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Arkansas wins UCLA quad Sunday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas wins UCLA quad Sunday

Jump to scores LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It proved to be an historic meet as the 12th-ranked University of Arkansas gymnastics team won the UCLA quad in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday. Arkansas tied a season-best with a 196.425 finishing ahead of sixth-ranked Alabama for the first time in school history. Eighth-ranked UCLA was third after struggling on the floor scoring a 195.800. Cal State Fullerton was fourth with a 192.625. “We came out here as a team with our own goals and to prove that we could compete for an entire meet,” said Arkansas co-head coach Rene Cook. “We kept reminding ourselves that we were here to compete and to stay focused. We didn’t count a fall and we kept the energy up. That’s exactly what we need for the postseason. It was a total team effort and I’m really proud of the team.” As with any good meet, the contest came down the final rotation and Arkansas stepped up with a 49.175 on the vault. They out-scored Alabama who posted a 48.40 on bars and UCLA who scored a 48.55 on the floor to get the win. Sophomore Casey Jo Magee won the balance beam title scoring a 9.925 as one of the Gym’Backs’ top finishers. Arkansas opened the meet with a solid 48.925 on the bars. It was the third highest bars score of the season for the Gym’Backs. Magee paced Arkansas with a 9.85 followed by a pair of 9.80s from senior Emily Peacock and sophomore Michelle Stout. Arkansas was in second place behind No. 8 UCLA who led off the meet with a 49.425 on the vault. Sixth-ranked Alabama scored a 48.60 on beam and CS-Fullerton totaled a 48.575 on the floor. The Gym’Backs went on to rock the beam despite a less-than-perfect event warm-up earlier in the day. Magee just missed her career-best but tied her season-high with a 9.925. A 9.825 from freshman Stacy Bartlett and 9.80s from Peacock and sophomore Amy DeFilippo saw the Gym’Backs score a 49.125 to remain in second place after two rotations. UCLA continued in first with a 98.60 followed by Arkansas’ 98.050, Alabama was third with a 97.975 and CS-Fullerton was fourth with a 97.350. Arkansas’ scores just got better on the floor paced by a career-best 9.90 from Cortez. A 9.875 from Peacock as well as two 9.825s from Stout and junior Alex LaChance put pressure on the meet favorites heading into the final rotation. The Gym’Backs finished on vault and didn’t disappoint scoring a 49.175 as Cortez again stepped up to tie her career-best with a9.90 solidifying Arkansas’ finish. The Gym’Backs close the regular season with two home meets first hosting Oklahoma followed by Michigan State. For more information and tickets to the remaining meets, please call the Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)