LSU Gymnastics top five in National Qualifying Score rankings

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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 is third in the first week of National Qualifying Score (NQS) rankings, according to Road To Nationals.

The Tigers own an NQS of 197.550 this season, which is second behind Florida (197.944) and Oklahoma (197.738). LSU’s NQS ranking is an average of the top two home scores of 198.050 and 197.200 and away scores of 197.550 and 197.325.

As a team, LSU ranks second in the nation on bars, third on vault, fourth on beam and sixth on floor. LSU is one of just two teams in the country to score a 49.600 or higher on vault. The Tigers did it against Kentucky, which marked the fourth-highest vault score in school history.

Individually, freshman Haleigh Bryant ranks second on floor, eighth on vault and sixth in the all-around. Sophomores Kiya Johnson and Alyona Shchennikova rank in the top-20 on both vault and bars. Freshman Olivia Dunne is 21st on bars. Seniors Sami Durante and Sarah Edwards rank seventh on bars and 17th on vault respectively.

The third-ranked Tigers return home for the final regular season meet of the season at 7:15 p.m. CT Friday against No. 22 Missouri. The meet will be streamed on SECNetwork+ through and the app. LSU will honor the team’s six seniors prior to the meet.

(Press release provided by LSU Athletics).

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