LSU gymnastics ends historic 2016 season
BATON ROUGE- After LSU gymnastics Ashleigh Gnat finished the final vault in The Tigers’ 2016 season, it not only earned her a Super Six score of 9.95, but it also solidified the team’s national runner-up performance.
The team’s season was a perfect 10 for the record books.
A look back at the team accomplishment from the 2016 season:
- LSU tallied a total score of 197.4500 to place second and finish as the national runner-up, the best finish in school history.
- LSU used a solid 197.3375 score in the NCAA Semifinal I to earn a spot in the NCAA Super Six, the third time in the last four years and the fifth time overall the Tigers qualified to the national championship meet.
- The Tigers scored a 197.300 score to win the NCAA Athens (Georgia) Regional, the fourth-consecutive regional title and the 15th overall regional title in program history.
- LSU compiled a 31-6 overall record, the first time in school history LSU has reached the 30-win milestone.
- The Tigers also went 18-4 in the post-season, and the 18 post-season wins are the most in a single season in LSU history.
- LSU finished the season with a 197.242 meet average, the third consecutive season in which the Tigers’ season average was higher than a 197.
- The team earned a 6-1 regular season record against SEC opponents, the best record against SEC foes for the second straight year.
- LSU ranked in the Top 5 in all four events, one of only three teams in the nation to do so.
- LSU tied the school record with a 49.700 on floor against Auburn, and the Tigers also posted the program’s fourth-highest beam total with a 49.575 to lead the team to victory at Florida on Feb. 26.
- For the third consecutive season LSU finished with a perfect home record. The Tigers went 5-0 this season, beating Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama inside the Maravich Center. LSU is 21-0 at home over the last three seasons.
- As a team LSU compiled 17 total All-America honors with 11 at the NCAA Championships and six in the regular season.
- LSU shattered the home attendance record for the fourth straight season as an average of 9,906 fans attended each meet this season. That figure is up from last season’s 9,208 average.
- A school-record 13,296 fans packed the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 4 to watch LSU defeat Alabama, 197.925-196.225. Another 10,177 fans were in attendance to watch LSU beat Auburn on Feb. 19, and 10,052 fans saw LSU knock off Kentucky on Jan. 22.
Take a look at the individual accomplishments in the 2016 season:
- Head coach D-D Breaux reached the exclusive 700 career wins milestone at the NCAA Championships.
- Ashleigh Gnat earned SEC Specialist of the Year and NACGC/W Central Region Gymnast of the Year.
- Sydney Ewing, Sarah Finnegan, Ashleigh Gnat, Myia Hambrick, Lexie Priessman and Jessica Savona earned All-America honors in the 2016 season. They combined to tally 17 All-America honors.
- Gnat won the SEC Floor Exercise Title, the fifth gymnast in LSU history to claim the SEC floor title.
- Finnegan and McKenna Kelley both earned SEC All-Freshman honors to become the seventh and eighth LSU gymnasts to earn the distinction since the honor began in 2009.
- Finnegan, Gnat and Hambrick tallied All-SEC honors, giving LSU a grand total of 70 in program history.
Hambrick was the National Runner-Up for the floor exercise national title, and she placed third in the final all-around standings.
- Gnat set the LSU single-season record with six perfect 10.0 scores, including a school single-season record four on floor exercise. She also added two perfect 10s on vault.
- Gnat also tied the LSU record for most floor titles in a season as she claimed 10 titles in 2016. She also won 10 vault titles, tied for fourth-most in a single season in program history.
- LSU won a total of nine SEC Weekly honors: Hambrick was SEC Gymnast of the Week three times, Gnat was SEC Gymnast of the Week once, Shae Zamardi was SEC Specialist of the Week once, Gnat was SEC Specialist of the Week once and Sarah Finnegan was SEC Freshman of the Week three times.
- Finnegan tallied a 9.925 on beam in the season opener against Oklahoma. Her 9.925 is the highest score in an LSU gymnast’s first career beam routine in program history.
- Finnegan scored a 9.95 on bars at the Lady Luck Invitational on Jan. 14. She became the first gymnast in LSU history to post a 9.95 on bars in the first road meet of her career.
- A school-record tying six Tigers finished ranked in the Top 25 nationally in at least one category: Gnat ranked No. 1 on vault and floor and No. 17 on beam; Ewing ranked No. 10 on vault; Finnegan ranked No. 4 on beam and No. 11 on bars; Hambrick ranked No. 10 in the all-around, No. 17 on bars, No. 24 on vault and No. 25 on beam; Erin Macadaeg ranked No. 23 on beam; Randii Wyrick ranked No. 24 on floor. LSU also had six gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 in at least one event in 2005.
LSU is expected to return 20 of 24 routines for the 2017 season. The Tigers will also return six All-Americans as well as welcome three talented newcomers in Kennedi Edney, Ruby Harrold and Ashlyn Kirby. Fans can read about the newcomers here: lsul.su/1WVSSVs.