LSU gymnasts seeded No. 2 for SEC meet

After slipping to second in the GymInfo rankings released on Monday, the LSU gymnastics team is seeded second for the Southeastern Conference Championships that will be held Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

LSU held the No. 1 spot in the national rankings for three weeks but traded places with Florida, which was second last week, after the Gators posted a 198.200 on the road against Missouri on Friday night.

Teams are ranked nationally by average based on their three best home scores and three best road scores with the highest score thrown out.

Florida, the reigning NCAA champion, has a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 197.790, while LSU comes in second at 197.720. Oklahoma is No. 3 (197.660), with Alabama (197.405) and Utah (197.365) rounding out the top five nationally.

LSU will compete as the No. 2 seed in Session Two of the SEC Championships at 6 p.m. Saturday in the BJCC Arena in downtown Birmingham.

Joining LSU in the evening session will be Florida, No. 3 seed Alabama and No. 4 seed Georgia.

In the 2 p.m. afternoon session will be fifth-seeded Auburn along with No. 6 seed Arkansas, seventh-seeded Kentucky and No. 8 seed Missouri.

The team with the highest score, regardless of session, will be crowned SEC champion.

As the No. 2 seed, LSU (10-3, 5-2 SEC) will begin the meet on bars and will rotate to beam, floor and vault, while Florida will start on vault and move to bars, beam and floor.

Alabama will compete on beam, floor, vault and bars, and Georgia will go floor, vault, bars and beam.

Georgia is ranked No. 6 nationally with a 197.200 RQS, meaning Session Two of the conference championship meet will feature four of the nation’s top six teams.

In the event standings, LSU is No. 1 nationally on vault for the fourth week in a row with a 49.545 RQS. The Tigers moved up to a tie for No. 3 on bars (49.405) and is fourth on beam (49.295) and floor (49.490).

Rheagan Courville and Jessie Jordan rank second and sixth in the all-around at 39.620 and 39.510, respectively, while Kaleigh Dickson is 14th with a 39.405.

Individually, LSU has three athletes ranked in the top five of their events.

Lloimincia Hall is fourth on floor (9.960), Sarie Morrison is fourth on bars (9.935) and Jordan is fifth on beam (9.920).