Ashleigh “Bugs” Gnat’s Twitter handle is “@A_Bugs_Lyfe.”
Bugs’ life is pretty good these days.
The LSU gymnast retained the nation’s No. 1 ranking on vault going into Saturday’s Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship. After recording her third 10 of the season and second straight on floor in a four-team meet Saturday in Denton, Texas, the Tigers junior reclaimed the nation’s No. 1 spot in that event as well.
Gnat also has two 10s on vault. She leads the nation this season with five 10s overall, a single-season school record.
Her wins on vault and floor gave Gnat 22 individual titles this season, the most of any SEC gymnast.
Three other LSU gymnasts are ranked in the nation’s top 10 individually: Myia Hambrick is No. 7 in all-around, Sarah Finnegan is No. 8 on uneven bars and balance beam and Sydney Ewing is eighth on vault.
LSU remains No. 3
The Tigers won the meet in Denton with a score of 197.825, the fourth straight meet LSU has recorded such a score or better.
The Tigers were easily able to outdistance Oregon State (196.550), New Hampshire (193.800) and host Texas Woman’s University (193.000) to improve to 13-2 this season.
That score kept LSU entrenched at No. 3 in the national rankings with a Regional Qualifying Score of 197.555. The Tigers rank only behind No. 1 Oklahoma (197.845) and No. 2 Florida (197.655), teams LSU beat this season.
Alabama (197.325) is No. 4 while Auburn (197.12) is No. 6.
LSU, Oklahoma and Florida are the only teams ranked in the top five nationally in all four events.
The Tigers are No. 1 on vault, No. 2 on floor and No. 4 on bars and beam.
LSU’s national ranking makes the Tigers the No. 2 seed at the SEC championship. LSU, Florida, Alabama and Auburn will compete in the evening session starting at 5 p.m. at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
No. 8 Georgia, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 20 and No. 22 Kentucky will compete in the afternoon session starting at 1 p.m.
LSU will start on bars, then rotate to beam, floor and vault. It’s the same rotation the Tigers had in the Denton meet, one of the reasons coach D-D Breaux chose to have her team compete there as a lead-in to the SEC championships.
Watch the action
The meet will be televised live on the SEC Network and will be shown via six streaming SECNetwork+ channels via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
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