Gymnastics Hits Season High at Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Lloimincia Hall scored a perfect 10.0 on floor and Rheagan Courville recorded four individual titles as the No. 8 LSU gymnastics team cruised to a 197.275-194.575 victory at Missouri Friday night in the Hearnes Center.
For LSU (7-2, 3-1 SEC), the 197.275 marks a season-high, besting the 197.100 the Tigers earned at the Metroplex Challenge on Jan. 26.
Hall's 10.0 on floor is the first perfect score of her career, and it is the first 10 for LSU since March 7, 2009 when Ashleigh Clare-Kearney did it on vault against North Carolina State in the Maravich Center. Hall's 10.0 is the first in a road meet for LSU since Clare-Kearney did it on vault at the Super Six Challenge at Arkansas on Jan. 5, 2007.
Courville won the vault title with a career-high tying 9.95, and she tied for the bars and beam titles with a 9.85 and 9.90, respectively. Courville posted a career-best 39.600 to capture the all-around crown, her fourth all-around victory of the season.
Kaleigh Dickson and Sarie Morrison also shared the bars title with 9.85's, and Jessie Jordan shared the beam title with Courville as she tallied a career-high 9.90 in the anchor spot. Hall won floor with the 10.0.
LSU's 197.275 stands as the 13th-best team total in school history, and it is the highest score for the Tigers since a 197.400 on Feb. 20, 2009. It also marks LSU's highest road score since a 197.850 at Oklahoma on March 11, 2005.
"We did what we have been practicing all week in the gym," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "The kids responded well tonight, especially with some new faces in the lineup. We were able to rest some kids in events, and that is always important to have fresher legs when you get to the postseason.
"It was a fantastic team performance tonight, and we can't wait to get back in the Maravich Center and compete in front of our fabulous fans next week."
LSU opened the meet with a 49.100 on bars which is the third-best total in that event for the Tigers this season. Although Jordan opened the meet with a 9.125, LSU rallied to post three 9.85's and two 9.775's in the event, and Jordan would go on to have a successful meet with a 9.875 on vault, 9.85 on floor and 9.90 on beam.
Courville, Dickson and Morrison all posted a 9.85 on bars while Britney Ranzy and Randii Wyrick added solid 9.775's to give the Tigers a 49.100. For Ranzy, it was her first appearance in the bars lineup this season.
LSU carried the momentum to vault where the Tigers scored a 49.400, the second-highest team total in the event this season. LSU, which is ranked No. 2 nationally in the event, showed its depth in the event as two top-15 nationally ranked vaulters - Randi Lau and Sarie Morrison - sat out the event, and the Tigers still came through with a 49.400.
Dickson led off vault with a 9.825, and Jordan and Wyrick followed with 9.875's. The vault was the first of the season for Jordan, and the 9.875 was a season high for Wyrick. Jessica Savona tallied a 9.85, and Ranzy also earned a 9.85 in her first vault of the year. Courville anchored the event with a season-high 9.95.
LSU continued to execute at a high level as the Tigers recorded a 49.500 on floor, the second-best team floor score this season, highlighted by Hall's perfect 10.0 in the anchor spot. Jordan and Dickson led off the lineup with matching 9.85's, and Savona followed with a 9.90, her third score of 9.90 or higher on floor this season. Wyrick tallied a 9.75, and Courville scored a 9.90 to set up Hall for her flawless performance.
The Tigers racked up a season-best 49.275 on beam to close out the meet with a flourish. Ericka Garcia equaled her career high with a 9.85 in the leadoff spot, and Dickson followed with a 9.825. After Ranzy fell off the beam to score a 9.10, the final three competitors rallied to give LSU the season-high total in the event. Hall recorded a solid 9.80 while Courville and Jordan each posted a 9.90 to wrap up the meet for the Tigers. The 9.90 marked a new career high for Jordan.
In all, six Tigers combined to establish nine new season highs in the meet as LSU picked up back-to-back SEC road wins. In addition to Courville's career high in the all-around, Dickson tallied a new career best for the second time in three meets, earning a 39.350 to place second in the meet.
Missouri fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 against SEC competition, but Rachel Updike tied for the beam title with a 9.90 to lead the Tigers from Mizzou.
LSU will return home for the first time in four weeks next Friday when the Tigers play host to No. 19 Arkansas at 7 p.m. CT inside the Maravich Center. Tickets are still available by visiting www.LSUtix.net.
1. LSU 197.275 (VT - 49.400, UB - 49.100, BB - 49.275, FX - 49.500)
2. Missouri 194.575 (VT - 48.675, UB - 48.750, BB - 48.700, FX - 48.450)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)