LAS VEGAS — The top-ranked LSU gymnastics team used a strong performance in the first two rotations to cruise past No. 23 North Carolina State 195.825-193.625 in the Lady Luck Invitational Thursday evening at South Point Hotel.
LSU improved to 2-0 after posting a 49.425 on vault, 49.350 on bars, 48.125 on beam and 48.925 on floor.
N.C. State dropped to 1-1 overall after scoring a 48.425 on bars, 48.825 on vault, 48.225 on floor and 48.150 on beam.
“The season is a marathon, and we took a little hiccup today,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “We are going to be a better team because of it. We probably won’t get back in the gym until Monday, but we have to continue to work on and develop consistency.
“We’re back at home next week, and we’re looking forward to that. We have a great home crowd, and they always give us a lift.”
Individually, several Tigers shined with outstanding performances. Erin Macadaeg had a career-high 9.95 to win the floor title and 9.875s in the leadoff spot on vault and beam. Macadaeg also won the beam title, the second of her career.
Sydney Ewing captured her first career event title with a stellar 9.925 on vault, and Sarah Finnegan scored a fantastic 9.95 to win her first bars title and her second career title after tallying a 9.925 on beam last week.
Ashleigh Gnat won her third career all-around title with a 38.975, which included 9.90 performances on vault and floor.
Competing in her hometown and in front of her club gym, senior Randii Wyrick turned in a career-high 9.90 on floor, a 9.90 on bars and a 9.875 on vault.
LSU led off the meet with the nation’s highest vault total so far with a 49.425. Julianna Cannamela posted a 9.85 in her first official collegiate performance to add to Ewing’s 9.925, Gnat’s 9.90 and Macadaeg and Wyrick’s 9.875s.
LSU led N.C .State 49.425-48.425 after one rotation, and the Tigers increased the lead with a 49.350 on bars. The 49.350 ranks as the highest bars total in the nation this season.
Finnegan’s 9.95 led the way on bars, followed by a 9.90 from Wyrick, a 9.875 from Myia Hambrick, a 9.85 from Shae Zamardi and a 9.775 from Gnat.
The third rotation was shaky for LSU with the Tigers counting two falls on beam. Macadaeg shined with a 9.875 in the leadoff spot, and Finnegan executed a great routine to score a 9.85. Ewing earned a 9.70 in the fourth spot of the lineup. LSU also counted Gnat’s 9.40 and Hambrick’s 9.30.
LSU closed out the meet by outscoring the Wolfpack 48.925-48.150 in the final rotation. Competing on floor for the first time in her career, Macadaeg anchored the event with a 9.95 to win the title. The Tigers also counted Wyrick and Gnat’s 9.90s, Ewing’s 9.85 and Zamardi’s 9.325.
Next up for LSU is the Southeastern Conference opener on Jan. 22 against Kentucky in the Maravich Center. The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at LSUtix.net.
1. #1 LSU 195.825 (VT – 49.425, UB – 49.350, BB – 48.125, FX – 48.925)
2. #23 North Carolina State 193.625 (VT – 48.825, UB – 48.425, BB – 48.150, FX – 48.225)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around – 1. Ashleigh Gnat 38.975
Vault – 1. Sydney Ewing 9.925, 2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t3. Erin Macadaeg 9.875, t3. Randii Wyrick 9.875, 5. Julianna Cannamela 9.85, t6. Myia Hambrick 9.800
Bars – 1. Sarah Finnegan 9.95, 2. Randii Wyrick 9.90, 3. Myia Hambrick 9.875, 4. Shae Zamardi 9.85, 5. Ashleigh Gnat 9.775, 12. Jessica Savona 9.125
Beam – 1. Erin Macadaeg 9.875, 2. Sarah Finnegan 9.85, 4. Sydney Ewing 9.70, 10. Ashleigh Gnat 9.40, 11. Myia Hambrick 9.30, 12. Julianna Cannamela 9.25
Floor – 1. Erin Macadaeg 9.95, t2. Randii Wyrick 9.90, t2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, 4. Sydney Ewing 9.85, 11. Shae Zamardi 9.325, 12. Julianna Cannamela 9.050