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Arkansas Gymnastics Fact Sheet #10

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Gymnastics Fact Sheet #10

2008 GYMNASTICS FACT SHEET #10 — No. 9 Oklahoma

Arkansas hosts No. 9 Oklahoma
The 11th-ranked Arkansas gymnastics team returns home hosting back-to-back home meets to close the regular season. Arkansas hosts No. 9 Oklahoma for the first time in program history followed by No. 14 Michigan State March 21 – also for the first time.

Arkansas moves to No. 11

The Gym’Backs jumped up one spot to No. 11 in this week’s GymInfo poll. Arkansas had been holding steady at the No. 10 spot but moved one place after the poll went to RQS (from average) a couple weeks ago. Arkansas has been as high as No. 10 in the poll this year.

11th in the nation but sixth in the SEC
That’s right. Arkansas is 11th in the nation and fifth in the SEC facing what is again the best teams in the country in their own conference. This week Georgia holds the top spot for the seventh consecutive week. Florida remains third, followed by No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Alabama, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 12 Auburn and No. 23 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.

Arkansas wins UCLA Quad

Arkansas put together a solid meet on the road at UCLA and came away with a quad meet victory. The Gym’Backs tied their season best with a 196.425 and would have been happy with the score. But mistakes down the stretch by both No. 6 Alabama and No. 8 UCLA saw Arkansas capture the quad meet title. Bama struggled on their opening event, the beam, counting a fall and counted another on the final event, the bars. UCLA also faced demons on the beam counting a fall and had one gymnast step out on the floor with a second unable to finish after an injury. Arkansas, meanwhile, did not count a fall for the meet.

Cortez hits 9.90 twice

Senior Samantha Cortez scored a 9.90 on both the vault and floor exercise to lead Arkansas. That tied her career-best on the vault and is her top collegiate score on the floor.

About Oklahoma
Oklahoma is having a great season. The Sooners are undefeated and are coming off a 24-for-24 performance and season-best 196.750 against then-No. 11 Auburn last week. OU is 16-0 on the year and went one-two in the all-around with Kiara Redmond-Sturms winning her eighth title in 10 events. This will be the first time these teams have meet during the regular season and the first meeting between them since second-year coach K.J. Kindler (formerly of Iowa State) has been at the helm.

Arkansas vs. Oklahoma

Arkansas and OU have met twice before with both meetings occurring in the postseason. The first meeting came at the NCAA Regional in 2005 and again in 2006 at the NCAA Championship. Oklahoma finished better than the Gym’Backs in both meets. This is the first regular season meeting between these teams.
This is the first meeting between Arkansas and another South Central Region team this year.

The South Central Rankings
The Gym’Backs remain in second place in the South Central Regional standings. Number 9 Oklahoma leads the SC, followed by Arkansas. Nebraska is third followed by Missouri and Arizona rounding out the top five in the region. Here’s the complete regional standings:



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