The No. 3 LSU gymnastics team took down the No. 2 team in the nation on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 9) in Norman, Ok. with a score of 197.650, the highest road score in the nation this weekend according to The Advocate. The Sooner's final score was 197.325.
The Tigers were focused and determined to come out of the Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday afternoon with a win and accomplished their goal, by tying their season high score. The Tigers scored their first 197.650 this year when they faced Alabama on the road.
The meet against Oklahoma wasn't an easy one, with the score remaining very close until the third rotation, when Oklahoma had a bit of trouble on the balance beam. The Tigers took this opportunity to shine on the floor exercise and led Oklahoma in the rotation by a score of 49.500-48.800.
The meet boiled down to the final rotation with the Tigers on the beam and Oklahoma on the floor as to who would prevail in the competition. The Tigers worked the balance beam like champions and tied their season high of 49.325.
The Tigers improved to 5-1 for the season, with Oklahoma falling to 3-2 and suffering their first loss at home this season.
Highlights of the meet were Jessie Jordan winning her second all-around this season with a score of 39.525. Teammate Sarie Morrison won her third vault title with a score of 9.975, a season high, and fourth bar title with a 9.925. Ashleigh Gnat won her first title on the balance beam with a 9.90.
Head coach, D-D Breaux had this to say about her team after the meet, “We came in here determined to show the nation what this team is all about, and we made that statement today. Oklahoma is a fabulous team, and we knew we had to compete at a high level to have a chance to win. They gave us an opening on beam, and we took it. I’m proud of our ladies for fighting hard during a long weekend and coming away with two great road scores and two wins.”
1. #3 LSU 197.650 (VT – 49.600, UB – 49.225, BB – 49.325, FX – 49.500)
2. #2 Oklahoma 197.325 (VT – 49.525, UB – 49.475, BB – 48.800, FX – 49.525)
Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around – 1. Jessie Jordan 39.525, 2. Kaleigh Dickson 39.325, 3. Rheagan Courville 39.100
Vault – 1. Sarie Morrison 9.975, t3. Jessie Jordan 9.925, t3. Britney Ranzy 9.925, t5. Kaleigh Dickson 9.90, t9. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, 11. Rheagan Courville 9.85
Bars – t1. Sarie Morrison 9.925, t1. Haley Scaman (Oklahoma) 9.925, t5. Britney Ranzy 9.875, t8. Jessie Jordan 9.825, t8. Randii Wyrick 9.825, 11. Kaleigh Dickson 9.775, 12. Rheagan Courville 9.45
Beam – 1. Ashleigh Gnat 9.90, t2. Rheagan Courville 9.875, t2. Lloimincia Hall 9.875, t2. Jessie Jordan 9.875, 9. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80, 10. Jessica Savona 9.400
Floor – 1. Haley Scaman (Oklahoma) 9.975, 2. Lloimincia Hall 9.95, t3. Rheagan Courville 9.925, t5. Jessie Jordan 9.90, t7. Jessica Savona 9.875, t9. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, t9. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85
The Tigers will next travel to Fort Worth, Tx. for the Metroplex Challenge on Feb. 15, 2013 where they will face Oklahoma (again), Arkansas and Kentucky.