Gym Improves to 3-0 with Win over TWU

LSU celebrates against Texas Woman's University.
LSU celebrates against Texas Woman's University.
Chris Parent (@chrisparent)
Brandon Berrio
Brandon Berrio
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BATON ROUGE – In front of more than 11,500 Tiger fans, the fourth-largest crowd in the history of the program, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team improved to 3-0 on the season with a team score of 197.475 Friday evening in the Maravich Center.

With the victory, the Tigers extended their winnings streak inside the PMAC to 23-straigh meets. Sophomore Sarah Finnegan captured the all-around title for the first time in her career. The bars score of 49.450 was also a season high for the Tigers, highlighted by a 9.925 by Finnegan.

D-D On the Record Night
“I felt like we had a great team performance and it was the opportunity change our lineup a little bit,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “We tried to continue to develop our depth and compete with someone new. I think Kennedi Edney going out tonight and doing a full routine was a part of that.”

“We didn’t hold back tonight and went all out,” Breaux added. “We had four 10.0 start values tonight. We really encouraged our kids to take on the mindset that they were competing against every other team in the country. I think they did that tonight with a packed house and all the energy we had.”

Opening Rotation
LSU opened with a score of 49.325 on vault with all six scores of 9.85 or better. Senior Ashleigh Gnat led the way for the vault title with a 9.90. Freshman Kennedi Edney finished in second with a 9.875. Finnegan, Lexie Priessman, Sydney Ewing and Myia Hambrick all tied with a score of 9.85.

Season Best Bars to Continue Lead
The Tigers continued a strong start with the season-best 49.450 on bars. Finnegan captured her fifth bars title with a 9.925. Hambrick and Edney matched scores of 9.90 for the Tigers in the second and fourth spot respectively. Freshman Ruby Harrold made her first career appearance and totaled a score of 9.875.

Tigers Split Beam Title
Finnegan and Gnat shared the beam title with scores of 9.925 in the fifth and sixth spot. LSU also used scores of 9.85 from Erin Macadaeg as well as a pair of 9.825s from Hambrick and Edney.

Floor Performers Close the Night
The Tigers totaled a solid 49.350 in the final rotation to push their total team score to more than 197. Gnat captured the title in the anchor spot with a score of 9.925. Senior Shae Zamardi totaled a season-best score of 9.90 for second on the event. Ewing added a 9.875 and Harrold finished with a 9.85.

Next Up
LSU returns to the floor for its second road meet of the season at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 27 against Kentucky. The Wildcats are coming off of a score of 197.100 for the highest team score in school history.

Fans can follow the Tigers on the team’s social media channels: @LSUgym on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, www.Facebook.com/lsugym and at YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.

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