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LSU senior Sarah Finnegan performs her floor routine in an NCAA Gymnastics Regional Final, Saturday, April 6, 2019, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. Finnegan scored a 9.800 in the event.

LSU senior Sarah Finnegan was named the Central Region gymnast of the year, the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association announced Wednesday.

It's the second year in a row that Finnegan has won the honor, which comes on the heels of her being named the Southeastern Conference gymnast of the year last month.

A dominating force in all events this past season, Finnegan set a school record with 13 all-around titles during her final year for the third-ranked Tigers.

A two-time SEC all-around champion, Finnegan clinched the championship for the Tigers in New Orleans on March 23 with a perfect 10 on floor.

With LSU trailing going into the final rotation, Finnegan needed a 9.925 to tie as the second-to-last competitor in LSU’s floor lineup.

She put up a 10 — the sixth 10 of her LSU career — to push the Tigers to their third straight championship with a score of 197.900.

The St. Louis native has scored six perfect scores during her career at LSU. Three came this season on bars, beam and floor.

Finnegan also won the bars and beam titles at the SEC meet, tying Rheagan Courville and Sandra Smith for the most titles in a career with five.

She also set the school's single-season record for beam tiles with 11 and set the career record with 25 beam titles.

Finnegan and her LSU teammates will continue their quest for a national title when they compete in the NCAA championships April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Tigers will compete in Semifinal I at noon April 19 with ESPN2 televising the competition with defending national champion UCLA, which is ranked second, No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Michigan.

Semifinal II, which will be held at 6 p.m. on April 19 (ESPNU), will include No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 Denver, No. 8 Georgia and No. 13 Oregon State.

The top two teams from Semifinal I will advance to meet the top two finishers from Semifinal II in the first NCAA Four on the Floor the next evening in the Fort Worth Convention Center.


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