FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas lost all-arounders Katherine Grable and Jordan Salsberg during Friday's gymnastics meet with No. 9 Nebraska and the Huskers posted a 197.00-196.30 win over the No. 7 Razorbacks.
Grable, an All-American and the sixth-ranked all-arounder in the nation, competed in the first three events but was taken out of the floor lineup. Salsberg, a junior ranked No. 34 in the all-around, was injured on her dismount on beam and also missed the floor competition. Both Grable and Salsberg appeared to suffer ankle injuries.
"Jordan hasn't had any official tests so I can't really comment on her injury, but we just knew she was done for tonight," co-head coach René Cook said. "Katherine hurt her ankle on vault. She has a chronic bad ankle and couldn't get the punch she needed, so we took her out of the floor lineup. She's probably day-to-day. We'll have wait and see on Jordan."
Senior All-American Jaime Pisani won the all-around with a 39.525, floor with a 9.95 and tied for the bars title with a 9.875. Pisani is ranked No. 1 in the nation on floor and entered with an average of 9.925.
"We had the injuries, but we fought through it and hopefully they are ok," Pisani said. "Others have been training all year so they are ready to step in like tonight."
Despite the loss and the injuries, Cook was satisfied with the team's point total.
"Wins and losses don't really matter," she said. "We still scored fairly well, especially with the injuries. We didn't count a fall after Jordan got hurt and we're proud of the team's effort and their commitment to one another."
In the first rotation, Arkansas scored a 49.375 on vault while Nebraska had a 49.10 on bars.
Arkansas' score ties for the fifth-best in school history.
The Razorbacks were led by Grable with a 9.925. Pisani had a 9.90 and junior Jordan Salsberg had a career-high matching 9.90. Sophomore Scarlett Williams posted a 9.85, junior All-American Kelci Lewis had a 9.80 and freshman Stephani Canizaro hit a season-high 9.80.
Nebraska was led on bars by Emily Wong, Janelle Giblin and Lora Evenstad, all with a 9.875.
In the second rotation, Nebraska topped Arkansas' vault score with a 49.425 while the Razorbacks topped the Huskers' bars score with a 49.05. Arkansas' bars score is its best in three weeks. Through two events, Nebraska led 98.525-98.425.
Janelle Giblin led the Huskers with a 9.95.
In the third rotation, Arkansas scored a 48.85 on beam while Nebraska had a 49.20 on floor.
Salsberg led off for the Razorbacks but was injured on her dismount and not able to compete on floor.
Grable led with a 9.825, followed by Pisani with a 9.80, Williams a 9.775, Salmon a 9.75 and Kolbas a 9.70.
Evenstad led the Huskers with a 9.90.
Heading into the final rotation, Nebraska held a 147.725-147.275 advantage.
Arkansas finished with a 49.025 on floor. Pisani led with a 9.95, followed by Lewis with a 9.85, junior All-American Amy Borsellino with a 9.825, sophomore Bailee Zumwalde with a 9.75 and Canizaro a 9.65.
"I love floor and it's exciting to be ranked No. 1," Pisani said. "It's my favorite event, especially in front of the home crowd."
The Razorbacks stay home next week for their final regular-season meet in Barnhill Arena. Arkansas hosts Minnesota on Friday at 7 p.m. and it's Senior Night for Pisani, Howdeshell and Genny Salvatore. Arkansas is the host for the NCAA South Central Regional on April 7 in Barnhill at 4 p.m.
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No. 9 Nebraska 197.00, No. 7 Arkansas 196.300
Feb. 24, 2012
Emily Wong 9.875, Jamie Schleppenbach 8.925, Jessie DeZiel 9.725, Brittany Skinner 9.75, Janelle Giblin 9.875, Lora Evenstad 9.875
Jennifer Lauer 9.775, Brittany Skinner 9.925, Emily Wong 9.875, Janelle Giblin 9.95, Jamie Schleppenbach 9.85, Jessie DeZiel 9.825
Jamie Schleppenbach 9.775, Brittany Skinner 9.80, Janelle Giblin 8.975, Emily Wong 9.85, Jessie DeZiel 9.875, Lora Evenstad 9.90
Jennifer Lauer 9.875, Brittany Skinner 9.10, Janelle Giblin 9.85, Jessie DeZiel 9.80, Emily Wong 9.90, Jamie Schleppenbach 9.85