No. 6 LSU Gymnastics advances to NCAA Semifinals after winning tie-break

No. 6 LSU Gymnastics advances to NCAA Semifinals after winning tie-break
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DENVER, Colo. – The sixth-ranked LSU Gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas, after tying for second with Michigan, both teams scoring a 197.750 in the NCAA Regional Final.

The Tigers won a tiebreaker with the Wolverines, as all six scores on each event were used to break the tie. 

The Tigers started off hot on vault with a score of 49.375 in the first rotation. Elena Arenas led off with a strong 9.900 to set the tone. Alyona Shchennikova scored a 9.825 in the second spot. Chase Brock posted another 9.900 and Aleah Finnegan followed with a 9.850. In her first appearance back in the lineup since the Florida meet, KJ Johnson earned a 9.850. Haleigh Bryant anchored with a 9.875 to close.

The bars squad set a new program-record high score at any regional with a score of 49.525. Alexis Jeffrey recorded a 9.900, while Shchennikova and Finnegan recorded 9.850s. Tori Tatum scored a 9.750, and Bryant set a new program-high score with her 9.975 at the Denver Regional.

Next on beam, the Tigers posted what was its fifth-highest score at a regional with a 49.425. Jeffrey and Arenas scored 9.850s, and Shchennikova posted a 9.875. Finnegan and Bryant finished the rotation with a 9.900 and a 9.950, respectively. 

In the final rotation on the floor, the Tigers matched their beam score with a 49.425. Sierra Ballard, Brock and Finnegan scored 9.850s, while Arenas recorded a 9.875. Shchennikova put up a 9.900, and Bryant ensured the Tigers would tie with Michigan by scoring a 9.950 in the anchor position. 

The team tied for its second-highest score at a regional in program history with a final score of 197.750.

The NCAA Semifinals will take place on Thursday, April 13, at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Per LSU Press Release


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