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Magee Gym’Backs set record in non-conferenc win at ASU

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Magee Gym’Backs set record in non-conferenc win at ASU

Jump to results TEMPE, Ariz. – University of Arkansas freshman Casey Jo Magee tied the beam record leading the 12th-ranked Gym’Backs to a 196.175-195.125 non-conference road win at No. 23 Arizona State Friday. Magee won the individual title with a 9.95 tying the school record and leading Arkansas to a school-record 49.400 on the event. “We competed like we’ve trained on beam,” said co-head coach Rene Cook. “I believe we are one of the best beam teams in the country and our scores continue to reflect that. We continue to gain confidence in our performances and we’re a very confident team when it comes down to the beam.” Arkansas opened strong on the bars with a 49.150 but struggled on the vault posting a near-season low 48.550. The Gym’Backs trailed ASU 97.975-97.700 after two events. The third event for both teams was an equalizer as Arkansas garnered a 49.075 on floor equaling ASU’s score on the beam. The Gym’Backs were trailing 147.050-146.775 heading into the final rotation when the tide turned for Arkansas. Senior Cassie Drew opened with a 9.850 followed by a season/career-best 9.825 from freshman Amy DeFilippo. ASU matched Arkansas in the first routine posting a 9.80 but their second competitor stepped out scoring an 8.850 – a score they thought they would throw out. Senior Rachel Barnett tied her career-best with a 9.875 but the crowd of 817 was silenced when ASU’s Ashelle Hinkle landed short on her second tumbling pass. Although Hinkle got up, she did not finish her routine scoring a 6.0 (that was the score ASU did not count). Despite the shake up for ASU, Arkansas continued to be strong with junior Emily Peacock recording a career-best 9.90 and Magee tacked on her 9.950 as Arkansas sailed to the win. The Gym’Backs return home hosting the final home event of the 2007 season welcoming No. 18 Missouri, Southeast Missouri and Texas Woman’s University in a quad meet Friday, March 23. For more information and tickets please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)