Gymnastics Matches Season High on Senior Night
BATON ROUGE - The 10th-ranked LSU gymnastics team equaled its season high in a 196.850-194.900 victory against West Virginia in the home finale Friday night in the Maravich Center.
Entering the final rotation needing a 49.325 on floor to match the season high, the Tigers delivered right on the mark, including a season-high tying 9.975 from Lloimincia Hall to end the meet.
LSU (7-8) picked up the win in front of 2,876 fans, and the Tigers boosted the team's regional qualifying score (RQS) from a 196.440 to a 196.550.
"It's all about the team score and building to the end of the season, and tonight we put together a solid meet and great score," head coach D-D Breaux said. "If we can get some momentum at the SEC Championship and hit our routines with confidence, then this team is going to be very successful down the stretch."
After the meet the team honored its lone senior Ashley Lee, who wrapped up her home career with a solid 9.85 on vault and a 9.80 on floor.
"I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls and coaches to spend these four years with," Lee said. "It was a lot of fun. It is sad now that it's over, but it was a good night."
LSU swept the individual titles against the Mountaineers as Rheagan Courville won vault with a 9.925 and the all-around with a season-high tying 39.500, Sarie Morrison captured bars with her third-straight 9.90, Randi Lau tallied her first career beam title with a 9.85 and Hall won floor with her 9.975.
Courville is up to 17 individual titles this season to lead the team, and Hall is second with nine wins.
West Virginia (14-5) was paced by Kaylyn Millick who scored a 39.100 in the all-around and 9.80's on beam and floor. Alaska Richardson posted the highest score of the meet for the Mountaineers with a 9.85 on floor.
The Tigers tied the season high on bars with a 49.225, led by Morrison's 9.90, Courville's 9.875, Lau and Hall's 9.825's and a 9.80 from Jordan.
LSU wrapped up the meet with the best team score of the night with a 49.325 on floor. Hall tied the nation's top score for the second time this season with her 9.975, and Courville was second with a 9.90. Mathis posted a 9.85, and Dickson, Lee and Jordan recorded matching 9.80's.
LSU will compete at the SEC Championship in Duluth, Ga., at 3 p.m. CT on March 24. The Tigers will take on No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 14 Auburn and No. 23 Kentucky.
1. LSU 196.850 (VT - 49.200, UB - 49.225, BB - 49.100, FX - 49.325)
2. West Virginia 194.900 (VT - 48.625, UB - 48.675, BB - 48.575, FX - 49.025)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Vault - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.925; t2. Lloimincia Hall 9.85; t2. Ashley Lee 9.85; 4. Maliah Mathis 9.80; t5. Jessie Jordan 9.775; t8. Kaleigh Dickson 9.725
Bars - 1. Sarie Morrison 9.90; 2. Rheagan Courville 9.875; t3. Lloimincia Hall 9.825; t3. Randi Lau 9.825; 5. Jessie Jordan 9.80; 12. Kaleigh Dickson 9.00
Beam - 1. Randi Lau 9.85; t2. Kaleigh Dickson 9.825; t2. Shelby Prunty 9.825; t4. Rheagan Courville 9.80; t4. Lloimincia Hall 9.80; t7. Jessie Jordan 9.775
Floor - 1. Lloimincia Hall 9.975; 2. Rheagan Courville 9.90; t3. Maliah Mathis 9.85; t6. Jessie Jordan 9.80; t6. Ashley Lee 9.80; t6. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80