One could make the argument that a Randii Wyrick gymnastics routine is poetry, but the LSU senior enjoys the real thing.
“I write everything down,” Wyrick said Monday. “It allows me to just get out everything that I have to say. Sometimes it’s harder to speak on things, but when I write it down, it’s clear to me.”
Wyrick has been doing a lot of writing these days, days leading up to her final home meet as a Tiger.
She said when she addresses her team later this week before it takes on Alabama in yet another colossal Southeastern Conference showdown, she wants to make sure she gets her feelings just right.
But will she cry?
“I will cry,” Wyrick said, flashing an infectious smile. “I was crying writing it.”
Maybe LSU coach D-D Breaux will shed a tear when Wyrick finally does her last routine for the Tigers.
A first-team All-American on the uneven bars last season, Wyrick has been specializing in bars and floor exercise of late.
Like all of her LSU teammates except Myia Hambrick, Wyrick is filling a non-all-around role on a team that has displayed an exceptional amount of depth this season.
The results have been impressive of late. Wyrick had a season-high 9.925 on the floor exercise her latest time out at home against Auburn, and a 9.900 in LSU’s thrilling upset win last week at Florida.
She also posted a 9.825 on bars in Gainesville, not far below her season high of 9.90 against North Carolina State on Jan. 14.
“It definitely helps when I have girls going in front of me to set me up,” Wyrick said. “I’m pleased with my performances and my teammates’ performances, and our ability to capitalize on each one.”
Wyrick said she hopes to have about seven members of her family in from Las Vegas for Friday’s meet.
After gymnastics, she plans to return to Las Vegas to try to break in with one of the Cirque du Soleil shows there before embarking on a career in sports management.
But first there are some major meets ahead, meets in which LSU has unabashed goals of winning an SEC championship for the first time since 1981 and taking a first-ever NCAA title.
“Coming in, we knew we had a group of talented freshmen,” Wyrick said. “It was just about us bringing them into our culture and maturing them. But it’s not a surprise. It was how quickly we could develop. It’s turned out great, and we’re super excited for the rest of the year.”
LSU climbs in rankings
In wake of the Tigers’ season-high score at Florida, LSU’s Regional Qualifying Score climbed from No. 7 to No. 4 (197.150). The Tigers’ season average is also No. 4 at 197.006.
Alabama comes in just ahead of LSU on both counts at No. 3 with an RQS of 197.325 and a season average of 197.053.
Florida remains No. 2 despite the loss to LSU, just behind Oklahoma, which lost at LSU in the season opener.
Tickets going fast
Less than 3,000 tickets are still available for Friday’s meet, according to team spokesman Jake Terry, raising hopes of a sellout crowd in the PMAC.
Terry said LSU’s walk-up crowd is always strong, and that no one can remember an LSU home meet with so many tickets sold by Monday of the meet.
According to LSU’s official ticket website, LSUTix.net, only general admission seats in the upper (300) level of the PMAC remain. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and $2 for groups.
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