BATON ROUGE - In front of its second consecutive sellout crowd of the 2018 season and the third-highest crowd in school history, 13,185 fans, the No. 2 LSU gymnastics team defeated No. 6 Kentucky, 197.225-196.700, Friday night in the Maravich Center.
LSU extended its streak of meets with a score of 197 or better to 28 consecutive meets, and the Tigers are 31-0 inside of the Maravich Center dating back to the start of the 2014 season.
Myia Hambrick won the all-around with a career-high score of 39.700 and also took the beam and floor titles. Sarah Finnegan won her fourth uneven bars title of the season and 11th bars title overall with a score of 9.975 to tie her career high.
"We fought hard tonight," head coach D-D Breaux said. "It was a good competition, and I think Kentucky is a really outstanding team. They pushed us every step of the way. It was a great meet and very exciting ending. That's what sports are all about."
Tigers Open Meet with 49.225 on Vault
Finnegan opened the meet with a 9.85 to set the tone on the vault for the Tigers. Julianna Cannamela and Sarah Edwards followed with 9.85s in the second and third spot, respectively. LSU also used a 9.875 from Myia Hambrick in the fifth slot and a 9.85 by Lexie Priessman. To close out the rotation, Kennedi Edney posted a 9.825.
Four Tigers Set Season Highs on the Uneven Bars
Four Tigers matched or set season highs on the uneven bars in the second rotation-Sami Durante, Hambrick, Priessman and Finnegan. Durante was rock solid as the Tigers' first bars performer with a 9.90, and Hambrick followed, tying her career high with a 9.925. Priessman added a. 9.95 in the fifth spot before Finnegan capped the event tying her career best with a 9.975.
LSU Posts Season High 49.450 on Beam
Senior Erin Macadaeg started the rotation with a strong, season-high 9.90. Hambrick followed with a season high of her own with a 9.95, and freshman Christina Desiderio put a 9.90 up in the third spot, which was also a season best. The Tigers closed out the rotation counting a 9.825 from Edney in the fifth sport and a 9.90 from the anchor Finnegan as LSU posted a 49.450 in the event.
Hambrick and Priessman Tie Career Highs
Hambrick closed out the meet for the second-consecutive week with a 9.975, and Priessman returned to the floor for the first time since the 2017 season. The junior tied her career high with a 9.875, which she recorded at Kentucky and against Missouri in 2017. The Tigers also used 9.85s from Sarah Edwards, Ashlyn Kirby and Finnegan.