Record crowd sees record score as LSU gymnasts topple Minnesota _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach D-D Breaux coaches against Minnesota, Friday, Mar. 6, 2015, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU coach D-D Breaux was mostly cross with her team’s score of 197.500 to finish third in the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship standings behind Florida (197.775) and Alabama (197.750).

But Breaux also wasn’t happy with the way teams and spectators inside the Verizon Arena were generally kept in the dark about scoring during Saturday’s meet.

With four events going simultaneously, scores were not announced over the public address system as they were finalized but flashed on boards at the different events. Scores were also not posted on the arena’s main scoreboard until the events were completed.

“I think that’s kind of a black eye for us as a conference,” Breaux said. “I would like to see us step up our game. All of us in our home arenas have done a great job of putting our scores on a scoreboard.

“We tell our kids not to worry about the other scores, but it’s unfortunate for us and our fans.”

All-SEC honors

Ashleigh Gnat’s specialties — floor exercise and vault — earned the LSU junior a pair of All-SEC honors on floor and vault.

Gnat was SEC champion with a 10 on floor and tied for fourth on vault with a 9.90.

It was the first pair of all-conference honors for the LSU junior, who came into Saturday’s SEC gymnastics championship ranked first nationally on floor and vault.

Sophomore all-arounder Myia Hambrick also picked up her second career All-SEC honors by tying for third on bars with a score of 9.925.

Freshman Sarah Finnegan tied for second on balance beam with a 9.925 to earn her first All-SEC honor.

Wyrick on bars

Breaux said last week she wouldn’t be making any changes to her LSU lineup from last week’s four-team meet in Denton, Texas, but did make one move with senior Randii Wyrick replacing freshman Julianna Cannamela on bars.

Wyrick, an All-American on bars in 2013 and 2015, scored a 9.80 on the event.

What’s next?

LSU returns home to await its NCAA regional assignment. NCAA championship bids will be announced at 3 p.m. Monday streaming live on NCAA.com.

The Tigers will not host a regional this year. Regionals will be held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Athens, Georgia; Iowa City; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

Back to the beach

The 2017 SEC gymnastics championship returns to Jacksonville, Florida, at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The venue was the site of this year’s SEC women’s basketball tournament and where the LSU men began their run to the 2006 Final Four with a pair of wins.

The SEC championship was last held in Jacksonville in 2010.

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