Historic national title run begins for LSU gymnastics tonight
FORT WORTH, TX - With a chance to make history on the line, fourth-ranked LSU gymnastics will look to advance to the NCAA Super Six Finals as they compete Friday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.
The Tiger squad has made long strides toward proving they are a top team this season as they build off two previous successful seasons at the NCAA Championships. They placed fifth in 2013 and established a new program best last season when they took third place. Tonight at 7 p.m., LSU will have another opportunity to move in the direction of keeping the trend alive.
LSU, with an overall record of 24-2 with an undefeated conference record, is set to compete against No. 1 Oklahoma (21-0), No. 5 Alabama (20-3), No. 8 Auburn (14-9), No. 9 Nebraska (26-6) and No. 12 Oregon State (18-9) with a ticket to Saturday night's NCAA Super Six Finals at stake. If they finish in the top three on Friday, it will be the Tigers third straight appearance in the Super Six.
"We have done the proving all season long of how we good are, but now it's crucial to do it a few more times." said LSU head coach D-D Breaux.
LSU has Olympic rotation order ahead of them in Friday's contest, which means they will start on vault before progressing to a bye, bars, beam and then a bye. They will finish on the floor, where their tumbling team has excelled all season long. Coach Breaux told LSUSports.net she feels the rotation order is a good fit for the balanced squad she has been leading this season.
That balanced squad consists of a deep lineup with contributions from 11 gymnasts with standouts including nationally-ranked all-rounders Rheagan Courville, Jessie Jordan and Ashleigh Gnat. As a team, the Tigers rank in the top 5 in every event they will compete in during tonight's meet.
Image: Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer