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Magee Pisani named All-Americans

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Magee Pisani named All-Americans

FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Casey Jo Magee and sophomore Jaime Pisani have combined to earn seven gymnastics All-America honors for the 2010 season.

Magee ended her career as a first-team All-American in the all-around, on bars, on beam and on floor.

Pisani is a first-team All-American on floor and vault, and a second-teamer in the all-around.

"Casey and Jaime are both awesome," co-head coach René Cook says. "Casey was an All-American in four events and she just missed a national championship in the all-around. It’s great she finished her career the way she did. There is no question she has helped take this program to another level. Jaime has earned All-America honors her first two years, which is a huge accomplishment. She is one of the keys to our future and hopefully she can pick up where Casey left off and continue the growth of our program."

At last week’s NCAA Gymnastics Championship, Magee finished second in the nation in the all-around with 39.55 points, which is the highest individual finish ever for a Razorback. She missed winning the national title by just 75-thousandenths of a point as LSU’s Susan Jackson won with a 39.625.

In the NCAA Championship Session II semifinal, Magee won the all-around, tied for first on bars (9.90), tied for first on beam (9.90) and tied for third on floor (9.90) while also tying for 16th on vault (9.85).

Pisani tied for first on floor with a school record score for an NCAA Championship (9.925) and tied for fourth on vault (9.90).

In the NCAA Championship individual event finals, Magee finished fourth on beam (9.875), tied for fifth on bars (9.90) and was 12th on floor (9.8125).

Pisani was 10th on floor (9.85) and tied for 12th on vault (9.7188).

"Casey definitely put her mark on Arkansas gymnastics," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "She earned eight total All-America honors and helped us reach the NCAA Championship three straight years. When she got here as a freshman, we had been once, which shows what she helped us achieve. Jaime had a terrific sophomore year and already has six All-America honors. Hopefully that is just a sign of things to come as she continues to improve and becomes a leader for us."

In its eight years of existence, the Razorback gymnastics program has produced 21 All-America selections, all in the last three years. Arkansas has had 18 in the last two years.

In 2009, Alex LaChance was first-team on beam, Sarah Nagashima was first-team on beam, and Michelle Stout was first-team on vault, bars and in the all-around, and second-team on floor. Magee was second-team on vault and floor, and Pisani second-team on vault, bars and floor.

With two second-team All-America selections in 2008, on vault and bars, Magee is the career leader with eight total selections. Pisani is second with six. Stout, who was first-team on vault in 2008, has five, and LaChance and Nagashima one each.



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)