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Pisani, Howdeshell No. 1, team No. 2

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Pisani, Howdeshell No. 1, team No. 2

FAYETTEVILLE – For just the second and third times in program history, Arkansas’ gymnastics team has individuals ranked No. 1 in the nation while the team, which was No. 1 in the country a week ago, is No. 2 in the GymInfo national rankings after posting a big score at Florida last week.

Individually, senior All-American Jaime Pisani and senior Mariah Howdeshell have earned No.1 event national rankings.

Arkansas recorded one of the best road scores in the country with a 196.700 and trails only Utah in the national rankings.

Utah is No. 1 with an average score of 196.992, followed by Arkansas at No. 2 with an average of 196.756, No. 3 Florida with a 196.563, No. 4 Georgia with a 196.519 and No. 5 Oklahoma with a 196.444. The rest of the top 10 includes Alabama at No. 6, last week’s co-No. 1 UCLA at No. 7, Oregon State at No. 8, Nebraska No. 9 and Penn State No. 10.

Arkansas’ 196.700 at Florida ties for the ninth-best score in program history and the third-best for a road meet.

In the individual events, Arkansas maintained its No. 1 ranking on bars and its No. 2 ranking on floor while improving to No. 7 on beam and coming in at No. 6 on vault.

Individually, Pisani is No. 1 in the nation on floor and Howdeshell is No. 1 on bars. They are the second and third Razorbacks to earn No. 1 national rankings. Former All-American Casey Jo Magee was No. 1 in the country on beam for three weeks in 2010.

In addition to the No. 1 rankings, sophomore All-American Katherine Grable is knocking on the door with No. 2 rankings in both the all-around and on beam.

Grable is also tied for No. 9 on vault while Pisani is No. 13. On bars, Pisani is No. 6 and sophomore Shelby Salmon is tied for No. 14. Grable is tied for third on floor and in the all-around Pisani is No. 10 and junior Jordan Salsberg is No. 19.

In the South Central Regional rankings, Arkansas is No. 1 overall, on bars and on floor, and No. 2 on vault and beam.

Individually, Grable is tied for No. 2 on vault, followed by Pisani at No. 4 and junior All-American Kelci Lewis tied for No. 13. Howdeshell is No. 1 on bars, followed by Pisani at No. 3, Salmon at No. 4 and Salsberg tied for No. 12. On beam, Grable is No. 1, sophomore Scarlett Williams tied for No. 9 and Salsberg No. 12. On floor, Pisani is No. 1, Grable tied for No. 2, junior All-American Amy Borsellino tied for No. 14 and sophomore Bailee Zumwalde tied for No. 17. In the all-around, Grable is No. 1, Pisani No. 5 and Salsberg No. 7.

The Razorbacks compete at home twice this week. On Friday, No. 2 Arkansas entertains No. 13 Auburn at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena while No. 5 Oklahoma is in town on Sunday for a 2 p.m. meet.

Both meets are being televised for tape-delay broadcasts. The Auburn meet airs on Fox Sports Net, which is Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas, on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. The Oklahoma meet airs on Cox Sports Television on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.

GymInfo Top 25 National RankingsJan. 30

Rank

Team

Avg.

Region

Conference

Div.

High

RQS

1

Utah

196.992

NC

PAC 12

1

197.550

2

Arkansas

196.756

SC

SEC

1

197.225

3

Florida

196.563

SE

SEC

1

197.775

4

Georgia

196.519

SE

SEC

1

197.250

5

Oklahoma

196.444

SC

Big 12

1

197.450

6

Alabama

196.325

C

SEC

1

196.475

7

UCLA

196.231

W

PAC 12

1

197.575

8

Oregon State

196.050

W

PAC 12

1

196.800

9

Nebraska

195.900

SC

Big 10

1

197.375

10

Penn State

195.869

NE

Big 10

1

196.125

11

Ohio State

195.519

C

Big 10

1

195.900

12

Stanford

195.117

W

PAC 12

1

195.925

13

Auburn

195.106

C

SEC

1

196.250

14

L.S.U.

194.900

C

SEC

1

196.325

15

Denver

194.738

NC

WAC

1

195.400

16

Boise State

194.700

W

Mountain West

1

196.175

17

Missouri

194.663

SC

Big 12

1

195.725

18

Arizona

194.625

SC

PAC 12

1

195.150

19

Illinois-Champaign

194.500

SC

Big 10

1

195.075

20

West Virginia

194.444

SE

EAGL

1

195.775

21

Washington

194.419

W

PAC 12

1

195.725

22

Michigan

194.292

NE

Big 10

1

195.500

23

North Carolina State

194.250

SE

EAGL

1

194.675

24

Iowa

194.181

NC

Big 10

1

195.075

25

Minnesota

194.006

NC

Big 10

1

195.150



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