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No. 4 OU holds off No. 11 UA

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 4 OU holds off No. 11 UA

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 11 Arkansas outscored No. 4 Oklahoma on floor and didn’t count a mistake for the night, but the Sooners won the other three events to claim a 195.425-195.075 victory in the gymnastics opener for both teams on Friday.

"We started off a little rough on bars," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "We tightened up. We anticipated that in the first meet of the season on the first event, but we fought through some mistakes. It was a little jittery, but we settled in on the next three events."

Individually, freshman Katherine Grable won the all-around title in her first meet for the Razorbacks. The Junior Olympic all-around national champion last year had a total of 39.225 points with a 9.825 on vault, 9.775 on bars, 9.80 on beam and 9.825 on floor.

Junior All-American Jaime Pisani tied for the floor title with a 9.875 and placed second in the all-around standings with a 39.15.

"We have some things to work on," Cook said. "All in all, you have to start somewhere. We have some things to fine tune, but we did a good job."

Following the first rotation, Oklahoma led a 49.00 on vault to Arkansas’ 48.625 on bars.

For the Razorbacks, Pisani posted a 9.80, followed by Grable at 9.775, Shelby Salmon 9.75, Natalie Bohonsky 9.675, senior All-American Michelle Stout 9.625 and Jordan Salsberg 8.650.

Sara Stone paced the Sooners with a 9.875.

After the second rotation, Oklahoma led 97.95-97.525.

Arkansas scored a 48.90 on vault while OU had a 48.95 on bars.

Pisani had a 9.85, Grable a 9.825, Stout a 9.75, Amanda Siebert a 9.75, and Salsberg and Scarlett Williams a 9.725.

OU was led on bars by Megan Ferguson with a 9.825.

Arkansas followed with a 48.925 on floor while the Sooners had a 48.70 on beam.

For the Razorbacks, Pisani had a 9.875, followed by Grable with a 9.825, Kelci Lewis a 9.775, Salsberg a 9.75, and Siebert and Bailee Zumwalde a 9.70.

Oklahoma was led by Ferguson with a 9.825.

"On vault and floor, we performed very well," Cook said. "On beam, we had some great routines."

Following three rotations, Oklahoma led 146.65-146.45.

In the final rotation, Arkansas had a 48.625 on beam while OU had a 48.775 on floor.

Grable scored a 9.80, followed by Williams with a 9.775, Salsberg a 9.725, Mariah Howdeshell a 9.70, Pisani a 9.625 and Bartlett a 9.525.

Kayla Nowak led Oklahoma on floor with a 9.875.

Five newcomers competed for Arkansas for the first time, and Cook was pleased.

"Katherine Grable was phenomenal," he said. "Shelby (Salmon) did a good job on bars and Jordan (Salsberg) had a couple of nice routines as well."

The Razorbacks open their home season on Friday with a 7 p.m. home meet against Southeastern Conference rival Alabama.No. 4 Oklahoma 195.475, No. 11 Arkansas 195.075Friday, Jan. 7, Norman, Okla.

ROTATION 1

ArkansasBars: 48.625Jordan Salsberg 8.65, Natalie Bohonsky 9.675, Katherine Grable 9.775, Jaime Pisani 9.80, Shelby Salmon 9.75, Michelle Stout 9.625.

OklahomaVault: 49.00Brie Olson 9.75, Melanie Root 9.825, Natasha Kelley 9.775, Hope Bruce 9.775, Madison Mooring 9.65, Sara Stone 9.875.

ROTATION II

ArkansasVault: 48.90Amanda Siebert 9.75, Jordan Salsberg 9.725, Katherine Grable 9.825, Jaime Pisani 9.85, Scarlett Williams 9.725,Michelle Stout 9.75.

OklahomaBars: 48.95Candace Cindell 9.775, Taylor Spears 9.775, Brie Olson 9.775, Kayla Nowak 9.80, Megan Ferguson 9.825, Natasha Kelley 9.225

ROTATION III

ArkansasFloor: 48.925Amanda Siebert 9.70, Bailee Zumwalde 9.70, Jordan Salsberg 9.75, Kelci Lewis 9.775, Katherine Grable 9.825,Jaime Pisani 9.875.

OklahomaBeam: 48.70Kayla Nowak 9.725, Hope Bruce 8.525, Natalie Ratcliff 9.55, Madison Mooring 9.75, Natasha Kelley 9.85, Megan Ferguson 9.825.

ROTATION IV

ArkansasBeam: 48.625Jaime Pisani 9.625, Stacy Bartlett 9.625, Scarlett Williams 9.775, Jordan Salsberg 9.725, Katherine Grable 9.80, Mariah Howdeshell 9.70.

OklahomaFloor: 48.775Brie Olson 9.775, Madison Mooring 9.75, Taylor Spears 9.575, Megan Ferguson 9.475, Sara Stone 9.80, Kayla Nowak 9.875.

Download: OU vs. Arkansas Final.pdf



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)