ST. LOUIS, MO (WAFB) - They don't come much closer than that. Just two-tenths of a point separated first place and fourth place Saturday night in the NCAA Gymnastics Championship in St. Louis.
LSU Finished fourth behind UCLA, Oklahoma, and Florida. The team posted its highest ever score in a national final, showing the kind of talent and depth the meet was made up of.
"We had a chance the whole night," head coach D-D Breaux said. "It was a fabulous meet. The lead would change, momentum would change and I just felt like we kept fighting. I couldn't have asked the kids to do more than to keep yourself in the meet until the last rotation and they did that."
Heading into the final rotation, LSU had a chance to win it all on the vault but their scores, ultimately, weren't enough. In the pivotal moments just before the event, senior lead Myia Hambrick huddled the team and delivered a message.
"She said 'hey guys, I don't care what place we get. It's really tight. If it's first, second or eightieth, whatever. I want us to finish strong and finish like tigers," Sarah Finnegan shared.
"I had been on teams before on the last event and it went south," Hambrick said. "I just wanted to make sure everyone was still hyped up, excited and having a good time."
The quest for the programs first-ever national championship continues.