FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ gymnastics team celebrated its 2011 season with its annual team banquet on Sunday.
The Razorbacks went 16-10-1 and tied for ninth in the nation. Arkansas has three top 10 finishes, all in the last four years, and has finished in the top 15 seven consecutive seasons.
Junior All-American Jaime Pisani was named the team’s Most Outstanding Gymnast. Freshman All-American Katherine Grable was named the Most Outstanding Newcomer.
Sophomore transfer Jordan Salsberg was the only multiple winner, claiming the Most Improved Gymnast and Dana McQuillin Coaches Award.
Junior Genny Salvatore and sophomore Kelci Lewis were co-winners of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Senior Stacy Bartlett received the Katie Hardman Gym’Back Pride Award and freshman Bailee Zumwalde picked up the Spirit Award.
Pisani is a third-year All-American. She earned first-team honors on floor and tied for fifth in the nation, and was a second-team All-American in the all-around and on beam. Grable earned first-team All-America honors on floor and tied for ninth in the country, and was a second-team All-American on vault. Pisani led the team with 28 individual event titles while Grable was second with nine.
Salsberg transferred from Southeast Missouri, and won two individual titles and was ranked No. 38 in the nation in the all-around.
Salvatore, following a total of four knee surgeries, competed for the first time and was in the lineup on bars. Lewis was a second-team All-American on floor. Salvatore has a cumulative grade point average of 3.996 in art while Lewis has a 3.885 in kinesiology.
Bartlett was a regular in the beam lineup while Zumwalde was in the floor lineup.
Arkansas tied for the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, won the NCAA North Central Regional for its second regional title in three years and tied for fourth in the NCAA Championship Session I Semifinal, missing the Super Six by one spot.
The Razorbacks have earned a spot in an NCAA Regional eight straight years, every year of the program except the first, and advanced to the NCAA Championship five times, all in the last six years. The five NCAA Championship appearances are already 18th-most in the country and over the nine-year history of the program, since 2003, that total ranks 12th.