LEXINGTON, Ky. — In the first road meet and Southeastern Conference action of the season, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted wins over Kentucky and No. 20 Arizona State with a 196.600 score Friday night in Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum.
LSU (3-0) outscored the Wildcats 196.600-195.600, while the Sun Devils were third with a 194.400.
For the second straight week, senior Jessie Jordan won the all-around title with a 39.525. She also tied for the vault title with a 9.85 and tied for the beam title with a 9.90.
Five Tigers tied for the vault title with 9.85s, including freshman Myia Hambrick who earned the first individual title of her career. Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall and Ashleigh Gnat joined Hambrick and Jordan as vault title winners.
Courville captured the bars title for the second consecutive week with a 9.90, and Hall won the 26th floor title of her career with a 9.95. Hall is one title away from tying Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and April Burkholder for most floor titles in LSU history.
LSU opened the tri-meet on bars, and the Tigers posted a 49.075 in the first rotation. Courville earned the high score with a 9.90 in the anchor spot. Jordan tallied a 9.85, while Jessica Savona added a 9.80, Randii Wyrick scored a 9.775 and Shae Zamardi received a 9.75 to round out the scoring.
LSU led after the first rotation 49.075 to Kentucky’s 48.950 on vault and Arizona State’s 48.700 on beam.
The Tigers scored a 48.975 in the second rotation on beam. Jordan led the way with a 9.90 in the anchor spot, and freshman Erin Macadaeg posted a solid 9.85 in the fourth spot. LSU also counted a 9.775 from Courville and 9.725s from Hambrick and Scarlett Williams.
LSU trailed Kentucky by a slight margin after two events. The Wildcats had a two-rotation total of 98.100 to LSU’s 98.050 and Arizona State’s 97.000.
LSU responded in the third rotation with a solid 49.300 on floor to re-take the lead. Hall delivered a fantastic routine to score a 9.95 in the final spot of the lineup. For the second straight week, Jordan tied her career high with a 9.925. Gnat added a 9.875, Savona scored a 9.85 and Courville registered a 9.70 to round out the event scoring.
Through three rotations LSU regained the lead from Kentucky with a 147.350 to the Wildcats’ 146.925 and Arizona State’s 145.525.
LSU finished the meet with a 49.250 on vault after Courville, Gnat, Hall, Hambrick and Jordan all scored a 9.85 in the event.
The Tigers will head home to compete against Missouri at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23.
1. #2 LSU 196.600 (VT – 49.250, UB – 49.075, BB – 48.975, FX – 49.300)
2. Kentucky 195.600 (VT – 48.950, UB – 49.150, BB – 48.825, FX – 48.675)
3. #20 Arizona State 194.400 (VT – 48.525, UB – 48.875, BB – 48.175, FX – 48.825)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around: 1. Jessie Jordan 39.525, 2. Rheagan Courville 39.225
Vault: t1. Rheagan Courville 9.85, t1. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85, t1. Lloimincia Hall 9.85, t1. Myia Hambrick 9.85, t1. Jessie Jordan 9.85, t1. Sydney Waltz (Kentucky) 9.85, t1. Tasha Sundby (Arizona State) 9.85, t1. Taylor Allex (Arizona State) 9.85, 14. Erin Macadaeg 9.65
Bars: 1. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t3. Jessie Jordan 9.85, t8. Jessica Savona 9.80, t11. Randii Wyrick 9.775, t14. Shae Zamardi 9.75, 16. Ashleigh Gnat 9.70
Beam: t1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, t1. Shannon Mitchell (Kentucky) 9.90, 3. Erin Macadaeg 9.85, 6. Rheagan Courville 9.775, t8. Myia Hambrick 9.725, t8. Scarlett Williams 9.725, 16. Sydney Ewing 9.15
Floor: 1. Lloimincia Hall 9.95, 2. Jessie Jordan 9.925, 3. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, 4. Jessica Savona 9.85, 13. Rheagan Courville 9.70, 16. Sydney Ewing 9.475
Indoor track and field
TIGERS HEAD TO BIRMINGHAM: A strong field awaits the LSU track and field teams at the Birmingham Crossplex this weekend as they go on the road for the first time during the 2015 indoor season with their annual trip to Birmingham, Alabama, to compete with six Southeastern Conference programs at Saturday’s Auburn Indoor Invitational.
While the Tigers and Lady Tigers will line up against the likes of SEC rivals Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee during Saturday’s action, they also join a field that features elite program like Florida State, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Southern Mississippi.
Saturday’s action begins at 10:30 a.m. with the first field events of the day, followed by the first preliminary races on the track at noon.
The first finals on the track will follow at 1:35 p.m., while the event will come to an end with the running of the 4x400-meter relays beginning at 6:35 p.m.