FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 25 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (1-5-1, 0-5-1 SEC) welcomes the Missouri Tigers (1-8, 0-6 SEC), Centenary Gents and the Lindenwood Lions to Barnhill Arena Friday night for the team’s first quad-meet of the season. The meet has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.
Arkansas is currently ranked No. 23 on the bars in the Gyminfo Women’s Gymnastics National Event rankings, as well as No. 22 on the beam and No. 24 on the vault.
“We have been really solid during our intrasquad competitions,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “For the last couple of weeks our intrasquad competitions have been really solid. We have been telling the gymnasts that they need to start carrying over the success to the meets that they have been having in practice. Then last week they actually went out and performed better than what they have been doing in practice against Alabama. We started out so well on vault and just stuck so many landings to give us one of the best vault rotations I have ever coached. Bars we did pretty well and the got to the beam and were solid as well. Then we got to the floor and had a chance to win it at the end but to score this 197.100 is really big for us right now. ”
Last week against Alabama, Junior Katherine Grable led the vault rotation to the third best score in program history posting a 49.425 with a 9.95 to share a piece of the event title. Freshman Erin Freier recorded a season high and a share of the beam title with a 9.90. While senior All-Americans Kelci Lewis and Amy Borsellino collected outright floor and all-around titles, respectively.
In addition, Lewis was named the Southeastern Conference Specialist of the Week for her efforts against Alabama. Lewis scored a pair of career-best 9.925’s on the vault and the floor to earn the honor, the first of her career.
The Tigers hold the lead in the series with the Razorbacks at (4-5), including splitting the series last season with Missouri picking up the win their first SEC match-up followed by Arkansas picking up a win in the NCAA Southwest Regional 196.825-195.450.
Arkansas leads the series against Centenary at (2-0), with the last meeting between the two squads in 2004.
This will be the first meeting against the Lindenwood Lions for the Razorbacks. The Lions are in the first year of their gymnastics program.
“There will be a lot of distractions because there will be a lot of stuff going on, on the floor,” Cook said. “This is how regionals are run and how nationals are run, so to prepare us for the post-season this meet will be very important. We will also have a quad meet next week, and from a strategic standpoint these meets are very important for us to prepare ourselves for the future.”
The meet will be the University of Arkansas faculty and staff appreciation night. Any faculty or staff member who shows their university ID at the door will receive two free general admission tickets to the meet.
Promotions for the meet include free schedule posters and schedule magnets. There will also be a fan pack that will be given away during the meet. Also t-shirts will be thrown into the stands each time the Razorbacks score a 9.8 or higher.
Fans can follow along during the meet with the RazorVision live stream, live results and interactive blog. Following the meet Friday, the Razorbacks will return to competition next week at Minnesota in a quad meet featuring Minnesota, Nebraska and Centenary.