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DENVER, Colo. – The sixth ranked gymnastics team advances to the Denver Regional Championship on Sunday, April 2, after posting a score of 197.375 in the second round competition on Friday afternoon.
Elena Arenas led things off on beam for the second round competition in Magness Arena with her score of 9.825. Alyona Shchennikova followed with a 9.800 in the second spot. Alexis Jeffrey posted a 9.900 and Sierra Ballard added a 9.850. Haleigh Bryant tied for third highest beam score at a regional with her 9.950 routine to elevate the beam squad to the program’s sixth highest score on the event with a 49.325.
In the second rotation, Ballard led off with a 9.875 to start things off on floor. Shchennikova followed with another 9.875 and Chase Brock matched her career high on floor with her 9.925. Arenas posted a strong 9.900 routine and Bryant closed with a team-high 9.950 as the floor squad tied for second highest score at regionals with a 49.525.
On vault, Arenas led off with a 9.850 followed by Schennikova, who also posted a 9.850. Brock scored a 9.800 in the third spot and Aleah Finnegan came back strong and tallied the third 9.850 of the rotation. Wilson added a 9.825 before Bryant posted a 9.875 to close the third rotation with a vault score of 49.250.
The Tigers wrapped up the meet on bars, where Jeffrey led off with a 9.900. Finnegan both added scores of 9.850 and Bryant anchored with a 9.925. The bars squad finished with a 49.275 on bars to clinch the top spot in the second round.
LSU finished the meet with a final score of 197.375 to advance to the regional finals on Sunday, April 2, at 7 p.m. ET in Magness Arena.
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