Gymnastics Posts New Record at Quad Meet
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ST CHARLES, Mo. – The second-ranked LSU gymnastics team moved to 8-1 on the season with a score of 197.700 to set a new school record for consecutive meets with a 197 team score or higher Friday night at the GymQuarters Invitational.
The original record was set between the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Tigers fell to the top-ranked Sooners who totaled a 198.350. The squad earned wins over No. 10 Georgia and No. 15 Missouri.
Senior Ashleigh Gnat earned a share of the floor title with a 9.975. It marked Gnat’s 49th career individual title. Freshman Kennedi Edney finished in a tie for third in the all-around with a 39.550. Edney totaled three scores of 9.90 or better on the night.
D-D on the Meet Overall
“We felt like from the get go we were chasing Oklahoma. We kept pushing ourselves and really rallied on the last two events,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “I feel like we are trying too hard and I never want to be in that position. We just need to keep moving forward and not try. A 197 is a fabulous road score but this team is capable of so much more. It’s going to be a quick turnaround for the team going into Sunday but this is what we train for.”
Gnat Leads the Way on Vault
Gnat anchored the vault team with a 9.95 on the night. The Tigers totaled a 49.375 on the event. In addition to Gnat’s performance, Edney and senior Sydney Ewing highlighted the event with score of 9.90. The team also counted a 9.825 from Lexie Priessman and 9.80 from Myia Hambrick.
Bars Works Through Errors in Second Rotation
LSU only had one score of 9.90 or better in the second rotation, a 9.90 by Edney. Senior Shae Zamardi finished second on the event with a 9.875. The squad used a pair of 9.85s from Hambrick and Priessman as well as a 9.825 from Sarah Finnegan.
Tigers Respond With Strong Beam Performance
For the second consecutive week, junior Erin Macadaeg led off the Tigers on beam with a beautiful 9.90. After a fall in the second spot, Ewing responded with a 9.875. The final three Tigers all earned scores of 9.925 or higher. Edney totaled a 9.90, Finnegan scored a 9.95 and Gnat closed out the rotation with a 9.925. The squad ended with a 49.575 on the event for a new season high.
Floor Closes Out Strong
The Tigers totaled a 49.450 in the final rotation to push for another 197.700, tied for the second-highest score of the year. Gnat won the floor title to push her total to 17 on the event. Ewing led off with a 9.85. Zamardi provided a strong 9.90 in the second spot for the squad. After a 9.825 from Edney and a 9.200 from Hambrick, McKenna Kelley and Gnat righted the ship with scores of 9.90 and 9.975 respectively.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Tigers as they will return to the Maravich Center to face No. 20 George Washington and No. 22 Iowa at 2:30 p.m. CT Sunday. The meet will be streamed on WatchESPN.com and through the app. It will be the middle part of a stretch of three meets in eight days.