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Razorbacks regulars at NCAA Championship

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks regulars at NCAA Championship

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ gymnastics team is competing in the NCAA Championship in Duluth, Ga., later this week, but in just their 10th season, the Razorbacks are regulars on the national stage.

Arkansas qualified for the NCAA Championship by finishing second in the NCAA Regional in Fayetteville on April 7. The top two teams from each of the six regionals advance to the national semifinals.

The Razorbacks are in the Session II semifinal at 5 p.m. on Friday. The No. 8 seed overall, Arkansas is competing with Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama and Oregon State. The Session I semifinal includes UCLA, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford and Utah.

The top three teams in each semifinal advance to Saturday’s Super Six. The individual event finals are on Sunday.

Arkansas has advanced to the NCAA Championship as one of the top 12 teams in the country five straight years, six times in seven years and six times overall in its 10 years.

This year’s team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time earlier this year, but after battling injuries over the final month, the Razorbacks went into their home regional ranked No. 10.

UCLA won the regional, but Arkansas topped No. 15 Boise State, No. 19 Missouri, No. 29 New Hampshire and No. 34 Maryland to advance for the fifth straight year.

"I told the girls after the regional when everything goes well, sometimes you don’t appreciate what you’ve gone through," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "When you have adversity and prevail in spite of that, it makes it more rewarding and it makes you tougher."

The Razorbacks are assured of ending the season ranked among the nation’s top 15 for the eighth consecutive season.

Arkansas has earned a spot in an NCAA Regional nine straight years, every year the program has existed with the exception of the first in 2003.

In 2006, the No. 19 Razorbacks earned their first trip to the NCAA Championship and finished sixth in the Session II semifinal in Corvallis, Ore., before ending the year No. 12 overall.

After just missing a return trip in 2007 after finishing third in the regional, Arkansas was back in the national championship in 2008. The No. 11 Razorbacks finished fifth in the Session II semifinal in Athens, Ga., ahead of No. 8 Oregon State, and recorded their first top 10 finish by ending the year 10th in the country.

In 2009, Arkansas won its first regional title and finished second in the Session II semifinal in Lincoln, Neb., upsetting No. 2 Utah, No. 6 Oregon State and No. 7 UCLA, and beat No. 11 Illinois to advance to the Super Six for the first time. No. 10 Arkansas beat No. 6 LSU in the Super Six and finished fifth in the nation.

In 2010, No. 7 Arkansas beat No. 10 Missouri in the Session II semifinal in Gainesville, Fla., and finished the year 11th in the nation.

Last year, No. 10 Arkansas tied No. 7 Georgia and beat No. 11 Illinois in the Session I semifinal in Cleveland to tie for ninth in the nation.

Arkansas’ NCAA Championship Results

2006

Corvallis, Ore. (Oregon State, host) — Session II

TeamVGUBBB FX Total

#1 Georgia 49.150 49.400 49.375 49.350 197.275

#4 Iowa State 49.050 49.075 48.825 49.300 196.250

#3 Florida48.925 49.000 48.925 49.375 196.225

#9 Arizona State 48.850 49.050 48.725 48.950 195.575

#17 Oregon St. 48.675 48.775 48.600 49.100 195.150

#19 ARKANSAS48.22548.75048.42548.975194.375

2008

Athens, Ga. (Georgia, host) — Session II

TeamVTUBBB FX Total

#3 Florida 49.100 49.300 48.975 49.525 196.900

#4 Alabama 49.125 49.375 48.850 49.300 196.650

# 7 LSU 49.050 49.450 48.825 49.250 196.575

#10 Oklahoma 48.775 49.125 48.950 49.225 196.075

#11 ARKANSAS49.15049.12548.575 48.975 195.825

#8 Oregon St. 48.725 49.150 48.750 48.850 195.475

2009

Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska, host) — Session II

TeamVTUBBB FX Total

#3 Alabama 49.325 49.200 49.375 49.125 197.025

#10 ARKANSAS49.45049.10049.25049.150196.950

#2 Utah49.400 49.275 48.775 49.175 196.625

#7 UCLA 49.425 48.700 49.200 49.300 196.625

#6 Oregon St. 49.225 48.625 48.325 49.175 195.350

#11 Illinois 48.700 48.875 48.575 48.900 195.050

2009

Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska, host) — Super Six

TeamVTUBBB FX Total

#1 Georgia 49.625 49.425 49.200 49.575 197.825

#3 Alabama 49.425 49.325 49.325 49.500 197.575

#2 Utah49.525 49.275 49.175 49.450 197.425

#4 Florida49.000 49.150 49.200 49.375 196.725

#10 ARKANSAS49.32548.97548.925 49.250196.475

#6 LSU49.275 49.100 48.700 49.300 196.375

2010

Gainesville, Fla. (Florida, host) — Session II

TeamVTUBBB FX Total

#3 Alabama 49.325 49.350 49.225 48.950 196.850

#2 Florida49.425 48.900 49.175 49.275 196.775

#6 Stanford49.325 48.950 49.100 48.925 196.300

#11 Michigan 49.375 48.725 48.450 49.150 195.700

#7 ARKANSAS49.25049.12548.00049.225195.600

#10 Missouri49.200 49.025 47.450 48.925 194.600

2011

Cleveland, Ohio (Kent State, host) — Session I

TeamVTUBBB FX Total

#3 Oklahoma 49.225 49.375 49.175 49.000 196.775

#6 Michigan 49.325 49.375 48.750 49.250 196.700

#2 UCLA 49.450 49.350 48.375 49.325 196.500

#10 ARKANSAS49.15048.57548.45049.275195.450

#7 Georgia 49.250 49.075 48.700 48.425 195.450

#11 Illinois 49.175 48.825 47.950 49.150 195.100



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