2014 First-Team All-American (VT)
2014 Second-Team All-American (FX)
2014 SEC Freshman of the Week (at Arkansas/at Oklahoma; vs. Kentucky)
Returning All-American who is a high-end performer in three events and will look to make an impact as an all-arounder in her sophomore season … Energetic and powerful gymnast who has the ability to provide big scores in any meet.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014)
Saw action on vault, beam and floor all season, competing on vault and beam in all 15 team meets and competing on floor 13 times … Earned First-Team All-America distinction on vault after she posted a 9.90 at the NCAA Championships Semifinal I (4/18) … Garnered Second-Team All-America status on floor when she scored a 9.90 in the event in Semifinal I … Competed on vault in the NCAA Individual Event Finals (4/20) where she recorded a 9.825 … Tallied season highs of 9.95 on vault (twice), 9.95 on beam (three times) and 9.925 on floor … Captured five individual titles with three on beam and two on vault … Won beam titles at Oklahoma (2/9) with a 9.90, versus Missouri (2/28) with a 9.875 and at home against Kentucky (3/14) with a 9.95 … Won vault titles with a 9.90 at Arkansas (2/7) and a 9.95 in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional (4/5) … Earned SEC Freshman of the Week after the double-meet weekend at Arkansas and at Oklahoma when she won two titles, including the beam title that helped secure LSU’s upset win at No. 2 Oklahoma … Named SEC Freshman of the Week again after the Kentucky meet where she won the beam title with a 9.95 … Scored back-to-back 9.95s on beam against North Carolina State (3/7) and Kentucky, becoming only the second LSU freshman to post back-to-back scores of at least a 9.95 on beam (April Burkholder did it first in 2003) … Added a third 9.95 on beam at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to become the first gymnast in LSU history to score at least three 9.95s on beam as a freshman … Her 9.85 on beam against Centenary (1/10) marked the highest beam score by a freshman in a season opener in LSU history … Averaged a 9.873 on vault, 9.757 on beam and a 9.840 on floor … Posted a 9.85 or higher in 28 of her 44 total routines and achieved a 9.90 or better in 14 routines.
Competed as a level 10 gymnast for ACE Gymnastics where she was coached by her parents Ray and Joan Gnat … Six-time qualifier to J.O. Nationals … Recorded four Top 10 finishes in the all-around in six appearances at J.O. Nationals … Shined in the final meet of her club career at the 2013 J.O. Nationals where she captured the vault and floor national titles and placed second in the all-around with a 38.475 that ranked as the second-highest all-around total of the entire event … Swept all five individual titles at the 2013 Regional Championships and finished with a club career-best 39.000 all-around total … Captured vault, beam, floor and all-around titles at the 2013 Florida State Championships … Earned six vault titles in only eight meets during the 2013 season, including a perfect 10.0 in the event at the Lady Luck Invitational … Finished fifth in the all-around at 2012 nationals with a third-place result on vault and floor … Took second in the all-around at 2012 regionals with first-place finishes on vault, beam and floor … Competed at the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2013 where she placed eighth in the all-around in 2013 … Attended and graduated from Lake Mary High School where she was an honor roll student.
Full name is Ashleigh Marie Gnat … Nickname is “Bugs” … Born November 13, 1994 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. … Calls Lake Mary, Fla., her hometown … Daughter of Ray and Joan Gnat … Majoring in sport administration … Her father, Ray, was an All-American gymnast for LSU and mother, Joan, was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympics gymnastics team … Ashleigh’s older sister, Jeana Rice-Helms, was a national champion and All-American at Alabama from 2001-04.
GNAT’S CAREER HIGHS
Vault: 9.950 (twice; Last: 4-5-14 vs. NCAA Baton Rouge Regional)
Beam: 9.950 (three times; Last: 4-5-14 vs. NCAA Baton Rouge Regional)
Floor: 9.925 (2-28-14 vs. Missouri)
GNAT’S CAREER INDIVIDUAL TITLES