FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ 11th-ranked gymnastics team recorded a season-high for the second straight week and recorded its first-ever victory over Georgia with a 195.775-195.40 decision over the No. 4 Gym Dogs Friday in Barnhill Arena.
Arkansas won its third straight, all in Southeastern Conference action, and topped its previous season-high score of 195.325 in last week’s win at Auburn.
Georgia entered the meet leading the all-time series 18-0.
"This was a big goal of ours," co-head coach Rene Cook said. "Georgia was the only SEC team we had not beaten. We tried a lot of different tactics. Everything we did this week was about beating Georgia. It was nice to see them come out and compete, and be determined to succeed. We had some errors, but we worked through them."
Junior All-American Jaime Pisani won the all-around and tied for the floor title. Sophomore Jordan Salsberg finished second in the all-around with a 39.175. Freshman Katherine Grable tied for the floor title.
"We really wanted to beat Georgia and we made history," Pisani said. "We really picked up the intensity in practice, and we came out and did our job."
In the first rotation, Arkansas scored a 49 on vault for the second meet in a row with a 49.0. Last week at Auburn, Arkansas had a 49.025. Against Georgia, Pisani and Grable each had a 9.825, followed by Salsberg with a 9.80, Amanda Siebert and Kelci Lewis with a 9.775 each, and Scarlett Williams and 9.75. Siebert, Salsberg and Grable all matched their season high.
Meanwhile, Georgia opened with a 48.675, giving Arkansas the lead after one event. Cassidy McComb led UGA with a 9.875.
In the second rotation, Georgia had a 48.95 on vault and a 97.625 through two events.
Arkansas had a season-high 49.025 on bars and a 98.025 to lead through two events. Arkansas’ score was its best of the season through the first two events.
Pisani had a 9.85, Michelle Stout a 9.825, Shelby Salmon a 9.80, Mariah Howdeshell and Salsberg a 9.775, and Grable a 9.225. Salmon recorded a 9.675, but was given a second opportunity due to equipment failure with a broken grip, and she scored her 9.80, a season high. Pisani, Stout and Howdeshell also recorded season bests.
For Georgia, Noel Couch had a 9.85.
In the third rotation, Arkansas had a 48.65 on beam while UG had a 48.475 floor.
Through three events, Arkansas led 146.65-146.10.
Pisani had a 9.825, Salsberg a 9.80, Stacy Bartlett a 9.75, Scarlett Williams a 9.70, Grable a 9.55 and Salmon a 9.375.
Georgia was led by Shayla Worley with a 9.875.
In the final rotation, Arkansas scored a 49.125 on floor while Georgia had a 49.30 on beam.
Pisani and Grable each had a 9.875, followed by Salsberg and Kelci Lewis with a 9.80, Bailee Zumwalde a 9.775 and Siebert a 9.75.
The Georgia meet was televised by FSN, which is Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas. The tape-delay broadcast airs on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
Arkansas is back on the road next week, traveling to Baton Rouge, La., for Friday’s 7 p.m. meet at LSU. The meet is being televised by Comcast Sports Southeast. CSS is not available in Northwest Arkansas, but is available to subscribers in Central Arkansas on Channel 23. The tape-delay broadcast is set for Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
No. 11 Arkansas 195.775No. 4 Georgia 195.40
Feb. 4, 2011Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.Attendance: 2114
ArkansasVault: 49.00Amanda Siebert 9.775, Jordan Salsberg 9.80, Scarlett Williams 9.75, Jaime Pisani 9.825, Katherine Grable 9.825, Kelci Lewis 9.775
GeorgiaBars: 48.675Christa Tanella 9.75, Cat Hires 9.80, Noel Couch 9.275, Gina Nuccio 9.85, Cassidy McComb 9.875, Kat Ding 9.40
ArkansasBars: 49.025Jordan Salsberg 9.775, Katherine Grable 9.225, Jaime Pisani 9.85, Michelle Stout 9.825, Shelby Salmon 9.80Mariah Howdeshell 9.775
GeorgiaVault: 48.95Lindsey Cheek 9.80, Mariel Box 9.80, Noel Couch 9.85, Hilary Mauro 9.725, Cassidy McComb 9.775, Cat Hires 9.625
ArkansasBeam: 48.625Scarlett Williams 9.70, Jaime Pisani 9.825, Jordan Salsberg 9.80, Shelby Salmon 9.375, Katherine Grable 9.55, Stacy Bartlett 9.75
GeorgiaFloor: 48.475Lindsey Cheek 9.775, Christa Tanella 9.825, Noel Couch 9.80, Shayla Worley 9.875, Cassidy McComb 9.075, Laura Moffatt 9.20
ArkansasFloor: 49.125Amanda Siebert 9.75, Bailee Zumwalde 9.775, Jordan Salsberg 9.80, Kelci Lewis 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.875, Jaime Pisani 9.875
GeorgiaBeam: 49.30Noel Couch 9.825, Lindsey Cheek 9.85, Christa Tanella 9.875, Hilary Mauro 9.825, Shayla Worley 9.875, Cassidy McComb 9.875
Download: ark, georgia meet results.pdf