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. 8: NCAA Regional Champs
Through 2008, Arkansas had earned five consecutive bids to an NCAA Regional and advanced to the NCAA Championship twice, but the 2009 Razorbacks made history by winning the first regional title in school history.
Hosting the NCAA South Central Regional in Barnhill Arena, No. 10 Arkansas knocked off No. 4 Stanford, No. 14 Michigan, No. 25 Arizona, No. 27 Southern Utah and No. 31 Arizona State to win the championship.
"I remember we were on balance beam and I was shaking because of the adrenaline," co-head coach René Cook says. "My entire body was shaking. We rocked."
Casey Jo Magee won the beam title and Michelle Stout won vault while Jaime Pisani tied for third on vault, sending Arkansas to the NCAA Championship for the third time and the second consecutive season.
"It was great to host and that was a tough field of teams," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "We were motivated and we trained, and the girls were awesome."
Arkansas added another regional title in 2011, winning the NCAA North Central Regional Championship in Denver.