FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After scoring a season-best in tri-meet action last Friday, the University of Arkansas women’s gymnastics team was able to hold on to its No. 14 ranking for the second-consecutive week in the Gyminfo Rankings.
The Razorbacks come into this week boasting an average score of 195.958 after recording a season-high 196.650 against Illinois State and Southeast Missouri in last Friday’s tri-meet at Barnhill Arena. With the No. 14 ranking, Arkansas has be placed inside the Top-15 in every Gyminfo Ranking poll this season.
For the second-consecutive week, Arkansas is ranked inside the Top-10 in two events, as they are seventh in the floor exercise with a 49.233 and eighth on the vault, posting an average score of 49.242. The Razorbacks average score of 49.233 on the floor not only puts them at No. 7 in the country in the event, but also places them inside the Top-10 in every ranking this season. While on vault, it is the fourth time this year the team has been placed inside the Top-10.
Arkansas also placed inside the Top-15 on the uneven bars with an average score of 48.954 to place 15th. The Razorbacks moved up five spots this week to No. 29 on the balance beam (48.529) after posting a season-best 49.000 in the event last Friday.
Sophomore Amanda Wellick, who captured three event titles and tied a career-best on the vault in the tri-meet, enters this week ranked inside the Top-15 in both the vault and floor exercise. The Wheaton, Illinois, native ranks ninth in the floor exercise with an average score of 9.900, while her 9.908 average on the vault is the 11th-best in the nation. Wellick also ranks inside the Top-30 in the all-around, as she boasts a 39.192 average score.
Junior Heather Elswick came in No. 27 in the floor exercise for the second-straight week with an average of 9.867. The Austin, Texas, native also placed at No. 30 in the country on the vault with her 9.871. Freshman Paige Zaziski also placed in the Top-35 in individual rankings, as her score of 9.846 on the uneven bars placed her 33rd.
The Southeastern Conference once against had a high percentage of teams occupy the Top-10 in the Gyminfo Rankings. The SEC had four teams in the Top-10 and three inside the top five, as Florida moved up two spots to No. 2, LSU dropped one spot to No. 3 and Alabama came in at No. 5. Auburn rounded out the group of Top-10 SEC teams, as the Tigers moved up to No. 8.
Arkansas jumps back into SEC action this week, as they travel to Lexington, Kentucky for a Top-25 matchup against the No. 24-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Meet time from Memorial Coliseum is set for 6 p.m.
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