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LaChance Stout lead No. 10 Arkansas to win

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LaChance Stout lead No. 10 Arkansas to win

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FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Alex LaChance wrapped up her collegiate home regular season career and junior Michelle Stout won her second career all-around title leading the 10th-ranked University of Arkansas gymnastics team to a non-conference win over No. 18 Minnesota Friday in Barnhill Arena. Arkansas (7-4, 3-3 SEC) picked up the 196.350-195.250 win over the Gophers (7-7, 0-1 Big Ten). “The energy was just incredible in the gym tonight,” said LaChance after the win. “It is great to see how much everyone supports and encourages me. It just blows me away. It was a touching way to end my home career.” Meanwhile Stout captured the all-around title with a 39.325 despite not being scheduled to compete in all four events prior to the meet. A last-minute lineup change threw Stout into the beam rotation and led to her first all-around title this year and the second of her career. “The girls did a great job tonight,” said co-head coach Rene Cook. “We hit our routines and didn’t count a fall. We did exactly what we wanted to tonight. It was nice to see Michelle get the win and Jaime (Pisani) was really solid again tonight.” Pisani finished second in the all-around with a 39.275 for Arkansas. Arkansas vaulted into the lead after the first rotation scoring a 49.35 behind one season-best three career-best tying scores and a pair of 9.9s from all-arounders Pisani and Stout. Nagashima and freshman Mariah Howdeshell opened with back-to-back 9.80s followed by a pair of 9.875s from Magee and LaChance. Stout and Pisani provided the 9.90s as the Razorbacks jumped out 49.35-48.675 over the Gophers. Stout, for the seventh time, and Pisani, for the sixth time, tied for the vault title for Arkansas. Stout’s success continued on the bars where she tied for the win with a 9.85, her second bars title of the year. Magee tied for third with a 9.825 and was en route to a solid night but stumbled on the beam taking her out of contention for the overall title. Scoring was tight through the middle of the meet with Arkansas posting a 48.925 on bars and a 48.725 on beam but the Razorbacks rallied on the floor with a 49.350 – just 0.25 from a season-best. Freshman Molly Lewis opened up the scoring tying her career-high with a 9.825 while Stout tied her career numbers with an event-winning 9.90. Pisani, Magee and LaChance tied for second with 9.875s helping Arkansas secure the win. The Razorbacks hit the road for the final regular-season road meet at Texas Woman’s University where they face the Pioneers, Pennsylvania and Bowling Green. For more information about Arkansas gymnastics or for information about the upcoming NCAA South Central Regional in Barnhill Arena April 4, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com or call the Razorback Ticket Office at 575-5151.



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)