GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior All-American Casey Jo Magee and sophomore All-American Jaime Pisani have each advanced to the individual event finals at the NCAA Gymnastics Championship.
They compete for individual national championships at5 p.m. (central) on Saturday at the University of Florida.
As a team, No. 7 Arkansas competed in the NCAA Championship Session II semifinal on Thursday and finished fifth. The Razorbacks were making their third straight appearance in the championship, their fourth in five years and the fourth in the eight-year history of the program.
On Saturday, Magee is competing in the finals on bars, beam and floor, while Pisani is competing on vault and floor. Both are competing in the event finals for the first time.
"Casey has been a rock star for this program," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "She has a chance to be a national champion and we’ve never had that. Jaime is also a really strong performer. I feel confident she has a shot at a title as well."
In the Session II semifinal, Magee won the all-around with a 39.550. She tied for first on beam and bars with a 9.90 on each, and tied for third with a 9.90 on floor. Pisani tied for first with a 9.925 on floor, which is a school record in an NCAA Championship. Pisani also tied for fourth with a 9.90 on vault.
On vault, Pisani is scheduled to go 19th of 20 competitors. On bars, Magee is the last of 11. On beam, Magee is the first of 10. On floor, Pisani is 11th and Magee 13th of 13.
Michelle Stout was the first Razorback to advance to the event finals, finishing fourth on vault in 2008. Last year, Stout finished fifth on vault and seventh on bars, Sarah Nagashima placed third on beam and Alex LaChance finished ninth on beam.
Links for both live stats and live video of the NCAA individual event finals are at the top of the page.