The 2012 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the gymnastics program at the University of Arkansas. In nine seasons, the Razorbacks have qualified for an NCAA Regional each of the last eight years, winning championships in 2009 and 2011. Arkansas has advanced to the NCAA Championship five times, including the last four years. The program has finished in the top 10 three times, with a trip to the Super Six and a fifth-place finish in 2009, and finished in the top 15 seven straight years.
Individually, Razorbacks have earned 28 All-America honors and 13 appearances in the NCAA individual event finals. Academically, Arkansas led the SEC in team grade point average in 2010 and has ranked among the top 30 in the nation seven times. Razorbacks have earned 62 National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women Academic Scholar-Athlete and 69 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.
Four All-Americans return from the 2011 squad, which tied for the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, won the NCAA North Central Regional, tied for ninth in the nation, recorded two wins over No. 1-ranked Florida, beat No. 4 Georgia, and set school records with seven dual-meet wins and four road wins.
In honor of the anniversary, the inaugural team from 2003 will be in attendance and recognized during the meet against LSU on Jan. 20, in addition to other reunion events throughout the weekend. Season tickets are now on sale. To purchase, click on the link below.
To highlight the success of the first nine seasons, we'll take a look back at significant moments in the program's history, in chronological order.
Highlight No. 5: First Event Finalist
In 2008, sophomore Michelle Stout made history by becoming the first Razorback to earn first-team All-America honors and to advance to the NCAA individual event finals.
The Endwell, N.Y., native finished second on vault at the NCAA North Central Regional in Minneapolis, Minn., to help the Razorbacks advance to the NCAA Championship.
"That was another milestone and she did a phenomenal job," co-head coach Mark Cook says.
In the NCAA Session II semifinal, she won vault with a 9.90 to earn first-team All-America honors and help the Razorbacks finish 10th in the nation. She also qualified for the event finals and two days later posted a 9.80 to finish fourth in the nation.
"After she made All-America and earned a spot in the event finals, she trained for a day to learn her second vault because you have to do two in the finals," co-head coach Rene Cook says. "It was another statement because we had our first All-Americans (Casey Jo Magee was a second-team All-American on vault and bars) and now someone in the event finals."