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LSU gymnastics set to take on nation's best at SEC Championship

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The sixth-ranked LSU gymnastics team will close out regular-season competition against three of the top teams in the country when the Tigers take the floor in session II of the SEC Championship on Saturday.

LSU (10-4) will square off against No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Alabama and No. 5 Georgia at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in Verizon Arena. Live audio will be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live beginning at 5:55 p.m.

The Tigers earned the No. 4 seed and will open session II on floor exercise, and LSU will rotate to vault, bars and beam. Florida (8-2) will start on vault and finish on floor, Alabama (7-2-1) will begin on bars and finish on vault, and Georgia (8-6-1) will open on beam and finish on bars.

"We have to go in with a mindset focused on perfection and performance," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We have to remain focused during the meet and have fun while doing it.

"It's the nature of this team that when the pressure is on, they will rise to the level of competition, and we need to go out and perform our best Saturday night."

With the addition of Missouri to the SEC, this marks the first time the SEC Championship has been split into two sessions. Seeds 5-8 consisting of Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri will compete at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The team that finishes with the highest score, regardless of session, will be crowned SEC champion right after the second session concludes.

LSU experienced great individual success at last season's conference championship when a school-record four Tigers earned All-SEC status, led by then-senior Ashley Lee, Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall and Jessie Jordan.

Hall will compete as the reigning SEC floor exercise champion after she won the title as a freshman last season with a 9.925.

The Tigers enter the meet ranked as the No. 1 team nationally on vault with a 49.470 regional qualifying score (RQS), No. 4 on floor at 49.410, No. 8 on bars at 49.260 and No. 15 on beam at 49.070.

Courville, the 2013 SEC Gymnast of the Year, is ranked in the Top 25 in each category as she is No. 5 on vault with a 9.930 RQS, No. 6 in the all-around at 39.530, No. 16 on floor at 9.90, No. 21 on beam at 9.875 and No. 25 on bars at 9.875.

Hall is ranked No. 2 on floor with a 9.940 RQS, and Sarie Morrison is No. 6 on bars with a 9.910 RQS. Randi Lau is No. 22 on vault at 9.90.

Coming off a 196.925 in a victory at North Carolina State last week, LSU is looking for a solid score at the SEC Championship to increase the team's RQS one final time before the NCAA Regional selections are announced on Monday.

Fans can follow LSU gymnastics on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/lsugym) and Twitter (@LSUgym) to receive live updates throughout the meet, and a live stats link will be available on LSUsports.net.

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