The No. 14 Razorbacks gymnastics team was upset 195.750-194.825 by the No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky.
On a night when the Wildcats honored former superstar gymnast Jenny Hansen, the Kentucky was able to improve their record to 4-4 on the year, while the Razorbacks fell to 4-6 and only 1-4 in conference matches.
Arkansas was able to gain a lead after strong performances in the second and third rotations, but the Wildcats rallied by tallying a 48.95 on the beam. The 48.95 score was the Wildcats’ second best performance of the season.
The Razorbacks outmatched the Wildcats on bars, but Kentucky weathered the storm by defeating Arkansas on vault and beam. The Wildcats tied the Razorbacks on floor behind a strong performance by Taylor Puryear, which was enough to save the victory for Kentucky.
Despite the loss, the Razorbacks had four gymnasts win four event titles, and had solid performances from sophomore Amanda Wellick and freshman Paige Zaziski as well.
Wellick achieved first place in vault, scoring a 9.925, and had a season best score of 9.850 on the balance beam. She scored a 9.8 or better on all four events. The winning performance on the vault gave Wellick her 10th event title of the season.
Zaziski, who has won two SEC Freshman of the Week awards this season, won on bars by scoring a 9.850.
The Razorbacks had a strong performance on the vault and floor exercises, posting a score of 49.150 and 49.000, respectively, in the two events.
The Razorbacks will face Missouri in Fayetteville next Friday, Feb. 27, at 6:45 p.m.