LSU Tigers women's gymnastics

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LSU Tigers women's gymnastics
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
UniversityLouisiana State University
Head coachJay Clark[1] (1st season)
Division I Division
LocationBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Home arenaPete Maravich Assembly Center (Capacity: 13,472)
ColorsPurple and gold[2]
Four on the Floor appearances
Super Six appearances
2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference championships
1981, 2017, 2018, 2019

The LSU Tigers women's gymnastics team [n 1] represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I women's gymnastics.[4] The team competes in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by Jay Clark, who is coaching in his first season. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center serves as the home arena for the team.


The gymnastics program was founded in 1970. In 2008, LSU made their first Super Six appearance. The team also made Super Six appearances in 2009, 2013 and 2014. In both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the program made the Super Six and finished second at the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.[5][6] Also in 2017, LSU won back-to-back SEC Regular Season and SEC Championship Meet championships.[7] In 2018, LSU again won back-to-back SEC Regular Season and SEC Championship Meet championships and reached the Super Six.[7]

In 2019, LSU won the SEC Championship Meet in New Orleans and made an appearance in the first-ever Four on the Floor in NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship. The team finished second overall for the third time in school history.


Individual NCAA champions[]

LSU Tigers Individual NCAA Championship Titles
Gymnast Vault Balance Beam Uneven Bars Floor Exercise All-Around
Jeanie Beadle 1977[n 2]
Nicki Arnstad 2002
April Burkholder 2006
Susan Jackson 2008 2010 2010
Ashleigh Clare-Kearney 2009 2009 (tie)
Rheagan Courville 2013 (tie) & 2014 (tie)
Ashleigh Gnat 2017 (tie)
Sarah Finnegan 2017 (tie) & 2019
Kennedi Edney 2017 & 2019 (tie)
Haleigh Bryant 2021 (tie)

Conference championships[]

  • SEC Regular Season champions (5): 1981, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • SEC Championship Meet champions (4): 1981, 2017, 2018, 2019

NCAA Championship appearances[]

Super Six appearances[]

LSU Tigers Super Six Appearances
Year Finish
2008 5th
2009 6th
2013 5th
2014 2nd
2016 2nd
2017 2nd
2018 4th

Four on the Floor appearances[]

LSU Tigers Four on the Floor Appearances
Year Finish
2019 2nd

Arena & facilities[]

Pete Maravich Assembly Center[]

The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,215-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The arena opened in 1972 and is home of the LSU Tigers gymnastics team. It was originally known as the LSU Assembly Center, but was renamed in honor of Pete Maravich, a Tiger basketball legend, shortly after his death in 1988. The Maravich Center is known to locals as "The PMAC" or "The Palace that Pete Built," or by its more nationally known nickname, "The Deaf Dome," coined by Dick Vitale.[8]

The slightly oval building is located directly to the north of Tiger Stadium, and its bright-white roof can be seen in many telecasts of that stadium. The arena concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories. The quadrants highlight former LSU Tiger athletes, individual and team awards and memorabilia pertaining to the history of the LSU Tigers gymnastics team.[9]

LSU Gymnastics Training Facility[]

The LSU Gymnastics Training Facility is the practice venue for the LSU Tigers gymnastics team. The new facility opened in 2016 and provides 38,000 square feet of training and team space.

LSU Strength and Conditioning facility[]

The LSU Tigers basketball strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium.[10] Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment.[11] It also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill.[12]

Head coaches[]

Name Seasons All W/L/T Win %
Jackie Walker 1974–1977 33–36–0 .481
D-D Breaux 1978–2020 800–410–8 .660
Jay Clark 2021–present


Name Height Year Hometown Club Events
Elena Arenas 5-1 SO Athens, GA Georgia Elite AA
Sierra Ballard 5-2 SO Mandeville, LA North Shore Gymnastics VT/BB/FX
Chase Brock 5-4 SO Atlanta, GA Gymnastix Training Center VT/UB
Haleigh Bryant 5-5 SO Cornelius, NC Everest Gymnastics AA
Reagan Campbell 5–1 SR+ Coppell, TX Texas Dreams BB/FX
Rebecca D'Antonio 5–0 SR New Orleans, LA Cypress Pointe Gymnastics BB
Bridget Dean 5–2 GS Fort Myers, FL Orlando Metro UB/BB/FX
Christina Desiderio 5–0 GS Hackettstown, NJ Parkettes BB/FX
Olivia Dunne 5-6 SO Hillsdale, NJ ENA Paramus AA
Sami Durante 5–1 GS Athens, GA Georgia Elite VT/UB/BB
Sarah Edwards 4-11 SR+ Ocean Springs, MS Lanier's Gymnastics VT/FX
Aleah Finnegan 5-4 FR Lee's Summit, MO GAGE AA
Kaytlyn Johnson 5-0 FR Dallas, TX Texas Dreams AA
Kiya Johnson 5-2 JR Coppell, TX Texas Dreams Gymnastics AA
Lexie Nibbs 5-3 JR Houston, TX Stars Gymnastics VT
Maddie Rau 5-0 JR Houston, TX Stars Gymnastics VT
Kai Rivers 5-3 JR Detroit, MI Twistars Gymnastics AA
Kamryn Ryan 5-2 JR Luling, LA Elmwood Gymnastics VT/BB
Alyona Shchennikova 5-5 JR Evergreen, CO 5280 Gymnastics AA
Tori Tatum 5-6 FR Chanhassen, MN Twin City Twisters AA

Coaching staff[]

See also[]


  1. ^ LSU uses the nickname of "Lady Tigers" only in sports that have both men's and women's teams. Since LSU only sponsors gymnastics for women, that team uses "Tigers" instead.[3]
  2. ^ AIAW Championship


  1. ^ "Jay Clark". June 2021.
  2. ^ LSU Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines for Internal, Vendor or Media Use (PDF). Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Megargee, Steve (June 26, 2015). "Tennessee set to make move to a lone 'Lady Vols' team". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 26, 2015. An Associated Press survey of all 65 schools from the five major conferences found that at least 28 had separate nicknames for men's and women's teams at some point in their histories. Only seven continue that practice, and in most cases they only have separate nicknames for certain women's teams. Texas Tech uses the Lady Raiders for women's teams in sports that also have men's teams: basketball, tennis, golf, track and cross country. LSU uses a similar strategy.
  4. ^ "Gymnastics - News - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics".
  5. ^ "LSU gymnastics places 2nd in NCAA championships, the highest finish in school history |". Archived from the original on 2016-04-20.
  6. ^ "Second to none: LSU gymnastics team finishes second at NCAA's Super Six, the best finish in program history".
  7. ^ a b "No. 2 LSU claims first SEC regular-season title".
  8. ^ "Pete Maravich Assembly Center, United States : map, ticket booth, seat, parking, events, hotels near, photo, guided tours, entry fee, reviews".
  9. ^ "LSU Men's Basketball Facilities".
  10. ^ "LSU Strength and Conditioning". September 29, 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  11. ^ "A Strength Training Legacy" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  12. ^ "LSU Tigers' Weight Room". ESPN The Magazine. November 14, 2012. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-11.

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