Gymnastics Earns No. 2 Seed in SEC Championship
BATON ROUGE – LSU will compete as the No. 2 seed in Session Two at the Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Championship at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., the league office announced Monday.
The championship will be held in the BJCC Arena in downtown Birmingham with two sessions of four teams. The team with the highest score, regardless of session, will be crowned SEC champion.
Tickets are available for purchase by logging on to http://www.gymnasticschamps.com/, and ticket prices start at $12 for all session reserved seating in the upper level of the arena.
The first session begins at 2 p.m. and includes No. 5 seed Auburn, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Kentucky and No. 8 Missouri. The second session features No. 1 seed Florida, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia.
As the No. 2 seed, LSU (10-3, 5-2 SEC) will begin the meet on bars and will rotate to beam, floor and vault. Florida will start on vault and move to bars, beam and floor. Alabama will compete on beam, floor, vault and bars, and Georgia will go floor, vault, bars and beam.
Teams are seeded based on their latest regional qualifying score (RQS), and the updated rankings were released by GymInfo on Monday.
LSU is ranked No. 2 in the latest national standings with a 197.720 RQS, and the Tigers are behind Florida who moved to the top spot with a 197.790 RQS. Oklahoma is No. 3 at 197.660, while Alabama is No. 4 at 197.405 and Utah is No. 5 at 197.365.
Georgia is No. 6 nationally with a 197.200 RQS, meaning Session Two of the SEC Championship will feature four of the nation’s Top 6 teams.
In the event standings, LSU is No. 1 on vault for the fourth straight week with a 49.545 RQS. The Tigers moved up to a tie for No. 3 on bars with a 49.405 RQS, and LSU is No. 4 on beam with a 49.295 RQS and No. 4 on floor with a 49.490 RQS.
LSU is tied with Oklahoma for the most gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 with seven. Rheagan Courville is No. 2 in the all-around with a 39.620 RQS, and she is No. 6 on vault (9.935), No. 8 on bars (9.915), No. 11 on beam (9.90) and No. 9 on floor (9.935).
Jessie Jordan is No. 6 in the all-around with a 39.510 RQS, No. 21 on vault at 9.90 and No. 5 on beam at 9.920.
Sarie Morrison is No. 4 on bars at 9.935 and No. 9 on vault at 9.925.
Fans unable to attend the meet can listen to live audio free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. Mike Smith will call all the action inside the arena.
GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25
March 17, 2014
Rank, Team, Regional Qualifying Score (RQS)
1. Florida 197.790
2. LSU 197.720
3. Oklahoma 197.660
4. Alabama 197.405
5. Utah 197.365
6. Georgia 197.200
7. UCLA 197.005
8. Michigan 196.900
9. Nebraska 196.830
10. Stanford 196.640
11. Oregon State 196.610
12. Auburn 196.560
13. Illinois 196.495
14. Penn State 196.410
15. Arkansas 196.355
16. Minnesota 196.305
17. Boise State 196.200
18. Central Michigan 196.165
19. California 196.095
20. Denver 196.020
21. Arizona 195.950
22. Arizona State 195.745
23. New Hampshire 195.720
24. Ohio State 195.680
25. BYU 195.675
LSU in the Individual National Rankings
Name: Rank, Category (RQS)
Rheagan Courville: 2nd All-Around (39.620), 6th Vault (9.935), 8th Bars (9.915), 9th Floor (9.935), 11th Beam (9.90)
Kaleigh Dickson: 14th All-Around (39.405)
Lloimincia Hall: 4th Floor (9.960)
Jessie Jordan: 5th Beam (9.920), 6th All-Around (39.510), 21st Vault (9.90)
Sarie Morrison: 4th Bars (9.935), 9th Vault (9.925)
Britney Ranzy: 21st Bars (9.885)
Jessica Savona: 25th Floor (9.890)