The No. 16 Arkansas gymnastics team set a new season-high road score of 196.800 in Sunday’s tri-meet against No. 11 Missouri and No. 5 LSU, but failed to beat out either of the competitors.
Both Tiger squads had an impressive meet, with Missouri taking the home win and LSU trailing by only .150. Although the Gymbacks finished third, they came out of Columbia having completed four solid rotations.
It was a strong day for the Razorback freshmen. Emma Kelley and Kalyxta Gamaio returned to the lineup with solid routines on vault and beam, respectively. Maddie Jones continued her rise within the team with impressive performances on the bars and floor. Leah Smith competed in her second all-around competition, placing third with a final score of 38.750.
The Hogs started the meet on the floor for the first time this season. After missing last week, Senior Kennedy Hambrick came back with a clean routine, earning her a 9.825. Senior Bailey Lovett continued her domination in the anchor spot with a dynamic 9.900 performance.
The Razorbacks navigated the vault cleanly in the air and in their landings. Freshman Mackenzie Sedlacek delivered a near-perfect vault that showcased the progress the Hogs have had throughout the season.
Bars proved to be the Hogs’ most successful rotation, with three gymnasts earning at least a 9.900. Sophomore Jenson Scalzo had her third 9.9+ performance of the season with a stuck landing. After having to count a fall in the last two meets, the Hogs were able to stay on the bars and earn their third-highest score of the season with a 49.350.
The Hogs ended the night on the beam. Sixth-year senior Maggie O’Hara made her season beam debut after previously focusing on bars. Senior Amanda Elswick executed a remarkable routine and earned a 9.925 to end the night with a bang for the Razorbacks.
Rotation lineups are beginning to settle as Arkansas gymnasts are putting out consistent performances. The squad also has strong backups, as shown with junior Kiara Gianfagna stepping in on beam for Hambrick and delivering an impressive 9.825 routine.
The Razorbacks will return to Barnhill Arena for the last time this season to face Georgia during Senior Night at 7:45 p.m. Friday. The meet will be broadcast on the SEC Network.