BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU gymnastics team is heading out to Los Angeles this week to compete in the NCAA Championships. This is the 24th time the Tigers have made an appearance at this meet and LSU's gymnasts are looking to make it the best one yet.
"We're going with the intention of competing for the championship, competing for the title," said head coach D-D Breaux. "I think our team has proven through the season that they are championship worthy."
The Tigers go into the competition as the No. 5 seed and will compete Friday to secure a spot in the Super Six.
"We all want to be a part of that Super Six fighting for the national championship at the end and I think that's what all of our mindsets are," said sophomore Lloimincia Hall. "When you all have one goal in mind, there can be so much united."
The last time the Tigers made a Super Six appearance was 2009. It was also the last time a team reached the 20-win mark. This season, the Tigers are (20-6) and captured their 12th regional title in school history. But, what makes this team unique is the bond that goes beyond just hitting routines.
"We have so much diversity and so much depth that it makes us so strong because we can put anybody in at any time and count on them to do just exactly what we need and I think that says a lot about the culture of our team because we have so much respect for each other and so much accountability," sophomore Rheagan Courville explained.
The Tigers are 5-0 in post season competition and are looking to continue that streak as they compete among some of the best teams in the nation.
"We just feel like it's our time to go and have a huge footprint there and upset some people and create the buzz at the national level that we've created here in Baton Rouge," Breaux added.
It's not like the team needs it, but these Tigers have their own good luck charm.
"We have a win bar and we've all kind of written our motivational words and our key terms on it and we touch it before we go into each meet. It's something that remains the same and that we can take everywhere, even when stuff is different," Courville shared.