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Gym’Backs win on senior night in Barnhill Arena

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Gym’Backs win on senior night in Barnhill Arena

Jump to results FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas seniors Rachel Barnett and Cassie Drew wrapped up their final home meet as Gym’Backs leading the team to a season-best 196.450 in a quad meet win Friday in Barnhill Arena. The season-high for the No. 12 Gym’Backs bettered No. 18 Missouri’s 195.725 as well as No. 36 Southeast Missouri who scored a 192.975 and No. 51 Texas Woman’s University who finished with a 192.000. Junior Emily Peacock also picked up an individual title winning the bars competition with a 9.850. “It was a great home win and a great way to send out our seniors,” said co-head coach Rene Cook. “We’re really competing well right now and it comes at a good time.” Seniors Drew and Barnett concluded their home careers with Drew finishing second on the beam tying her career-best with a 9.90. Barnett tied for the win on the floor with a season-best tying 9.90 as well. Drew just missed her career-best scoring a 39.300 for second in the all-around. Arkansas vaulted out to a great start in the meet scoring a 49.075 and tying their second-best vault score of the year. Freshman Ashly McPherson paced the Gym’Backs with a season/career-best 9.825. Freshman Michelle Stout turned in Arkansas’ highest score with a 9.875 while junior Samantha Cortez added a 9.825 in the rotation. The Gym’Backs held a 0.25 lead over No. 18 Missouri after the first rotation. SEMO was third with a 48.60 followed by TWU with 48.250. Arkansas managed a 48.875 on the bars with just two scores better than 9.8. Junior Emily Peacock led the Gym’Backs with a 9.850 while freshman Amy DeFilippo added a 9.80. Freshman Allison Daniels chipped in with a season/career-best 9.725 as the Gym’Backs clung to the lead over Missouri, 97.950-97.650. The Gym’Backs rallied on the beam scoring a 49.225, their second best beam score of the year as they began to pull away from the field. Drew paced Arkansas with her 9.90 along with a 9.850 from both Peacock and Magee. The final rotation saw Arkansas elevate scores soaring to the season-best 49.275 on the floor. That mark ranks tied for second all-time in the program’s history. Magee opened on the floor with a season/career-best 9.80 followed by a 9.850 by Alex LaChance. Drew tied her season-best with a 9.850 as did Cortez with a 9.875. Barnett finished things off with a season-best tying 9.90 giving Arkansas the win. The meet was the final home meet of the 2007 season and the win is the fifth meet victory in a row for the Gym’Backs. Arkansas’ season continues Saturday, March 31, at the Southeastern Conference Championship in North Little Rock, Ark., in a 6:00 p.m. contest. Tickets for the SEC Championship are still available by calling the Lady Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK. For more information about Arkansas gymnastics, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)