The 2012 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the gymnastics program at the University of Arkansas. In nine seasons, the Razorbacks have qualified for an NCAA Regional each of the last eight years, winning championships in 2009 and 2011. Arkansas has advanced to the NCAA Championship five times, including the last four years. The program has finished in the top 10 three times, with a trip to the Super Six and a fifth-place finish in 2009, and finished in the top 15 seven straight years.
Individually, Razorbacks have earned 28 All-America honors and 13 appearances in the NCAA individual event finals. Academically, Arkansas led the SEC in team grade point average in 2010 and has ranked among the top 30 in the nation seven times. Razorbacks have earned 62 National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women Academic Scholar-Athlete and 69 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.
Four All-Americans return from the 2011 squad, which 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.
In honor of the anniversary, the inaugural team from 2003 will be in attendance and recognized during the meet against LSU on Jan. 20, in addition to other reunion events throughout the weekend. Season tickets are now on sale. To purchase, click on the link below.
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To highlight the success of the first nine seasons, we’ll take a look back at significant moments in the program’s history, in chronological order.
Highlight No. 7: SEC Champion
In 2009, Arkansas was on its way to a huge season, including its first NCAA Regional championship, first spot in the NCAA Super Six and a No. 5 national finish.
Another first occurred at the SEC Championship in Nashville, Tenn. Casey Jo Magee, who was on her way to second-team All-America honors on vault and floor, won the first SEC individual championship in school history.
"That was big because our conference is so competitive and several teams have former Olympians on their rosters," co-head coach Rene Cook says. "It was huge for Casey Jo and for our program. It proved you can come to Arkansas and be an SEC champion."
Magee, from Eugene, Ore., won the beam title with a 9.90 to earn first-team All-SEC honors. She followed by winning the NCAA South Central Regional beam title with another 9.90.
"Casey Jo had mental toughness," co-head coach Mark Cook says.
Magee went on to also become the first Razorback to earn a No. 1 national ranking. For three weeks in 2010, she was the top-ranked beam worker in the country.