LSU gymnastics fans ranging from former Tigers baseball pitcher Ben McDonald to people who have kept up with the program for years took to Twitter to celebrate the team winning its first SEC gymnastics title since 1981 on Saturday night.
LSU finished with a score of 198.075 followed by Florida (197.825) and Alabama in the meet held at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. LSU’s team score was the third highest in meet history.
LSU senior Ashleigh Gnat scored a 10 on the vault as the Tigers had a team vault rotation score of 49.575, which is the highest score it has ever had in an SEC championship meet. Gnat also won titles on the beam and the floor. Tigers sophomore McKenna Kelley shared the floor title with Gnat.
During the meet, LSU gymnastics fans wondered if this would finally be the year the Tigers won the SEC championship, and when it happened, they erupted on social media.
McDonald, a right-hander who won the Golden Spikes Award at LSU as the nation’s top amateur baseball player in 1989 and played Major League Baseball from 1989-97, was amazed at the gymnastics team’s performance.
— Ben McDonald (@realbenmcdonald) March 19, 2017
John Bacon, the Chief Executive Officer of eStem Public Charter Schools in Little Rock, Ark., praised a quote used from LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux.
"Anything you do with Pride, Passion, and Purpose…you are going to be successful!" Love this quote from @lsu Gymnastics Coach D-D Breaux
— John Bacon (@eStemCEO) March 19, 2017
One fan praised LSU gymnastics for winning the conference championship after finishing second last year and third in 2015.
@TumblingOOB excited and being over the top and cocky and for me, LSU hasn't crossed that.
— Allie May (@_alliemi) March 19, 2017
One fan congratulated the LSU players on their constant pursuit of perfection.
— Ken Kates (@kenkates1943) March 19, 2017
An LSU gymnastics fan even congratulated the team for its display of heart the entire season.
— Ashley Anselmo Clark (@Ashley_A_Clark) March 19, 2017
But the LSU gymnastics season isn’t over.
Now the Tigers have advanced to the NCAA Regionals on April 1. The NCAA will release the regional sites on Monday afternoon on NCAA.com at 4 p.m. ET. The six regional sites include Arkansas and Nebraska.
— LSU Gymnastics (@LSUgym) March 19, 2017