DENTON, Texas – Highlighted by another perfect 10.0 from Ashleigh Gnat, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team recorded another solid road score with a 197.825 to win the Texas Woman’s quad meet Saturday night in Magee Arena.
LSU defeated TWU (193.000), No. 16 Oregon State (196.550) and New Hampshire (193.800) to wrap up the regular season with a 13-2 record.
The Tigers earned a season-high tying 49.475 on bars, a 49.200 on beam, a 49.625 on floor and a 49.525 on vault to finish with a 197.825 that is tied for the third-best team total of the season.
“We really looked forward to this as an opportunity to practice the rotation we will have at the SEC Championship, and our focus was to come in here and maintain the momentum we have created since the middle of the season,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “We had a few mental glitches that caused some deductions on beam, but as far as the intensity, momentum and enthusiasm, this team gave the crowd and each other everything they could tonight.”
Gnat won her Southeastern Conference-leading eighth floor title of the season with her perfect 10. In fact, Gnat became the first gymnast in LSU history to score five perfect 10s in one season as she has three on floor and two on vault. She was tied with Jennifer Wood (four on vault in 1995) and April Burkholder (two on floor, one on vault, one on beam in 2004) who each had four in one season.
“Before I go the coaches tell me to have fun and be myself, nothing more, nothing less,” Gnat said. “I love floor because I can show my personality, and just being able to cap that event off for our team is really fun.”
LSU claimed at least a share of all five individual titles as Gnat also won vault with a 9.95, Sarah Finnegan won bars with a 9.95 and beam with a 9.90 and Myia Hambrick won the all-around with a 39.450. Oregon State’s Kaytianna McMillan also shared the bars title with a 9.95.
LSU opened the meet by matching its season high on bars with a 49.475, a figure the Tigers reached just last week against Alabama. Sarah Finnegan led the way with a career-high tying 9.95. She was followed closely by Myia Hambrick and Lexie Priessman who each tallied career-high tying 9.925s. It was Priessman’s first competition back since Feb. 5 against Arkansas. Shae Zamardi added a 9.85, and Jessica Savona and Julianna Cannamela recorded 9.825s.
LSU earned a 49.200 on beam in the second rotation, highlighted by Finnegan’s 9.90. Sydney Ewing was second for the Tigers with a 9.85, followed by 9.825s from Erin Macadaeg and Cannamela. Ashleigh Gnat anchored the event with a 9.80 to round out the scoring.
Halfway through the meet LSU led Oregon State 98.675-98.150 with New Hampshire third at 96.975 and Texas Woman’s fourth at 96.925.
For the second straight week LSU rocked the floor with a 49.625, headlined by Gnat’s fifth perfect 10 of the season and third on floor. Randii Wyrick matched her career high with a 9.925, and Ewing, Savona and McKenna Kelley all added 9.90s to complete the scoring.
LSU closed out the meet with a 49.525 on vault, only .025 off the season high on the event. Gnat won her SEC-leading ninth vault title of the season with a 9.95. Finnegan shattered her career high with a stuck Yurchenko full to score a 9.925. For the third-straight week Ewing posted a 9.90 on vault. Savona and Hambrick tallied 9.875s, and Cannamela led off with a 9.825 to get the Tigers off to a great start.
With titles on vault and floor, Gnat increased her season total to 22 which leads the SEC.
LSU will open up postseason competition at the SEC Championship in North Little Rock, Arkansas on March 19. The Tigers will compete in the second session that begins at 5 p.m. CT from Verizon Arena.
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1. #3 LSU 197.825 (VT – 49.525, UB – 49.475, BB – 49.200, FX – 49.625)
2. #16 Oregon State 196.550 (VT – 48.975, UB – 49.425, BB – 49.125, FX – 49.025)
3. New Hampshire 193.800 (VT – 48.700, UB – 48.025, BB – 48.800, FX – 48.275)
4. Texas Woman’s 193.000 (VT – 48.525, UB – 48.400, BB – 47.850, FX – 48.225)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around – 1. Myia Hambrick 39.450
Vault – 1. Ashleigh Gnat 9.95, 2. Sarah Finnegan 9.925, 3. Sydney Ewing 9.90, t4. Myia Hambrick 9.875, t4. Jessica Savona 9.875, t7. Julianna Cannamela 9.825
Bars – t1. Sarah Finnegan 9.95, t1. Kaytianna McMillan (Oregon State) 9.95, t3. Myia Hambrick 9.925, t3. Lexie Priessman 9.925, t8. Shae Zamardi 9.85, t11. Julianna Cannamela 9.825, t11. Jessica Savona 9.825
Beam – 1. Sarah Finnegan 9.90, t2. Sydney Ewing 9.85, t5. Erin Macadaeg 9.825, t5. Julianna Cannamela 9.825, t11. Ashleigh Gnat 9.80, t13. Myia Hambrick 9.775
Floor – 1. Ashleigh Gnat 10.000, 2. Randii Wyrick 9.925, t3. Sydney Ewing 9.90, t3. McKenna Kelley 9.90, t3. Jessica Savona 9.90, 6. Myia Hambrick 9.875