FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas gymnastics team will host an open intrasquad and toy drive dubbed Holidays With The Hogs this Sunday, December 17 beginning at 5 p.m. inside Barnhill Arena.
The meet will be free and open to the public with doors opening at 4 p.m. Fans are encouraged to enter through the south entrance facing the Bev Lewis Center. The meet marks the first time this season that Arkansas will perform full routines on all four events while being judged in front of fans inside Barnhill.
Fans can bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots of Northwest Arkansas. Prior to the meet, kids can enjoy cookies, cocoa, and photos with Santa beginning at 4 p.m.
Following the meet, a season ticket holder appreciation event will be held inside the Bev Lewis Center lobby. Season ticket holders will receive a free catered meal with members of the team and coaching staff and receive a custom holiday ornament keepsake. Season ticket holders can RSVP for the event here.
There is still time to purchase season tickets for the 2018 season. Reserved seats are $40 while general admission seats are $25 and grant admission to all five home meets. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 800-982-4647.
The Razorbacks face a loaded 2018 schedule that includes four teams from last year’s Super Six, including the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners. Thirteen of 15 opponents were NCAA Regional participants in 2017, while six were among the final 12 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The 2018 season begins January 5 in Baton Rouge, La., as the Razorbacks face last year’s national runner-up LSU, with the home schedule beginning a week later. Arkansas will host five meets inside Barnhill Arena, including Southeastern Conference matchups between Kentucky (Jan. 12), Georgia (Jan. 26) and Auburn (Feb. 9). The full schedule can be found here.
The Razorbacks bring back ten gymnasts from the 2017 season including All-American Amanda Wellick and NCAA Individual participants Braie Speed and Jessica Yamzon. Among the newcomers, Arkansas has five new faces in freshmen Sophia Carter, Kailey Gillings, Sydney Laird, Lakin Legereit and Ellie Wylie who were all level 10 gymnasts before joining the Razorbacks.
Head coach Mark Cook welcomed the additions of assistant coach Garrett Griffeth and volunteer assistant coach Courtney (McCool) Griffeth to the staff. The Griffeths come to Fayetteville after a stint at Texas Women’s University, helping the Pioneers to the title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship.
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