JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – No. 8 Arkansas scored a 195.275 at the SEC Gymnastics Championship on Saturday and finished sixth in the meet.
Arkansas’ total is its third-best in the SEC Championship. The Razorbacks had a 48.825 on floor, 49.00 on vault, 48.40 on bars and 49.05 on beam, in that order.
"This is an extremely difficult meet to compete in," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "It gets us ready for the post-season. We lost some focus on bars, but we did a good job on other events. We finished strong on beam. We need to knuckle down and get ready for the NCAA Regional, but again, it’s a hard meet."
Individually, senior All-American Casey Jo Magee matched her school record in the SEC Championship with a 9.90 on beam, sophomore All-American Jaime Pisani tied the school record in the SEC meet with a 9.90 on floor and senior All-American Sarah Nagashima had a career-high 9.875 on bars.
"Casey Jo did a great job and Sarah did a great job," Cook said. "Jaime had three really good events, and Kelci did a good job on floor, but the scoring was a little tight. All in all, we have some work to do."Arkansas was on floor for the first rotation and scored a 48.825.
Stacey Bartlett led off with an 8.95. Senior Amy DeFilippo, competing in the event for the first time since Jan. 29 against Kentucky, posted a 9.575. Pisani scored a 9.90 while Magee had a 9.875. Nagashima had a 9.725.
Pisani’s 9.90 matches the school record in the SEC meet set by Dana McQuillin in 2004. Magee’s score equals her career best in the SEC meet, set last season.
Following a bye, the Razorbacks were on vault and posted a team score of 49.00, which matches the second-best mark for Arkansas in the SEC Championship.
Sophomore Mariah Howdeshell opened with a 9.725 while freshman Kelci Lewis had a 9.775. Freshman Amy Borsellino had a 9.600. Pisani again led with a 9.875, followed by Magee with a 9.825 and Nagashima a 9.80.
Pisani’s 9.875 equals her own mark for the second-best Arkansas score in the SEC meet while Magee’s 9.825 is fourth-best and Nagashima’s 9.80 ties for eighth-best.
After another bye, Arkansas returned to the arena floor for bars, where the Razorbacks scored a 48.40.
Nagashima, going first, scored a career-high 9.875, which ties the fourth-best Arkansas score in the SEC Championship. Howdeshell and Pisani each followed with a 9.475. DeFilippo scored a 9.775, Magee a 9.80 and freshman Natalie Bohonsky a 9.100.
In Arkansas’ final event, the Razorbacks scored a 49.05 on beam.
Pisani was first and recorded a 9.775, followed by Bartlett with a 9.725. DeFilippo had a 9.825, Nagashima a 9.825, Howdeshell a 9.525 and Magee a 9.90.
Arkansas learns its NCAA regional destination on Monday. Regionals are April 10. In seven full seasons, Arkansas has earned a regional bid six times, advanced to the NCAA Championship three times and the NCAA Super Six last year, where the Razorbacks finished fifth in the nation.
Arkansas Results2010 SEC ChampionshipJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena = Jacksonville, Fla.
Team StandingsNo. 1 Alabama 196.875, No. 4 Florida 197.05, No. 1 Alabama 196.875, No. 5 Georgia 196.825, No. 10 LSU 195.75, No. 15 Auburn 195.575, No. 8 Arkansas 195.275, No. 18 Kentucky 194.80
No. 8 Arkansas 195.275
Floor: 48.825Stacy Bartlett 8.950, Amy DeFilippo 9.575, Sarah Nagashima 9.725, Kelci Lewis 9.75, Casey Jo Magee 9.875, Jaime Pisani 9.90
Vault: 49.00Mariah Howdeshell 9.725, Kelci Lewis 9.775, Amy Borsellino 9.600, Jaime Pisani 9.875, Casey Jo Magee 9.825, Sarah Nagashima 9.80
Bars: 48.40Sarah Nagashima 9.875, Mariah Howdeshell 9.475, Jaime Pisani 9.475, Amy DeFilippo 9.775, Casey Jo Magee 9.80, Natalie Bohonsky 9.100
Beam: 49.05Jaime Pisani 9.775, Stacy Bartlett 9.725, Amy DeFilippo 9.825, Sarah Nagashima 9.825, Mariah Howdeshell 9.525, Casey Jo Magee 9.90