The Super Six
LSU has cemented its name as one of the premier gymnastics programs in the nation.
The Tigers have competed in the NCAA Super Six six times in the last decade. LSU first appeared in the pinnacle of collegiate gymnastics in 2008 and again in 2009. The Tigers then made back-to-back appearances in 2013 and 2014. With back-to-back appearances in 2016 and 2017, D-D Breaux led the squad to the best finish in school history as the National Runner-Up. The Tigers made incredible comebacks in the final rotations of both meets to beat powerhouses Alabama, Florida, UCLA and Georgia in the final standings.
2018 - NCAA Fourth Place Finish
In what was the closest and thrilling NCAA Championships ever, the LSU gymnastics team capped off an outstanding 2018 season with a team score of 197.8375, the highest Super Six score in school history, to finish fourth nationally Saturday evening at Chaifetz Arena.
UCLA ultimately took the national championship with a score of 198.075. Oklahoma finished second with a 198.0375 and Florida finished ahead of the Tigers in third with a 197.850.
“It was a fabulous meet,” LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux said. “The lead changed and momentum changed. We fought no matter what. I can’t ask for much more than that. We had some great performances across the board from different people. There was just so much competition out there. It was so exciting.”
The Tigers wrapped up the season with a record of 33-5 for the second-most wins in school history. The squad extended the NCAA Gymnastics record of team scores with a 197 or better to 38 and have now reached that benchmark in every single meet for the last two seasons.
2017 - NCAA Runner-Up
The LSU gymnastics team completed the most dominating regular season in school history and carried that momentum to sweep the Southeastern Conference and the fifth straight NCAA Regional championship. The squad put on a show at the NCAA Semifinal on April 14, 2017 with a then-NCAA Championship record score to qualify for the program’s sixth Super Six. In the final rotation of the championship meet, the Tigers were in third place and posted an incredible 49.715 on beam for a school record and the highest on the event in the history of the NCAA meet. LSU vaulted into second to match the highest finish in school history as the 2017 National Runner-up and finished the season with a school record 34 wins.
2016 - NCAA Runner-Up
After winning its fourth straight NCAA Regional championship, the LSU gymnastics team easily qualified for its fifth NCAA Super Six appearance with an outstanding performance in the NCAA Semifinal on April 15, 2016. In a season of fantastic performances, none was more exciting than the Super Six. In that championship meet, the Tigers rallied from behind to finish as the 2016 National Runner-Up, the best finish in school history. With a second-place finish in the Super Six, LSU defeated rivals Alabama, Florida and Georgia by posting a 197.450.
The 2014 season goes down as one of the finest in LSU history. One of the nation’s most consistent teams, the Tigers ranked No. 1 for three-straight weeks during the regular season. LSU concluded the year with strong performances to advance to the Super Six for the fourth time in seven seasons, and the Tigers claimed the highest finish in school history at third place in the finals. LSU ended the season with a school-record 13 straight meets with at least a 197 score, including a 197.600 in the national title meet to beat out rivals Alabama and Georgia in the final standings.
For the third time in six seasons, LSU reached the pinnacle in collegiate gymnasts by advancing to the NCAA Super Six Finals in 2013. The Tigers tied the school record with eight scores of 197 or higher, racked up 15 All-America honors and five SEC individual titles. LSU captured the 12th regional title in school history on the way to the Super Six.
The LSU gymnastics team repeated as NCAA Central Regional Champions and made a second-straight trip to the NCAA Super Six in 2009 after scoring a 196.300 in the NCAA Championship Prelims in Lincoln, Neb. A school-record six Tigers earned All-America honors including senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney who tallied three first-team All-America honors and also captured individual national championships on vault and floor. Junior Susan Jackson, junior Summer Hubbard, junior Sabrina Franceschelli, junior Kayla Rogers and sophomore Staci Schwitkis also earned All-America honor
For the first time in program history the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Super Six in 2008 scoring a 196.575 in the prelim competition. They followed that up with a 196.350 in the finals, good enough for fifth place in the country. At the time it was LSU's highest finish since the format was implemented in 1993. Three Tigers earned All-American honors in 2008 - Susan Jackson in the all-around, vault, beam and floor; Ashleigh Clare-Kearney on bars and floor; and Summer Hubbard on bars. Additionally, Jackson capped the championships by winning the NCAA Vault National Championship - LSU's first national champion on that event and the fourth for the.