No. 9 Gymnastics Earns Road Victory Over Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The ninth-ranked LSU gymnastics team scored a 196.300-195.700 victory against Iowa in the final road dual meet of the season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday night.
LSU (6-8) earned the second-highest vault score this season with a 49.375 and the third-best bars and floor scores with a 49.125 and 49.150, respectively.
With the 196.300 team total, the Tigers improved their regional qualifying score (RQS) from a 196.405 to a 196.440.
"The kids got out there and gave us a great effort tonight, and I'm really proud of them," head coach D-D Breaux said. "This team is learning what it means to be under pressure, and we have to go back in the gym and get better from this performance."
Sarie Morrison earned her second-straight bars title with a 9.90 to lead LSU in the event, and Rheagan Courville was right behind her with a 9.875. LSU also counted a 9.80 from Randi Lau and 9.775's from Jessie Jordan and Lloimincia Hall.
Hall picked up her first career vault title with a season-best 9.95, and Courville finished second with a 9.925. LSU also received a 9.875 from Jordan, a 9.825 from Lau and a 9.80 from Kaleigh Dickson.
Courville took second place in the meet on floor with a 9.875, just .025 behind Iowa's Jessa Hansen who scored a 9.90. Jordan posted a 9.85 while Maliah Mathis and Hall each registered a 9.825. Lau earned a 9.775 that counted as LSU's fifth score.
Entering the final rotation on beam, the Tigers needed a 49.200 to tie the season-high 196.850, but they were forced to count a fall as Lau and Courville each slipped from the beam. Jordan led the way for LSU with a 9.85, and her score was second in the event behind Hansen's 9.90. Shelby Prunty and Dickson both tied their season high with a 9.825, and Hall tallied a 9.775.
Hansen won the all-around with a 39.425, and Jordan finished second with a 39.350 while Hall was third at 39.325.
Morrison's bars title is her second individual crown of the season and her 14th career title. Hall's first-place finish on vault brings her season total to eight titles.
Iowa fell to 6-8-1 on the season after the loss.
LSU returns to the Maravich Center next Friday for the final home meet when the Tigers face West Virginia at 7 p.m. CT. The meet will be Senior Night when the Tigers honor All-America Ashley Lee and team managers Robby Abboud and Tyler Trahan.
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1. LSU 196.300 (VT - 49.375, UB - 49.125, BB - 48.650, FX - 49.150)
2. Iowa 195.700 (VT - 49.075, UB - 49.050, BB - 48.550, FX - 49.025)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Vault - 1. Lloimincia Hall 9.95; 2. Rheagan Courville 9.925; t3. Jessie Jordan 9.875; t5. Randi Lau 9.825; t7. Kaleigh Dickson 9.800; 12. Ashley Lee 7.550
Bars - 1. Sarie Morrison 9.90; 2. Rheagan Courville 9.875; 7. Randi Lau 9.80; t8. Jessie Jordan 9.775; t8. Lloimincia Hall 9.775; 12. Lainie Fleming 5.700
Beam - 1. Jessa Hansen (Iowa) 9.90; 2. Jessie Jordan 9.85; t3. Kaleigh Dickson 9.825; t3. Shelby Prunty 9.825; 5. Lloimincia Hall 9.775; 10. Rheagan Courville 9.375; 12. Randi Lau 9.00
Floor - 1. Jessa Hansen (Iowa) 9.90; 2. Rheagan Courville 9.875; t3. Jessie Jordan 9.85; t5. Lloimincia Hall 9.825; t5. Maliah Mathis 9.825; t8. Randi Lau 9.775; 10. Kaleigh Dickson 9.75