BATON ROUGE – In front of a lively crowd of 1,200 fans inside the Maravich Center, the LSU gymnastics team closed out the fall with a 197.275 team total at the Gymnastics 101 showcase meet on Wednesday.
The meet was scored by brevet and level 10 judges who took in the action in LSU’s final intrasquad meet of the fall and the first inside the Maravich Center.
LSU posted a 49.350 on vault, 49.200 on bars, 49.375 on beam and 49.350 on floor to earn a 197.275. Junior Jessie Jordan captured the all-around title with a 39.525, while junior Rheagan Courville was second at 39.475 and freshman Ashleigh Gnat was third at 39.325.
“We had a great crowd tonight who really got fired up and into the performances, and I am so happy they came out and celebrated the start of a new season with us,” Breaux said. “Our ladies were fantastic tonight and really came out strong.”
The Tigers opened the exhibition meet on vault with nine gymnasts performing vaults for the crowd. Reigning NCAA vault national champion Courville led the way with a 9.90 on a high-flying vault with exceptional depth. Gnat and Lloimincia Hall finished right behind Courville with matching 9.875’s. With the top five scores averaged, LSU finished with a 49.350 on vault.
LSU competed eight gymnasts in the bars lineup, and the Tigers finished with a 49.200 after the top five scores were added up. Sarie Morrison, a first-team All-American last season on bars, posted the top score with a 9.90, while Britney Ranzy stuck her landing to wrap up a 9.875 performance. Jordan finished third with a 9.85 after a solid routine.
The Tigers kept the momentum rolling in the third rotation on beam as they racked up a 49.375 team total. Jordan nailed her routine to lead the squad with a 9.95 in the anchor spot. Courville finished second in the event with a 9.90. In her first meet inside the Maravich Center, Gnat showed great poise in a solid beam routine to score a 9.875.
“This was a perfect event to lead in to our season, and we cannot wait to get things officially kicked off in January,” Breaux said.
Fifth-ranked LSU opens the season on Jan. 10 when the Tigers play host to Centenary at 7 p.m. CT inside the Maravich Center.
Season tickets are currently on sale at a cost of $30 for adults and $18 for youth ages 3-12, and tickets can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net, by calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or by visiting the ticket office in person on the first floor of the LSU Athletics Administration Building.
(Results tabulated by taking top five scores in each event)
LSU 197.275 (VT – 49.350, UB – 49.200, BB – 49.375, FX – 49.350)
Individual (Includes select competitors)
Vault – 1. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t2. Lloimincia Hall 9.875, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, t4. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, t4. Britney Ranzy 9.85
Bars – 1. Sarie Morrison 9.90, 2. Britney Ranzy 9.875, 3. Jessie Jordan 9.85
Beam – 1. Jessie Jordan 9.95, 2. Rheagan Courville 9.90, 3. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875
Floor – t1. Lloimincia Hall 9.90, t1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, t3. Rheagan Courville 9.85, t3. Maliah Mathis 9.85, t3. Jessica Savona 9.85