Gymnastics Sets Records on Senior Night
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BATON ROUGE- Junior Sarah Finnegan secured two perfect 10.0 scores in the same meet for the first time in her career and the third time in school history to lead the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team to a team score of 198.125, Saturday afternoon at the Maravich Center.
The Tigers improved to 15-1 on the season and extended their streak of scores with a 197 or higher to 35, which ties the NCAA gymnastics record. LSU’s win in front of more than 11,000 fans also moved the program’s record to 34-0 over the last five season inside the PMAC.
Finnegan shared the all-around title with sophomore Kennedi Edney with a score of 39.700. Finnegan anchored both the Tigers’ bars and beam lineups with a perfect 10.0. She became the third gymnast in school history to earn a perfect score on bars. The Lee’s Summit, Missouri native now owns career high scores of 10 on bars, beam and floor.
LSU set and tied multiple school records Saturday afternoon with the Tigers’ bars lineup posting a 49.750 for the best in school history. The score exceed the previous record of 49.725 set earlier this season. LSU has now set six of the best 10 bars scores in school history this season.
“It was a great way to end a fabulous regular season,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “We were extremely excited about the crowd and enthusiasm in the arena today. This is truly a team with a lot of heart and pride in the traditions that they have established and the traditions that are held at LSU. The things that this team has achieved and this senior class has achieved is second to none. I can’t say enough positive things.”
Tigers Post 49.350 in Opening Rotation
Myia Hambrick and Edney totaled scores of 9.90 in the fifth and sixth spot to anchor the Tigers’ vault score of 49.350 and win the event titles. Lexie Priessman put up a 9.875 and Sarah Edwards earned a 9.85. Finnegan opened the afternoon with a 9.825.
Bars Bests School Record Anchored with Finnegan’s 10
The LSU bars lineup lit up the PMAC with a 49.750 in the second rotation. Freshman Sami Durante opened things up with a 9.875 and Hambrick followed with a career high 9.975. In the final half of the lineup, Edney scored a 9.925, Priessman tied her career high with a 9.975 and Finnegan anchored with the perfect score.
Beam Matches School Record in Third Rotation
LSU’s beam lineup set or tied four career highs and tied the school record with a 49.725. Hambrick matched her career best with a 9.95 in the second spot of the lineup and Edney followed with a 9.90. Freshmen Christina Desiderio and Reagan Campbell posted scores of 9.95 and 9.925 respectively to set new career highs.
Finnegan then anchored the lineup with her second perfect score of the night. It marked the fifth perfect score in school history on the event and Finnegan became the fourth gymnast to record a perfect 10.0 on Beam.
Floor Caps Off Successful Senior Night
With a 198 team score in sight, LSU found its way to a strong 198.125 with a 49.300 on floor. Ashlyn Kirby opened with a 9.825 and Sarah Edwards followed with a 9.800. After a 9.825 from Priessman, Edney matched her career high with a 9.975. Finnegan put up a 9.875 to secure the win.
LSU begins postseason with the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championship meet at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, March 24. The meet will be held at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri and televised live on ESPN2. Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson Clarke and Laura Rutledge will have the call.
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