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Arkansas Gymnastics Fact Sheet #4

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Gymnastics Fact Sheet #4

2008 GYMNASTICS FACT SHEET #4 – No. 3 FLORIDA

Arkansas hits the road for two SEC meets
The Gym’Backs depart the friendly confines of Barnhill Arena traveling to No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Alabama in back-to-back Southeastern Conference road meets.

Last Week
Arkansas was not flawless in the home win against No. 12 Penn State last week but the Gym’Backs were still skilled enough to score a 195.25 – the third consecutive 195-plus helping Arkansas move up in the rankings to No. 9 this week.

That’s Right — No. 9
The Gym’Backs continue to climb in the national polls thanks to three 195-plus performances. This week, Arkansas is ninth as a team and ranks 12th on the vault, 14th on bars, ninth on beam and seven on the floor exercise.

Fifth in the SEC?
That’s right. Arkansas is 9th 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 moving up a spot from last week. Florida fell to No. 3, followed by No. 4 Alabama, No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 16 Auburn and No. 28 Kentucky.

Individuals in the poll
Sophomore Casey Jo Magee is ranked 22nd this week as an all-arounder. Magee is averaging 39.133 as an all-arounder with a season-best 39.225 set last week against No. 7 LSU. Magee won her first all-around title of the season last week against Penn State. Magee is also tied for 25th on the beam. Teammate senior Emily Peacock is ranked 24th on the floor this week thanks, in part, to a 9.90 on the floor against Penn State.

McPherson makes floor debut
Springdale, Ark., native Ashly McPherson made her floor exercise debut last week counting a 9.725 for the Gym’Backs. McPherson competed only on vault as a freshman and in the first two meets of this season but did both vault and floor against Penn State.

Arkansas gets first wins of 2008
In addition to the Gym’Backs winning their first dual meet of 2008, Arkansas saw sophomore Casey Jo Magee win her first all-around title of the year with a 39.20. Magee also won the beam title with a 9.875. Senior Emily Peacock also notched a win tying for the victory on the floor with a season-best 9.90 against Penn State.

About Florida (from Gatorzone.com)
The No. 1 Florida (2-1, 1-1 SEC) gymnastics team claimed a come-from-behind win over No. 17 Auburn (0-3, 0-3 SEC) Friday evening in front of a Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum crowd of 1,653. The Gators turned in a 195.25, while the Tigers posted a 194.75. The difference was the fourth consecutive time the Florida at Auburn dual meet margin of victory was 0.50 or less. The Gators trailed the Tigers by more than six-tenths after the opening rotation and chipped away at the lead, taking a narrow 0.05 lead into the final rotation. A six-for-six balance beam set gave the Gators the meet’s top six spots on the event and sealed the narrow win for Florida.

About the series
Arkansas has faced the Gators more than any other team in program history — 15 times. Although some meetings have been close, Arkansas has yet to post a victory over Florida. The Gators have been ranked No. 1 in the nation in the last three meetings between these teams. The Gators have never been lower than No. 9. Arkansas has been as high as No. 11 (2005 and 2007) and as low as unranked (the first meeting of the first season of gymnastics in 2003).

More about Penn State
Arkansas picked up 14 individual and one season-best in the win. The Gym’Backs set a team-best on the vault with a 49.025, a mark that ranks tied for eighth overall. Casey Jo Magee posted season-highs on three of her four events while sophomores Amy DeFilippo and Michelle Stout had season-highs on three events.

The South Central Rankings
The Gym’Backs remain in second place in the South Central Regional standings. No. 6 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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