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ATHENS, Ga – In its first top-ten matchup of the season and in front of a sellout crowd, the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team defeated the eighth-ranked Georgia Gymdogs, 196.725-196.150, Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum. The Tigers improved to 2-0 and 1-0 in the SEC for 2020. LSU extended its streak to 14 meets over Georgia. Freshman Kiya Johnson claimed the all-around title with a career-high score of 39.525. The win marked her first all-around victory of the year. "We were in Georgia's Arena, against a very good Georgia team tonight," co-head coach D-D Breaux said. "We came from behind and beat a team like Georgia on balance beam, I would say that this team earned some ribbons tonight."
Durante Takes Bars Win:::
Freshman Kiya Johnson led off for the Tigers with a 9.80. After an explosive routine, junior Sammi Durante in the third spot scored a 9.85 for the victory. After the Tigers counted a fall, Senior Kennedi Edney, scored a 9.775. Freshman Kai Rivers also earned a 9.75 in the second spot. Senior Ruby Harrold anchored on bars with a 9.725.
Johnson Claims Second Individual Title of the Season:::
Johnson earned the second vault title of her career with a 9.925 on her double-twisting Yurchenko. Rivers led off for the Tigers 9.875. In her first appearance as an LSU Tiger, freshman Maddie Rau scored a 9.775. Harrold and Edney, and junior Sarah Edwards all earned scores of 9.875 in the third, fourth, and sixth spots in the lineup for the Tigers.
Floor Extends Lead:::
Harrold took her leadoff spot on floor with a 9.70. Junior Reagan Campbell scored a 9.750 in the fourth spot. Edney had a strong routine and scored a 9.80. In her first career anchor performance, Johnson ended the rotation with a 9.925.
Beam Wraps up Win:::
Rivers scores a 9.95 in her first collegiate performance on beam. Durante scored a 9.850 in the third position. Johnson scores a 9.875 in the fifth position. Campbell matched her career-high of the season with a 9.975 on the beam. Edney ended her all-around competition and the meet with a 9.925 on beam.
LSU will return to the Maravich Center to take on Auburn at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, January 17. Tickets to all LSU home meets are available at www.LSUtix.net.
**Article By: Brandon Berrio | Assoc. Director of Creative and Digital Content**