FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas gymnastics team has finalized its schedule for the upcoming season with the addition of the first open Holidays With The Hogs intrasquad meet December 17 beginning at 5 p.m inside Barnhill Arena.
The meet will be free to the public with doors opening at 4 p.m. Arkansas will perform full routines on all four events while being judged in front of fans for the first time this season. The Razorbacks will sign autographs following the meet.
The Razorbacks face a loaded 2018 schedule that includes four teams from last year’s Super Six, including the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners. Thirteen of 15 opponents were NCAA Regional participants in 2017, while six were among the final 12 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The 2018 season begins January 5 in Baton Rouge, La., as the Razorbacks face last year’s national runner-up LSU, with the home schedule beginning a week later. Arkansas will host five meets inside Barnhill Arena, including Southeastern Conference matchups between Kentucky (Jan. 12), Georgia (Jan. 26) and Auburn (Feb. 9). The full schedule can be found here.
The Razorbacks bring back ten gymnasts from the 2017 season including All-American Amanda Wellick and NCAA Individual participants Braie Speed and Jessica Yamzon. Among the newcomers, Arkansas has five new faces in freshmen Sophia Carter, Kailey Gillings, Sydney Laird, Lakin Legereit and Ellie Wylie who were all level 10 gymnasts before joining the Razorbacks.
Head coach Mark Cook welcomed the additions of assistant coach Garrett Griffeth and volunteer assistant coach Courtney (McCool) Griffeth to the staff. The Griffeths come to Fayetteville after a stint at Texas Women’s University, helping the Pioneers to the title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship.
The season ticket renewal deadline is November 29. Season ticket packages for all five regular-season meets are $25 for general admission and $40 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-982-4647
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