LSU holds Gymnastics 101
BATON ROUGE - In front of a supportive crowd of 1,308 fans inside the Maravich Center, the preseason third-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted a 196.950 at Gymnastics 101 to close out fall practice Wednesday night.
Several Tigers performed well in the showcase event, led by Jessie Jordan's team-leading 39.500 in the all-around as well as Rheagan Courville's 39.450 total.
"Gymnastics 101 is an opportunity for the team to get out of the practice gym and into the competition arena with a competitive setting," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We're really trying to solidify our lineups and learn about our team under pressure."
LSU responded well under that pressure to earn outstanding scores on bars and beam. Jordan delivered a solid bars routine to tally a 9.925, and sophomore Shae Zamardi put together a quality routine with a stuck landing to score a 9.90. Jessica Savona and Randii Wyrick also provided great routines to tie for third on bars with matching 9.875's.
Freshman Erin Macadaeg showed off her strong beam skills with a phenomenal 9.95 performance to lead the way. Courville posted a 9.90 to place second on beam, and returning beam All-American Sydney Ewing tallied a 9.875 to take third.
"Tonight was awesome," Breaux said. "We know what we can do on vaulting and floor, and that was not our focus tonight. What we were really trying to do was test our depth and stability on bars and beam, and this team proved they are good on all four events."
Courville placed first on vault with a 9.90, and Jordan finished with a team-best 9.90 on floor, followed closely by Savona's 9.875.
Gymnastics 101 marked the conclusion of fall practice for the Tigers. They will turn their attention to the new year and the 2015 regular season opener against Iowa at 7:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 9 inside the Maravich Center.
"This team has set lofty goals. We want to hang a national championship banner in this arena. We want to win an SEC championship," Breaux said. "There are very few teams that have won national championships, and we want to move into that sorority. This team believes they can do it, so we are excited to open the season and get going."
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#3 LSU - 196.950
Individual (Includes select competitors)
All-Around - 1. Jessie Jordan 39.500, 2. Rheagan Courville 39.450
Vault - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.90
Bars - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.925, 2. Shae Zamardi 9.90, t3. Jessica Savona 9.875, t3. Randii Wyrick 9.875
Beam - 1. Erin Macadaeg 9.95, 2. Rheagan Courville 9.90, 3. Sydney Ewing 9.875
Floor - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, 2. Jessica Savona 9.875