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LSU gymnastics No. 2 in first national poll of the season

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The LSU gymnastics team landed a No. 2 spot in the GymInfo national rankings released on Monday, Jan. 13 after setting a new high record in their season opener last Friday night.

The Tigers have not been ranked this high in the national poll since 2005. Pre-season rankings put the Tigers at No. 5.

The LSU gymnastics team opened the season Friday night against Centenary and came off with a season high score of 197.200.

Several gymnasts took top rankings, with Rheagan Courville taking the top spot landing the No. 1 spot in the all-around for the second time in her career. Courville captured the No. 1 all-around spot last year after the season opener. Courville scored 39.600 against Centenary.

Jessie Jordan, a junior on the team, is ranked No. 3 in the all-around. Jordan captured a career high score in the meet between Centenary with a final score of 39.500.

The Tigers looked good on individual event rankings also. The Tigers are ranked No. 2 on the vault, No. 3 on the balance beam, No. 3 on the floor exercise and No. 10 on bars.

Other Tigers ranking on individual events are Sarie Morrison who is tied for No. 3 on bars, and No. 4 on vault; Jessica Savona is tied for No. 9 on floor; Britney Ranzy No. 17 on bars and No. 18 on vault; and Ashleigh Gnat No. 18 on beam and No. 22 on floor.

The Tigers will be on the road to face No. 9 Georgia this Friday for the Southeastern Conference opener at the Stegeman Colliseum. The meet starts at 6:25 p.m. and live audio will be available at LSU Sports.

The top 25 gymnastics teams in the nation as ranked by GymInfo are:

2014 GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25 (Rank, Team, Season Average

1. Oklahoma 197.700
2. LSU 197.200
3. Alabama 197.150
t4. Florida 196.650
t4. Utah 196.650
t6. UCLA 196.625
t6. Nebraska 196.625
8. Michigan 196.525
9. Georgia 196.325
10. Arkansas 196.200
11. Boise State 195.850
12. Stanford 195.575
13. Illinois 195.325
t14. Denver 195.200
t14. Oregon State 195.200
16. Rutgers 195.075
17. Kentucky 195.000
18. Auburn 194.875
t19. Ohio State 194.750
t19. Arizona 194.750
21. Kent State 194.725
22. Central Michigan 194.625
23. BYU 194.550
24. Minnesota 194.425
25. Michigan State 194.150

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