Gymnastics Finishes with Perfection for SEC Title
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BATON ROUGE- LSU senior Myia Hambrick and junior Sarah Finnegan ended the afternoon in front of a raucous PMAC crowd of more than 12,000 fans with perfection to lead the Tigers to a team score of 198.100 and back-to-back SEC regular season championships.
No. 3 LSU (13-1, 7-0 SEC) has now finished its SEC slate with an unblemished record for the third time in the last four seasons. The Tigers’ team score of 198.100 marked the first time in school history a squad has posted back-to-back 198s at home.
Finnegan and Hambrick anchored the LSU floor lineup with the first perfect scores of their careers. It marked the first time in LSU history that perfect scores were earned in the same meet on floor. The record previously happened on vault twice and once on beam. The duo became the 17th and 18th gymnasts in school history to record perfect scores.
With its third 198 score of the season, LSU extended its streak of meets with a score of a 197 to 33 for the second-longest streak in NCAA gymnastics history. The team is now 33-0 inside the Maravich Center dating back to the 2014 season.
“Every single thing we do counts,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “Every competition counts in the SEC. I am really proud of this team and I think that they really epitomize hard work, determination and the example of what a collegiate athlete should be. I applaud my team, my staff, our incredible Tiger fans, and the great state of Louisiana.”
Tigers Open Meet With 49.325 on Vault
To open the meet, junior Sarah Finnegan and Julianna Cannamela posted consecutive 9.825s on the vault. Sophomore Ruby Harrold garnered a 9.875 in the third spot. Closing out the rotation for the Tigers were Hambrick and Edney who notched back-to-back 9.90s to split the vault title.
Edney Sets Career High to Earn Bars Title
Freshman Sami Durante set the tone for the Tigers with a 9.850 on the uneven bars, and Hambrick followed with a solid 9.950. In the fourth spot, Edney posted her career-high 9.975, and the Tigers closed out the second rotation with a 49.550 after a 9.850 from Lexie Priessman and a 9.925 by Finnegan in the anchor spot.
Beam Consistency Ties Season-Best 49.525
For the second time this season, the LSU gymnastics team posted a 49.525, which also ties the sixth-best beam score in school history. Senior Erin Macadaeg started the rotation off with a beautiful routine, taking the beam title with a 9.950. Finnegan and Hambrick recorded a 9.850 and a 9.875, respectively. Freshman Christina Desiderio and Edney each landed 9.925s as the Tigers tallied the season-high mark.
LSU Closes the Meet with Back-to-Back 10s
On pace to record a 198 for the third time this season, Desiderio etched a season-best 9.875 in the second spot, and in the third spot, Cannamela notched a 9.850. After Edney blasted a 9.975, Finnegan and Hambrick stuck their perfect 10s to close out the meet.
LSU travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Friday, March 9, for a meet against the NC State Wolfpack at 6 p.m. CT in the Reynolds Coliseum. The meet will be broadcast online on the ACC Network Extra.
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