FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ sixth-ranked gymnastics team faces its ninth top 20 opponent of the season on Friday when No. 2 Oklahoma visits Barnhill Arena.
The meet begins at 7 p.m. It’s also senior night as Amy DeFilippo, Casey Jo Magee and Sarah Nagashima compete in Fayetteville for the final time.
"This class is remarkable," Arkansas co-head coach René Cook says. "As a coach, you have a class like this maybe just a few times. We’re looking forward to celebrating with them on Friday."
The Sooners are the highest-ranked opponent to visit Fayetteville this season, but the Razorbacks are no strangers to tough competition. Arkansas has already faced No. 3 Alabama, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Georgia, No. 11 LSU, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 16 Auburn, No. 20 Arizona and No. 22 Minnesota this season.
"Oklahoma is a hard-working team and they have great talent," Cook says. "It will be nice to measure up against them the week before the SEC Championship and heading into the post-season."
Arkansas has been in the top 10 all season and has moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 over the last two weeks.
The Razorbacks are also ranked in the top 10 in all four individual events in the same week for the first time this year. Arkansas is No. 7 on beam, tied for No. 9 on floor, tied for No. 10 on vault and No. 10 on bars.
Promotions for Friday’s meet include water bottles sponsored by Spine Sports Rehab Chiropractic Center, American Heart Association Night, a Dell Notebook drawing with everyone in attendance eligible, a 23-inch Samsung LCD TV giveaway to a UA student, the 100-Year Fan of the Year drawing before the meet and Civil Service/Military Night in which anyone with a badge, civil service ID (police, fire fighters, EMT, etc.) or military ID are admitted for $1.