Rheagan Courville was born on March 26, 1993. She began her gymnastics career at young age of five and has been training gymnastics for next eight years. Rheagan is at the highest level of gymnastics, international elite. She trained under Johnny Moyal and Jessica Connor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Elite Gymnastics where Carly Patterson used to train before she moved to Texas until the summer of 2009. Rheagan moved to Gymnasiana. She began training at Louisiana Gymnastics Training Center in the fall of 2010.
Rheagan was a Level 7 State Champion, Level 8 State Champion, and Level 8 Regional Champion. Her Level 7 season was so successful, she only placed lower than second in one meet. The impressive showing continued through her Level 8 season where she won every competition she has entered in. She only competed one meet as a Level 9 and went straight to being a Level 10 gymnast. Eleven-year-old won three competitions as soon as she entered as a Level 10 in 2004. Rheagan qualified to the Regionals where she placed third in all-around and came home with two gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise. Rheagan ended her season being a Junior Olympic Competitor.
In 2005, twelve-year-old Rheagan qualified to international elite from a training camp in Texas on her first attempt. She also qualified directly to the VISA Championships. She, however, injured her elbow and missed the VISA Championships. She rehabilitated her elbow and got prepared for the new code in the next year. In the beginning of 2006, Rheagan qualified directly to the VISA Championships from the May Training Camp by winning all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise.
Rheagan competed at US Classic in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though she already qualified to the VISA Championships, she used it as a practice meet. She showed very impressive results on all events except for uneven bars which she did not compete. Rheagan was still very new to the elite scene when she entered into her first VISA Championships. She had very impressive results at the first day of prelims, placing tenth all-around out of thirty-two gymnasts! She also placed seventh on vault, eleventh on balance beam, and tied for third on floor exercise. Rheagan only competed three events on the second day of the VISA Championships because of her old injury. She placed sixth on balance beam and eighth on floor exercise.
In 2007, Rheagan continued competing as a junior international elite. She won beam and finished second all-around at the American Classic. At the US Classic, Rheagan won the all-around title! She also won beam and finished second on floor. Her next meet was the US National Championships. Rheagan finished fifth all-around! She made her first US National Team. She spent 2008 recovering from an injury. She returned in 2009. She competed on two events at the Metroplex Challenge and WOGA Classic. She won vault at the WOGA Classic. At the Parkette Elite Qualifier, she had the highest score on bars, beam, floor and the all-around. She also re-qualified to international elite. At the US Classic, Rheagan qualified for the Visa Championships. A lower leg injury kept her out of the meet.
After Rheagan's 2009 season, she moved to Gymnasiana to train under Coach Paul Gautreau. Rheagan began her 2010 season at the Arizona National Elite Qualifier, where she finished sixth in the all-around. At the Florida National Elite Qualifier, she placed second in the all-around and first on balance beam. There, she qualified to the VISA Championships in Hartford, CT. At the Texas Elite Qualifier, she placed second in the all-around and first on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Rheagan then traveled to Chicago, IL for the US Covergirl Classic, where she finished 10th in the all-around and seventh on floor exercise. At the VISA Championships, she placed tenth overall in the senior division. After Rheagan's 2010 season, she moved to Louisiana Gymnastics Training Center (LA GTC) to train under coach Susan Jackson. She competed one meet in 2011 at the Metroplex Challenge where she placed second on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around. She decided not to compete in the 2011 season to focus on NCAA.
In 2012, Rheagan become the seventh freshman in LSU history to earn First-Team All-American and she is the only one of three LSU freshmen to earn multiplte First-Team All-American honors. Rheagan led the team with 17 individual titles with seven on vault, four in the all-around and two on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally on vault with a 9.930 RQS and No. 8 in the all-around with a 39.450 RQS. Rheagan also earned First-Team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC honors by placing third in the all-around at the SEC Championships with a 39.450.
Rheagan had an excellent sophomore season in 2013. She won vault at the NCAA Championships! She also placed second all-around. Rheagan earned three first-team All-American honors at the NCAA Championships and three first-team regular season All-American honors. Rheagan won nine all-around titles throughout the season. She was named the Central Region Gymnast of the Year and SEC Gymnast of the Year. She won vault, beam and the all-around at the SEC Championships, earning All-SEC honors. Rheagan scored a perfect 10.0 on vault at the SEC Championships. During the regular season, Rheagan won a title of 28 individual titles including nine in the all-around, seven on vault, six on beam, four on bars and two on floor. She earned two SEC Gymnast of the Week honors. Rheagan was also on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
As a junior in 2014, Rheagan won 26 individual titles including eight in the all-around, seven on vault, four on bars, four on beam and three on floor. She won vault at the NCAA National Championships. She earned first-team All-American honors on vault, bars and the all-around. She earned regular season All-American first-team honors on vault and the all-around and second-team on bars, beam and floor. Rheagan scored multiple perfect 10.0s on vault. She was named SEC Gymnast of the Week. She was named NACGC/W Central Region Gymnast of the Year for the second straight season. She also earned All-SEC honors and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Full Scholarship to LSU
2013, 14: NCAA VT Champion
2013: SEC Gymnast of the Year
2010: US Nationals
2007: US Nationals- 5th AA
2007 US Classic Champion
2006 Jr. US National Qualifier
2004 JO National Qualifier
2004 L10 Regional: 3rd AA, 1st BB/FX
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