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On Friday No.3 LSU defeated No. 11 Arkansas 197.225-196.275 in Fayetteville. Freshman Ashleigh Gnat claimed her first career title as she won the vault event with a 9.90. She won it with fellow teammate junior Rheagan Courville. Courville also shared the event title on the beam; this time with teammate junior Jessie Jordan. Another teammate, senior Sarie Morrison, won the bars title all by herself. If that wasn’t enough, two days later LSU traveled to Oklahoma and defeated the No. 2 Sooners 197.650-197.325. It was the highest road score of the year by a team and the second time LSU posted that score (same as against Alabama). Morrison again was dominant by winning the vault and bars title. Gnat won again as she won the title on the beam. Those two meets over the weekend made four straight meets where the Tigers scored a 197 or higher and the fifth time overall this season. Here are the most times where LSU has scored a 197 or better in a season.
- 2013 – 8 times
- 2004 – 8 times
- 2014 – 5 times
- 2008 – 4 times
- 2005 – 4 times
The Florida Gators won their first NCAA Championship last season. This season they might even be better. For the fourth straight meet the Gators pulled off a 197. This time the No. 1 Gators defeated Kentucky 197.175-195.450 in Lexington. Florida also had a gymnast record a perfect 10 for the third straight meet. Sophomore Bridget Sloan was perfect on the balance beam. It was the first perfect 10 by any gymnast in the country on the road this season. She became the second Gator ever to notch that score on the beam. The other was Kristen Stucky, who also got hers in Kentucky back in 2004. Of the 12 Gators that have recorded 10s, Sloan is the only one with that score in multiple events. The Gators have four 10s this season – two apiece by Sloan and junior Kytra Hunter. That is the most by the Gators in one season. Here are the top three.
- 2014: 4 - Sloan (2), Hunter (2)
- 1998: 3 – Susan Hines (3)
- 1996: 3 – Hines, Amy Myerson, Kristen Guise
No. 7 Alabama trailed No. 5 Georgia through three events. But after a dominant performance on the floor Alabama took the lead and defeated the Gym Dogs 197.500-196.825. The Crimson Tide came in with the nation’s 13th-best floor average, but was extremely dominant on this night. Alabama’s score of 49.625 on the floor was their fourth highest ever. All six gymnasts competing on the floor either matched or set career highs. Here are their numbers:
- Amanda Jetter: previous high 9.85 - Friday - 9.875
- Lauren Beers: previous high 9.90 - Friday – 9.925
- Katie Bailey: previous high 9.85 - Friday – 9.875
- Sarah DeMeo: previous high 9.90 - Friday 9.925
- Kim Jacob: previous high 9.95 - Friday 9.95
- Diandra Milliner: previous high 9.95 - Friday 9.95
No. 10 Auburn traveled to Colorado Springs this week and defeated the Air Force 195.950-193.025. The Tigers opened on the bars and tied their team season mark of 49.075. Next on the vault they were led by freshman MJ Rott, who posted a 9.925—her fourth straight score of 9.90 or better on the event. The third rotation was floor and junior Bri Guy shined with a 9.95. That score tied her career-high in the event. The other time happened against Southern Utah back in 2012. She is one of four Auburn gymnasts to record at least two scores of 9.95 or better on the floor in throughout history. Here are those four:
- Becky Erwin: 4 times (includes her perfect 10)
- Bri Guy: 2 times
- Rachael Taratino: 2 times
- Courtney Puckett: 2 times
No. 11 Arkansas had its best score of the season, but it wasn’t enough as No. 3 LSU defeated the Gymbacks 197.225-196.275. Once again Arkansas was led by senior Katherine Grable, who has won the all-around in every meet this season and has 15 in her career. Her best score came on the floor, where she won that event with a 9.95. She also tied her career high on the bars with a 9.90. Here is the amount of times she has done the all-around in each season.
- Freshman: 11 times
- Sophomore: 10 times
- Junior: 12 times
- Senior: 5 times
No 5. Georgia once again had a great meet, but struggled on the beam and fell to No. 7 Alabama 197.500-196.825. While the balance beam seems to be the Gym Dogs weak spot this season, it is the uneven bars where Georgia excels. Georgia came in last week as the top-ranked bars team and looked great on Friday with a 49.400. It was the fifth straight meet they posted at least a 49.400 in that event. Against Alabama, three gymnasts scored at least a 9.90 on the bars. Here are the total amount of Gym Dogs that have posted at least that score on the beam per meet this season.
- vs. Oklahoma: 2
- vs. Stanford: 2
- vs. LSU: 3
- vs. Iowa: 4
- vs. Florida: 3
- vs. Kentucky: 3
- vs. Alabama: 3
Although the No. 1 Florida gymnastics team defeated Kentucky 197.175-195.450, the Wildcats had their best score of the season. Six gymnasts either set or tied season highs. For the first time this season, Kentucky scored over a 49 in two events (vault and floor). It was the third straight meet where they posted such a score on the floor. Here are those scores:
- vs. Missouri 49.125
- vs. Georgia 49.000
- vs. Florida 49.025
Missouri defeated Southeast Missouri 194.125-190.900 to give first-year head coach Shannon Welker his first career win. Junior Rachel Updike was the star of the show as she won all four event titles and the all around. Here is how she did in each event and the next highest competitor.
- Vault: 9.85 (next highest – Laura Kappler 9.75)
- Bars: 9.825 (next highest – Rebecca Johnson 9.8)
- Beam: 9.775 (next highest – Sasha Sander 9.75)
- Floor: 9.9 (next highest – Angie Kern and Anna Bowers 9.8)