No. 2 Gymnastics Travels to Take on No. 24 NC State
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RALEIGH, N.C. – With two weeks until postseason, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team (13-1, 7-0 SEC) travels to take on No. 24 NC State (13-6, 6-1 EAGL) in the squad’s final road trip of the regular season at 6 p.m. CT Friday.
The meet between the Wolfpack and Tigers will be streamed live on WatchESPN.com and the app through ACC Network Plus.
Last Time Out
The LSU gymnastics team put on a show Sunday afternoon in the Maravich Center to claim back-to-back Southeastern Conference regular season titles. Senior Myia Hambrick and junior Sarah Finnegan put an exclamation point on an outstanding showing with back-to-back perfect scores on floor to push the team total to a 198.100. The Tigers’ team score of 198.100 marked the first time in school history a squad has posted back-to-back 198s at home.
Finnegan and Hambrick anchored the LSU floor lineup with the first perfect scores of their careers. It marked the first time in LSU history that perfect scores were earned in the same meet on floor. The record previously happened on vault twice and once on beam. The duo became the 17th and 18th gymnasts in school history to record perfect scores.
Sophomore Kennedi Edney put up an outstanding performance with a 39.775 in the all-around. Edney’s score is the third-highest in the nation in 2018 and tied with Finnegan for the best in the SEC. Edney, Finnegan and Hambrick are the first trio in school history to post a 39.700 or higher in a meet in the same season.
Tigers in the National Rankings
LSU jumped up one spot to second in the nation following a team score of 198.100 against Auburn. LSU is ranked first on bars and floor, third on beam and fifth on vault.
Myia Hambrick - 1st FX, 4th AA, 9th VT, 12th UB, 12th BB; Sarah Finnegan - 3rd UB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA, 4th BB, 15th VT; Kennedi Edney - 8th UB, 12th FX, 15th VT, 17th AA; Lexie Priessman - 8th UB; Erin Macadaeg - 17th BB; Christina Desiderio - 21st BB
Gymnastics Owns Eight Scores of 49.700 or Better Between Four Events
Following a school-record score of 49.725 on bars Sunday against TWU, the LSU gymnastics program is one of only three in the nation to own scores of 49.700 or higher on all four events in its history.
LSU has scored a 49.700 or higher on an event nine times in school history, including seven times in the last four years: Vault – 49.825 vs. Minnesota (2015); Bars - 49.725 vs. TWU (2018); Beam – 49.725 at NCAA Super Six Finals (2017), at Oklahoma (2005); Floor – 49.7125 at NCAA Championship Semifinal II (2017); 49.700 – vs. Auburn (2016, 18), vs. Minnesota (2015) and vs. Missouri (2014)
Tigers hit 197 in Every Meet In 2018; Continues Record Streak
LSU is currently on a streak of 33-straight meets with a team score of 197 or better. The Tigers are the only team in the nation to have a 197 score or higher in every meet in 2018. The current streak is the best in school history. Thirty-three consecutive meets with a team score of 197 or better is also the second-longest streak in NCAA Gymnastics history behind Oklahoma’s streak of 35 (January ‘16 - February ‘18)
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