Gymnastics Scores 196 in Home Finale
BATON ROUGE - The LSU gymnastics team needed a 49.300 on floor to finish the meet with its second 196 team score of the season, and the Tigers did just that in a 196.000-194.350 victory over New Hampshire in the 2011 home finale Friday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU (3-8) posted event scores of 49.05 on vault, 48.925 on bars, 48.725 on beam and 49.300 on floor while a 47.875 on bars cost New Hampshire (9-6) a chance at victory. The Wildcats also earned a 48.975 on vault, 48.775 on beam and a 48.725 on floor.
Competing in her final home meet at LSU, senior Samantha Engle ended in style with a career-high tying 9.90 on floor to win the event title.
"It was a big improvement over last week, and we have work to do," head coach D-D Breaux said. "I feel like we've been treading water and now we have to make forward progress. I cannot let up, and this team is only intense when I'm intense.
"We just have to keep pushing through the season because I am not going to be happy until we are at the national championships on the floor fighting hard to get to the Super Six. We are capable, and we have the talent to make it."
Prunty and Garcia led LSU with 9.80's on beam in the third rotation, and Engle scored a 9.725 while Mathis and Dickson posted 9.70's to put the Tigers in striking distance of a 196 team score.
LSU ended the meet strong on floor as the Tigers counted a 9.90 by Engle, 9.875's by Dickson and Morrison, a 9.85 by Mathis and a 9.80 by Prunty.
The 49.300 on floor is the highest event score of the season for the 24th-ranked Tigers.
Competing in the all-around for only the second time in her career, Garcia rolled to a 39.000 all-around total, placing second behind New Hampshire's Austyn Fobes who scored a 39.100.
The bars title is Morrison's fifth of the season and her 12th title overall.
"We have to keep going in the gym on Sundays, go hard on Mondays, go light on Tuesdays and keep doing what we are doing," Breaux said. "Our next meet at Alabama is going to be pressure filled, but we need that kind of pressure going into the SEC Championship."
LSU wraps up its dual meet schedule on March 11 when the Tigers take on third-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.
1. LSU 196.000 (VT - 49.050, UB - 48.925, BB - 48.725, FX - 49.300)
2. BYU 194.350 (VT - 48.975, UB - 47.875, BB - 48.775, FX - 48.725)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)