BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The fifth-ranked LSU gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Florida in the PMAC Friday night, snapping a 35-meet home win streak.
The final score was 197.475 to 197.425. The loss dropped the Tigers to 0-2 in the SEC.
More than 12,000 fans packed the PMAC to watch the showdown between the two top five teams. Officials said it was the seventh-largest crowd in school history.
Sarah Finnegan won the all-around title with a 39.700. She has now won a total of 55 event titles, passing Myia Hambrick to become ninth on LSU’s all-time list.
“It was a monster effort tonight and just so close,” said head coach D-D Breaux. “We could not have asked more from our team, and it was so close. We could not have asked the girls or our crowd for more enthusiasm. We will get back in the gym and prepare to travel to Alabama.”
Finnegan earned the “stick crown” in the leadoff spot on vault. She had a nice landing that resulted in a 9.925 right out of the chute.
Then, McKenna Kelley, who had to sit out the loss to Auburn when she tweaked an ankle, showing no signs of that as she flew into her personal best on just the second vault of her college career, earning a 9.825.
Unfortunately, Sarah Edwards fell on her landing and the Gators led by a tenth of a point after their bars rotation.
LSU then hit the bars the Tigers' final two performers pushed them back in front with Lexie Priessman nailing a 9.950 and Finnegan closing it out with an even better 9.975, as LSU went up by two-tenths.
Kennedi Edney and Reagan Campbell each posted a solid 9.900 on beam to keep LSU in the lead, but Florida was closing the gap on floor. And with Finnegan losing her balance on beam, that lead shrunk to .075.
The Gators took the lead on the final rotation, as Rachel Gowey took the beam title with a 9.925.
Finnegan and Kelley almost brought LSU back, but came up just short.
Florida now leads the all-time series between the two schools, 71-40, with the Tigers owning a 16-11 record against the Gators inside the PMAC.
The Tigers had won the last four regular-season meetings between the schools. In the last 13 meetings, the Tigers had beaten the Gators 10 times.