No. 8 LSU gymnastics team to host third-ranked Florida

After posting the highest season-opening score in school history, the eighth-ranked LSU gymnastics team will look to carry that momentum into the Southeastern Conference opener Friday against No. 3 Florida.

The meet is set for 7 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (1-0) is coming off a 196.075-194.975 win over
No. 22 North Carolina State last week that marked coach D-D Breaux’s 600th career victory.

Breaux said she would like to move on from that win and build on it.

“We came back in the gym this week and put all that behind us,” Breaux said. “Our focus on improving has been met with a positive work ethic by our kids and a coaching staff that is in step with each other. If we stay in the process, continue to have the same expectations and know that our practice is going to define our performance each week, I think the kids will continue to respond in a positive way.”

Rheagan Courville and Sarie Morrison earned SEC Gymnast of the Week and SEC Specialist of the Week honors, respectively, for their performances against the Wolfpack. Courville’s 39.500 all-around score was the highest in the nation last week, while Morrison captured individual titles in the two events she competed — vault and bars.

The Tigers also received a big contribution from Lloimincia Hall, who scored a 9.95 to finish second on floor and a 39.250 for second place in the all-around. Jessica Savona scored a 9.925 on floor, 9.85 on vault and 9.80 on beam, and Maliah Mathis added 9.85’s on vault and floor.

Last season’s national runner up, Florida (1-0) is coming off a 196.575-190.550 win over Ball State last Friday. The Gators were led by Bridget Sloan, who won the vault title with a 9.925 and earned SEC Freshman of the Week. Sophomore Kytra Hunter won bars and floor with 9.90s.

Notes

The Tigers hold a 13-10 series advantage against the Gators inside the Maravich Center. ... During the meet, LSU will honor its 2013 SEC Women’s Legend in former SEC champion and All-American Sandra Smith-Thompson, who lettered four years for the Tigers from 1980-83. The SEC will honor Smith-Thompson and the entire legends class at the 2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament from March 6-10 in Duluth, Ga. ...The first 500 fans to arrive will receive a free LSU “Stand Right Up and Roar” stein. ... The meet will be televised on a tape-delay basis by FSNO with first air date set for 4 p.m. Jan. 19.