BATON ROUGE – No. 2 LSU gymnastics (1-0) put on a show in front of more than 7,000 fans with a score of 197.825 to break the school record for an opening meet score in the Tigers’ victory over No. 9 Georgia Friday night inside the Maravich Center.
The team score beat the previous best of 197.200 set by the 2014 squad Jan. 10, 2014, in a win over Centenary With the victory, the Tigers extended their winning streak in the PMAC to 22 dating back to the start of the 2014 season. LSU has won eight meets over Top-10 teams through the streak.
Prior to first vault, the SEC Network carried all of the pre-meet activities, which included team introductions, the 2016 Super Six Banner drop and recognition of the start of head coach D-D Breaux’s 40th season. Breaux was joined by her family, Governor John Bel Edwards, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva and LSU President F. King Alexander.
D-D On the Record Night
“That was an exciting meet tonight,” head coach D-D Breaux said. “We asked the kids to bring the excitement, energy and enthusiasm tonight and that is just what they did. We have seen these performances in practice, but it is so much different when you put the pressure on. The things we do to prepare these young ladies are working. I am proud of their commitment and how hard they work to be a team.”
“It was the best start ever after the best finish ever,” Breaux added. “Dropping the banner and the celebration for this program is so humbling. The commitment to LSU gymnastics by our athletic department and university has made my career magical.”
The Tigers were on fire to open the season with a 49.525 on vault. The score marked the highest vault score in a season opener in school history. Freshman Kennedi Edney was the highlight of the event with a 9.95 to win the vault title. Junior Myia Hambrick and senior Ashleigh Gnat also totaled scores of 9.925 to round out the event.
Tigers Push Lead in Second Rotation
In the second rotation, LSU pushed its lead to 98.900-97.550 after a 49.375 on bars. Sophomore Sarah Finnegan took the title, the fourth of her career on the event, with a 9.90. Edney, Hambrick and sophomore Lexie Priessman tied for second on the event with 9.875’s.
Beam Shines with Another Record
A total beam score of 49.450 set another school record for the best in a season opener in school history. Finnegan secured the event title with a 9.950 to set a new career high. Senior Sydney Ewing also totaled a 9.90 in the fourth spot for the Tigers.
Floor Performers Close the Night
With a 148.350-144.775 lead in hand, the Tigers continued its stellar evening with a 49.475 on floor. The final three gymnasts in the lineup all totaled scores of 9.90 or better to close the night. Hambrick scored a 9.90 and McKenna Kelley tied her career high with a 9.925. Gnat closed out the night with a 9.95 for her 12th career floor title and 38th individual title.
The Tigers take to the road for their first meet away from the PMAC for 2017 at 7:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 13 inside Coleman Coliseum when they take on Alabama.
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