From LSU Sports
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight season and the fourth time in school history, the LSU gymnastics team punched its ticket to the NCAA Super Six after a third-place finish in semifinal I Friday afternoon at BJCC Arena.
LSU (23-7) advanced to the Super Six by scoring a 197.100, extending the school-record streak to 12 straight meets with at least a 197 score.
The Tigers will start the Super Six on bars and will rotate to beam, bye, floor, vault and end on a bye.
Oklahoma (27-2) won semifinal I with a 197.500, and Georgia (18-10) finished second with a 197.300 to join LSU in the Super Six. The Sooners will start the Super Six on the bye before bars, and the Gym Dogs will begin on beam.
Stanford placed fourth in the semifinal with a 196.600, followed by Michigan in fifth with a 196.425 and Illinois in sixth with a 195.800.
Three teams from Semifinal II will make up the other half of the Super Six.
"We did not have our best effort today," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "However, our ladies battled all day to make it to the Super Six, and we are happy to move forward.
"Now, we have to put this performance behind us and come out in the Super Six ready to do our best. The key is for the team not to try too hard because we need to trust the training. If our ladies will stay loose and go have fun, then the results will take care of itself."
LSU took to the floor mat in the second rotation as the Tigers first event of the day, and LSU earned a 49.350. Jessica Savona led the way with a 9.925, followed by a 9.90 from Ashleigh Gnat. Rheagan Courville and Lloimincia Hall added 9.85s, and Britney Ranzy scored a 9.825 to round out the scoring.
The Tigers posted a 49.350 on vault in the third rotation, led by 9.90s from Courville and Gnat. Jessie Jordan, Sarie Morrison and Ranzy all tallied 9.85s to finish the scoring and put LSU in second place after two events.
Halfway through the meet, LSU sat in second place with a 98.700, trailing Oklahoma's 98.925 but ahead of Georgia's 98.650. Stanford was six tenths back from the Gym Dogs with a 98.050, followed by Michigan at 97.675 and Illinois at 97.525.
After a bye in the fourth rotation, LSU tallied a 49.225 on bars in the fifth rotation, highlighted by Courville's 9.90. The Tigers also counted 9.85s from Kaleigh Dickson and Morrison, a 9.825 from Jordan and a 9.80 from Randii Wyrick.
In the final rotation, LSU recorded a 49.175 on beam, led by Sydney Ewing's 9.90 and Courville's 9.875. Dickson, Gnat and Hall provided 9.80s to complete the scoring in the event.
Courville, Ewing, Gnat, Jordan and Savona all took home First-Team All-America honors as each finished in the Top 4 in at least one category in the semifinal.
Courville earned three First-Team All-America honors, securing the awards on vault, bars and the all-around. Ewing tallied All-America status on beam, while Gnat earned first-team honors on vault and second-team status on floor. Jordan placed fourth to become an All-American in the all-around, and Savona earned first-team recognition on floor.
The reigning NCAA vault champion, Courville will have the chance to compete for a second straight title in the event as well as the bars title during the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Sunday.
will compete for the vault title as well on Sunday, and Ewing will compete on
beam and Savona will compete on floor.
But first LSU will compete for the team national title in the Super Six at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. The competition can be heard free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and ESPN3.com will carry live streaming video of the meet as well.
LSU ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Rheagan Courville – First-Team All-American (VT, UB, AA)
Sydney Ewing – First-Team All-American (BB)
Ashleigh Gnat – First-Team All-American (VT); Second-Team All-American (FX)
Jessie Jordan – First-Team All-American (AA)
Jessica Savona – First-Team All-American (FX)