FAYETTEVILLE – Casey Jo Magee recorded a 9.875 and Jaime Pisani a 9.925 in the last two spots of the floor lineup to rally the No. 6 Arkansas gymnastics team to a 196.200-196.200 tie with No. 11 LSU in Barnhill Arena on Friday.
Arkansas won the first rotation, but LSU won the second and third rotations, and had the lead until the final competitor when Pisani closed the meet with her career-high matching 9.925. Before Magee and Pisani posted their scores, freshman Kelci Lewis posted season-best 9.85 in the third spot in the order.
"I’m still in shock," co-head coach René Cook said. "That’s mostly because we had mistakes on floor. To tie was good considering where we were, but we do need to get a little better. Kelci, Casey Jo and Jaime were outstanding. They were phenomenal."
Pisani won the individual floor title (9.925), Magee the beam title (9.925) and Magee tied for the bars title (9.875). Magee won the all-around title with a 39.525.
"It was close, but we did a good job finishing it off," Pisani said. "We still have a lot of work to do, but a tie is better than losing."In the first rotation, Arkansas counted five scores of 9.80 or better on vault and scored 49.125 points, marking the fourth consecutive meet the Razorbacks tallied more than 49 points.
Pisani led the way with a 9.875, followed by Magee with a 9.85, and Lewis, Amanda Siebert and Sarah Nagashima with a 9.80 each.
Meanwhile, LSU totaled 49.05 points on bars, led by Summer Hubbard and Susan Jackson with a 9.875 each.
In the second rotation, LSU scored a 49.20 on vault while Arkansas had a 49.00 on bars to give the Tigers a 98.25-98.125 heading into the third rotation.
For the Razorbacks, Magee had a 9.875, Nagashima and Mariah Howdeshell a 9.80, Pisani a 9.775 and Lewis a 9.725.
For LSU on vault, Jackson had a 9.925.
In the third rotation, Arkansas had a 49.075 on beam, its third-best score of the season. LSU recorded a 49.075 on floor to maintain its lead heading into the final rotation.
For Arkansas, Magee had a 9.925 on beam, followed by Nagashima with a 9.85, Howdeshell and Stacy Bartlett with a 9.775, and Pisani a 9.75.
For the Tigers on floor, Jackson had a 9.875.
In the final rotation, Arkansas posted a 49.00 on floor while LSU had a 48.875 on beam.
Pisani had the 9.925, Magee the 9.875 and Lewis the 9.85, but they were joined by Bartlett with a 9.725 and Siebert a 9.625.
For LSU, Shelby Prunty and Samantha Engle had a 9.80 on beam.
"We fought really hard," Cook said. "Sometimes that’s what it takes to get you where you want to go."
Next week, the Razorbacks are on the road for Friday’s 8 p.m. meet at No. 23 Washington.
No. 6 Arkansas 196.200, No. 11 LSU 196.200Feb. 19, 2010 = Barnhill Arena = Att.: 2,712
ROTATION 1Arkansas: Vault: 49.125Mariah Howdeshell 9.75, Kelci Lewis 9.80, Amanda Siebert 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.875, Casey Jo Magee 9.85, Sarah Nagashima 9.80
LSU: Bars: 49.05Sabrina Franceschelli 9.775, Shelby Prunty 9.425, Ericka Garcia 9.70, Samantha Engle 9.825, Summer Hubbard 9.875, Susan Jackson 9.875
ROTATION 2Arkansas: Bars: 49.00Sarah Nagashima 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.775, Mariah Howdeshell 9.80, Amy DeFilippo 9.75, Casey Jo Magee 9.875, Kelci Lewis 9.725
LSU: Vault: 49.20Kayla Rogers 9.675, Sabrina Franceschelli 9.80, Ashley Lee 9.80, Ericka Garcia 9.825, Gloria Johnson 9.85, Susan Jackson 9.925
ROTATION 3Arkansas: Beam: 49.075Jaime Pisani 9.75, Stacy Bartlett 9.775, Kelci Lewis 9.675, Sarah Nagashima 9.85, Mariah Howdeshell 9.775, Casey Jo Magee 9.925
LSU: Floor: 49.075Kayla Rogers 9.80, Ashley Lee 9.775, Sabrina Franceschelli 9.85, Summer Hubbard 9.775, Samantha Engle 9.625, Susan Jackson 9.875
ROTATION 4Arkansas: Floor: 49.00Sarah Nagashima 9.10, Stacy Bartlett 9.725, Kelci Lewis 9.85, Amanda Siebert 9.625, Casey Jo Magee 9.875, Jaime Pisani 9.925
LSU: Beam: 48.875Shelby Prunty 9.80, Ericka Garcia 9.775, Gloria Johnson 9.675, Summer Hubbard 9.75, Samantha Engle 9.80, Susan Jackson 9.75
Download: NCAA Gymnastics Score Sheet 021910.pdf