May 3, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – With a score of 197.4500 last month at the Fort Worth Convention Center to finish as national runners-up at the NCAA Super Six, the LSU gymnastics team has earned the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award for the month of April.
Earning a spot in the national championship meet for the third time in four years and fifth time overall, the Tigers recorded their highest-ever finish on the national stage, besting the third place finish from the 2014 season. LSU compiled a 31-6 overall record, the first time in school history LSU has reached the 30-win milestone.
In her 39th season at the helm of the program, head coach D-D Breaux reached the exclusive 700 career wins milestone at the NCAA Championships, pushing the Tigers to an 18-4 record in the postseason, the most in a single season in LSU history.
Gymnasts Sydney Ewing, Sarah Finnegan, Ashleigh Gnat, Myia Hambrick, Lexie Priessman and Jessica Savona earned All-America honors in the 2016 season, combining as a group for 17 total All-America honors. Gnat on the year earned SEC Specialist of the Year and NACGC/W Central Region Gymnast of the Year honors, as the junior led the nation and set the LSU single-season record with six perfect 10.0 scores, including a school single-season record four on floor exercise.
Three of the Top 5 most-attended meets took place in 2016, including the No. 1 most-attended meet. A school-record 13,296 fans packed the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 4 to watch LSU defeat Alabama, 197.925-196.225. Another 10,177 fans were in attendance to watch LSU beat Auburn on Feb. 19, and 10,052 fans saw LSU knock off Kentucky on Jan. 22.
LSU is expected to return 20 of 24 routines for the 2017 season. The Tigers will also return six All-Americans as well as welcome three talented newcomers in Kennedi Edney, Ruby Harrold and Ashlyn Kirby.
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