It's everyone's favorite time of the week, Olympic Sports Wednesday! Let's get started.
The 10th-ranked men's tennis team knocked off No. 6 Illinois, 4-3, in a thriller on Tuesday. Lanky sophomore James Cluskey sealed the deal with his hard-fought 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win on court five. This year's team might be the best for LSU since 2000 when the Tigers had the talent to win it all with Michal Chmela, Tom Hand and company. However, that crew was knocked off in the round of 16 by the Illini.
This year's team has the chops to make a run at the program's first Final Four since 1999 with seniors Ken Skupski and Danny Bryan up top. And Jeff Brown doubles teams are always among the best in the nation.
The LSU softball team has moved up to No. 8 in the nation in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll. The shift of power in collegiate softball has been amazing over the past few years. The once dominant west coast schools are taking a back seat to the SEC and LSU is in that group. The SEC has the nation's top two ranked teams, LSU is 8th and Georgia and Florida are both in the top 25 as well. The Pac 10 (which only fields eight softball teams) still has all its squads in the top 25, but the dominance they once held is no longer there.
This weekend, LSU welcomes No. 2 Alabama to Tiger Park for a monster series that should decide the SEC West, as it has for pretty much the entire decade.
The gymnastics team continues to peak at the right time and has moved up to No. 6 in the national rankings. The SEC in gymnastics is unbelievable with four of the top six teams in the nation, which should make for an interesting SEC Championships March 31 in North Little Rock, Ark.
The team dominated Nebraska last weekend by posting a 197.025, its second straight week of better than 197. Ashleigh Clare-Kearney has been unbelievable all year and is ranked fourth in the nation in the all-around. She's hands down the best vaulter in the country. Kelly Phelan and Nicki Butler are also among the top 20 gymnasts in the country.