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Gymnastics Ties Record with Win at Arkansas

Brandon Berrio
Brandon Berrio
Assistant Communications Director

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the 14th-straight time, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team totaled a team score of 197 or better when the Tigers defeated No. 23 Arkansas, 197.700-196.325, Friday evening at Barnhill Arena.

The Tigers tied the school record for consecutive meets with a team score of 197 or better at 14. The record was originally set between the 2014 and 2015 seasons. LSU moved to 6-0 and 5-0 in conference with the victory over the Razorbacks.

Freshman Kennedi Edney captured the all-around title for a third-straight week. Edney totaled a 39.500 for the second-highest score of her career. The Chino, California native also earned the vault title with a 9.90 on the event.

D-D on the Win on the Road
“We really captured momentum as the meet progressed and caught fire with fabulous floor and beam rotations,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “Our bars were good and our handstands were great. We didn’t stick enough landings but it’s getting better each week.”

“We are continuing to build or depth in every lineup. It was great to see Ruby (Harrold) on vault with her 1 ½. It’s important to continue getting people experience. It was really a great meet.”

Priessman Captures Bars to Start
Sophomore Lexie Priessman anchored a strong bars lineup with a 9.90 for the title. The Tigers ended with a 49.400 for the highest against an SEC team this season. In addition to Priessman’s performance, LSU used 9.875s from Shae Zamardi, Myia Hambrick, Ruby Harrold and Sarah Finnegan.

Gnat, Edney Split Vault Title
Senior Ashleigh Gnat and Edney shared the vault title after totaling scores of 9.90. LSU earned a 49.225 on vault for the night. Sophomore Julianna Cannamela made her first appearance after suffering a shoulder injury and led off with a 9.85. Harrold also made her collegiate debut on vault and earned a 9.80 in the second spot.

LSU Returns with Strong Floor
The Tigers totaled a 49.550 on floor to tie a season high (at Kentucky) and the highest on the road against an SEC opponent in school history. Gnat highlighted the event with a 9.95 in the anchor spot for the title. Sophomore McKenna Kelley made her return to the floor lineupwith a 9.925 to tie her career high. Hambrick also rebounded to score a 9.925 in the event in the third spot. Seniors Sydney Ewing and Zamardi along with Edney also earned 9.875s.

Beam Seals the Win for the Tigers
The Tigers hit their beam routine with stuck landings for a 49.525 to close out the meet. Hambrick won the beam title with a new career high score of 9.95. Gnat anchored the event with a 9.925 and junior Erin Macadaeg led off with a 9.90. The squad also used a pair of 9.875s from Edney and Ewing.

Next Up
LSU returns to action for a full weekend on the road and at home. The Tigers will take on the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a quad meet on Friday, February 17 in St. Louis. The GymQuarters meet will also feature Georgia and Missouri. The squad will then return on Sunday to take on Iowa and George Washington inside the Maravich Center at 2:30 p.m.

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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