Still riding the wave of Friday night’s huge dual-meet win against defending NCAA co-champion Florida in front of a record crowd, the LSU gymnastics team got another shot of confidence Monday.
With only three competitions remaining before the postseason begins, LSU, which was third in the nation going into the matchup with Florida, learned it was second in the initial regional qualifying score (RQS) released by GymInfo.
Until Monday, the rankings were determined by a team’s season average. But now, and for the remainder of the season, the rankings will be determined by RQS.
As a result of a 197.950-197.425 win over Florida and its earlier scores, LSU, which will visit No. 5 Alabama on Friday, jumped the Gators in the rankings.
LSU (9-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) held the No. 2 GymInfo spot with a 197.335 RQS. Oklahoma, which shared the national title with Florida last spring, is No. 1 at 197.640, while Florida came in right behind LSU with a 197.270.
The RQS is determined by taking the top six scores posted by a team this season — of which three have to come on the road or at neutral sites — with the highest score being thrown out. The remaining five scores are averaged to get the RQS.
The Tigers dropped their season-high score of 198.075 against Georgia, which meant the score against Florida was kept along with a 197.425 at the Metroplex Challenge, a 197.350 at Auburn, a 197.350 against Missouri and a 196.600 at Kentucky.
When LSU returned to practice Monday after getting the weekend off, the Tigers weren’t thinking about the new rankings.
“We realize that at this point we’re working on the details,” said senior all-arounder Rheagan Courville. “We’re not there yet … we are not a team that wants to be at the end.”
That meant Monday’s practice started with a review of the meet tapes to take anything and everything, coach D-D Breaux said, from it into Friday’s meet.
“I don’t want them to leave anything there,” Breaux said. “We want them to retain that: the enthusiasm, the edge the kids had, the focus they had. That has to carry us. Those are the things we have to get better at.”
In event rankings, LSU is No. 2 nationally on floor (49.405 RQS), third on beam (49.230), fourth on bars (49.320) and sixth on vault (49.370).
Courville ranks third in the all-around standings with a 39.495 RQS and is also third on bars with a 9.935 RQS and fifth on vault with a 9.920.
All-arounder Jessie Jordan does not show up in the national rankings because she didn’t compete in all four events at Auburn, but is third on the beam with a 9.90 RQS.
Lloimincia Hall is tied for first on floor exercise with a 9.935 RQS, while Ashleigh Gnat is seventh on floor with a 9.915.