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No. 6 Georgia tops third-ranked Razorbacks

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 6 Georgia tops third-ranked Razorbacks

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 6 Georgia outscored Arkansas on three of four events and posted a 196.725-195.875 Southeastern Conference gymnastics victory over the No. 3 Razorbacks in Athens on Friday.

Arkansas had the edge on vault, but Georgia scored a 49 or better on all four events and led on bars, beam and floor.

Individually, sophomore All-American Katherine Grable tied for the vault title at 9.90 while senior All-American Jaime Pisani won floor with a 9.925.

“It was a high-pressure meet and you have to perform under pressure,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “This was good practice for us for the SEC meet and for the post-season.”

In the first rotation, Arkansas had three 9.75s and scored a 48.90 on bars. The Razorbacks, ranked No. 1 in the nation on the event, were led by Pisani, Shelby Salmon and Mariah Howdeshell, all with a 9.80. Jordan Salsberg, Stephani Canizaro and Grable each scored a 9.75.

Georgia, meanwhile, opened with a 49.275 on vault and was led by Kat Ding’s 9.90.

The Razorbacks bounced back with a 49.30 on vault, which ties for the team’s third-best this season.

Grable led the way with a 9.90, followed by Pisani with a 9.875, Salsberg and Kelci Lewis with a 9.85, and Amy Borsellino a 9.825.

Georgia was led on bars by Kat Ding’s 9.95 and had a team total of 49.175. The Gym’Dogs led through two rotations, 98.45-98.20. In the third rotation, Arkansas had a 48.85 team total and had to count a mistake. Pisani led the way with a 9.925. Lewis followed with a 9.80, Borsellino and Canizaro each with a 9.75, and Salsberg a 9.625.

Georgia scored a 49.175 on beam, led by Shayla Worley’s 9.90.

After three events, Georgia led 147.625-147.05.

The Razorbacks closed with a 48.825 on beam. Grable led with a 9.85, followed by Salsberg with a 9.825, Salmon and Lewis with a 9.725, and Williams with a 9.70.

Georgia finished with a 49.20 on floor.

“I would like to see more consistency,” Cook said. “We’ve been consistent throughout the season, but we should be a little better.”

The Razorbacks go back on the road next week, traveling to No. 2 Alabama for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. meet.

The next home meet is Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. against No. 8 Nebraska.No. 6 Georgia 196.725, No. 3 Arkansas 195.875Stegeman ColiseumAthens, Ga.Feb. 10, 2012Att.: 8,021ROTATION IArkansasBars: 48.90Jordan Salsberg 9.75, Stephani Canizaro 9.75, Katherine Grable 9.75, Jaime Pisani 9.80, Shelby Salmon 9.80, Mariah Howdeshell 9.80GeorgiaVault: 49.275Chelsea Davis 9.80, Noel Couch 9.80, Sarah Persinger 9.85, Kaylan Earls 9.875, Cat Hires 9.85, Kat Ding 9.90ROTATION IIArkansasVault: 49.30Amy Borsellino 9.825, Kelci Lewis 9.85, Jordan Salsberg 9.85, Scarlett Williams 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.875, Katherine Grable 9.90GeorgiaBars: 49.175Christa Tanella 9.75, Noel Couch 9.80, Chelsea Davis 9.80, Shayla Worley 9.425, Gina Nuccio 9.875, Kat Ding 9.95ROTATION IIIArkansasFloor: 48.85Amy Borsellino 9.75, Stephani Canizaro 9.75, Jordan Salsberg 9.625, Kelci Lewis 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.40, Jaime Pisani 9.925GeorgiaBeam: 49.175Noel Couch 9.825, Kaylan Earls 9.80, Kat Ding 9.85, Chelsea Davis 8.625, Sarah Persinger 9.80, Shayla Worley 9.90ROTATION IVArkansasBeam: 48.825Jordan Salsberg 9.825, Shelby Salmon 9.725, Scarlett Williams 9.70, Jaime Pisani 9.35, Kelci Lewis 9.725, Katherine Grable 9.85GeorgiaFloor: 49.20Kaylan Earls 9.85, Sarah Persinger 9.775, Kat Ding 9.75, Christa Tanella 9.725, Gina Nuccio 9.85, Noel Couch 9.875

Download: ark, georgia meet results.pdf



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)