LSU Gymnastics No. 2 seed in SEC Championships

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LSU gymnast Kira Johnson competes during an NCAA gymnastics meet against Arkansas on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU gymnastics team remained at No. 3 in the National Qualifying Score (NQS) rankings at the end of the regular season and will be the second seed at the 2021 Southeastern Conference Championships, the league office announced Monday.

The squad will go after their fourth-straight SEC Championship at 7 p.m. CT Saturday inside the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Tigers will compete alongside top seeded Florida, third seeded Alabama and fourth seeded Arkansas in the fourth seed.

The meet will be televised on SEC Network with Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke on the call.

The Tigers own an NQS of 197.700 this season, which is third behind Florida and Oklahoma who sit in a tie for first. LSU’s NQS ranking is an average of the top two home scores of 198.050 and 197.875 and away scores of 197.550 and 197.325.

LSU will start the meet on bars and move to beam and floor before finishing on vault. LSU owns top-five rankings on all four events. The Tigers are second on vault, third on bars and floor, and fourth on beam.

The Tigers are the defending SEC meet champions. The 2017 squad captured the meet title for the first time since 1981. LSU defended its title in St. Louis in 2018 and New Orleans in 2019. Sarah Finnegan won the all-around title in 2018 and 2019.

Twenty-two LSU gymnasts have combined to win 44 SEC titles since 1981. A total of 94 All-SEC honors have been earned over the years and 14 SEC All-Freshman team honors have been awarded since 2009.

Fans can follow the Tigers on the team’s social media channels: @LSUgym on Instagram and Twitter and www.Facebook.com/lsugym.

(Press release provided by LSU Athletics).

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