No. 3 LSU Gymnastics cruises past Mizzou 197.350-192.725
BATON ROUGE - The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team soared to a season high score as the Tigers easily defeated Missouri 197.350-192.725 in front of 7,267 fans Friday night in the Maravich Center.
Rheagan Courville picked up her first all-around title of the season with a 39.625, and she also added vault and bars titles with 9.95s in each event.
Jessie Jordan continued her outstanding start to the season as she placed second in the all-around with a 39.500, and she took home the beam crown with a season-high tying 9.925.
Lloimincia Hall brought the house down in the final performance of the night with a near-perfect 9.975 on floor to win the title. Hall now has 27 career floor titles, tying Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and April Burkholder for most floor titles in LSU history.
LSU (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) posted a 49.200 on vault, 49.325 on bars, season-high tying 49.325 on beam and a season-best 49.500 on floor to post the ninth-straight home victory and the 11th consecutive home meet with a 197 or higher.
Missouri (2-2, 0-2) scored a 48.525 on vault, 47.700 on bars, 48.675 on beam and 47.825 on floor to finish with the 192.725.
"I thought the team handled the meet really well," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "With the exception of not being able to find our landings consistently on some events, to score a 197-plus in the third meet makes it a good night. I'm very pleased with where we are and how this team is conducting itself."
LSU opened on vault with a 49.200. Courville led the way with a 9.95 in the anchor spot. Ashleigh Gnat posted a 9.875 to finish second in the event, and Jordan placed third with a 9.825 in the leadoff spot. The Tigers also received a 9.80 from Scarlett Williams and 9.75s from Sydney Ewing and Jessica Savona.
LSU entered the second rotation on bars leading Missouri 49.200-47.700, and LSU delivered a solid 49.325 in the event. Courville captured the event title with a 9.95 in the anchor spot in the lineup. Once again Jordan placed second in the event with a 9.875, and Randii Wyrick tied for third with a 9.85. Savona and Shae Zamardi rounded out the scoring with 9.825s.
The Tigers tied the season high on beam with a 49.325 in the third rotation, led by Jordan's 9.925 to win the event. Jordan's beam title is the 10th of her career, placing her in a tie for eighth with Clare-Kearney for most career beam titles in LSU history.
Ewing kept the momentum rolling on beam as she delivered a clutch, career-high tying 9.90 in the third spot of the lineup. Courville added a 9.875, Hall led off with a 9.825 and Gnat posted a 9.80 to finish out LSU's counting scores in the event.
LSU shattered the season high on floor with a 49.500 to cement the win and 197 final score. Hall anchored with a 9.975 that brought the crowd to its feet. Gnat finished a close second to Hall with a career-high 9.95 that also earned a 10.0 from one judge. Jordan scored a 9.875, and Courville and Wyrick tallied 9.85s. It marked a career high score on the floor for Wyrick.
In the first all-around performance of her career, Gnat finished with a 39.325, highlighted by her dynamite floor routine.
The attendance figure of 7,267 ranks as the fourth highest in school history.
LSU heads to the Metroplex Challenge in the Fort Worth Convention Center on Jan. 31. The Tigers will compete against some of the nation's best in the quad meet featuring No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Arkansas and No. 23 Iowa State. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. CT.
Tickets to the Metroplex Challenge are available for purchase at the Fort Worth Convention Center box office at a cost of $25 a ticket.
1. #3 LSU 197.350 (VT - 49.200, UB - 49.325, BB - 49.325, FX - 49.500)
2. Missouri 192.725 (VT - 48.525, UB - 47.700, BB - 48.675, FX - 47.825)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around - 1. Rheagan Courville 39.625, 2. Jessie Jordan 39.500, 3. Ashleigh Gnat 39.325
Vault - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.95, 2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, 3. Jessie Jordan 9.825, 4. Scarlett Williams 9.80, t5. Sydney Ewing 9.75, t5. Jessica Savona 9.75
Bars - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.95, 2. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t3. Randii Wyrick 9.85, t5. Jessica Savona 9.825, t5. Shae Zamardi 9.825, t7. Ashleigh Gnat 9.70
Beam - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.925, 2. Sydney Ewing 9.90, 3. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t5. Lloimincia Hall 9.825, 7. Ashleigh Gnat 9.80, 12. Erin Macadaeg 9.15
Floor - 1. Lloimincia Hall 9.975, 2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.95, 3. Jessie Jordan 9.875, t4. Rheagan Courville 9.85, t4. Randii Wyrick 9.85, 6. Jessica Savona 9.80