Coming off a season high score of 197.300 against the University of Arizona Gymcats last weekend, the Bruins will take on #2 LSU, #14 Washington, and #28 North Carolina State in the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center today at 5:00 PM PT. The meet will take place on podium and will be live streamed by FloGymnastics for subscribers with PRO access.
The LSU Tigers will be the toughest competition for the Bruins as they continue their quest for a national championship. The Tigers are averaging 197.283 per meet and are coming off a season high 197.450 against Alabama last weekend. LSU has a recent history of success in the NCAA championships, finishing in second place the last two years. LSU has seen 14 NCAA Championships appearances in the last 15 seasons, five Super Six appearances since 2008 and nine individual national titles since 2002. Their coach, D-D Breaux, has been coaching the Tigers for an astonishing 40 years and has been named Coach of the Year eight times. LSU made conference history in 2017 as the inaugural SEC regular season champions and meet champions.
Here are highlights from their meet at Florida, courtesy of LSU gymnastics on YouTube:
For the second time this season, UCLA will see Washington in meet competition. The Huskies are averaging 195.800 this season and are coming off a season-high performance in a 196.325-194.850 win over UC Berkeley. Evanni Roberson had two top-two event finishes while Hailey Burleson and Maya Washington each recorded scores of 9.900 on floor, matching the highest individual mark for Washington this season on any event. Additionally, Haley Roy took second on vault with her score of 9.875, matching the team’s high score for that event this season.
Here is a recap of their meet against UC Berkeley, thanks to the Pac 12 Networks:
North Carolina State is coming off of a historic performance last weekend against Ball State and William & Mary in its home opener. The Wolfpack totaled 196.350 for the day, the highest score of any NC State team in the last six years. NC State not only claimed 18 top-five finishes, but also won each event. Chelsea Knight won the vault and the beam with scores of 9.900 in both events. Drew Grantham won the floor exercise with a mark of 9.875 while Maggie Tamburro won the bars with a 9.850. Knight also won the all-around competition as she earned a score of 39.450, which is tied for the 11th highest score in the all-around in program history. Knight was also voted the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week.