FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On Monday, Gyminfo Rankings released its first set of Regional Qualifying Scores of the 2015 season, and the University of Arkansas women’s gymnastics team came in at No. 17 in the first RQS.
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 the first addition of the RQS, Arkansas placed at No. 17 with a score of 195.820. The Razorbacks are coming off a 194.825-performance at Kentucky last Friday, which did not calculate into the team’s RQS score this week.
In event rankings, Arkansas once again was featured in the top-10 in both the vault and floor exercise, as its score of 49.225 tied Boise State for the ninth-best average on the vault and its 49.165 floor average placed them in a tie for 10th with fellow Southeastern Conference member Auburn. The Razorbacks also came into this week tied for 17th nationally on the uneven bars (49.000) and 39th (48.435) on the balance beam.
Sophomore Amanda Wellick, who is coming off a two event title-performance at Kentucky, is currently ranked inside the top-20 of the RQS in three events. The Wheaton, Illinois, native is ranked seventh on the vault with 9.915 average score, 12th in the all-around with a 39.250 and 14th in the floor exercise by averaging 9.890.
Junior Heather Elswick also ranks inside the top-25 of the RQS in the floor exercise, as her score of 9.865 puts her in a tie for 25th in the nation.
The SEC continues its strong 2015 women’s gymnastics season, as all eight schools placed inside the top-25 of this year’s first RQS ranking, including five in the top-10. LSU has the highest RQS score this week in the SEC, as its 197.335 is the second-highest in the nation. Florida is one spot behind the Tigers with its 197.270 and Alabama’s 197.055 places them at No. 5. Auburn and Georgia rounded out the group of top-10 teams by coming in at seventh (196.610) and ninth (196.525), respectively. While Missouri, who faces Arkansas this Friday in Barnhill Arena, made the jump to No. 23 with its 195.315, and Kentucky was slotted at No. 25 with a 195.275.
The Razorbacks return home this Friday, Feb. 27, to face No. 23 Missouri for its annual ‘Flip for a Cure’ meet. All fans who come to the meet wearing pink will receive $1 admission and the first 1,000 fans will receive a pair of free earbuds with a pink pouch. Friday’s meet will be webcast live on the SEC Network+ and will re-air on the SEC Network on March 2 at 6 p.m.
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