FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On Monday, the Gyminfo Rankings released its fourth set of Regional Qualifying Scores of the 2015 season, and the University of Arkansas women’s gymnastics team will open the postseason as the No. 18-ranked team in the nation.
The Razorbacks raised their total RQS from 196.260 last week to 196.275 after scoring a 195.900 in the regular season finale against No. 7 UCLA last Friday. The No. 18 ranking marks the 15th-straight week during the regular season that Arkansas has been placed inside the Gyminfo Top-25. The streak dates back to February 2013.
The Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) is used to determine which 36 schools will qualify for the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional on April 4. Qualification for regional competition is based on a team’s six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three much be away. To calculate the RQS, the team’s highest score is dropped and the five remaining scores are then averaged.
In event rankings, Arkansas maintained its place inside the top-20 in three events for the eighth-straight week. The Razorbacks ranked 15th in the vault (49.260), tied for 13th in the floor exercise (49.240) and came in at 19th in the uneven bars with a 49.095 RQS. The balance beam rotation dropped one spot to No. 40 with their RQS of 48.695.
Sophomore Amanda Wellick, who has won 14 event titles this season, is currently ranked inside the top-25 in the RQS in three events. The Wheaton, Illinois, native is tied for 11th on the vault with 9.920 average score, 13th in the all-around with a 39.400 and tied for 22nd on the floor exercise by averaging 9.900.
For the second-straight week, the Southeastern Conference had eight teams rank inside the RQS Top-25. The SEC had five teams represented in the top-10, as Florida (No. 2), LSU (No. 3) and Alabama (No. 5) all remained ideal, while Auburn dropped one spot to No. 8, and Georgia moved up to No. 9. Kentucky also fell one spot to No. 25 to round out the rankings.
The 18th-ranked Razorbacks will begin postseason competitions this weekend, as they will compete in the 2015 SEC Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, March 21, in Duluth, Georgia. Arkansas will be the No. 6 seed in this year’s SEC Championship, and will compete in Saturday’s afternoon session against No. 9 Georgia, No. 25 Kentucky and Missouri. Events from the Arena at the Gwinnett Center will begin at 1 p.m. CT.
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