BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Sarah Shaffer has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week following her 39.350 all-around performance at No. 10 Alabama, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Shaffer becomes just the third Razorback to be named Freshman of the Week twice in a season, joining Jaime Pisani (2009) and Paige Zaziski (2015).
After recording a 9.725 on vault, Shaffer recovered and scored three straight scores over 9.825, including two-consecutive 9.900’s on beam and floor to secure the all-around title in Tuscaloosa, her first of the season. Shaffer was the only underclassmen in the SEC to score a single 9.900 on the road this past weekend.
The Tyler, Texas native was one of Arkansas’ scorers on all four events last Friday and helped the Razorbacks secure its highest road score of the season of 196.350, and its fourth-straight over 196. Her scores of 9.900 on beam and floor set or tied new career highs on each event.
Shaffer’s Results at No. 10 Alabama
It’s the third weekly honor in four weeks for the Razorbacks, as Shaffer was named Freshman of the Week (Jan. 16) following Arkansas’ meet against Kentucky, and fellow freshman Sophia Carter was named Specialist of the Week (Jan. 30) following her record performance against Georgia.
Shaffer and the 10th-ranked Razorbacks return home for a top-15 matchup against No. 15 Auburn this Friday inside Barnhill Arena. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app. Tickets for the remaining three home meets are available at the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or by clicking here. Arkansas’ Clear Bag Policy will be implemented during all events inside Barnhill Arena. Parking maps can be found here.
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