GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 7 Arkansas scored 195.60 points in the NCAA Gymnastics Championship to finish fifth in the Session II semifinal at the University of Florida on Thursday.
Arkansas was competing in the NCAA Championship Session II semifinal along with No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Missouri and No. 11 Michigan. The top three teams from the two semifinal sessions advance to Friday’s Super Six.
Alabama won with 196.85, followed by Florida at 196.775, Stanford 196.30, Michigan 195.70, Arkansas 195.60 and Missouri 194.60.
"The first event, bars, we did a good job," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "We had a fall on beam and it was like a nosebleed, it was hard to stop. We came back on the next two events and really did well to finish off the meet. In this meet, you can’t count a fall and advance to the Super Six."
Arkansas opened on bars and posted a 49.125, which ties the school record in an NCAA Championship.
Arkansas went with a lineup of Sarah Nagashima, Mariah Howdeshell, Jaime Pisani, Amy DeFilippo, Casey Jo Magee and Natalie Bohonsky.
Magee tied the individual school record with a 9.90. Pisani had a 9.825, and Nagashima, DeFilippo, Howdeshell and Bohonsky all scored a 9.80.
Other scores from the first rotation were 49.325 for Alabama on vault, 48.45 for Michigan on beam and 48.925 for Stanford on floor.
For the second rotation, the Razorbacks moved to beam, where they counted two falls and posted a 48.00.
Arkansas’ lineup was Pisani, Stacy Bartlett, DeFilippo, Nagashima, Howdeshell and Magee.
Pisani opened with a 9.75, followed by Bartlett with a 9.25, DeFilippo a 9.30, Nagashima a 9.775, Howdeshell a 9.275 and Magee a 9.90. Magee’s 9.90 ties the school record for an NCAA Championship.
Through two events and heading into a bye, Arkansas had 97.125 points.
Following the bye, the Razorbacks were on floor with a lineup of Nagashima, Amanda Siebert, DeFilippo, Kelci Lewis, Magee and Pisani, and scored a 49.225.
Nagashima opened with a 9.80, followed by Siebert with a 9.725, DeFilippo a 9.80, Magee a 9.90 and Pisani a 9.925.
The team total is the second-best for Arkansas in an NCAA Championship and Pisani’s 9.925 is a school record while Magee’s 9.90 ties for second.
Arkansas closed on vault with a lineup of Howdeshell, Lewis, Amy Borsellino, Pisani, Magee and Siebert. The Razorbacks had a 49.25 for the third-best team score in an NCAA Championship.
Howdeshell had a 9.825, Lewis a 9.85, Borsellino a 9.775, Pisani a 9.90, Magee 9.85 and Siebert 9.825.
Pisani’s 9.90 ties for the second-best Arkansas mark in an NCAA Championship.
The Razorbacks were competing in the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in their eight years of existence, the fourth time in five years and the third straight season.
"You can’t look back, you just look forward," Cook said. "We’ll learn from this experience this year. This was our third straight year in the NCAA Championship and we were very competitive. We’ve established ourselves and gained the respect of our peers. We’re looking forward to next year and trying to get back here with the strong recruiting class we have coming in."
In Thursday’s first semifinal session, UCLA, Utah and Oklahoma advanced to the Super Six. UCLA was first with 196.875 points, followed by Utah with 196.625, Oklahoma 196.550, Nebraska 196.175, Oregon State 196.05 and LSU 196.025.
NCAA Championship Session II SemifinalGainesville, Fla.(top three advance to Friday’s Super Six)
No. 3 Alabama 196.85, No. 2 Florida 196.775, No. 6 Stanford 196.30, No. 11 Michigan 195.70,No. 7 Arkansas 195.60, No. 10 Missouri 194.60
Arkansas Results: 195.60
Bars: 49.125Sarah Nagashima 9.80, Mariah Howdeshell 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.825, Amy DeFilippo 9.80, Casey Jo Magee 9.90, Natalie Bohonsky 9.80
Beam: 48.00Jaime Pisani 9.75, Stacy Bartlett 9.25, Amy DeFilippo 9.30, Sarah Nagashima 9.775, Mariah Howdeshell 9.275, Casey Jo Magee 9.90
Floor: 49.225Sarah Nagashima 9.80, Amanda Siebert 9.725, Amy DeFilippo 9.80, Kelci Lewis 9.80, Casey Jo Magee 9.90, Jaime Pisani 9.925
Vault: 49.25Mariah Howdeshell 9.825, Kelci Lewis 9.85, Amy Borsellino 9.775, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Casey Jo Magee 9.85, Amanda Siebert 9.825
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