FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas had a big night on bars and floor, and the No. 11 Razorback gymnastics team recorded its fifth win of the season over a top 25-ranked opponent with Friday's 196.65-191.975 victory over No. 23 Kentucky in its Southeastern Conference opener in Barnhill Arena.
Senior All-American Jaime Pisani matched the school record she already shared with a 9.95 on floor and Arkansas' team total is the 10th-best in school history.
"This team was business as usual," co-head coach Rene Cook said. "They are calm and collected. Things happened that could throw us off, but it didn't faze them. We have high goals and these first two meets just validate those."
Arkansas is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC after opening the season last week by winning the Cancun Classic over No. 12 LSU, No. 17 Auburn, No. 19 Arizona and No. 25 Iowa.
The Razorbacks opened the year with a 196.45 in Cancun and now have a 196 in the first two meets of a season for the first time in school history.
"We were pretty focused," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "This team showed a lot of poise."
Pisani won vault with a 9.90, floor with the 9.95 and the all-around with a 39.525.
Arkansas opened with a 49.075 on vault. Pisani led the way with a 9.90 while Grable had a 9.85, junior All-American Amy Borsellino a season-high 9.775, junior Jordan Salsberg a 9.775, and junior Kelci Lewis and sophomore Scarlett Williams a 9.75 each.
UK opened with a 47.825 on bars and was led by Whitney Rose with a 9.70.
In the second rotation, Arkansas had a season-high 49.275 on bars, which matches the fourth-best in school history. The Razorbacks were led by career-high performances from Grable, Salsberg and sophomore Shelby Salmon. Grable had a 9.875, Salsberg a 9.825 and Salmon a career-best matching 9.85. Howdeshell had a team-high matching 9.875 and Pisani added a 9.85.
Meanwhile on vault, Kentucky scored a 48.60, led by Kenzie Hedges with a 9.775.
After the first two rotations, Arkansas led the meet 98.35-96.475.
On beam in the third rotation, Arkansas recorded a 48.90, led by Pisani's season-high 9.825 and Grable's 9.85. Salsberg had a 9.775, Williams a 9.75 and Salmon a 9.70.
For Kentucky on floor, Shelby Hilton recorded a 9.75.
In the final rotation, Arkansas had a 49.40 on floor, which also matches the fourth-best score in program history. In addition to Pisani matching the school record of 9.95, Grable had a 9.90, Salsberg posted a career-high 9.875, sophomore Bailee Zumwalde had a career-high matching 9.825 and Borsellino a 9.85.
UK finished with a 47.30 on beam.
"To start off with back-to-back 196s is phenomenal," Rene said.
The Razorbacks are home again next week to entertain No. 12 LSU on Friday at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena. The 2012 season is the 10-year anniversary of the program and the inaugural team from 2003 will be recognized along with other returning former Razorbacks.
No. 11 Arkansas 196.65, No. 23 Kentucky 192.025
Jan. 13, 2012
Whitney Rose 9.70, Alexis Gross 9.400, Kayla Hartley 9.45, Sara Shipley 9.625, Caitlyn Ciokajlo 8.90, Storey Morris 9.65
Storey Morris 9.65, Sara Shipley 9.725, Audrey Harrison9.70, Kenzie Hedges 9.775, Holly Cunningham 9.75, Shelby Hilton 9.475
Shannon Mitchell 9.70, Kenzie Hedges 9.475, Alexis Gross 9.65, Shelby Hilton 9.75, Kayla Hartley 9.60, Audrey Harrison 9.55
Shannon Mitchell 9.50, Audrey Harrison 9.25, Holly Cunningham 9.175, Alexis Gross 9.75, Storey Morris 9.10, Kenzie Hedges 9.625