a 9.90 on bars at the NCAA Semifinal I … Recorded All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman honors after she scored a 9.925 to place second on beam at the SEC Championship … Won beam titles with a 9.925 vs. Oklahoma 9.90 vs. Kentucky 9.925 vs. Arkansas and 9.90 at Texas Woman’s … Bars titles came with a 9.95 against NC State at the Lady Luck Invitational, a 9.925 vs. Alabama (3/4) and a 9.95 at Texas Woman’s … Competed on bars and beam in all 14 meets, competed on vault in 10 meets and saw action on floor in three meets … Appeared in the all-around at the Metroplex Challenge, vs. Arkansas and at Georgia … Posted career highs of 9.925 on vault, 9.95 on bars (twice), 9.925 on beam (four times), 9.90 on floor and 38.975 in the all-around … Her 9.925 on vault came at Texas Woman’s, and her 9.90 on floor was at the Metroplex Challenge … Named SEC Freshman of the Week three times after stellar performances against Oklahoma, at Florida and at Texas Woman’s … Became the first gymnast in school history to post a 9.95 on bars in the first road meet of her career (at Lady Luck) ... Her 9.925 vs. Oklahoma is the highest score in an LSU gymnast’s first career beam routine in school history ... Member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL
Trained as a senior international elite competitor at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) under coaches Al Fong and Armine Barutyan Fong … Served as an alternate for the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic team, known as the “Fierce Five,” that won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London … Missed the entire 2013 club season after suffering an injury but returned to health in 2014 while competing for St. Louis Gymnastics Centre … Established herself as one of the nation’s premier gymnasts prior to her injury … Finished fifth on beam and sixth on bars, floor and the all-around at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 … Placed second on beam, fourth on floor and sixth in the all-around at the 2012 Visa (now P&G) Championships … Earned second place on floor and third on beam at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic … Graduated from Heritage Classical Christian Academy.

PERSONAL
Born Nov. 14, 1996 … Daughter of Don and Linabelle Finnegan … Her father Don was an All-American wrestler at Iowa State … Has three sisters, Hannah, Jennah and Aleah … Her sister Hannah was a gymnast and student coach at Missouri … Graduated in May 2019 with her degree in kinesiology.

FINNEGAN’S CAREER HIGHS
Vault: 9.950 (2-15-19 at GymQuarters)
Bars: 10.000 twice; Last: 3-15-19 at Arizona; First: vs. Arizona 3-17-18)
Beam: 10.000 (twice; Last: 3-1-19 vs. Georgia; First: vs. Arizona 3-17-18)
Floor: 10.000 (twice; Last: 3-23-19 at SEC Championships; First: 3-4-18 vs. Auburn)
All-Around: 39.800 (twice; Last: 3-23-19 at SEC Championships; First: 3-8-19 vs. Oregon State)

FINNEGAN’S CAREER INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Vault: 4
Bars: 27
Beam: 27
Floor: 14
All-Around: 23
Total: 95

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