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Alabama squeaks by LSU Gymnastics to take the SEC team championship

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LSU seniors Jessie Jordan and Rheagan Courville shared the Southeastern Conference all-around title with matching 39.525s, and the third-ranked Tigers earned the best team finish since 2005 with a second-place 197.450 at the SEC Championship Saturday night.

No. 5 Alabama won the title by .075 over LSU with a 197.525, and No. 2 Florida placed third with a 197.400.

LSU's second-place finish is the best for the program at the SEC Championship since the Tigers also finished second in 2005.

LSU (19-2) posted a 49.550 on vault and floor, a 49.375 on bars and a 48.975 on beam to earn a 197.450.

"We gave it away on beam. We did not have that intense focus that we needed to be solid, and Alabama started there and did better beam than we did," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "That was the difference in the meet. The beam tells the tale every time.

"This has to be a learning experience and an opportunity for us to get better. If we don't, then shame on us."

Auburn placed fourth with a 196.925, while Georgia took fifth at 196.000, Arkansas was sixth at 195.950, Missouri was seventh at 195.700 and Kentucky was eighth at 195.025.

Lloimincia Hall won a share of the floor title for a record fourth time in her career. She tied with Florida's Kytra Hunter with a 9.975 to be crowned SEC Floor Exercise Champion.

Hall became only the second gymnast in SEC history to win the SEC title in the same event or all-around all four years of her career. She is joined by Alabama's Ashley Miles who won at least a share of the floor title from 2003-06.

Courville and freshman Myia Hambrick tied for the SEC vault title with 9.95 scores.

With the vault and all-around titles, Courville matched Sandra Smith for the most SEC individual titles in school history with five. Courville won the vault, beam and all-around titles in 2013.

Jordan became the fourth LSU gymnast in history to win the SEC all-around title, joining Rachelle Fruge' (1991), Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (2008) and Courville (2013, ‘15). Courville is the first LSU gymnast to win the all-around twice.

LSU opened with a strong bars performance at 49.375 that ranks as the second-highest bars total on the road this season. Courville led the way with a 9.925, followed by 9.875s from Ashleigh Gnat and Randii Wyrick. Jordan, Jessica Savona and Shae Zamardi all added 9.85s.

The Tigers let momentum slip in the second rotation when they posted a 48.975 on beam. Jordan paced the team with a 9.875 from the anchor spot, and Sydney Ewing and Hambrick tied for second on the team with 9.80s. LSU also counted a 9.775 from Courville and a 9.725 by Erin Macadaeg.

The squad found itself in fourth place at the halfway point of the meet, but the team did not panic. Instead, they came out with outstanding 49.550 performances on floor and vault to finish a close second behind Alabama.

In the third rotation, Hall captured her fourth SEC floor title in four years with a 9.975 in the anchor spot. Savona, Jordan and Gnat finished second on the team with 9.90s, and Ewing and Courville tallied 9.875s to round out the scoring.

In the final rotation on vault, LSU recorded a 49.550 to clinch second place for the first time in 10 years. Courville and Hambrick nailed their vaults to tie for the event title with 9.95s. Jordan was second on the squad with a 9.90, followed by Ewing and Gnat with 9.875s. Savona led off with a 9.85.

For the first time in school history LSU had four gymnasts claim at least one SEC title in the same season. Courville (vault and all-around), Hall (floor), Hambrick (vault) and Jordan (all-around) accomplished the feat. The previous record was three gymnasts in 2013 when Courville won vault, beam and the all-around and Hall and Savona shared the floor title.

Next up for LSU is the NCAA Regional, and the Tigers will learn on Monday which of the six regional sites they will compete. The regional announcement will be made at 2 p.m. CT Monday on www.NCAA.com.

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