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Arkansas Gymnastics Fact Sheet #6

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Gymnastics Fact Sheet #6

PISANI WINS FIRST ALL-AROUND TITLE Freshman Jaime Pisani won her first collegiate all-around title leading Arkansas to an SEC win at Kentucky last week. Pisani, who earned SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week in week four, paced the team with a 39.325 – just shy of her career high. Pisani scored a 9.90 to win the vault title, finished tied for third on bars with a 9.825, was second on both the beam (9.725) and floor (9.875) for Arkansas.
ARKANSAS WINS AGAIN The Razorbacks have won four consecutive dual meets and five duals this year. The program best is 17 wins in 2007 thanks to six multiple-team meets.
BEST SEC SEASON EVER The Razorbacks have won three SEC dual meets this year. That is a program-best, bettering Arkansas’ two league wins in each of the previous five seasons. Arkansas is undefeated against Kentucky and has defeated Auburn in the last five regular-season meetings.
THE TITLES KEEP ON COMING Arkansas has won the all-around title in each of its first six meets. Junior Casey Jo Magee won a school record five consecutive all-around titles surrendering to freshman Jaime Pisani who won her first collegiate title last week at Kentucky.

Casey Jo Magee No. 21 Ohio State Jan. 9, 2009
Casey Jo Magee No. 9 Oregon State Tri Jan. 16, 2009
Casey Jo Magee No. 1 Florida Jan. 23, 2009
Casey Jo Magee No. 7 Oklahoma Jan. 26, 2009
Casey Jo Magee No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009
Jaime Pisani at No. 31 Kentucky Feb. 6, 2009

VAULTING TO THE TOP The Razorbacks have won all six vault titles this year. That mark ties the total vault titles from 2007. Junior Michelle Stout has won or tied for four titles while freshman Jaime Pisani has won or tied for three vault titles.

Michelle Stout No. 21 Ohio State Jan. 9. 2009
Michelle Stout (tie) at No. 9 Ore. State Tri. Jan. 16, 2009
Michelle Stout (tie) No. 1 Florida Jan. 23, 2009
Michelle Stout (tie) at No. 7 Oklahoma Jan. 26, 2009
Jaime Pisani (tie) at No. 7 Oklahoma Jan. 26, 2009
Jaime Pisani No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009
Jaime Pisani at No. 31 Kentucky Feb. 6, 2009

ON THE BARS Arkansas has also won four bars titles with Casey Jo Magee leading the way with a share of three wins. Jaime Pisani tied for the win against No. 9 Alabama and Michelle Stout won her second bars title last week at Kentucky.

Casey Jo Magee No. 21 Ohio State Jan. 9. 2009
Casey Jo Magee (tie) at No. 7 Oklahoma Jan. 26, 2009
Jaime Pisani (tie) No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009
Casey Jo Magee (tie) No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009
Michelle Stout at No. 31 Kentucky Feb. 6, 2009

BEAM ME UP The Razorbacks have picked up three beam titles in six meets with Magee getting two this year.

Casey Jo Magee No. 21 Ohio State Jan. 9. 2009
Michelle Stout (tie) No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009
Amy DeFilippo (tie) No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009
Casey Jo Magee at No. 31 Kentucky Feb. 6, 2009

ON THE CARPET This week, Arkansas is No. 3 in the country on the floor exercise. Casey Jo Magee has won or tied for the win four times with junior Amy DeFilippo sharing the title at No. 7 Oklahoma this year.

Casey Jo Magee No. 21 Ohio State Jan. 9. 2009
Casey Jo Magee No. 1 Florida Jan. 23, 2009
Casey Jo Magee (tie) at No. 7 Oklahoma Jan. 26, 2009
Amy DeFilippo (tie) at No. 7 Oklahoma Jan. 26, 2009
Casey Jo Magee No. 9 Alabama Jan. 30, 2009

RQS NEXT WEEK This is the final week for teams to be ranked by their average scores. Next week, the poll changes to RQS or regional qualifying score. 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. You’ll notice that some teams have enough meets under their belts (at least six) to have an RQS this week. That number is noted in the far right column in the box on this page.
ABOUT AUBURN Auburn is in the midst of one of its best seasons in recent years. The Tigers are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the SEC but the records are not important. The Tigers have steadily climbed in the rankings and are No. 6 this week averaging 196.175. The Tigers have wins over Illinois-Chicago, Iowa State and LSU but their losses to Alabama and Florida couldn’t have been closer. Auburn also lost at Georgia Sunday.
INDIVIDUAL COMPARISONS This meet really couldn’t be closer. The teams are ranked sixth and seventh and are pretty balanced throughout. This week, Arkansas’ Casey Jo Magee is fifth in the nation as an all-arounder. Auburn’s A.J. Mills and Lindsey Puckett are tied for sixth. Puckett is No. 4 on vault and Arkansas’ top vaulter is Michelle Stout who is No. 14. Magee is No. 14 on bars followed by Mills who is No. 20. Magee ranks No. 9 on beam, while Mills is No. 16. Auburn’s Rachel Inniss is ranked seventh on floor and Arkansas’ Jaime Pisani is No. 16 overall this week.
THE SERIES Arkansas holds a 7-5 series advantage over Auburn. The Tigers beat Arkansas in the first meeting in program history in 2003. Arkansas has won ever regular-season meeting since then.
A LOOK AT NUMBERS

Arkansas Stat Auburn
7 Team Rank 6
11 Vault 12
6 Bars 8
11 Beam 6
3 Floor 4
196.900 Team High Score 196.575
1 (SC) Regional Ranking 2
2 All-Americans 0

UP NEXT The Razorbacks return home hosting Georgia Feb. 20. The Gym Dogs have won nine NCAA Championships including four in a row. Arkansas has never beaten the Gym Dogs. The Razorbacks have just two SEC meets remaining as they travel to LSU Feb. 27.



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