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Gymnastics preview, Part IV (Beam)

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Gymnastics preview, Part IV (Beam)

Arkansas’ gymnastics program is in its 10th season. In nine years, the Razorbacks have earned eight NCAA regional bids, won two NCAA regionals, advanced to the NCAA Championship five times, reached the NCAA Super Six, finished in the top 10 in the nation three times, finished ranked in the top 15 seven consecutive seasons, and produced 28 All-America selections and 13 NCAA individual event finals appearances.

In 2011, the Razorbacks tied for the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, won the NCAA North Central Regional, tied for ninth in the nation, recorded two wins over No. 1-ranked Florida, beat No. 4 Georgia, and set school records with seven dual-meet wins and four road wins.

The season begins in January with the Cancun Classic on Jan. 6. The home-opener is Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena against Kentucky. Barnhill is also the site of the 2012 NCAA South Central Regional on April 7 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale by calling the Ticket Office at 800-982-HOGS (4647) or 479-575-5151, or by visiting the link below.

We’ll preview the 2012 season with a five-part series. The first was an overall outlook, followed by specific stories on vault, bars, beam and floor. This is the fourth story, which focuses on beam. Be sure to come back for the preview of the floor event, and go back for a look at the general preview along with stories on vault and bars.

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TOP BEAM WORKERS:

Amy BorsellinoStephani CanizaroKatherine GrableSammy KolbasKelci LewisJaime PisaniShelby SalmonJordan SalsbergScarlett Williams

The beam team has strong depth with nine competitors for the six lineup positions, including a second-team All-American in Jaime Pisani.

"I’m really pleased with the beam team," co-head coach René Cook says. "Our top four competitors had solid seasons last year and they have all improved in execution and difficulty."

Three Razorbacks return who combined for seven individual titles last year. Katherine Grable won in meets with BYU, UIC, West Virginia and Denver. Jordan Salsberg tied Grable for the title at UIC and also won at Kentucky. Pisani won against Florida. As a team, the Razorbacks posted a 49.325 at UIC, a 49.20 against West Virginia, and a 49.15 against Florida and at Denver.

"Last year, half the lineup was newcomers (Grable, Salsberg, Shelby Salmon and Scarlett Williams)," René says. "Our top four are Katherine, Jordan, Jaime and Scarlett. Shelby has improved, Kelci (Lewis) has continued to improve and Amy (Borsellino) has come on strong. Both freshmen will vie for lineup positions as well.

"All of them gained confidence through the course of last season and have worked hard to improve execution and upgrade difficulty," she says.

Grable had highs of 9.90 at Denver and 9.875 against WVU; Pisani a 9.875 against Florida and three 9.825s; Salmon a 9.825 at Denver and 9.775 at LSU; Salsberg 9.85s at UIC and Denver, and a 9.825 at the NCAA Regional; and Williams a 9.775 against Oklahoma, Auburn and WVU.

"They are being aggressive," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "I look for them to be more mentally tough. We were good last year, but we will be better this year."

Season Preview Part I

Season Preview Part II

Season Preview Part III



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)