Gymbacks Set School Record in Win Over Arizona

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History was made in Barnhill Arena as the No. 10 Razorback Gymnastics team set a record score of 197.275 in a victory over the Arizona Wildcats on Friday.

The record was aided by the help of two individual event records.

The Hogs swept all individual accolades, as well. Senior Braie Speed was ready to compete again, as she took home two individual awards. Speed scored the highest on vault with 9.875. She also took home first for highest bar routine score in program history with 9.950, sticking the landing when she finished her event. Along with four other Razorbacks who scored over a 9.900, the Hogs’ total score of 49.575 was the highest in program history.

Freshman Sophia Carter went on to win the individual award for highest beam score of the night, 9.975. She had previously set the program record for this event and matched it again against the Wildcats.

Redshirt freshman Sarah Shaffer received highest floor routine with 9.925 and Redshirt senior Amanda Wellick won highest overall score with 39.425.

Although the Hogs finished strong, they had to play catch up after their first event: vault.

On the uneven bars, Arizona came out strong with six Wildcats scoring above a 9.850. Sophomore Christina Berg set the pace for the team and scored 9.925.

At the end of the first event, the Wildcats were leading 49.375 to 48.975, but it did not take long for the Razorbacks to respond. While the WIldcats had another impressive round on the vault, the Hogs took to bars and performed brilliantly. Five out of six Hogs scored above 9.975. An all-around solid performance helped the Hogs jump ahead by a slim margin of 98.550 to 98.225.

Lead by Carter, the Hogs were focused in on their next event: beam. After a couple of mistakes from the WIldcats on floor routines, the Razorbacks put their foot on the gas and executed to near precision on beam. Wellick scored 9.900 to help the Hogs widen the points margin, 147.950 to 146.600.

As the fourth rotation came around, the Hogs continued to prove why they are ranked in the top 10. The momentum was with Hogs after Wellick opened up with a dynamic floor routine with a score of 9.8.

While the Gymbacks had the lead, the Wildcats did not give up just yet, and both teams exchanged strong performances.

Junior Hailey Hendrickson scored a 9.875 on beam to open up the Wildcats’ final event.

Sophomore Hailey Garner answered the call and registered a 9.775. Scores went back and forth, but senior Madison Cindric ended her night with a 9.95.

Although the Hogs were outscored 49.525 to 49.325, they managed to nudge out the Wildcats to win the meet.

The Gymbacks have now had two meets with a score above 197.

The team’s next appearance will be the Oklahoma University Quad Meet on March 9 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Razorbacks will compete against Oklahoma University, Arizona State University and the University of Denver. Start time is 6:45 p.m.

 

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