AUBURN, Ala. — The sixth-ranked LSU gymnastics team tallied the highest team total in school history in a meet at Auburn with a 196.975, but it was not enough to overcome No. 14 Auburn’s school-record 197.175 Friday night in Auburn Arena.
The 196.975 tops LSU’s previous high score of 196.350 set March 1, 1997, at Auburn.
LSU (8-3, 4-2 SEC) earned a 49.550 on vault, which is tied for the third-best vault total in school history as five Tigers tied or set career highs. LSU also hit a 49.550 on vault against Centenary on March 18, 2005.
The Tigers scored a 49.350 on floor, 49.175 on bars and a 48.900 on beam to finish with the 196.975.
Auburn improved to 3-7 overall and 3-4 against SEC competition after its program-best performance.
“We fought hard, but we made too many mistakes,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “Auburn had a great meet, but we did not do what we needed to do on beam. I’m pleased with the other events, but we have to put together a solid four events to be the team we want to be at the end of the season.”
Both teams started strong as LSU trailed Auburn after one rotation, 49.275-49.175. Sarie Morrison anchored for the Tigers on bars, and she set a career high with a 9.95 to tie for the title. LSU also counted a 9.85 from Rheagan Courville, 9.825 by Randii Wyrick, 9.80 by Kaleigh Dickson and a 9.75 by Britney Ranzy.
After the stellar 49.550 on vault LSU took the lead over Auburn, 98.725-98.550. Randi Lau, Maliah Mathis and Britney Taylor all shattered their career highs with a 9.925 to tie for the event title, while Dickson and Jessica Savona equaled their respective career bests with a 9.875.
Courville anchored the event with a 9.90, the fourth 9.9 or higher in the event for the Tigers.
LSU maintained the lead after three rotations, 148.075-147.725, with a 49.350 on floor. Courville and Mathis tied for the team high with 9.90s, and Lloimincia Hall anchored with a 9.875. Britney Taylor posted a career-high tying 9.85, and Jessie Jordan and Savona both recorded a 9.825.
In the fourth and final rotation, LSU scored a 48.900 on beam while Auburn earned a 49.450 on floor to finish the meet on top. Dickson tied her career mark on beam with a 9.85 to lead the team, and LSU also counted a 9.825 from Courville, 9.80 from Hall, 9.75 from Jordan and a 9.675 from Ericka Garcia.
1. Auburn 197.175 (VT – 49.275, UB – 49.275, BB – 49.175, FX – 49.450).
2. LSU 196.975 (VT – 49.550, UB – 49.175, BB – 48.900, FX – 49.350).
(Includes first place and all LSU competitors)
All-Around — 1. Caitlin Atkinson (Auburn) 39.550, t2. Rheagan Courville 39.475
Vault — t1. Randi Lau 9.925, t1. Maliah Mathis 9.925, t1. Britney Taylor 9.925, t1. Brianna Guy (Auburn), t5. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t7. Kaleigh Dickson 9.875, t7. Jessica Savona 9.875
Bars — t1. Sarie Morrison 9.95, t1. Petrina Yokay (Auburn) 9.95, 5. Rheagan Courville 9.85, 6. Randii Wyrick 9.825, t7. Kaleigh Dickson 9.80, 9. Britney Ranzy 9.75, 11. Jessie Jordan 9.675
Beam — 1. Megan Walker (Auburn) 9.875, 2. Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, t3. Rheagan Courville 9.825, 8. Lloimincia Hall 9.80, 9. Jessie Jordan 9.75, 11. Ericka Garcia 9.675, 12. Britney Ranzy 8.80
Floor — t1. Caitlin Atkinson (Auburn) 9.925, t1. Brianna Guy (Auburn) 9.925, t3. Rheagan Courville 9.90, t3. Maliah Mathis 9.90, 6. Lloimincia Hall 9.875, t7. Britney Taylor 9.85, t10. Jessie Jordan 9.825, t10. Jessica Savona 9.825.
TIGERS SEND 15 TO FINALS: The LSU swimming team sent 15 athletes to finals on the fourth day of the Southeastern Conference Championships.
The finals will air live on ESPN3.com at 6 p.m. Saturday and will air on tape delay on ESPNU on March 4, with the women’s meet beginning at 3 p.m. and the men’s meet beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Andrei Tuomola broke LSU’s 100 breaststroke record with a time of 53.29 seconds, bettering a 16-year-old record held by Nate Thompson.
Tuomola was seeded fourth in the championship final Friday night.
Three other Tigers qualified for final swims in the 100 breaststroke.
Gabe Rooker was seeded second in the consolation final of the 100 breast with a time of 53.98. Rooker moved up to sixth all-time for the program and picked up an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
Alvarado Jimenez also made the ‘B’ final after a season low 54.43. Zack Wepasnick picked up his lifetime best in the event with a mark of 55.05 and was slated to swim in the ‘C’ final.
Track and field
JERNBECK SCORES FIRST POINTS FOR LADY TIGERS AT SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Fayetteville, Ark., the LSU women’s track team picked up its first points at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships during Friday’s pentathlon at the Randal Tyson Track Center as freshman Therese Jernbeck smashed her personal-best en route to a sixth-place finish.
Jernbeck’s 3,864 points ranks No. 8 on LSU’s all-time pentathlon list and gives the Lady Tigers their first three points in the meet.
LSU’s Kaitlyn Moreau tallied 3,501 points for a 14th-place finish in her first appearance at the SEC Indoor Championships.
Jernbeck broke her personal best in the 60-meter hurdles by nearly three-tenths of a second with a run of 9.36 seconds for 836 points in the event.
She followed with a pair of indoor personal records by clearing 5 feet, 4 ¼ inches on her third attempt for 771 points in the high jump and throwing 40-2 ¼ on her second attempt for 678 points in the shot put.
Jernbeck then turned in a lifetime PR on her first attempt in the long jump at 18-0 ½ to add 700 points to her score.
LSU TO HOST NICHOLLS STATE, GRAMBLING: LSU will host Nicholls State at 1 p.m. and Grambling at 6 p.m. Saturday at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
LSU (5-3) is undefeated against both of Saturday’s opponents, with an 8-0 advantage over Nicholls State (5-2) and a 5-0 record against Grambling (0-3).
MATCH VS. TEXAS TECH POSTPONED: The No. 24 LSU men’s tennis team’s match against No. 27 Texas Tech has been postponed because of rain.
The match was originally scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday but did not start until 5:45 p.m. because of a rain delay. After starting the singles matches, the rain resumed shortly after 6 p.m. After restarting play just before 7 p.m., the rain came back at 7:18 p.m.