From LSU Sports
GAINESVILLE,Fla. – The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team put together another solidperformance to earn a 197.625, but it was not enough to overcome No. 2Florida's 198.125 Friday night in the O'Connell Center.
The197.625 ranks as the ninth-best score in school history as the Tigers posted a49.550 on vault, 49.425 on bars, 49.225 on beam and 49.425 on floor.
Ina battle of six of the nation's best all-arounders, Florida sophomore BridgetSloan won the all-around title with a 39.700 while LSU junior Rheagan Courvillefinished second with a 39.675.
JuniorJessie Jordan shattered her career high in the all-around with a 39.550, andKaleigh Dickson tallied a 39.375. Florida's Alaina Johnson scored a 39.650, andKytra Hunter posted a 39.475.
"Overall,I was pleased with our performance tonight. It was a great meet from bothteams, and I know we look forward to seeing them again at the SECChampionship," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "Our body of work is the best inthe country to date, but we still have plenty of work to do in the practicegym.
"Welook forward to being back home in front of our fantastic fans after many weekson the road."
LSU(7-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) opened the meet with a 49.425 on bars, thesecond-best bars total of the season. Courville and Morrison tied for the eventtitle with matching 9.95s at the end of the Tigers' lineup. Britney Ranzy tiedher career high on bars for the second straight week with a 9.925, and KaleighDickson, Jessie Jordan and Randii Wyrick all added 9.80s.
LSUtook the lead over Florida, 98.975-98.925, after two rotations when the Tigersposted a 49.550 on vault. Jordan earned a career high with a 9.95, andCourville tied Jordan for the team high score with a 9.95 in the anchor spot.Morrison scored a 9.90, while Dickson and Ashleigh Gnat provided 9.875s.Jessica Savona scored a 9.825 in her first vault of the season.
LloiminciaHall led the Tigers on floor with a 9.925 in the anchor spot, and Courville,Dickson, Jordan and Savona added 9.875s to round out the scoring as LSUfinished with a 49.425 in the event.
Florida(7-0, 5-0) took back the lead in the third rotation after scoring a 49.550 onbeam, highlighted by Sloan's 9.95.
LSUwrapped up the meet with a 49.225 on beam, including a strong finish fromCourville and Jordan who scored a 9.90 and 9.925, respectively.
Dicksonand freshman Sydney Ewing tallied 9.825s, and the Tigers also counted a 9.75from Gnat.
Aftera four meet road swing, LSU will return for three consecutive meets in thefriendly confines of the Maravich Center starting with a tilt against Missouriat 7 p.m. CT on Feb. 28.
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