LSU gymnastics defeats Arkansas

LSU gymnastics senior balance beam and floor Reagan Campbell smiles Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 after her beam routine during No. 3 LSU gymnastics' 196.550-196.350 win against No. 15 Arkansas in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on N Stadium Drive in Baton Rouge, La.

On Friday night, LSU gymnastics lost 197.725-197.325 to No. 6 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

This marks the team’s second loss of the season, moving their record to 4-2. The Tigers had somewhat of an off weekend and scored some of their lowest scores of the season. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide pulled off some of their highest scores this season.

Kiya Johnson scored 9.875 on bars, and Bridget Dean placed second with a 9.80. All-around Haleigh Bryant came in with a 9.875. Schennikova picked up the pace with a 9.90 while Sami Durante capped the rotation with a 9.875. Alabama took away the bars title but a majority of the LSU gymnasts were at the top of the scores on bars.

The Tigers hit vault next with the highest scores coming from senior Sarah Edwards and freshman Bryant at 9.90. Shchennikova had a weak score of 9.775, unlike her scores from the last two meets exceeding 9.90. Ranked tenth in vault, Alabama came out on top of the Tigers again who are ranked fourth in this rotation. 

LSU raked their lowest floor score of the season tonight at 49.250. Schennikova came in at 9.750 while freshman Sierra Ballard scored a mediocre 9.725, putting the Tigers down from their usual 49.350. On the bright side, floor anchor Bryant bounced back from her performance last week against Florida and scored a 9.950 while Edwards garnered one of her highest scores this season at 9.90. 

The team finished the night on beam without senior Reagan Campbell. The beam anchor presumably is still out due to her hip flexor injury. Instead, Shchennikova anchored the event with a 9.875. Usual powerhouse Durante had a rocky landing off beam and was given a 9.625. The other four LSU gymnasts in the lineup all finished with 9.875s. 

Alabama gymnastics seemed to have a better night overall. The Crimson Tide swept every title of the night, including the all-around. Gymnasts Lexi Graber and Luisa Blanco both scored 9.975s on floor, topping their former career bests of 9.950 and 9.850.

LSU gymnastics will be on the road again next weekend in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:15 p.m. CT. The meet will be filmed on SECNetwork+ through the ESPN app or website.

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