GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team put together another solid performance to earn a 197.625, but it was not enough to overcome No. 2 Florida’s 198.125 Friday night in the O’Connell Center.
The 197.625 ranks as the ninth-best score in school history as the Tigers posted a 49.550 on vault, 49.425 on bars, 49.225 on beam and 49.425 on floor.
In a battle of six of the nation’s best all-arounders, Florida sophomore Bridget Sloan won the all-around title with a 39.700 while LSU junior Rheagan Courville finished second with a 39.675.
“Overall, I was pleased with our performance tonight. It was a great meet from both teams, and I know we look forward to seeing them again at the SEC Championship,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “Our body of work is the best in the country to date, but we still have plenty of work to do in the practice gym.
“We look forward to being back home in front of our fantastic fans after many weeks on the road.”
LSU (7-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) opened the meet with a 49.425 on bars, the second-best bars total of the season. Courville and Morrison tied for the event title with matching 9.95s at the end of the Tigers’ lineup. Britney Ranzy tied her career high on bars for the second straight week with a 9.925, and Kaleigh Dickson, Jessie Jordan and Randii Wyrick all added 9.80s.
LSU took the lead over Florida, 98.975-98.925, after two rotations when the Tigers posted a 49.550 on vault. Jordan earned a career high with a 9.95, and Courville tied Jordan for the team high score with a 9.95 in the anchor spot. Morrison scored a 9.90, while Dickson and Ashleigh Gnat provided 9.875s. Jessica Savona scored a 9.825 in her first vault of the season.
Lloimincia Hall led the Tigers on floor with a 9.925 in the anchor spot, and Courville, Dickson, Jordan and Savona added 9.875s to round out the scoring as LSU finished with a 49.425 in the event.
Florida (7-0, 5-0) took back the lead in the third rotation after scoring a 49.550 on beam, highlighted by Sloan’s 9.95.
LSU wrapped up the meet with a 49.225 on beam, including a strong finish from Courville and Jordan who scored a 9.90 and 9.925, respectively.
Dickson and freshman Sydney Ewing tallied 9.825s, and the Tigers also counted a 9.75 from Gnat.
After a four meet road swing, LSU will return for three consecutive meets in the friendly confines of the Maravich Center starting with a tilt against Missouri at 7 p.m. CT on Feb. 28.
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1. #2 Florida 198.125 (VT – 49.525, UB – 49.400, BB – 49.550, FX – 49.650)
2. #3 LSU 197.625 (VT – 49.550, UB – 49.425, BB – 49.225, FX – 49.425)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)