FORT WORTH, Texas - For the first time since the 2010 season the LSU gymnastics team eclipsed the 197 mark in a meet as the Tigers finished second at the Metroplex Challenge with a 197.100 Saturday night in the Fort Worth Convention Center.
No. 2 Oklahoma won the meet with a 197.275, while No. 7 LSU was second at 197.100, No. 16 Oregon State was third at 196.825, No. 9 Georgia was fourth at 196.775 and Washington finished last at 194.875.
For LSU (5-2), the 197.100 marked the Tigers' first team total of 197 or higher since March 12, 2010 when LSU defeated Iowa 197.150-195.400 in Baton Rouge.
"We talked to the kids about taking the 'tense' out of intensity and just going out and having a great night tonight, and they did that," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We got a little tight on beam that ultimately cost us first place, but when you compete against and beat some great teams like we did tonight and you finish with a 197, it is something we can build upon. We look forward to going in to practice this week and getting better."
LSU posted scores of 49.500 on vault, 49.450 on bars, 48.750 on beam and 49.400 on floor to finish with the 197.100.
The 49.500 on vault is LSU's highest team total in the event since the Tigers scored a 49.625 at the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge on April 12, 2008. The 49.450 on bars is the team's best score in the event since Feb. 20, 2009 when the Tigers scored a 49.500 in a home tri-meet against North Carolina and Illinois-Chicago.
Individually, Rheagan Courville tied with Oklahoma's Taylor Spears for the all-around title with a 39.450. She also tied for the bars title with Georgia's Chelsea Davis as Courville set a career-high with a 9.95.
Sarie Morrison captured her second vault title of the season with a career-high tying 9.925, while Courville, Randi Lau and Maliah Mathis all tied for second with a 9.90. Courville, Mathis and Jessica Savona placed second on floor with 9.90's.
LSU opened the meet on bars in the first rotation, and the Tigers stuck landing after landing to earn a 49.450. Jessie Jordan shattered her career high to lead off the event with a 9.875, and Lloimincia Hall tied her career best with a 9.85. Courville nailed her routine with a 9.95, and Wyrick and Dickson scored career highs with a 9.85 and 9.90, respectively. Morrison anchored the event and gave the Tigers a 9.875.
On beam, Jordan led the way as the anchor with a 9.825, followed by Hall at 9.80, Dickson at 9.725, Courville and Savona at 9.70 and Ericka Garcia at 9.625 as LSU finished with a 48.750.
In the third rotation Dickson led off on floor with a 9.825, and Jordan followed with a career-high 9.875. Savona, Mathis and Courville registered 9.90's and Hall nearly pulled out a great routine but she lost her balance on her final tumbling pass and touched the floor with her hands, which counts as a five-tenths deduction.
LSU carried the momentum to vault where four Tigers tied their career highs. Morrison won the event and tied her career mark with a 9.925. Mathis and Lau tied their career bests with a 9.90 each, and Savona tied her season high with a 9.875. Courville added a 9.90 and Dickson contributed a 9.825 to give LSU a 49.500 and cement the 197 team score.
LSU heads to Lexington, Ky., next week to take on 15th-ranked Kentucky at 6 p.m. CT in Memorial Coliseum. Live audio will be available once again free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
1. No. 2 Oklahoma 197.275 (VT - 49.225, UB - 49.450, BB - 49.325, FX - 49.275)
2. No. 7 LSU 197.100 (VT - 49.500, UB - 49.450, BB - 48.750, FX - 49.400)
3. No. 16 Oregon State 196.825 (VT - 49.225, UB - 49.425, BB - 49.150, FX - 49.025)
4. No. 9 Georgia 196.775 (VT - 49.200, UB - 49.425, BB - 49.075, FX - 49.075)
5. Washington 194.875 (VT - 48.800, UB - 49.075, BB - 48.775, FX - 48.225)
LSU Individual Scores and All First-Place Finishers
Beam - 1. Lauren Alexander (Oklahoma) 9.975, t6. Jessie Jordan 9.825, t14. Lloimincia Hall 9.80, t21. Kaleigh Dickson 9.725, t24. Rheagan Courville 9.70, t24. Jessica Savona 9.70, 28. Ericka Garcia 9.625