Gymnastics Advances to NCAA Super Six

The Super Six starts Saturday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
The Super Six starts Saturday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
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Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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FORT WORTH, Texas – For the fifth time in program history the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Super Six after the Tigers placed second in NCAA Semifinal I Friday afternoon in Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.

LSU improved to 27-5 overall after scoring a 197.3375, the second-highest team total at the NCAA Championships in school history.

No. 2 Florida (25-2) won the semifinal with a 197.4750, and No. 10 Georgia (15-15) finished third with a 196.7250.

LSU, Florida and Georgia earned spots in the Super Six that will begin at 8 p.m. CT Saturday. The trio will be joined by the top three finishers from Semifinal II - Oklahoma, Alabama and UCLA.

The Tigers will have the same rotation in the Super Six by starting on the bye before bars and rotating to bars, beam, bye, floor and vault.

The Super Six will be televised live by ESPNU.

“It’s been a great year for us, and the enthusiasm our team had today was incredible,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “I am so proud of the effort they gave, and now we are looking forward to the Super Six where we can just relax and compete with reckless abandon.”

With wins over Georgia, Stanford, Auburn and Minnesota, Breaux crossed the 700-win threshold as her record improved to 702-415-8 in 39 seasons.

LSU was solid throughout the meet, posting a 49.3250 on bars, 49.3000 on beam, 49.3750 on floor and 49.3375 on vault.

Stanford placed fourth in the semifinal with a 195.575, while Auburn was fifth at 195.100 and Minnesota was sixth at 194.9875.

Individually, Myia Hambrick won the floor title in the semifinal with a 9.925, and she placed second in the all-around with a 39.5625.

Ashleigh Gnat finished second on vault with a 9.925, third on beam with a 9.90 and sixth in the all-around at 39.500.

Sarah Finnegan earned a 9.90 on bars to tie for third place in the semifinal.

LSU opened with a strong first event as the Tigers posted a 49.3250 on bars. Sarah Finnegan led the team with a 9.90, followed closely by Myia Hambrick and Lexie Priessman who each added a 9.8875. Shae Zamardi scored a 9.85 from the anchor spot, and Ashleigh Gnat provided a 9.80 to close out the scoring.

In the third rotation, LSU exploded for a stellar 49.300 on beam, the second-highest beam total at the NCAA Championships in school history. Gnat led the squad with a 9.90 from the anchor spot on beam, and she was followed closely by Erin Macadaeg and Hambrick who each tallied 9.875’s. Finnegan was right behind them with a 9.85, and Sydney Ewing closed out scoring with a 9.80.

After a bye in the fourth rotation LSU returned to post a 49.3750 on floor in the fifth rotation. Hambrick tallied a 9.925 to lead the team and win the event in the semifinal. Jessica Savona earned a 9.8875, and Gnat followed with a 9.875. McKenna Kelley secured a 9.8625, and Randii Wyrick posted a 9.8250.

In the final rotation LSU finished with a 49.3375 on vault, led by Gnat’s 9.925 that placed second in the semifinal. Hambrick was next with a 9.875, followed by Ewing and Finnegan with 9.85s. Savona rounded out the scoring with a 9.8375.

Gnat earned All-America honors on vault, beam, floor and the all-around. Hambrick tallied All-America honors on vault, bars, floor and the all-around. Finnegan and Priessman recorded All-America status on bars, and Savona earned All-America honors on floor.

Hambrick came close to winning a national title as she placed second overall on floor with a 9.925 and third in the all-around with her 39.5625. Gnat also finished third overall on vault with a 9.925. Gnat also placed seventh on beam and the all-around. Finnegan earned fourth place nationally on bars.

Fans can connect with the team on LSU's social media outlets: Facebook.com/LSUgym, @LSUgym on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter and YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.

2016 LSU ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Sarah Finnegan – First-Team All-American (UB)
Ashleigh Gnat – First-Team All-American (VT, BB); Second-Team All-American (FX, AA)
Myia Hambrick – First-Team All-American (FX, AA); Second-Team All-American (VT, UB)
Lexie Priessman – Second-Team All-American (UB)
Jessica Savona – First-Team All-American (FX)

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL I MEET RESULTS

Team (Top three advance to NCAA Super Six)
1. #2 Florida 197.4750 (VT –49.3500 , UB – 49.4750, BB – 49.3500, FX – 49.3000)
2. #3 LSU 197.3375 (VT – 49.3375, UB – 49.3250, BB – 49.3000, FX – 49.3750)
3. #10 Georgia 196.7250 (VT – 49.2750, UB – 49.3750, BB – 49.1125, FX – 48.9625)
4. #18 Stanford 195.5750 (VT – 49.1500, UB – 49.0250, BB – 48.4750, FX – 48.9250)
5. #6 Auburn 195.1000 (VT – 48.9625, UB – 49.0875, BB – 48.1500, FX – 48.9000)
6. #14 Minnesota 194.9875 (VT – 49.0375, UB – 47.6625, BB – 49.2500, FX – 49.0375)

Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)

All-Around – 1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 39.700, 2. Myia Hambrick 39.5625, 6. Ashleigh Gnat 39.500

Vault – 1. Brandie Jay (Georgia) 9.950, 2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.925, t8. Myia Hambrick 9.875, t11. Sarah Finnegan 9.85, t11. Sydney Ewing 9.85, t15. Jessica Savona 9.8375, t25. Julianna Cannamela 9.80

Bars – t1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.950, t1. Brittany Rogers (Georgia) 9.950, t3. Sarah Finnegan (9.90), t7. Myia Hambrick 9.8875, t7. Lexie Priessman 9.8875, t15. Shae Zamardi 9.850, t24. Ashleigh Gnat 9.80, 33. Jessica Savona 9.7250

Beam – 1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.950, 3. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t9. Myia Hambrick 9.875, t9. Erin Macadaeg 9.875, t13. Sarah Finnegan 9.850, t22. Sydney Ewing 9.80, 41. Julianna Cannamela 9.050

Floor – 1. Myia Hambrick 9.925, t4. Jessica Savona 9.8875, t6. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, t9. McKenna Kelley 9.8625, t15. Randii Wyrick 9.825, t16. Sydney Ewing 9.8125

NCAA INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS RESULTS
(Top eight places combined from both semifinals honored on awards podium after Semifinal II)

Vault
t1. Katie Bailey (Alabama) 9.950
t1. Brandie Jay (Georgia) 9.950
t3. Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 9.925
t3. Hollie Blanske (Nebraska) 9.925
t5. Mackenzie Brannan (Alabama) 9.9125
t5. Hunter Price (Oklahoma) 9.9125
t5. Keeley Kmieciak (Oklahoma) 9.9125
t5. Haley Scaman (Oklahoma) 9.9125

Bars
t1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.950
t1. Brittany Rogers (Georgia) 9.950
3. McKenzie Wofford (Oklahoma) 9.9375
t4. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) 9.900
t4. Katie Bailey (Alabama) 9.900
t4. Bridgette Caquatto (Florida) 9.900
t4. Lindsay Mable (Minnesota) 9.900
t4. Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma) 9.900
t4. Chayse Capps (Oklahoma) 9.900
t4. Elizabeth Price (Stanford) 9.900
t4. Kassandra Lopez (Utah) 9.900

Beam
t1. Danusia Francis (UCLA) 9.950
t1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.950
3. Natalie Brown (Oklahoma) 9.925
t4. Mollie Drenth (Iowa) 9.9125
t4. Hanna Nordquist (Minnesota) 9.9125
t4. Chayse Capps (Oklahoma) 9.9125
t7. Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 9.900
t7. Kiana Winston (Alabama) 9.900
t7. Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma) 9.900
t7. Charity Jones (Oklahoma) 9.900
t7. Baely Rowe (Utah) 9.900

Floor
1. Nina McGee (Denver) 9.950
2. Myia Hambrick (LSU) 9.925
3. AJ Jackson (Oklahoma) 9.9125
t4. Kiana Winston (Alabama) 9.900
t4. Kennedy Baker (Florida) 9.900
t4. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 9.900
t4. Chayse Capps (Oklahoma) 9.900
t4. Keely Kmieciak (Oklahoma) 9.900

All-Around
1. Bridget Sloan (Florida) 39.7000
2. Chayse Capps (Oklahoma) 39.6125
3. Myia Hambrick (LSU) 39.5625
4. Elizabeth Price (Stanford) 39.5500
5. Lindsay Mable (Minnesota) 39.5375
6. Alex McMurtry (Florida) 39.5250
t7. Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 39.5000
t7. Mackenzie Brannan (Alabama) 39.5000
t7. Keeley Kmieciak (Oklahoma) 39.5000

 

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