Ashleigh Gnat

Senior • AA • 3L • lake mary, fla. • lake mary hs • ace

An 11-time All-American who ranks as one of the nation’s top gymnasts entering the 2017 season … A senior with dynamic skills and power on all four events and a fan-favorite on vault and floor … Ranks fourth in LSU history with seven career perfect 10.0 scores … Ranks in the Top 10 for most vault and floor titles in LSU history entering her final season … The reigning SEC Specialist of the Year and the 2016 SEC Floor Exercise Champion … Outstanding all-around performer who is a vocal team leader … Performs a huge double-twisting Yurchenko vault.

A dominant performer who set LSU record and played a pivotal role in leading the Tigers to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Super Six (4/16), the best finish in school history … Led the team with 25 individual titles this season (10 on vault, 10 on floor, three on beam and two in the all-around) … Finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally on vault and floor … Also ranked No. 17 on beam in the final rankings … Led the nation with six perfect 10.0 scores this season with four on floor and two on vault … Became the first gymnast in LSU history to score six perfect 10s in one season … Tied the LSU single-season record with 10 floor titles … Averaged a 9.945 on floor, 9.939 on vault, 9.788 on beam, 9.727 on bars and a 39.397 in the all-around … Competed on vault, beam and floor in all 14 meets and saw action on bars in eight meets … Set career highs of 10.0 on vault, 10.0 on floor and matched her best of 9.95 on beam … Perfect 10s on vault came against Kentucky (1/22) and at the Metroplex Challenge (1/30) … Perfect 10s on floor came vs. Auburn (2/19), vs. Alabama (3/4), at Texas Woman’s (3/12) and at the SEC Championship (3/19) … Crowned the NACGC/W Central Region Gymnast of the Year and named the SEC Specialist of the Year … Earned a total of six All-America honors this season with four at the NCAA Championships and two during the regular season … Named a First-Team Regular Season All-American on vault and floor … Achieved First-Team All-America honors on vault (9.925) and beam (9.90) during NCAA Semifinal I (4/15), and also earned Second-Team All-America honors on floor (9.875) and the all-around (39.500) at the semifinal … Tallied All-SEC honors by winning the floor title and placing second on vault (9.90) at the SEC Championship … Earned SEC Gymnast of the Week recognition when she clinched LSU’s win at Florida (2/26) and also earned SEC Specialist of the Week versus Auburn … Became LSU’s fifth SEC floor champion when she scored a perfect 10 to win the title at the SEC Championship … Is the eighth gymnast in LSU history to score a 10 on vault but the first to do it by competing a double-twisting Yurchenko ... Posted a 9.90 or higher in 31 of 50 total performances in 2016, including 13-of-14 on vault and 13-of-14 on floor … Matched her career high on beam with a 9.95 at Florida and finished the season with five scores of 9.90 or better on beam … Earned a spot on the SEC Community Service Team for efforts in and around the Baton Rouge community … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive season.

Recorded First-Team All-America honors on floor at the NCAA Championships Semifinal II (4/17) when she posted a 9.925 to finish second in the event … Finished in a tie for fifth on floor with a 9.9125 at the NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals (4/19) … Earned Second-Team Regular Season All-America honors on floor and the all-around by ranking No. 10 nationally on floor with a 9.930 regional qualifying score (RQS) and No. 13 in the all-around with a 39.450 RQS … Finished the regular season ranked No. 10 on floor, No. 13 in the all-around and No. 19 on beam (9.895 RQS) … Became the first gymnast in LSU history to compete a double-twisting Yurchenko vault, doing it for the first time at the Metroplex Challenge (1/31) … Shattered career highs on all four events and the all-around: 9.975 on vault vs. Minnesota (3/6), 9.875s on bars vs. Florida (2/20), at Alabama (2/27) and at the SEC Championship (3/21), 9.950s on beam vs. Georgia (2/6) and at Centenary (3/13), 9.975 on floor vs. Minnesota, 39.725 in the all-around vs. Minnesota … Her 39.725 all-around total vs. Minnesota ranks as the 11th-best in LSU history … Captured seven individual titles (three on beam, two all-around, one vault and one floor) … Won all-around titles with a 39.550 at Auburn (2/13) and a 39.725 vs. Minnesota … Shared the vault title with a 9.85 at Kentucky (1/16) … Won beam titles with a 9.95 vs. Georgia, 9.925 vs. Minnesota and 9.95 at Centenary … Earned the floor title with a 9.95 at Auburn … Competed on almost every event in every meet, seeing action on vault, bars and floor in 12 of 13 meets and 11 of 13 on beam … Posted 15 scores of 9.90 or higher (10 on floor, 3 on beam, 2 on vault) … Finished the season with a 9.895 average on floor, 9.869 on vault, 9.809 on beam, 9.704 on bars and 39.333 in the all-around … Ended the season with a streak of nine consecutive performances with at least a 9.90 on floor … Posted a 9.85 or higher in 32 of 48 total routines … Earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second straight season.

Saw action on vault, beam and floor all season, competing on vault and beam in all 15 team meets and competing on floor 13 times … Earned First-Team All-America distinction on vault after she posted a 9.90 at the NCAA Championships Semifinal I (4/18) … Garnered Second-Team All-America status on floor when she scored a 9.90 in the event in Semifinal I … Competed on vault in the NCAA Individual Event Finals (4/20) where she recorded a 9.825 … Tallied season highs of 9.95 on vault (twice), 9.95 on beam (three times) and 9.925 on floor … Captured five individual titles with three on beam and two on vault … Won beam titles at Oklahoma (2/9) with a 9.90, versus Missouri (2/28) with a 9.875 and at home against Kentucky (3/14) with a 9.95 … Won vault titles with a 9.90 at Arkansas (2/7) and a 9.95 in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional (4/5) … Earned SEC Freshman of the Week after the double-meet weekend at Arkansas and at Oklahoma when she won two titles, including the beam title that helped secure LSU’s upset win at No. 2 Oklahoma … Named SEC Freshman of the Week again after the Kentucky meet where she won the beam title with a 9.95 … Scored back-to-back 9.95s on beam against North Carolina State (3/7) and Kentucky, becoming only the second LSU freshman to post back-to-back scores of at least a 9.95 on beam (April Burkholder did it first in 2003) … Added a third 9.95 on beam at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to become the first gymnast in LSU history to score at least three 9.95s on beam as a freshman … Her 9.85 on beam against Centenary (1/10) marked the highest beam score by a freshman in a season opener in LSU history … Averaged a 9.873 on vault, 9.757 on beam and a 9.840 on floor … Posted a 9.85 or higher in 28 of her 44 total routines and achieved a 9.90 or better in 14 routines … Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Competed as a level 10 gymnast for ACE Gymnastics where she was coached by her parents Ray and Joan Gnat … Six-time qualifier to J.O. Nationals … Recorded four Top 10 finishes in the all-around in six appearances at J.O. Nationals … Shined in the final meet of her club career at the 2013 J.O. Nationals where she captured the vault and floor national titles and placed second in the all-around with a 38.475 that ranked as the second-highest all-around total of the entire event … Swept all five individual titles at the 2013 Regional Championships and finished with a club career-best 39.000 all-around total … Captured vault, beam, floor and all-around titles at the 2013 Florida State Championships … Earned six vault titles in only eight meets during the 2013 season, including a perfect 10.0 in the event at the Lady Luck Invitational … Finished fifth in the all-around at 2012 nationals with a third-place result on vault and floor … Took second in the all-around at 2012 regionals with first-place finishes on vault, beam and floor … Competed at the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2013 where she placed eighth in the all-around in 2013 … Attended and graduated from Lake Mary High School where she was an honor roll student.

Full name is Ashleigh Marie Gnat … Nickname is “Bugs” … Born November 13, 1994 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. … Calls Lake Mary, Fla., her hometown … Daughter of Ray and Joan Gnat … Majoring in sport administration … Her father, Ray, was an All-American gymnast for LSU and mother, Joan, was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympics gymnastics team … Ashleigh’s older sister, Jeana Rice-Helms, was a national champion and All-American at Alabama from 2001-04.

Vault: 13
Beam: 9
Floor: 11
All-Around: 4
Total: 37

Ashleigh is a phenomenal team leader who leads by example. Everyone listens when she speaks because they respect her. She knows how to express herself and she is so generous and has given so much to this program.
— D-D Breaux

• 2016 First-Team All-American (VT, BB)
• 2016 Second-Team All-American (FX, AA)
• 2016 First-Team Regular Season All-American (VT, FX)
• 2016 Central Region Gymnast of the Year
• 2016 SEC Specialist of the Year
• 2016 SEC Floor Exercise Champion
• 2016 All-SEC
• 2016 SEC Community Service Team
• 2016 SEC Gymnast of the Week (at Florida)
• 2016 SEC Specialist of the Week (vs. Auburn)
• 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2015 First-Team All-American (FX)
• 2015 Second-Team Regular Season All-American (FX, AA)
• 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2014 First-Team All-American (VT)
• 2014 Second-Team All-American (FX) 
• 2014 SEC Freshman of the Week (at Arkansas/at Oklahoma; vs. Kentucky)
• 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


Vault: 10.000 (three times; Last: 1-13-17 at Alabama; First: 1-22-16 vs. Kentucky)
Bars: 9.875 (three times; Last: 3-21-15 at SEC Championship)
Beam: 9.950 (six times; Last: 2-26-16 at Florida)
Floor: 10.000 (four times; Last: 3-19-16 at SEC Championship; First: 2-19-16 vs. Auburn)
All-Around: 39.725 (3-6-15 vs. Minnesota)