On the day after helping secure the best national team finish in program history, four members of the LSU gymnastics team returned to BJCC Arena on Sunday with an eye on individual honors.
Just 18 hours after helping their team to a third-place finish in the Super Six finals, those four Tigers didn’t disappoint.
University High graduate Rheagan Courville, a junior, shared the vault title for the second year in a row and tied for fifth on bars, and freshman Sydney Ewing tied for third on beam.
Sophomore Jessica Savona was eighth on floor exercise, and Ashleigh Gnat, another freshman, finished 12th on vault to put a wrap on perhaps the most satisfying season of coach D-D Breaux’s 37-year career.
Courville, who tied Arkansas’ Katherine Grable for the vault title with a score of 9.975, also tied for sixth in the all-around competition during Friday’s national semifinals with a score of 39.525.
The vault that tied Grable came just after Courville tied for fifth with a 9.875 on bars, which was running concurrently with vault. So she had only a little time to rest and think about what she had to do to defend her title.
Grable posted a 9.875 as the second competitor in the order, but Courville said she only glanced around at a few scores before getting on the vault runway.