Gymnastics Closes Our Regular Season Friday
Assistant Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – No. 2 LSU, the Southeastern Conference regular season champions, returns to the Maravich Center for the final time this season against New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday.
The Tigers (12-1, 7-0) are coming off a team score of 198.150 for the third-highest score in school history in the victory over Florida. The win helped LSU remain perfect in conference this season and improve its record to 20-1 over the last three seasons.
LSU’s three seniors, Ashleigh Gnat, Sydney Ewing and Shae Zamardi, will be recognized during pre-meet introductions. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to watch the ceremony and purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines.
The meet will be streamed live on SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com and the app. First vault for Friday's contest will be at 7:31 p.m. CT.
DD Previews the Final Meet for the Trio in Baton Rouge
“There is no time to stop and think about what happened Sunday,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “Everyone is going to have to check their emotions at the door because there is still work to be done. We still have New Hampshire and then our focus will turn to the SEC Championship, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championships.”
“Looking back to four years ago and even during their recruiting process we know they (the seniors) would be a special group. They came in and they were wide-eyed freshmen. They never wavered and always stayed committed to the process. The great leadership they have given to each other and the team has been a delight to be a part of. They are just great student-athletes.”
Last Time Out – SEC Champions
LSU won the first ever SEC regular season championship awarded by the league with a season-high 198.150 Sunday afternoon. With the victory, LSU swept its league schedule for the second time in the last three seasons. The team score also extended the squad’s streak to 18 consecutive meets with a 197 or better.
Senior Ashleigh Gnat scored a 10.0 on vault for the eighth perfect score of her career. Gnat was the anchor of the Tigers’ vault lineup, which finished with a score of 49.625. It marked the highest score in the nation over the last two seasons. Following vault, sophomores Lexie Priessman and Sarah Finnegan split the bars title with scores of 9.925.
In the leadoff spot of beam, junior Erin Macadaeg tied her career high with a 9.95 to win the event. LSU then went on to floor where it finished with a season-high 49.625. After five routines the Tigers clinched the title and team score of 198, but Gnat closed it out in style with a 9.95 for the 20th floor title of her career.
Friday is Senior Tribute for Gnat, Ewing and Zamardi. The presentation for the trio will begin at 7:15 p.m. There will also be a special guest performing the national anthem prior to Friday’s meet.
Record crowds are anticipated for the meet. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and purchase tickets in advance online at LSUtix.net to avoid long lines. Many lots around the Maravich Center are free and open to the public, including 101, 104 and 105. North Stadium Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic. Lot 201 and 300 off of North stadium Drive will be reserved.
Fans are also reminded of LSU’s “Geaux Clear” policy that is in effect at all athletic venues. The policy allows for only clear tote bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” or one-gallon plastic freezer bags to be permitted. Bags must be clear and transparent and cannot be tinted, textured or patterned. For full details on the policy, please visit www.LSUSports.net/GeauxClear.
Series Record Between Teams
LSU leads the all-time series over New Hampshire, 13-0. The two teams last faced off in 2016 during the regular season finale at Texas Woman’s. LSU posted a team score of 197.825 in victories over Oregon State, New Hampshire and TWU.
Home Win Streak Continues to Climb
This senior class is looking to remain unbeaten inside the Maravich Center. LSU is 27-0 in the PMAC over the last four seasons. During that stretch, the trio has been a part of wins over No. 7 Alabama, No. 14 Auburn, No. 2 Florida, No. 9 Georgia, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 1 Oklahoma nd No. 3 Florida. The last loss in the Maravich Center came to Alabama in 2013.
Tigers in the National Rankings
LSU owns the No. 2 spot in the third edition of the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The vault team remained No. 1 in the nation. On beam and floor, the Tigers rank No. 2 and the bars team ranks No. 3.
Individual Rankings: Myia Hambrick: 12th FX, 15th AA, 19th BB, 20th VT; Ashleigh Gnat: 1st VT, 3rd FX, 11th BB; Kennedi Edney: 10th VT, 19th UB; Sydney Ewing: 14th VT; Lexie Priessman: 9th UB; Sarah Finnegan 3rd BB, 24th UB; McKenna Kelley: 16th FX
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.