FAYETTEVILLE – Oklahoma scored big on Sunday and the fifth-ranked Sooners topped the No. 2 Arkansas gymnastics team in Barnhill Arena, 197.425-196.175.
Despite the loss, Arkansas has still scored a 196 or better in every meet this year.
"We had a great opportunity, but we didn’t really capitalize," co-head coach René Cook said. "We’re a little disappointed, but we scored a 196 and that shows the quality of what we’re doing. We have to get back after it and get ready for next week."
In the opening rotation, Arkansas, ranked No. 6 in the nation on vault, scored a 49.325 while OU had a 49.275 on bars.
The Razorbacks were led by sophomore All-American Katherine Grable’s 9.925 and senior All-American Jaime Pisani’s 9.90. Grable is ranked No. 9 in the nation and Pisani No. 13. Sophomore Bailee Zumwalde set a career high with a 9.85, sophomore Scarlett Williams matched her career high of 9.80 and junior Jordan Salsberg posted a 9.85.
Arkansas’ team score ties the seventh-best in school history while Grable’s 9.925 ties the eighth-best individual mark.
In the next rotation, Arkansas scored a 49.225 on bars, an event the Razorbacks are ranked No. 1 on, while the Sooners had a 49.525 on vault.
Through two rotations, OU led 98.80-98.55.
Pisani led the way with a 9.90, followed by Grable and senior Mariah Howdeshell, the top-ranked bars worker in the country, with a 9.85. Sophomore Shelby Salmon had a 9.825 and freshman Stephani Canizaro a 9.80.
OU was led by Brie Olson and Sara Stone, both with a 9.95 on vault.
"We started strong on vault and bars," Cook said. "I think we tried too hard to stick our landings and that caught up with us. OU is a great team. We faltered, but this will make us a better team. We’ll focus on our mistakes and shore up our seventh and eighth positions."
In the third rotation, Arkansas scored a 48.90 on beam. The Sooners hit a 49.25 on floor. Heading into the final event, OU led 148.05-147.90.
The Razorbacks were led by Grable’s 9.825, and a pair of 9.80s by Pisani and Salsberg. Williams had a 9.775 and Salmon a 9.70.
In the last event, Arkansas, ranked No. 2 in the country on floor, scored a 48.725 while Oklahoma totaled a 49.375 on beam.
Grable matched her career high and the second best score in school history with a 9.95, and Lewis scored a career-high 9.90. Pisani, ranked No. 1, had a 9.875. Arkansas also had a 9.80 from Zumwalde and a 9.20 from Salsberg.
A crowd of 2,442 saw Grable win the all-around title with a 39.55 and floor with a 9.95, and Pisani win thebars title a 9.90.
Arkansas now goes on the road for two straight, to Georgia and Alabama.
No. 5 Oklahoma 197.425, No. 2 Arkansas 196.175Feb. 5, 2012Barnhill ArenaFayetteville, Ark.Att.: 2442
ArkansasVault: 49.325Kelci Lewis 9.80, Jordan Salsberg 9.85, Scarlett Williams 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.925, Bailee Zumwalde 9.85
OklahomaBars: 49.275Hayden Ward 9.775, Erica Brewer 9.825, Rebecca Clark 9.85, Kayla Nowak 9.85, Brie Olson 9.85, Megan Ferguson
ArkansasBars: 49.225Jordan Salsberg 9.75, Stephani Canizaro 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.85, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Shelby Salmon 9.825, Mariah Howdeshell 9.85
OklahomaVault: 49.525Hayden Ward 9.85, Rebecca Clark 9.875, Taylor Spears 9.85, Brie Olson 9.95, Madison Mooring 9.90, Sara Stone 9.95
ArkansasBeam: 48.90Jordan Salsberg 9.80, Shelby Salmon 9.70, Scarlett Williams 9.775, Jaime Pisani 9.80, Kelci Lewis 9.25, Katherine Grable 9.825
OklahomaFloor: 49.25Lara Albright 9.75, Brie Olson 9.825, Hayden Ward 9.875, Kayla Nowak 9.85, Sara Stone 9.65, Megan Ferguson 9.95
ArkansasFloor: 48.725Bailee Zumwalde 9.80, Jordan Salsberg 9.20, Kelci Lewis 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.95, Jaime Pisani 9.875, Stephani Canizaro 9.10
OklahomaBeam: 49.375Kayla Nowak 9.825, Madison Mooring 9.85, Sara Stone 9.85, Taylor Spears 9.90, Rebecca Clark 9.85, Megan Ferguson 9.925
Download: ark, ou meet results.pdf