ST. LOUIS, MO (WAFB) - For the seventh time in program history, the LSU gymnastics team has advanced to the Super Six and will compete for a national gymnastics championship.
Friday in Chafeitz arena in St. Louis, the Tigers scored a 197.475, finishing in second place for session one, behind UCLA, which scored a 197.5625. The top three teams of the session advance. Nebraska finished third with a 197.0125.
After a fall by freshmen Christina Desideiro on the beam early on, Reagan Campbell helped LSU to rebound and set the tone for the remainder of the meet.
"Her beam routine, I felt, was the thing that turned the corner for us on that first event full of pressure," said head coach D-D Breaux. "That was a very freshmen-like thing (Desidiero's fall), but she is a rock and a great competitor. She came back on the floor and got a 9.9."
The Tigers set a school record for a postseason score on the uneven bars with a 49.50, paced by Kennedi Edney's 9.9375.
The team members said they were focused on remaining calm throughout the meet and not exerting themselves too much in anticipation for the meet Saturday.
"Before we came into this meet, we were just like, 'relax, have fun, and do what you can do and make it to tomorrow' and we did that," said senior gymnast Myia Hambrick.
"I didn't want to expend all the emotion and gobble up all the momentum and just feel like everything had to be laid on the line today. I think we all learned from that last year," Breaux added.
The Tigers competed against No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Alabama, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 11 Nebraska, and No. 18 Georgia.
The evening semifinal features No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Florida, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Cal, and No. 12 Kentucky.
The top three teams from each semifinal will meet at the Super Six at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
ROTATION 1 - BALANCE BEAM: TOTAL: 49.2250
Sarah Finnegan: 9.9000
Myia Hambrick: 9.8625
Reagan Campbell: 9.8500
Kennedi Edney: 9.8000
Brianna Brown: 9.8000
Erin Macadaeg: 9.8125
Christina Desiderio: 9.2375
ROTATION 3 - FLOOR: TOTAL: 49.4000
Myia Hambrick: 9.9500
Kennedi Edney: 9.9000
Christina Desiderio: 9.8875
Brianna Brown: 9.8125
Sarah Finnegan: 9.8625
Ashlyn Kirby: 9.8000
Lexie Priessman: 9.7125
ROTATION 4 - VAULT: TOTAL: 49.3500
Myia Hambrick: 9.8750
Julianna Cannamela: 9.8875
Kennedi Edney: 9.8875
Sarah Finnegan: 9.8500
Sarah Edwards: 9.8500
Ruby Harrold: 9.8375
Brianna Brown: 9.7500
ROTATION 6 - BARS: TOTAL: TOTAL: 49.5000
Kennedi Edney: 9.9375
Ruby Harrold: 9.9000
Sarah Finnegan: 9.8875
Brianna Brown: 9.8750
Sami Durante: 9.8625
Myia Hambrick: 9.8500
Erin Macadaeg: 9.8125