2008 GYMNASTICS FACT SHEET #7 – Hosts No. 14 Auburn
Arkansas returns to the “Friendly Confines”
The 10th-ranked Arkansas gymnastics team continues at home hosting No. 14 Auburn in Southeastern Conference action Friday. It is the fourth home meet and the second in a row for Arkansas. The Gym’Backs have not yet been perfect at home but the Barnhill scores have gone up in each home contest – a trend Arkansas would like to continue is its final three home meets.
Magee wins all-around title
Sophomore Casey Jo Magee won her second all-around title of 2008 with a near school record 39.475, just missing the top mark of 39.50 held by former Gym’Back Dana McQuillin set in 2004. Magee tied her career-best on the vault with a 9.85 and bars with a 9.90. She recorded a 9.850 on the beam and set a career-high on the floor with a 9.875 leading Arkansas to the SEC win over Kentucky.
Magee ranks eighth in the nation
Magee’s success is also noticed on the national scale as well. The Eugene, Ore., native ranks eighth in the nation as an all-arounder this week. Magee is averaging 39.135 as an all-around with last week’s 39.475 as her season-best. LSU’s Ashleigh Clare-Kearney is first with a 39.430 average and a season-best of 39.650. UCLA’s Anna Li is second followed by Kiara Redmond-Sturms (Oklahoma), Emily Parsons (Nebraska), Jessica Lopez (Denver), Lindsey Puckett (Auburn) and Lindsey Bruck (Michigan).
Arkansas posts good team numbers against Wildcats
The University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a season home best 195.675 in the win over No. 35 Kentucky although the Wildcats also scored a season-best challenging the Gym’Backs through the final rotation. Arkansas recorded a Barnhill Arena best 49.175 on the vault and posted season highs on teh bars (49.00) and floor (49.225) in the win.
That’s Right — No. 10
The Gym’Backs are holding steady in the national polls thanks to six 195-plus performances. This week, Arkansas is again 10th as a team and ranks 11th on the vault, 10th on bars, 12th on beam and sixth on the floor exercise.
Fourth in the SEC? With an *
That’s right. Arkansas is 10th in the nation and fourth in the SEC facing what is again the best teams in the country in their own conference. The asterisks in in place this week as Alabama, ranked fourth last week, did not compete this week and did not show up in the rankings without an RQS.
This week Georgia holds the top spot for the fourth consecutive week. Florida remains third, followed by No. 5 LSU, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 14 Auburn and No. 27 Kentucky.
To RQS or not to RQS?
Qualification for regional competition is based on a team’s and an all-around competitor’s six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged. Some teams in this week’s poll have enough meets to calculate an RQS but most still do not. This week’s poll is the first RQS ranking of the season.
The Auburn Tigers are paced by Lindsey Puckett who won her third all-around title of the year in a team loss to No. 1 Georgia last week. The Tigers scored a season-best 49.025 on the floor and Puckett was second with a season-best 9.90. Auburn’s score against Georgia (195.475) was enough to move the Tigers up two spots from last week to No. 14 as they travel to Arkansas.
Arkansas and Auburn are very closely matched again this year with Arkansas holding only a slight edge in the rankings.