FAYETTEVILLE - Led by senior All-American Jaime Pisani's five individual titles, Arkansas' eighth-ranked gymnastics team closed its regular-season home schedule with a 196.325-195.475 victory over No. 18 Minnesota in Barnhill Arena on Friday.
Although it was the final regular-season meet at home, Barnhill Arena is the site of this year's NCAA South Central Regional, set for April 7 at 4 p.m.
Friday's meet was Senior Night for Pisani, Mariah Howdeshell and Genny Salvatore. Pisani and Howdeshell combined for six individual event wins.
The win improved Arkansas' record to 10-5 with nine wins against teams ranked in the top 25.
With all-arounder Jordan Salsberg out for the year with a knee injury and freshman Stephani Canizaro out after competing in three events the last two meets, and with All-American Katherine Grable, ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around, limited to two events due to an injury, the Razorbacks had to shuffle their lineup on Friday.
With those changes, junior Amy Borsellino competed on bars for the first time in her career, Howdeshell on vault for just the second time this year and freshman Sammy Kolbas on bars for the first time.
"This week was interesting," co-head coach René Cook said. "We lost Jordan and Stephani wasn't able to go, and Katherine was limited. With the lineup changes, we had a lot of new faces out there. We only had five on floor. I think it was outstanding. They really showed what we're made of."
Pisani won the all-around title with a 39.675, vault with a 9.90, tied for the bars title with Howdeshell with a 9.925, won beam with a 9.90 and floor with a 9.95.
"It was an awesome night for us," Pisani said. "Everyone in the lineup was awesome. We went out and tried to have fun tonight. Everyone stepped up and did their job."
"Jaime is amazing," Cook said. "She's so athletic and has a great time out there."
Arkansas opened with a 49.10 on vault, led by Pisani's 9.90. Borsellino had a season-high 9.85. Sophomore Bailee Zumwalde had a 9.80, and Howdeshell and sophomore Scarlett Williams each scored a 9.775.
Minnesota scored a 48.675 on bars, led by Lucy Ennis with a 9.825, but the Gophers were forced to count a 9.60 and a 9.65.
In the second rotation, Arkansas scored a 49.375 on bars, which ties for the third-best score in school history. Howdeshell and Pisani, both tied for No. 6 in the nation, had a 9.925 each. Sophomore Shelby Salmon had a 9.875, Borsellino and Grable a 9.825, and freshman Samantha Kolbas a 9.80.
Minnesota had a 49.125 on vault, led by Jenny Covers with a 9.875.
Through two events, Arkansas led 98.475-97.800.
In the third rotation, Arkansas scored a 48.775. The Razorbacks were led by Pisani's 9.90. Williams had a 9.775, junior All-American Kelci Lewis had a 9.725, Grable a 9.70 and Kolbas a 9.675.
The Gophers had a 49.10 on floor, led by Janell Campbell's 9.875.
Heading into the final event, Arkansas led 147.25-146.90.
In the final rotation, with only five floor workers in the lineup, Arkansas posted a 49.075.
Pisani, ranked No. 1 in the nation, led with a 9.95. Lewis had a 9.875, Borsellino a 9.85, Zumwalde a 9.80 and Williams a 9.60.
Minnesota recorded a 48.575 on beam, led by Shannon Golich with a 9.875.
The Razorbacks close the regular season at West Virginia next week and at Missouri the following week.
No. 8 Arkansas 196.325, No. 18 Minnesota 195.475
March 2, 2012
Kelci Lewis 9.75, Mariah Howdeshell 9.775, Scarlett Williams 9.775, Amy Borsellino 9.85, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Bailee Zumwalde 9.80
Dusti Russell 9.80, Jenny Covers 9.60, Kayla Slechta 9.65, Cierra Tomson 9.25, Janell Campbell 9.80, Lucy Ennis 9.825
Amy Borsellino 9.825, Samantha Kolbas 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.825, Jaime Pisani 9.925, Shelby Salmon 9.875, Mariah Howdeshell 9.925
Dusti Russell 9.825, Shannon Golich 9.825, Jenny Covers 9.875, Lucy Ennis 9.75, Cierra Tomson 9.75, Kayla Slechta 9.85
Scarlett Williams 9.775, Shelby Salmon 9.525, Samantha Kolbas 9.675, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Kelci Lewis 9.725, Katherine Grable 9.70
Cierra Tomson 9.75, Kayla Slechta 9.775, Kylie Shermann 9.825, Shannon Golich 9.825, Dusti Russell 9.80, Janell Campbell 9.875
Scarlett Williams 9.60, Bailee Zumwalde 9.80, Amy Borsellino 9.85, Kelci Lewis 9.875, Jaime Pisani 9.95
Cierra Tomson 9.775, Briana Jones 9.025, Amber Hammerschmidt 9.80, Kylie Schermann 9.80, Dusti Russell 9.325, Shannon Golich 9.875