FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 24 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (4-5-1, 1-5-1 SEC) travels to Minneapolis Minn., to face the No. 14 Minnesota Gophers, No. 12 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Centenary Ladies in the team’s second quad meet of the season. The meet is scheduled to begin 6 p.m. central.
Arkansas is currently ranked No. 24 on the bars in the Gyminfo Women’s Gymnastics National Event rankings, as well as No. 25 on the beam and No. 24 on the vault.
“The quad meets are our preparation for the post-season,” co-head coach Mark Cook
said. “This meet really gets us ready for what it’s going to be like during the championship season. This last meet was really a clean sweep for us. Katherine Grable
went out and really showed what she is capable of. Shelby Salmon
also had a very nice routine on the bars and we hope that meet will give us some confidence going into this weekend.”
Last week in the Missouri quad meet, juniors Grable and Salmon combined to take a clean sweep of all five event titles in the meet.
Grable started off with a 9.90 on the vault to pick up her first title of the night followed by Salmon with a 9.90 on the bars to take that title. Grable went on to post a 9.875 on the beam for the title followed up with a 9.95 on the floor to earn her the floor title as well as the all-around title for the meet.
Arkansas owns the all-time series with Minnesota at 5-0, with the last match-up between the two schools in 2010 in Minneapolis, Minn.
This will be the second meeting with Centenary this season in back-to-back weeks. The Razorbacks are now (3-0) over the Ladies.
Nebraska owns the all-time series at 0-5, with the last meeting between the two squads taking place in Fayetteville, Ark., in 2012 where Nebraska upset the Razorbacks 197.000-196.300.
“It’s going to be a hard competition and a good competition,” Cook said. “We have gone against both of these programs quite a few times in the past. We also have an athlete from Minnesota, and it will be nice to go up there and get some recognition in that part of the country. We need to go up there and take care of business and get a good road score so we can drop our Kentucky meet.”
Fans can follow along during the meet with live results and interactive blog. Minnesota will also feature a live stream on its website. Following the meet Friday, the Razorbacks will continue a two-meet road swing in Los Angeles, Calif., to face UCLA on March 17.