ATHENS, Ga. – After posting the second highest score in the country with a 197.200 in the season opener against Centenary, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team will look to carry that momentum on the road as the Tigers take on No. 9 Georgia on Friday night.
The meet marks the Southeastern Conference opener for both squads, and it will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in Stegeman Coliseum.
Live audio will be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and fans can receive live updates throughout the meet by following LSU gymnastics on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsugym and @LSUgym on Twitter.
LSU (1-0) enters the meet after posting the best season-opening score in school history with a 197.200 against Centenary, while Georgia comes into the meet 0-2 after tough road bouts at Oklahoma and Stanford last weekend.
“We showed a lot of consistency and depth in the opener, but we came into the gym at practice this week knowing we have to get better,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “We are excited to go on the road for the first time this season, and we need to stay focused and continue to execute at a high level.”
The Tigers are ranked second nationally on vault with a score of 49.425, No. 3 on beam (49.250) and floor (49.400), and No. 10 on bars at 49.125.
Juniors Rheagan Courville and Jessie Jordan, ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the nation respectively, give LSU a one-two punch in the all-around. They are the first LSU duo to rank in the Top 5 in the all-around standings since Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and Susan Jackson did it in 2009.
Senior Sarie Morrison, the SEC Event Specialist of the Week, ranks third nationally on bars and fourth on vault after scoring a 9.925 to win both events last week.
Georgia ranks fourth on bars with a 49.288 average, eighth on beam at 49.063, ninth on vault at 49.125 and 19th on floor at 48.850. Individually, senior Lindsey Cheek is tied for eighth nationally on vault at 9.90 and tied for 10th on bars at 9.90. Junior Chelsea Davis is ranked ninth on bars with a 9.913 average.
Following the meet LSU will return home to take on Auburn on Jan. 24 in the Maravich Center. Tickets are still available by logging on to www.LSUtix.net, 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.