ATHENS, Ga. – LSU junior gymnasts Rheagan Courville and Jessie Jordan shared the all-around title with matching 39.375 totals, but it was not enough to propel the second-ranked Tigers to victory as LSU fell, 197.175-196.875, at No. 9 Georgia Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum.
LSU (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) posted a 196.875 in the second meet of the season for the second consecutive season. The Tigers scored a 196.875 to upset No. 3 Florida last year in Baton Rouge, but that score was not enough to overcome Georgia (1-2, 1-0 SEC) in its home opener Friday night.
“It was a very competitive meet, and we were a little tight in some performances tonight,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “I believe our ladies fought and kept their focus in a tough environment, but a meet like this is a learning experience and something we can take with us and use down the road.”
Against the Gym Dogs, LSU picked up three event titles as Sarie Morrison earned the vault title for the second straight week with a 9.925, Courville shared the beam title with a 9.875 and Jessica Savona won a share of the floor title with a 9.90.
LSU recorded a 49.200 on bars in the first rotation with leading scores from Courville at 9.90, Jordan and Morrison at 9.875 and Savona at 9.80.
The Tigers matched the season-opening vault total of 49.425 in the second rotation, led by Morrison’s 9.925, freshman Ashleigh Gnat’s first career 9.90, a pair of 9.875s from Courville and Britney Ranzy and a 9.85 from Kaleigh Dickson.
LSU managed a 49.175 on floor in the third rotation, highlighted by Savona’s 9.90 and Lloimincia Hall’s 9.875. Gnat added a 9.85, and Jordan provided a 9.825.
In the final rotation LSU earned a 49.075 on beam, counting a 9.875 from Courville, a 9.85 from Jordan, 9.80s from Gnat and Hall and a 9.75 from Savona. Michelle Gauthier scored a 9.70 in her first official performance as a Tiger.
Courville’s all-around title marks the 15th of her career, one shy of tying Susan Jackson for fourth place in career all-around titles in LSU history.
For Jordan the all-around title is the third of her career and the second in her two meets in Athens. Jordan captured her first all-around crown as a Tiger against Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum during her freshman season on Jan. 28, 2012.
Morrison’s vault title is the ninth of her career, and Savona’s floor title is the second of her career.
The beam title is the 10th of Courville’s career, moving her into a tie for seventh place with Ashleigh Clare-Kearney for most career beam titles in LSU history.
LSU will return home to face Auburn at 7 p.m. CT on Jan. 24 in the Maravich Center. Tickets are still available by visiting www.LSUtix.net or calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184.
1. Georgia 197.175 (VT – 49.375, UB – 49.475, BB – 49.050, FX – 49.275)
2. LSU 196.875 (VT – 49.425, UB – 49.200, BB – 49.075, FX – 49.175)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
Vault – 1. Sarie Morrison 9.925, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t5. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t5. Britney Ranzy 9.875, t8. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, 11. Jessie Jordan 9.825
Bars – 1. Chelsea Davis (Georgia) 9.975, t3. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t5. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t5. Sarie Morrison 9.875, t8. Jessica Savona 9.80, 11. Britney Ranzy 9.75, 12. Kaleigh Dickson 9.525
Beam – t1. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t1. Lindsey Cheek (Georgia) 9.875, t3. Jessie Jordan 9.85, t6. Lloimincia Hall 9.80, t6. Ashleigh Gnat 9.80, 9. Jessica Savona 9.75, 10. Michelle Gauthier 9.70
Floor – t1. Jessica Savona 9.90, t1. Brandie Jay (Georgia) 9.90, t1. Morgan Reynolds (Georgia) 9.90, 4. Lloimincia Hall 9.875, t5. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85, t7. Jessie Jordan 9.825, 11. Rheagan Courville 9.725, 12. Maliah Mathis 9.15