Courville Seventh on Vault at NCAA Event Finals
DULUTH, Ga. - LSU freshman gymnast Rheagan Courville capped the 2012 gymnastics season with a seventh-place finish on vault at the NCAA Individual Event Finals Sunday afternoon in Gwinnett Arena.
Courville, a Baton Rouge native, finished with a 9.7313 average between her two vaults. She competed a yurchenko full on her first vault that earned a 9.8000, and she scored a 9.6625 on her second vault which was a layout that held a 9.80 start value.
Courville qualified for the event finals after posting a 9.925 in Semifinal I of the NCAA Championships. She earned two First-Team All-America honors during the semifinal as she captured the all-around title in the semifinal with a 39.475 to go along with her second-place finish on vault.
"I was excited Rheagan was able to compete on the final day, and being top seven is a huge accomplishment," head coach D-D Breaux said. "I am excited about the future because this team showed a lot of pride here at the championships and throughout the season.
"We are certainly looking forward to bringing this team back next year along with the new gymnasts we are adding. We can't wait for next season."
LSU finished ninth overall out of 12 teams at the NCAA Championships, scoring a 196.550 in Semifinal I. The score ranks as the third-best total LSU has ever posted in an NCAA Championship meet. The Tigers are expected to return everyone from the 2012 squad apart from senior All-American Ashley Lee.
NCAA INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS VAULT RESULTS
1. Kytra Hunter (Florida) 9.8750; 2. Diandra Milliner (Alabama) 9.8250; 3. Kat Ding (Georgia) 9.8125; 4. Marissa Gutierrez (Alabama) 9.8063; 5. Marissa King (Florida) 9.7875; 6. Janelle Giblin (Nebraska) 9.7625; t7. Rheagan Courville 9.7313; t7. Lindsey Cheek (Georgia) 9.7313; 9. Kailah Delaney (Utah) 9.7000; 10. Georgia Dabritz (Utah) 8.7938