Arnstad Wins National Championship on Floor

Arnstad became LSU's first national champion in modern women's gymnastics
Arnstad became LSU's first national champion in modern women's gymnastics
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- LSU's Nicki Arnstad won a share of the floor title at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships Saturday night, posting a 9.95 that tied her with Jamie Dantzscher of UCLA.

"I ended the season with the best floor routine of my life," said Arnstad, who earned First-Team All-American honors on floor for the second consecutive career. Arnstad concluded her career as a three-time All-American.

The individual-event national championship was the first in modern LSU women's gymnastics history.

Teammate Lauren Companioni tied for eighth with a 9.875.

Dantzscher won the all-around and vault titles as well, while Andree' Pickens of Alabama took the title on vault and Elise Ray of Michigan won on beam.

LSU came up just short in its bid for its first Super Six appearance on Thursday and wound up finishing eighth overall, the best finish by a Tiger team since the 1994 squad also finished eighth.

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