No. 3 LSU Dominates No. 7 Alabama in Front of Second-Largest Crowd in School History
BATON ROUGE – Lloimincia Hall capped a record night with a 10.0 on floor in the final performance of the night as No. 3 LSU disposed of seventh-ranked Alabama, 197.650-196.825, in front of 8,055 fans, the second-largest crowd in school history, Friday night in the Maravich Center.
LSU (3-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) posted the fifth-highest team score in school history with a 197.650 with a 49.575 on vault, 49.400 on bars, 49.125 on beam and 49.550 on floor.
“You can’t say enough about having a huge crowd support you during a meet,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “There was so much enthusiasm and passion tonight, and we fed off the energy from the LSU faithful in the arena.”
The 10.0 is the third perfect score on floor in Hall’s career, the second-most in LSU annals behind April Burkholder who tallied four 10s on floor.
Rheagan Courville earned her fourth all-around title in four meets this season with a 39.500, and she also captured the vault title with a 9.975. With the title, Courville moved into sole possession of fourth place for career all-around titles in LSU history with 17.
Sarie Morrison tallied the 22nd bars title of her career with a personal-best tying 9.95, and Hall won her 18th career floor title with the 10.0. Morrison leads LSU in career bars titles, and Hall is fourth in LSU history in floor titles.
“Momentum is so important in every sport, and we could see it building throughout our lineups tonight,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “I am proud of how we executed in most spots, and it was a fabulous evening with great performances and a wonderful crowd backing us all the way.”
LSU posted the fourth-highest vault total in school history with a 49.575 to start the meet, highlighted by a near-perfect 9.975 from Courville and a 9.95 from Morrison. Britney Ranzy scored a 9.90, and Kaleigh Dickson, Ashleigh Gnat and Jessie Jordan all added 9.875s to round out the lineup.
In the second rotation LSU earned a season-high 49.400 on bars, led by Morrison’s 9.95 and Courville’s 9.925. Ranzy and Jessica Savona tallied 9.85s, Dickson added a 9.825 and Jordan totaled a 9.80.
LSU finished with a 49.125 on beam. Hall led off the event with a career-high tying 9.875, and Savona followed with a 9.825. Freshman Sydney Ewing turned in a great routine with a season-best 9.85. After Gnat scored a 9.15 and Courville recorded a 9.675, Jordan came through in the clutch with a 9.90 in the anchor spot to get the crowd roaring heading into the final event.
With the LSU faithful cheering the team on, the Tigers posted a 49.550 on floor that ranks as the fifth-best floor total in school history. Dickson led off with a 9.80, and Jordan followed with a season-high tying 9.875. Gnat recorded a 9.85, and Savona earned her third 9.90 of the season in the fourth spot.
Courville tallied a 9.925 in the fifth spot, and Hall brought the fans to their feet with a flawless performance to score a 10.0 and wrap up LSU’s victory.
Alabama (3-2, 3-1) scored a 196.825 with a 49.300 on vault, 49.125 on bars, 49.275 on beam and 49.125 on floor.
LSU will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on No. 10 Arkansas at 7 p.m. CT on Feb. 7, and the Tigers will turn right around and compete at No. 1 Oklahoma at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9.
No. 12 Auburn Scores 196.550 to earn first win at Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - No. 12 Auburn gymnastics knocked off tenth-ranked Arkansas 196.550-196.100 on Friday to earn the first win in program history in Fayetteville.
"I'm really proud of how we performed tonight," Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. "We talk about handling adversity, and we certainly did that on beam tonight. We performed well on the road once again and were able to hang on for the win against a talented, top 10 team."
Auburn entered the meet 0-5 all-time in Fayetteville and Barnhill Arena since Arkansas' inaugural season in 2003.
Auburn sealed the win with a season-high 49.150 on beam led by Caitlin Atkinson's 9.900. The Tigers came up clutch with four consecutive hits after Lexus Demers fell in the No. 2 spot. Freshman MJ Rott tied her season high with a 9.750, Bri Guy added a season-best 9.85, Megan Walker scored 9.875 and then Atkinson closed the meet with a career high tying score to secure the victory.
The Tigers took the lead 98.350-97.775 at the midway point of the meet with a solid 49.300 on vault. Leading the way were Rott with a 9.950 and Guy with a 9.900. Atkinson and Kait Kluz both added scores of 9.85 as Auburn pushed in front of the Razorbacks.
Rott took home the vault title, becoming the first gymnast to best Arkansas' Katherine Grable on the apparatus in 2014. An Auburn gymnast has won the vault title in all four meets this season.
Aiding Auburn's push was the Razorbacks being forced to count a fall on bars.
The Tigers held on to their lead with a 49.050 on floor led by Guy's 9.875 and twin 9.85 totals from Atkinson and Rott. With a solid 49.200 on beam, Arkansas closed to 147.400-146.975 as the meet moved to the final rotation.
Auburn opened the meet on bars and posted a total of 48.975, the second highest total of 2014. Top scores were recorded by Atkinson with a 9.850 and Guy with a 9.825. With her 9.850, Atkinson won her sixth event title of the season.
Atkinson and Guy finished with totals of 39.450 to tie for second behind Arkansas' Katherine Grable (39.575) in the all-around competition.
The Tigers are in action next on Feb. 8 at the Air Force Academy.
No. 2 Gator gymnastics team defeats No. 1 Oklahoma 197.875-197.225
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In a match-up of the nation’s top two gymnastics teams, it was the No. 2 Florida gymnasts taking the win over No. 1 Oklahoma Friday in front of a Stephen C. O’Connell Center crowd of 7,260. The Gators posted a 197.875 and the Sooners earned a total of 197.225.
Friday’s meeting brought together the top two teams from the 2013 NCAA Super Six team final. Florida won its first NCAA title at 197.575 and Oklahoma was runner-up at 197.375.
The Gators led the meet from the first rotation as the team posted a season-high 49.475 on vault. That score was boosted by a pair of 9.95s from both Bridget Sloan<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/gymnastics/pages/season_info/player_bios/sloan_bridget.php> and Kytra Hunter<http://www.gatorzone.com/guides/gymnastics/pages/season_info/player_bios/hunter_kytra.php>. Florida turned in a 49.40 on uneven bars to take a 0.25 lead at the midway point. The Gators equaled their season-best of 49.425 on balance beam.
Hunter equaled the Gators’ floor exercise record of 10.0 for the second consecutive meet, making her the first to earn multiple perfect floor scores in school history. Florida’s floor exercise set didn’t reach the lofty total it set last week versus Georgia (49.875), but its 49.575 tonight still stands as the nation’s second-highest total on the event in 2014.
GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:
* Hunter’s floor mark is the 18th 10.0 in school history and she is the second to earn a perfect mark in the same event in consecutive meets. The only other Gators to score 10.0s in back-to-back meets was Susan Hines<http://www.gatorzone.com/gymnastics/bios.php?year=1999&bio=hines.html>, who scored the mark in 1998 NCAA Championships’ semifinal and NCAA Super Six vault competition.
* Sloan took at least a share of four of the five event titles for the second time this season (also at Auburn on Jan. 17). The all-around win at a nation’s leading 39.75 is the third consecutive for the defending NCAA all-around champion. That total equals her collegiate-best for the fourth time, with the last coming in the 2013 NCAA Super Six. She also won bars (9.90), beam (9.95) and shared tonight’s vault (9.95) title.