LOS ANGELES – Rheagan Courville joined elite company in LSU gymnastics history and capped a fantastic 2013 season for the Tigers by winning the vault national title Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Individual Event Finals.
A sophomore from Baton Rouge, Courville is the third LSU gymnast to win the vault national title, joining Susan Jackson in 2008 and Ashleigh Clare-Kearney in 2009, and her victory gives LSU nine overall individual national titles in school history.
“I am so proud of Rheagan for winning the title,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “She performed a beautiful vault that was truly national championship quality, and her performance today is attributed to the great coaching job Bob Moore has done with her and all of the kids on vault this season.
“We are very grateful to have such an outstanding all-arounder win the vaulting championship, and we are excited about the future, not only for Rheagan, but for the entire team.”
Courville stuck her vault with great height and distance to score a 9.9250 after all six judges’ scores were averaged. Courville was the second of 23 vaulters to compete, and her score held as the best of the afternoon, equaled only by Alabama’s Diandra Milliner who shared the title.
“It’s such an honor to join such successful athletes from LSU,” Courville said. “It’s all about pride in your school, and I am so excited that half our vaulting lineup was in vault finals. It says so much about our team and coaches.”
Courville finished as the national runner-up in the all-around by scoring a 39.575 in the semifinal on Friday, and she also took ninth place on floor with a 9.8125 in her final performance of the year on Sunday.
Courville’s all-around finish is the second highest in LSU history behind Jackson who won the 2010 all-around national title.
Junior Sarie Morrison also placed in the bars and vault finals, finishing in a tie for seventh on bars with a 9.8250 and a tie for eighth on vault with a 9.8917.
Courville’s title marks the sixth in the last six seasons, the eighth NCAA title in the last 12 years and the ninth overall championship for the Tigers.
LSU finished the 2013 NCAA Championships with 10 All-America honors, which ties the 2006 and 2009 squads for the most in a single season in school history. LSU also tied the school record with seven First-Team All-America honors previously set by the 2009 squad.
LSU earned the third-most All-America honors of any team in 2013, only trailing Florida’s 16 and Alabama’s 12.
The Tigers wrapped up the 2013 team season on Saturday in the Super Six with a 197.050 to earn fifth place, tying the 2008 squad for the second-highest finish in school history.
Season ticket deposits are now available online for the 2014 season at http://lsul.su/14gymtix, and tickets are expected to cost $25 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-12) pending the finalization of the 2014 season schedule.
LSU INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Susan Jackson – 3 titles (VT, 2008; AA, 2010; BB, 2010)
Ashleigh Clare-Kearney – 2 titles (VT, 2009; FX, 2009)
Rheagan Courville – 1 title (VT, 2013)
April Burkholder – 1 title (BB, 2006)
Nicki Arnstad – 1 title (FX, 2002)
Jeanie Beadle – 1 titles (BB, 1977)
NCAA INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS RESULTS
t1. Rheagan Courville (LSU) 9.9250
t1. Diandra Milliner (Alabama) 9.9250
3. Olivia Courtney (UCLA) 9.9167
4. Kaelie Baer (UCLA) 9.9083
t5. Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.9000
t5. Ashaneé Dickerson (Florida) 9.9000
t5. Lindsay Mable (Minnesota) 9.9000
t8. Sarie Morrison (LSU) 9.8917
t8. Tory Wilson (Utah) 9.8917
10. Emily Wong (Nebraska) 9.8833
t11. Lauren Beers (Alabama) 9.8750
t11. Kaitlyn Clark (Alabama) 9.8750
13. Maliah Mathis (LSU) 9.8667
t14. Nicole Dayton (Stanford) 9.8583
t14. Joanna Sampson (Michigan) 9.8583
16. Kytra Hunter (Florida) 9.8500
t17. Moriah Martin (Denver) 9.8250
t17. Alaina Johnson (Florida) 9.8250
t17. Lindsey Cheek (Georgia) 9.8250
20. Brandie Jay (Georgia) 9.8083
21. Madison Mooring (Oklahoma) 9.7917
22. Lichelle Wong (UCLA) 9.7833
23. Chelsea Davis (Georgia) 9.7500
1. Alaina Johnson (Florida) 9.9125
t2. Georgia Dabritz (Utah) 9.9000
t2. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.9000
t4. Erica Brewer (Oklahoma) 9.8875
t4. Mackenzie Caquatto (Florida) 9.8875
6. Chelsea Davis (Georgia) 9.8500
t7. Sarie Morrison (LSU) 9.8250
t7. Rebecca Clark (Oklahoma) 9.8250
9. Nansy Damianova (Utah) 9.8125
10. Randii Wyrick (LSU) 9.8000
1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.9000
t2. Hanna Nordquist (Minnesota) 9.8875
t2. Katie Zurales (Michigan) 9.8875
4. Mackenzie Caquatto (Florida) 9.8500
t5. Michelle Shealy (Iowa State) 9.8375
t5. Kayla Williams (Alabama) 9.8375
7. Marissa King (Florida) 9.7875
8. Danusia Francis (UCLA) 9.3250
9. Erica Brewer (Oklahoma) 9.2750
1. Joanna Sampson (Michigan) 9.9375
2. Diandra Milliner (Alabama) 9.9250
3. Emily Wong (Nebraska) 9.9125
t4. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.9000
t4. Lindsay Mable (Minnesota) 9.9000
t6. Katherine Grable (Arkansas) 9.8875
t6. Marissa King (Florida) 9.8875
8. Nansy Damianova (Utah) 9.8750
9. Rheagan Courville (LSU) 9.8125
10. Kim Jacob (Alabama) 9.8000
11. Olivia Courtney (UCLA) 9.7750
12. Alina Weinstein (Illinois) 9.7500