Gymnastics Posts a 197.575 in Win over No. 24 NC State
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The second-ranked LSU gymnastics team scored a 197.575 to improve to 14-1 on the season in the squad’s final road contest of the regular season Friday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Tigers defeated the Wolfpack who put up a 196.100 team score. LSU extended its streak of meets with a team score of 197 or higher to 34 straight. The streak marks the second best in NCAA gymnastics history.
“Execution was really strong with a different lineup since we were trying to rest some of the girls and work on our depth,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “We really fought for positions tonight. We had the lead after three rotations and never let up. A night like tonight really showed off our depth and it will only help us as we move toward postseason competition.
Priessman, Finnegan Match Career Highs to Open
Lexie Priessman and Sarah Finnegan matched career highs in the fifth and sixth spot of the lineup with 9.975s to lead the Tigers to a 49.575 on bars. Freshman Sami Durante led off with a 9.85 and senior Myia Hambrick followed with a 9.875. The Tigers also used a 9.90 from sophomore Kennedi Edney to open the meet.
Harrold Posts Season Best Vault
Sophomore Ruby Harrold put up her finest performance of the season in the second spot of the lineup for a 9.95 to match her career high. Finnegan and North Carolina native Julianna Cannamela each posted a 9.875 in the first and third part of the lineup respectively. Freshman Sarah Edwards also matched her career high with a 9.90.
Floor Finds its Performances to Extend the Lead
With Finnegan and Hambrick out of the floor lineup for rest, LSU used a new look lineup and scored a 49.150. North Carolina native Ashlyn Kirby started things off with a 9.85. Harrold and Cannamela followed with back-to-back 9.825s. The Tigers also used a 9.85 from Edwards and 9.800 from Desiderio.
Beam Closes out the Win Over NC State
Macadaeg opened with a 9.85 for the Tigers and Hambrick followed with an outstanding performance for a 9.95. Edney bounced back on floor for a 9.875 and Desiderio followed with a 9.85. Freshman Reagan Campbell scored a 9.825 in the fifth spot and Finnegan closed out the meet with a9.90 to give the squad a 49.425 on beam.
LSU returns for the final regular season meet against Arizona at 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 17. The meet will mark the final one inside the Maravich Center for seniors Hambrick, Macadaeg and Lauren Li.
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