FORTH WORTH, Texas - Powered with strong routines from all-around performers Myia Hambrick, Sarah Finnegan and Kennedi Edney, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted a score of 197.375 Saturday evening at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Finnegan posted an outstanding score of 9.925 on bars to take home her third title on the event this season. Hambrick anchored the meet with a career-high 9.975 on floor. The senior has now won all four floor titles this season.
LSU finished second in the Metroplex Challenge behind UCLA who posted a 197.650. The Tigers moved to 5-1 on the season with wins over Washington (196.525) and NC State (195.825).
"It was a great meet and great crowd tonight," head coach D-D Breaux said. "I felt like we were a little timid and we were trying too much. Overall it was a good meet but there was no consistency tonight. We showed a lot of character, but we have to better than this."
Tigers Post Four 9.875s to Open Up
LSU opened the evening with a 49.325 on vault. Finnegan, Julianna Cannamela, Sarah Edwards and Edney all scored a 9.875. Hambrick also totaled a 9.825 for the Tigers on vault.
Finnegan Anchors Strong Bars Performance
Freshman Sami Durante continued her strong season as the Tigers' leadoff performer on the event with a 9.875. Hambrick followed with a 9.90 in the second spot. LSU used a 9.85 from Edney and 9.825 from Priessman before Finnegan closed the event out with a 9.925. Overall, LSU scored a 49.375 on bars.
Edney Goes Season High on Beam
Senior Erin Macadaeg started the rotation out strong with a 9.875 followed by a 9.825 from Hambrick. The final three performers were solid with scores of 9.85 from Reagan Campbell, a season-high 9.90 from Edney and 9.875 for Finnegan in the anchor spot.
Hambrick Performers Flawless Routine to Close out the Night
With all competitors done for the night, Hambrick put on a show with an outstanding floor routine for a career-high 9.975. Edwards, Edney and Finnegan, who were performers three through five, all put up scores of 9.875. The Tigers ended with a 49.350 on the event.
LSU returns home to take on No. 6 Kentucky inside the Maravich Center at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday. The meet will be televised on the SEC Network. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early at LSUtix.net.