BATON ROUGE- In front of a sold-out, school record 13,729 fans, the No. 1 LSU Tigers defeated No. 9 Alabama with a season best 197.450 Friday night inside of the Maravich Center.
LSU extended its streak of a meet with a score of 197 to 26 consecutive meets, and the Tigers are 30-0 inside of the Maravich Center dating back to the start of the 2014 season. LSU improves to 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC. Alabama posted a 196.725 in the meet and falls to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Sarah Finnegan and Myia Hambrick tied for the all-around title, recording 39.550s. The 39.550 for Hambrick marked a season-best for the senior.
Sarah Finnegan Wins First Vault Title
Junior Finnegan competed in the second spot of the vault lineup where she notched a season-best 9.90 to win her first career vault title. Julianna Cannamela posted a 9.850 to lead off the meet for the Tigers, and Hambrick posted a 9.85. Sarah Edwards and Lexie Priessman finished off the first rotation with scores of 9.75 and 9.80, respectively.
Tigers Post Second-Highest Bars Score in School History
The bars squad finished with a 49.625 in the second rotation to set the second-highest score in school history, surpassing the 49.600 that had happened three times in school history: two weeks at home against Arkansas, versus Iowa in 2015 and at the Metroplex Challenge in 2014. Each of the Tigers on the uneven bars scored a 9.90 or higher. Five of the six Tigers tied or set career highs and four set or matched career highs. Freshman Sami Durante started things off tying her career-best with a 9.90, and Hambrick followed with a career-best 9.925. Edney posted a 9.90, and Priessman scored a season-best 9.90. Finnegan set a new career-mark with a 9.975 anchoring the event.
Christina Desiderio and Kennedy Edney Record Team-Best 9.875s on Beam
Edney set a new season high in the third spot with a 9.875, and freshman Christina Desiderio followed with a career-best 9.875. The Tigers also counted a 9.875 from Hambrick, a 9.825 from Erin Macadaeg and a 9.750 from Finnegan on the event.
Floor Closes the Meet with Season-Best 49.475
The Tigers wrapped up the fourth and final rotation with a season-best 49.475 on the floor. Freshman Ashlyn Kirby led off floor with a solid 9.85, and Sarah Edwards recorded a career-high 9.875. Finnegan set a season-best with a 9.925 in the four-spot. Competing for the first time in the anchor spot, Cannamela shattered her career-high with a 9.875 to secure the win for the Tigers.
LSU travels for the second time this season when the squad goes to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Metroplex Challenge. The Tigers will square off against NC State, Washington and UCLA in the Fort Worth Convention Center Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6:45 p.m. The meet will be available online through FloGymnastics.