LSU blows out Bama in gymnastics 198.325-197.325 with another 10 from Haleigh Bryant

LSU blows out Bama in gymnastics 198.325-197.325 with another 10 from Haleigh Bryant
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The LSU gymnastics team did all it could Friday night to claim a piece of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.

The rest is up to Kentucky. And Florida.

The No. 2-ranked Tigers beat No. 9 Alabama 198.325-197.325 Friday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, wrapping up the SEC dual meet portion of their schedule behind the 14th career perfect 10 for senior Haleigh Bryant.

LSU improved to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in conference. If Kentucky (also 4-2 SEC) wins at home Sunday against Florida (5-1), the Tigers, Gators and Wildcats will all tie for first place. If Florida wins or ties, the Gators win the title outright.

LSU won the first two SEC regular-season championships in 2017 and 2018, coming after years of lobbying from former coach D-D Breaux. Florida has won the past four regular season titles (the season was not completed in 2020 because of the pandemic).

The Tigers started out with a solid if unspectacular set of routines on vault. The Tigers posted a 49.450, led by a winning score of 9.95 from Bryant, who came into the meet No. 1 in the nation on vault and in the all-around.

LSU then moved to uneven bars and posted the program’s best score in more six years, a 49.650. Bryant again led the way with a 9.975 as the Tigers got five scores of 9.90 or better, including a 9.95 from Tori Tatum.

The bars score tied for the third best in program history, the Tigers’ best mark on bars this season and best overall since a 49.725 in February 2018 against Texas Woman’s University. The score put LSU ahead of Alabama 99.100-98.425 at the meet’s halfway point.

LSU got another 49.450 on balance beam, with Bryant again leading the way with a 9.925. The Tigers finished on floor where they came in No 1 in nation and nailed every routine.

Led by Bryant’s 10.0 score, LSU counted nothing less than a 9.925. The Tigers posted a 49.775, tying the school record set three times and matched twice this season, last week against Florida and Feb. 2 against Arkansas.

Bryant ended up winning everything but beam — that title going to Bama’s Ella Burgess with a 9.95. Bryant set a season-high with a 39.850 all-around score, giving her 25 career all-around titles. That’s tied for second in school history with April Burkholder, one back of Rheagan Courville.

Bryant now has 79 career individual titles.

The Tigers head downtown next Friday to the Raising Canes River Center for the four-team Podium Challenge against Auburn, George Washington and Texas Woman’s University. First vault is set for 6 p.m.

LSU already won its SEC dual meet with Auburn this season, 198.300-197.100, so the result will not count in the conference standings. LSU is back in the PMAC for its final home meet March 15 against North Carolina before heading to New Orleans on March 23 for the SEC Championships at the Smoothie King Center.


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