SEC Gymnasts of the Week (February 18, 2014)
SEC Gymnast of the Week: Rheagan Courville, LSU
• Rheagan Courville matched three career highs to lead LSU to the highest team score in school history with a 197.875 at the Metroplex Challenge.
• Courville scored a 39.750 in the all-around that not only ties as her career high total, but it also ties for the best all-around score in the nation this season.
• She now has five all-around titles this season and 18 in her career which ranks fourth in LSU history.
• Courville earned the second perfect 10.0 of her career on vault, winning the vault title for the third time this season and 17th in her career. She became only the fourth LSU gymnast to score multiple 10s on vault.
• She matched her career high on beam with a 9.95 to place second in the event at the Metroplex Challenge, and she added a 9.925 on floor and 9.875 on bars.
SEC Event Specialist of the Week: Kytra Hunter, Florida
• Kytra Hunter scored her first 10.0 on vault on Valentine’s Day versus No. 11 Arkansas. Hunter had been oh-so-close to the perfect mark, earning a 9.975 at six previous meets. It was Hunter’s third consecutive win on the event that she won the 2012 NCAA title.
• It was her third 10.0 of the season as she turned in 10.0 floor marks on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. Her three 10.0 marks leads the nation in 2014
• Hunter is one of a very few in the nation competing a Yurchenko layout with one and a half twist.
SEC Freshman of the Week: Aja Sims, Alabama
• Aja Sims was dominant over the second half of the Alabama-Auburn meet in Auburn Arena last Friday, leading the Tide to a 197.500-197.100 win over the No. 12 Tigers.
• She led the Tide off on the floor exercise with a career-best 9.875 before coming back and posting a career-best 9.925 on the balance beam to help close out the Tigers and win the apparatus.
• Her beam score paced the Tide to a season-best 49.325 on the balance beam.
• By posting the meet’s top score on the balance beam, she earned her first individual collegiate title since joining the Crimson Tide on Dec. 26 for the spring semester.
• It was also the second highest balance beam score by a visitor in the history of Auburn Arena.