No. 13 Gym Team Wins Tri-Meet at Washington
SEATTLE - The 13th-ranked LSU gymnastics team earned the second-highest score of the season with a 196.450 to capture the tri-meet against No. 23 Washington and Seattle Pacific Friday night in Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington (4-6) finished second with a 194.975, and Seattle Pacific (4-7) was third at 190.800.
Freshman Rheagan Courville won her second all-around title of the year with a season-high 39.500 total, while fellow freshman Jessie Jordan finished second in the all-around with a season-best 39.400.
LSU (4-7) opened on bars with a 48.825, but the Tigers rallied to earn a 49.100 on beam and a season-high 49.150 on floor. LSU ended the meet with a 49.375 on vault, the second-best vault total of the season.
"I'm so proud of the fight in our team tonight," head coach D-D Breaux said. "We did not get off to the start we wanted on bars, but we responded on the other events with solid performances. Now, we want the fans to come out next week and enjoy some high quality gymnastics because we know they can make a big impact in our competition."
The Tigers received several season-high performances in the meet. Randi Lau posted a season-best 9.90 on vault and 9.825 on beam. Jordan earned a new mark on vault at 9.90, and she tied her best on beam (9.875) and floor (9.85). Maliah Mathis posted a season-high 9.875 on vault, and Courville tied her high mark on floor at 9.90.
Courville increased her individual title total to a team-leading 12 after winning the floor and all-around titles and tying for the vault crown.
Lau tallied her first career individual title with a 9.90 on vault. Jordan tied for the vault title as well, and she tied for the beam title with her fourth 9.875 performance of the season, giving her three titles this season.
LSU has recorded three straight 196 scores for the first time since the 2010 season, and the Tigers improved to 8-4 all-time against Washington, including a 2-0 mark in Seattle, and 1-0 against Seattle Pacific.
The road win is the first for LSU since a 196.425-186.700 victory at Centenary on March 19, 2010.
LSU returns home to face defending national champion Alabama on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. CT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The sixth-ranked Crimson Tide defeated No. 5 Arkansas 197.650-196.125 in Tuscaloosa Friday.
1. LSU 196.450 (VT - 49.375, UB - 48.825, BB - 49.100, FX - 49.150)
2. Washington 194.975 (VT - 48.725, UB - 49.075, BB - 48.200, FX - 48.975)
3. Seattle Pacific 190.800 (VT - 47.125, UB - 48.100, BB - 46.975, FX - 48.600)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Vault - t1. Jessie Jordan 9.90; t1. Rheagan Courville 9.90; t1. Randi Lau 9.90; 4. Maliah Mathis 9.875; 7. Ashley Lee 9.80; 8. Kaleigh Dickson 9.775
Bars - 1. Lauren Rogers (Washington) 9.875; t2. Rheagan Courville 9.85; t5. Sarie Morrison 9.80; 7. Jessie Jordan 9.775; t8. Lainie Fleming 9.725; 11. Randi Lau 9.675; 18. Mckenzie Fox 9.225
Beam - t1. Jessie Jordan 9.875; t1. Paige Bixler (Washington) 9.875; 3. Rheagan Courville 9.85; t4. Randi Lau 9.825; t6. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80; t8. Ericka Garcia 9.75; t8. Lloimincia Hall 9.75
Floor - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.90; 2. Jessie Jordan 9.85; t3. Lloimincia Hall 9.825; 9. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80; 10. Ashley Lee 9.775; 18. Maliah Mathis 9.20