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Published: April 18, 2014, 04:01 PM (CT)
Updated: April 19, 2014, 08:29 AM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight season and the fourth time in school history, the LSU gymnastics team punched its ticket to the NCAA Super Six after a third-place finish in semifinal I Friday afternoon at BJCC Arena.

LSU (23-7) advanced to the Super Six by scoring a 197.100, extending the school-record streak to 12 straight meets with at least a 197 score.

The Tigers will start the Super Six on bars and will rotate to beam, bye, floor, vault and end on a bye.

Oklahoma (27-2) won semifinal I with a 197.500, and Georgia (18-10) finished second with a 197.300 to join LSU in the Super Six. The Sooners will start the Super Six on the bye before bars, and the Gym Dogs will begin on beam.

Stanford placed fourth in the semifinal with a 196.600, followed by Michigan in fifth with a 196.425 and Illinois in sixth with a 195.800.

No. 1 seed Florida, No. 4 Alabama and No. 9 Nebraska advanced to the Super Six out of semifinal II Friday night, while the season ended for No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA and No. 15 Penn State.

“We did not have our best effort today,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “However, our ladies battled all day to make it to the Super Six, and we are happy to move forward.

“Now, we have to put this performance behind us and come out in the Super Six ready to do our best. The key is for the team not to try too hard because we need to trust the training. If our ladies will stay loose and go have fun, then the results will take care of itself.”

LSU took to the floor mat in the second rotation as the Tigers first event of the day, and LSU earned a 49.350. Jessica Savona led the way with a 9.925, followed by a 9.90 from Ashleigh Gnat. Rheagan Courville and Lloimincia Hall added 9.85s, and Britney Ranzy scored a 9.825 to round out the scoring.

The Tigers posted a 49.350 on vault in the third rotation, led by 9.90s from Courville and Gnat. Jessie Jordan, Sarie Morrison and Ranzy all tallied 9.85s to finish the scoring and put LSU in second place after two events.

Halfway through the meet, LSU sat in second place with a 98.700, trailing Oklahoma’s 98.925 but ahead of Georgia’s 98.650. Stanford was six tenths back from the Gym Dogs with a 98.050, followed by Michigan at 97.675 and Illinois at 97.525.

After a bye in the fourth rotation, LSU tallied a 49.225 on bars in the fifth rotation, highlighted by Courville’s 9.90. The Tigers also counted 9.85s from Kaleigh Dickson and Morrison, a 9.825 from Jordan and a 9.80 from Randii Wyrick.

In the final rotation, LSU recorded a 49.175 on beam, led by Sydney Ewing’s 9.90 and Courville’s 9.875. Dickson, Gnat and Hall provided 9.80s to complete the scoring in the event.

Courville, Ewing, Gnat, Jordan and Savona all took home First-Team All-America honors as each finished in the Top 4 in at least one category in the semifinal.

Courville earned three First-Team All-America honors, securing the awards on vault, bars and the all-around. Ewing tallied All-America status on beam, while Gnat earned first-team honors on vault and second-team status on floor. Jordan placed fourth to become an All-American in the all-around, and Savona earned first-team recognition on floor.

The reigning NCAA vault champion, Courville will have the chance to compete for a second straight title in the event as well as the bars title during the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Sunday.

Gnat will compete for the vault title as well on Sunday, and Ewing will compete on beam and Savona will compete on floor.

But first LSU will compete for the team national title in the Super Six at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. The competition can be heard free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and ESPN3.com will carry live streaming video of the meet as well.

2014 LSU ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Rheagan Courville – First-Team All-American (VT, UB, AA)
Sydney Ewing – First-Team All-American (BB)
Ashleigh Gnat – First-Team All-American (VT); Second-Team All-American (FX)
Jessie Jordan – First-Team All-American (AA)
Jessica Savona – First-Team All-American (FX)

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL I MEET RESULTS

Team (Top three advance to NCAA Super Six)
1. #2 Oklahoma 197.500  (VT – 49.325, UB – 49.250, BB – 49.350, FX – 49.575)
2. #6 Georgia 197.300  (VT – 49.350, UB – 49.300, BB – 49.200, FX – 49.450)
3. #3 LSU 197.100  (VT – 49.350, UB – 49.225, BB – 49.175, FX – 49.350)
4. #10 Stanford 196.600  (VT – 49.025, UB – 49.300, BB – 49.250, FX – 49.025)
5. #7 Michigan 196.425  (VT – 49.300, UB – 49.325, BB – 48.350, FX – 49.450)
6. #11 Illinois 195.800  (VT – 49.075, UB – 48.725, BB – 48.800, FX – 49.200)

Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)

All-Around – 1. Joanna Sampson (Michigan) 39.500, 2. Rheagan Courville 39.525, t4. Jessie Jordan 39.225

Vault – 1. Brandie Jay (Georgia) 9.95, t2. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t10. Jessie Jordan 9.850, t10. Sarie Morrison 9.85, t10. Britney Ranzy 9.85, t21. Lloimincia Hall 9.825

Bars – t1. Lindsey Cheek (Georgia) 9.925, t1. Kristina Vaculik (Stanford) 9.925, t3. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t11. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, t11. Sarie Morrison 9.85, t19. Jessie Jordan 9.825, t24. Randii Wyrick 9.80, t32. Britney Ranzy 9.775

Beam – 1. Taylor Spears (Oklahoma) 9.925, t2. Sydney Ewing 9.90, t9. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t18. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80, t18. Ashleigh Gnat 9.80, t18. Lloimincia Hall 9.80, t32. Jessie Jordan 9.75

Floor – t1. Maile’ana Kanewa (Oklahoma) 9.95, t1. Joanna Sampson (Michigan) 9.95, t1. Haley Scaman (Oklahoma) 9.95, t4. Jessica Savona 9.925, t7. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t17. Rheagan Courville 9.85, t17. Lloimincia Hall 9.85, t28. Britney Ranzy 9.825, t31. Jessie Jordan 9.80

 

Vault (top 4 plus ties, only)
1. Brandie Jay Georgia 9.950
2. Lindsay Mable Minnesota 9.900
2. Lindsey Cheek Georgia 9.900
2. Ashleigh Gnat LSU 9.900
2. Rheagan Courville LSU 9.900
2. Sachi Sugiyama Michigan 9.900
2. Maileana Kanewa Oklahoma 9.900
2. Haley Scaman Oklahoma 9.900

Uneven Bars (top 4 plus ties, only)
1. Lindsey Cheek Georgia 9.925
1. Kristina Vaculik Stanford 9.925
3. Rheagan Courville LSU 9.900
3. Joanna Sampson Michigan 9.900
3. Taylor Spears Oklahoma 9.900
3. Shona Morgan Stanford 9.900
3. Samantha Shapiro Stanford 9.900

Balance Beam (top 4 plus ties, only)
1. Taylor Spears Oklahoma 9.925
2. Hanna Nordquist Minnesota 9.900
2. Madline Gardiner Oregon State 9.900
2. Mary Beth Box Georgia 9.900
2. Lindsey Cheek Georgia 9.900
2. Sydney Ewing LSU 9.900
2. Chayse Capps Oklahoma 9.900
2. Kristina Vaculik Stanford 9.900

Floor Exercise (top 4 plus ties, only)
1. Joanna Sampson Michigan 9.950
1. Maileana Kanewa Oklahoma 9.950
1. Haley Scaman Oklahoma 9.950
4. Brandie Jay Georgia 9.925
4. Jessica Savona LSU 9.925
4. Lara Albright Oklahoma 9.925

 

NCAA Semifinal II

Team Results
t1. Alabama 197.650
t1. Florida 197.650
3. Nebraska 197.100
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4. Utah 197.025
5. UCLA 197.000
6. Penn State 194.825

Vault (top 4 plus ties)
1. Katherine Grable Arkansas 9.950
1. Olivia Courtney UCLA 9.950
3. Bridget Sloan Florida 9.925
3. Georgia Dabritz Utah 9.925

Uneven Bars (top 4 plus ties)
1. Bridget Sloan Florida 9.950
2. Kim Jacob Alabama 9.925
2. Mackenzie Caquatto Florida 9.925
2. Alaina Johnson Florida 9.925
2. Samantha Peszek UCLA 9.925

Balance Beam (top 4 plus ties)
1. Kim Jacob Alabama 9.925
2. Sarah DeMeo Alabama 9.900
2. Alaina Johnson Florida 9.900
2. Mackenzie Caquatto Florida 9.900
2. Hollie Blanske Nebraska 9.900
2. Jamie Schleppenbach Nebraska 9.900
2. Jessie DeZiel Nebraska 9.900
2. Emily Wong Nebraska 9.900

Floor Exercise (top 4 plus ties)
1. Katherine Grable Arkansas 9.950
1. Kim Jacob Alabama 9.950
1. Emily Wong Nebraska 9.950
4. Lauren Beers Alabama 9.925
4. Diandra Milliner Alabama 9.925
4. Becky Tutka Utah 9.925
4. Nansy Damianova Utah 9.925

 

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