FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas gymnastics team maintained its No. 12 slot for the second-straight week in the Gyminfo Rankings after posting a season-high 196.325 to upset the defending Southeastern Conference champion, Alabama, last Friday in Barnhill Arena.
The Razorbacks posted an average score of 195.613 to remain as the 12th-ranked team in the Gyminfo Week Two Rankings. Arkansas set a school record score of 49.600 on the floor exercise in its final rotation to overcome a 1.3-point deficit to capture a 196.325-196.175 victory over the then ranked No. 6 Crimson Tide.
The historic floor performance moved the Razorbacks to No. 3 floor exercise team in the nation with an average score of 49.288. Sophomore Amanada Wellick, who posted a career-best 9.950 on the floor last Friday, is tied for fourth nationally in the individual rankings with a 9.913. Arkansas had two more gymnasts rank inside the top 25 on the floor, as sophomore Samantha Nelson is tied for 15th with a 9.875 and junior Heather Elswick’s 9.865 puts her in a tie for 25th.
Arkansas was also featured in the top 10 on the vault, as they were tied with fellow SEC member, LSU, for seventh with a 49.238. Like the floor exercise, the gymnastics team had three athletes place inside the top 25 nationally, as Elswick, Wellick and freshman Leah MacMoyle were all tied for 10th with a 9.900 score.
For MacMoyle, the 9.900 she posted against Alabama came on her first collegiate vault attempt. The score is tied for the fourth-highest for a freshman this season and marks the second-straight week a first-year gymnast recorded a 9.900 on her first vault attempt this season. Freshman Paige Zaziski posted an identical score against No. 1 Oklahoma in the season-opener.
The Razorbacks came in 21st nationally on the bars with a 48.788 average score and Wellick’s 39.137 average in the all-around placed her 25th nationally.
The SEC claimed two of the three tops spots in the Gyminfo Rankings for the second week in a row, as Florida moved into a tie with Oklahoma for No. 1, and LSU slipped down one spot to No. 3. Alabama and Georgia rounded out the group of SEC teams in top 10 with their seventh and 10th-place rankings. Kentucky moved back into the poll after a week absence, jumping all the way to No. 14 and Auburn, who the Razorbacks compete against this Friday, checked in at No. 19.
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