The LSU Gymnastics team was rewarded this week for an outstanding performance against SEC rival Alabama in last Friday night’s meet by scoring 196.875 and climbing up two spots in the latest national rankings released this past Monday to the No. 6 spot. The final score of the meet was Alabama 197.250, LSU 196.875.
The Tigers posted a season high score the previous week against No. 1 Florida of 197.050 which was not quite enough to take the meet title. The Gators posted a 197.200, showing why they are sitting in at No. 1 in the national rankings.
The current top 10 gymnastic teams in the nation are:
Regional Qualifying Score:
10. Oregon State
The 2007 LSU Gymnastics team has been improving each week by holding more intense workouts and adding difficulty to the routines. The team is led by Seniors Kelly Phelan and Nikki Butler, both all-around competitors and nationally ranked. Phelan is ranked No. 5 in the all-around which is the second highest standing in the rankings since April Burkholder was listed at No. 3 in 2006. Butler moved up to the No. 12 spot from the No. 17 spot the previous week. She also ranks No. 6 on the Vault.
Junior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney holds the No. 1 national ranking on the Vault and is also ranked in the all-around standings. She has held the No. 1 position on Vault for three straight consecutive weeks. She has dominated the Vault competition since the beginning of the season, scoring a perfect 10.0 on the Vault in the opening meet at the Super Six Challenge held in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It marked the first perfect score on the Vault of her career.
The LSU Gymnastic team is coached by Head Coach D-D Breaux, who holds 5 SEC Coach of the Year Awards and 3 NCAA Central Regional Coach of the Year Awards. Assistant coaches are Bob Moore, 2005 NCAA Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year and Philip Ogletree, 2005 NCAA Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year and 2004 NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Tigers will next take on Penn State, currently ranked No. 17 on Friday, March 9, 2007 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 7 pm Central time in Baton Rouge, LA.