COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior All-American Jaime Pisani recorded two 9.95s and won four individual titles, and No. 9 Arkansas rallied from an early deficit, but No. 16 Missouri finished strong on floor for a 196.10-195.45 gymnastics win on Friday.
Pisani won vault, beam, floor and the all-around while senior teammate Mariah Howdeshell won bars to give the Razorbacks a sweep of all five individual titles. Pisani had 9.95s on vault and floor, matching the second-best scores in school history on both events. She also had a 9.90 on beam, a 9.80 on bars and a 39.60 in the all-around. Howdeshell won bars with a 9.875.
"We had some good individual performances and they did a great job, but at the end of the day it's a team sport," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "We need to get back and focus on getting better."
After trailing through the first and second rotations, Arkansas took the lead with a big effort on floor, but Missouri had a big floor score of its own to regain the lead and win the meet in the final rotation.
In the first rotation, Arkansas had two falls on bars and was forced to count one for a 48.475. Senior Mariah Howdeshell led with a 9.875. Freshman Sammy Kolbas had a season-best 9.825. Pisani had a 9.80, junior All-American Amy Borsellino a 9.775 and freshman Stephani Canizaro a 9.20.
Missouri led off with a 49.15 on vault. Mary Burke paced the Tigers with a 9.90.
"We had two falls on bars and you can't do that," Cook said. "On vault, we did well and we did really well on floor. We went to beam and had a chance to possibly win the meet, and we had two falls. We need to work on being mentally tougher."
In the second rotation, Arkansas matched Missouri's 49.15 on vault, led by Pisani's 9.95. Howdeshell had a season-high 9.85, sophomore Scarlett Williams a 9.825, Borsellino a 9.80 and sophomore Bailee Zumwalde a 9.725.
Missouri had a 49.05 on bars, led by Burke's 9.85.
Through two events, Missouri led 98.20-97.625.
The Razorbacks responded with a 49.325 on floor to take the lead. Missouri had to count a fall on beam and scored a 48.50.
Through three events, Arkansas led 146.95-146.70.
Pisani led the way with her second 9.95 of the night, another score that matches the second-best in school history. Borsellino had a career-high 9.90, Zumwalde a career high-tying 9.85, Canizaro a season-high 9.85 and Kolbas a season-high 9.775.
Missouri was led on beam by Burke's 9.825.
In the final rotation, Missouri closed with a 49.40 on floor to clinch the win. Arkansas had a 48.50 on beam.
The Razorbacks were led by Pisani's 9.90. Williams had a 9.825, Howdeshell a 9.80, sophomore Shelby Salmon a 9.75 and Borsellino a 9.225.
Missouri got a 9.925 on floor from Rachel Updike.
Arkansas now turns its attention to the post-season and next week's Southeastern Conference Championship, which is Saturday at Duluth, Ga.
Arkansas is hosting the NCAA South Central Regional on April 7 at 4 p.m. in Barnhill Arena.
Tickets for the regional are $10 for adults. A $5 ticket is available for youth/students, everyone 18 and younger or with a valid UA student ID. A family plan is also available, including two adult and two youth tickets for $25.
Tickets can be purchased at the UA Ticket Center on Razorback Road, by calling 479-575-5151 or 800-982-4647, or online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
No. 16 Missouri 196.10, No. 9 Arkansas 195.45
March 16, 2012
Tori Howard 9.725, Katelyn Trevino 9.80, Kelsy Landreth 9.75, Mary Burke 9.90, Rachel Updike 9.875, Rebecca Johnson 9.825
Mackenzie McGill 9.75, Taylor Medrea 9.725, Colleen Mulcahy 9.825, Rachel Updike 9.825, Mary Burke 9.85, Allie Heizelman 9.80
Laura Kappler 9.725, Taylor Medrea 8.925, Tori Howard 9.775, Rachel Updike 9.375, Mary Burke 9.825, Mackenzie McGill 9.80
Taylor Medrea 9.80, Katelyn Trevino 9.85, Tori Howard 9.85, Rachel Updike 9.925, Mary Burke 9.90, Briana Conkle 9.875