The No. 11 Razorback gymnastics team posted 196.025 against the No. 1 team in the country, the Florida Gators, who scored a 197.525.

It marked the sixth time this season the Razorbacks have scored a 196 or better.

“We didn’t count a fall again which was good but we keep nickel and diming ourselves for points,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “We are just not commanding our routines yet and we still have a lot of room to get better. This was a really loud atmosphere and to come face the top-ranked team on the road, that can be intimidating, but we were not phased tonight.”

Senior Katherine Grable scored a 39.525 in the all-around to come in second behind reigning NCAA Champion Bridget Sloan.

“She is really fighting really hard right now,” Cook said of Grable. “This meet was on the road so that makes it even tougher. Next week, we will be at home and I think she will continue to build on the season.”

Arkansas had 11 routines score a 9.8 or better and five gymnasts set season bests against Florida.

Grable posted a career-best 9.95 on the floor for the third consecutive time and her all-around score tied for her season high.

“It is really hard to compete on the road, especially at Florida,” Grable said. “The team is unbelievable and the arena has an incredible energy and it’s really crazy, which can make it tough to compete, but I think our team did really well tonight.”

Junior Cailee Ellsworth, senior Bailee Zumwalde and freshman Amanda Wellick each posted season highs.

Ellsworth scored a 9.75 on the bars, Zumwalde scored a 9.75 on the floor and Wellick scored a 9.875 on the floor.

Freshman Samantha Nelson tied her season best on the floor with a 9.775.

The Razorbacks return home to Barnhill Arena to take on the Kentucky Wildcats Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

 

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