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SHREVEPORT, La. – In the final meet of the regular season, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team powered past New Hampshire and host Centenary with a 197.275 inside the Gold Dome on Friday night.
LSU improved to 13-1 overall after posting the second-best vault total of the season with a 49.625 and the third-highest floor score with a 49.575.
New Hampshire (13-7) finished second in the meet with a 193.975, and Centenary dropped to 1-14 with a 192.175.
“We knew we had to rest some people and give other gymnasts a chance in the lineup,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “We rested Ashleigh Gnat on floor and Rheagan Courville in the all-around, and I feel positive that this rest will pay dividends for us down the road.”
Lloimincia Hall notched the seventh perfect 10.0 of her career on floor to win her 30th title in the event. It was her third 10 in a road meet.
Jessica Savona won the first vault title of her career with a personal-best 9.95.
Ashleigh Gnat and Jessie Jordan tied for the beam title with 9.95s. With the title, Jordan moved into a tie for third place for most beam titles in an LSU career with 14. Jordan tied Jeanie Beadle, LSU's first national champion, who finished her career with 14 beam titles.
Randii Wyrick won her first event title of the season and the third of her career on bars with a 9.875.
As a team the Tigers scored a 197 or higher for the ninth time in 10 meets this season and the 22nd time in the last 23 meets dating back to last season.
LSU posted a 48.700 in the first rotation on bars, led by Wyrick's 9.875 and Jordan's 9.85. Shae Zamardi added a 9.80, and Savona led off with a 9.775. The Tigers also counted a 9.40 from Gnat.
LSU turned things around in the second rotation with a 49.375 on beam, paced by fantastic 9.95 performances from Gnat and Jordan. Myia Hambrick scored a 9.85, Erin Macadaeg tallied a 9.825 and Lloimincia Hall registered a 9.80 to round out LSU's scoring.
The Tigers kept the momentum rolling with a 49.575 on floor in the third rotation. Hall led the way with her seventh career 10, and Jordan tied her career high with a 9.925. Ewing finished third in the event with a 9.90. Savona and Wyrick scored 9.875s to add to the team score.
In the first floor routine of her career, Michelle Gauthier stepped into the lineup and posted a 9.875 to help the Tigers earn the third-best floor total of the season.
LSU rested Rheagan Courville for the entire meet and rested Gnat and Jordan on vault, but it did not matter as the six Tiger competitors nailed vault after vault to score a 49.625 in the final rotation.
Savona led the way on vault with a 9.95, and Macadaeg, Ewing and Williams all tied or set a career high with matching 9.925s. Hambrick anchored the event with a 9.90, and Hall led off the event with a 9.875.
LSU will begin postseason competition next week when the Tigers travel to Duluth, Ga., for the SEC Championship on March 21.
“We are going to practice competing and do lineup after lineup in the gym to be able to hit 24 routines in the SEC Championship,” Breaux said. “Nobody is going to lay down in that meet. It's going to be a hard battle, so our preparation is going to be focused on making a strong statement.”
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1. #3 LSU 197.275 (VT – 49.625, UB – 48.700, BB – 49.375, FX – 49.575)
2. New Hampshire 193.975 (VT – 48.725, UB – 48.875, BB – 48.425, FX – 47.950)
3. Centenary 192.175 (VT – 48.350, UB – 47.050, BB – 48.350, FX – 48.425)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around – 1. Ashley White (Centenary) 38.700
Vault – 1. Jessica Savona 9.95, t2. Sydney Ewing 9.925, t2. Erin Macadaeg 9.925, t2. Scarlett Williams 9.925, 5. Myia Hambrick 9.90, 6. Lloimincia Hall 9.875
Bars – t1. Randii Wyrick 9.875, t1. Erika Rudiger (New Hampshire) 9.875, 3. Jessie Jordan 9.85, 4. Shae Zamardi 9.80, t5. Jessica Savona 9.775, 13. Ashleigh Gnat 9.40, 15. Myia Hambrick 9.275
Beam – t1. Ashleigh Gnat 9.95, t1. Jessie Jordan 9.95, 3. Myia Hambrick 9.85, t4. Erin Macadaeg 9.825, 6. Lloimincia Hall 9.80, t9. Sydney Ewing 9.75
Floor – 1. Lloimincia Hall 10.0, 2. Jessie Jordan 9.925, 3. Sydney Ewing 9.90, t4. Michelle Gauthier 9.875, t4. Jessica Savona 9.875, t4. Randii Wyrick 9.875