LSU Tigers gymnastics

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LSU Tigers gymnastics
Founded: 1975
LSU Tigers gymnastics athletic logo

University Louisiana State University
Conference SEC
Division I Division
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Head Coach D-D Breaux (37th year)
Home Arena Pete Maravich Assembly Center
(Capacity: 13,472)
Known As Tigers
Colors Purple and Gold


Super Six Appearances
2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
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
Conference Champions

The LSU Tigers[n 1] gymnastics team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I women's gymnastics.[2] The team competes in the Southeastern Conference and is currently coached by D-D Breaux, who has coached the Tigers since 1978. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center serves as the home arena for the team.


Super Six appearances[edit]

LSU Tigers Super Six Appearances
Year Finish
2008 5th
2009 6th
2013 5th
2014 3rd

Individual champions[edit]

LSU Tigers Individual NCAA Championship Titles
Gymnast Balance Beam Vault Uneven Bars Floor Exercise All-Around
Jeanie Beadle 1977
Nicki Arnstad 2002
April Burkholder 2006
Susan Jackson 2010 2008 2010
Ashleigh Clare-Kearney 2009 2009 (tie)
Rheagan Courville 2013 (tie)
Rheagan Courville 2014 (tie)

Roster (2016 season)[edit]

2015-16 Roster[3]
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Julianna Cannamela 5-1 FR Waxhaw, NC Southeastern
Sydney Ewing 5-0 JR Lafayette, LA Acadiana
Sarah Finnegan 5-1 FR Lee's Summit, MO GAGE
Michelle Gauthier 5-4 SR Mandeville, LA Northshore
Ashleigh Gnat 5-0 JR Lake Mary, FL ACE
Myia Hambrick 5-1 SO Temple, GA West Georgia
McKenna Kelley 5-1 FR Houston, TX Stars
Erin Macadaeg 4-9 SO Redwood City, CA San Mateo
Kylie Moran 5-2 SO St. Petersburg, FL Tampa Bay Turners
Lexie Priessman 5-0 FR Cincinnati, OH Perfection Gymnastics School
Jessica Savona 4-11 SR Mississauga, Ontario Oakville
Kaitlyn Szafranski 5-2 FR Orefield, PA Parkettes
Randii Wyrick 5-5 SR Las Vegas, NV Brown's Gymnastics
Shae Zamardi 5-3 JR Vancouver Island, BC Flicka

Gymnasts who have committed to attend LSU in the future:

Arena & facilities[edit]

Pete Maravich Assembly Center[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

LSU Strength and Conditioning facility[edit]

The LSU Tigers gymnastics strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium.[6] 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.[7][8] It also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill.[9]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Seasons All W/L/T Win %
Virginia Vaggies 1975–1977
D-D Breaux 1978–present 675-410-8 (.621)

See also[edit]


  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.[1]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Gymnastics - News - - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics". 
  3. ^ "Gymnastics - 2016 Roster - LSU Sports Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Pete Maravich Assembly Center, United States : map, ticket booth, seat, parking, events, hotels near, photo, guided tours, entry fee, reviews". 
  5. ^ "LSU Men's Basketball Facilities". 
  6. ^ "A Look At LSU’s Facilities". August 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  7. ^ "LSU Strength and Conditioning Center". May 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  8. ^ "College Strength Profile: Louisiana State University". June 20, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  9. ^ "LSU Tigers' Weight Room". ESPN The Magazine. November 14, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 

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