UK Gymnasts Return Home to Host No. 3 LSU
LEXINGTON, Ky.—The No. 20 University of Kentucky gymnastics squad will compete against No. 3 LSU in the final home SEC meet of the season this Friday in Memorial Coliseum. Meet time is set for 7:30 p.m. and it will be aired on a tape-delay basis on Fox Sports Net South Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. ET.
The meet features “Twins Night” where twins and fans dressed as twins receive free admission, and there will be a contest for most look-a-likes and least look-a-likes. It is also “Club Gym Night” and gymnasts who wear their club gym t-shirts receive free admission. Fans may also print out the coupon at the bottom of this page for two-for-one admission.
The Wildcats (4-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) are coming off of a 195.250-193.850 loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa last Friday night. UK was ahead of Alabama after three rotations, but faltered on beam with three falls, allowing the Tide to pull out the victory. Senior Michelle Gales took first in the all-around with a 39.050 score, while junior Lucy Burgin recorded a season-high 9.775 on bars.
The Tigers, who return 13 letterwinners from a year ago, come to Lexington with a 5-3 record, including a 3-1 mark in SEC play. The Tigers are coming off of a three-meet homestand and are being led by Lisa Rennie, who has won the bars title three consecutive weeks. Ashleigh Clare-Kearney is ranked No. 6 in the nation on beam and tied her career with a 9.925 on vault last weekend. The Tigers rank second in the nation on floor.
Last Friday, The Tigers defeated the No. 7 Georgia Gym Dogs 196.375-195.525 in front of the sixth-largest crowd in LSU school history. LSU gymnasts Kelly Phelan and April Burkholder finished second and third in the all-around with scores of 39.250 and 38.950, respectively.
Following Friday’s meet, the Wildcats will embark on a two-meet road swing with trips to Gainesville, Fla., and Lincoln, Neb.