LOS ANGELES — The LSU gymnastics team scored a 197.050 to earn a fifth-place finish Saturday in the NCAA Super Six Finals at Pauley Pavilion.
No. 1 Florida won its first national title with a 197.575, while No. 2 Oklahoma finished second at 197.375 and No. 3 Alabama was third at 197.350. Host and sixth-ranked UCLA placed fourth at 197.100, and No. 4 Georgia was last with a 196.675.
LSU’s performance ranks as the second-best finish in school history, equaling the 2008 squad that also placed fifth in the Super Six.
By finishing with a 197.050, LSU (25-11) tied the school record for the most 197 scores in a season with eight, joining the 2004 team that also accomplished the feat.
“Our kids gave it all they had tonight, and they competed well against some great competition,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “We had every opportunity to compete for second or third in this meet, but we could not put it together at the end. I fully believe the kids will learn a lot from this experience, and they will mature and be a much better team next year because of this.”
LSU opened the meet in the second rotation on bars, and the Tigers posted a solid 49.200. Rheagan Courville led the way with a 9.875, followed by 9.85s from Sarie Morrison and Randii Wyrick. Kaleigh Dickson scored a 9.825, and Jessie Jordan and Britney Ranzy each added a 9.80 to round out the scoring.
LSU posted the third-highest beam total at an NCAA championship meet in school history with a 49.125 in the third rotation. Britney Taylor led the way with a 9.90, and Courville was second with a 9.85. Lloimincia Hall tallied a 9.825, and Ericka Garcia added a 9.80 from the leadoff spot. Dickson earned a 9.75, and Jordan scored a 9.70 in the anchor spot.
In the fifth rotation, the Tigers tallied a 49.550 on floor, the highest team floor total at an NCAA championship meet in school history. Hall anchored the event with a 9.950 while Courville, Jordan, Maliah Mathis and Jessica Savona all provided a 9.90. Dickson led off the event with a 9.85.
LSU concluded the meet with a 49.175 on vault, paced by 9.85s from Courville and Morrison. Jordan, Mathis and Taylor all earned a 9.825, and Dickson added a 9.80 from the leadoff spot.
LSU will wrap up the NCAA championships and the season with the individual event finals on at 3 p.m. Sunday. Courville (vault and floor), Morrison (vault and bars), Mathis (vault) and Wyrick (bars) will all compete for a shot at an individual national title.
1. Florida 197.575 (VT – 49.500, UB – 49.475, BB – 48.875, FX – 49.725)
2. Oklahoma 197.375 (VT – 49.125, UB – 49.375, BB – 49.475, FX – 49.400)
3. Alabama 197.350 (VT – 49.250, UB – 49.375, BB – 49.225, FX – 49.500)
4. UCLA 197.100 (VT – 49.100, UB – 49.375, BB – 49.175, FX – 49.450)
5. LSU 197.050 (VT – 49.175, UB – 49.200, BB – 49.125, FX – 49.550)
6. Georgia 196.675 (VT – 49.200, UB – 49.200, BB – 49.225, FX – 49.050)