It was another close SEC matchup on Saturday. LSU and Florida competed in a heated competition at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, LA. In the end, Florida came out on top with a 197.500, just 0.75 ahead of LSU.

The competition started on vault for LSU where senior Sarah Finnegan competed a beautiful Yurchenko full for a 9.925. LSU stayed strong on vault, posting a 49.250 on the event. Florida began on the uneven bars and was on fire from the start. Alicia Boren lead off for the Gators and scored a 9.800. The scores continued to go up from there and Trinity Thomas was the highlight of the event scoring a 9.925. The Gators scored a 49.350 on bars, just 0.100 above the Tigers following the first rotation.

Florida headed over to vault for the second rotation and put up a 49.225 with the highlight performance once again coming from Thomas who scored a 9.875. On the uneven bars, LSU had a fantastic rotation with Kennedi Edney scoring a 9.925, Lexi Priessman scoring a 9.950, and Sarah Finnegan topping things off with a 9.975. Following the second rotation, it was clear that neither teams were messing around and both were hungry for the win.

After a fantastic bars rotation, LSU competed on beam where the team had a solid rotation for a 49.300. Edney and Raegan Campbell posted the highest score for the Tigers, both scoring a 9.900. On the floor exercise, Thomas once again stole the show with a 9.950. Not far behind were Boren and Nya Reed who both scored a 9.900.

Trinity Thomas on floor
Photo: Florida Gymnastics

Going into the final rotation, the LSU Tigers led the Florida Gators 148.075 to 148.00. There was no room for error from either team, and it was going to be extremely close.

LSU finished up the night on floor with a solid rotation. Finnegan had the highest score for the Tigers with a 9.950 and helped the team score a 49.350 on the event. Over on beam, Florida had an amazing rotation with four scores of 9.900 or above. Rachel Gowey posted a 9.925 on the event with Boren, Thomas, and Baumann all scoring 9.900s. Florida’s beam rotation was enough to put the Gators ahead of the Tigers in the end but just 0.750.

In the end, the Gators defeated the Tigers 197.500 to 197.425. LSU’s Sarah Finnegan took the vault, bars, floor, and all around titles with a 39.700. Florida’s Rachel Gowey won the beam title with her 9.925.

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