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Gymbacks Tie Program Record Score in Home Win

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The No. 9 Razorback gymnastics team cracked open the record books in their meet against No. 23 Kentucky this weekend. 4,248 fans were on hand at Barnhill Arena on Friday, where the Gymbacks tied their best performance in program history.

The Hogs scored a 197.225 to tie the program's all-time record in a single meet. The Gymbacks defeated the Wildcats, who scored a 196.700 at the meet.

"The team had a meeting this week and we came to the conclusion that we needed to step things up and correct our common mistakes,” head coach Mark Cook said. “Tonight the girls came in and changed their mindset. It was good to see the team take a step in the right direction. They earned this score tonight."  

Four Gymbacks also set career-highs in the meet.

 Junior Amanda Wellick had two of those career bests, including her score on the floor exercise. Wellick was in need of a 9.950 to break the record for the Hogs, and she nailed it down to the point.

"It was really great tonight to be back in Barnhill,” Wellick said in an email. “I just wanted to go up and do the best I could for my team. I focused in on my details and did what I had to do to help bring home the win."

 Sophomore Braie Speed and Senior Erin Freier both set their own career-highs with a 9.925.

Seniors Stephani Canizaro and Keara Glover posted a 9.875 and a 9.850, respectively.  

The Gymbacks finished with a 49.550 for the event, good enough for the team's best score in Barnhill history and the second-highest score by a Southeastern Conference team all season.

 The Razorbacks scored a 49.325 on beam. Samantha Nelson scored a career-best with a 9.900, while Sydnie Dillard tied her season high of 9.875. Mia Bargiacchi scored a 9.800 on the beam.

 At the conclusion of the meet, the Hogs were in need of a 49.350 on floor to tie the record.

Wellick tied her career high on floor, clinching the 197.225 that tied the program’s highest overall team score back in 2012.

 The Gymbacks will head to the road for their next meet against No. 12 Missouri on Friday in Columbia, Missouri. The competition begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen via live stream on SEC Network Plus.

Asst. Sports Editor Matt Vigoda contributed to this report.

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