COLUMBIA, Mo. – Three Razorbacks took four event titles as the 10th-ranked Razorback came up just short at Missouri, falling 196.325-196.150 to the Tigers in Columbia, Missouri.
“We performed fairly well,” said head coach Mark Cook. “We just had some minor errors, but on the road it was a pretty good performance. We can score four or five more tenths on the road than we did tonight.”
First Rotation: Missouri Vault: 49.025 Arkansas Bars: 48.950
Three Razorbacks lead Arkansas as freshman Sarah Shaffer, sophomore Jessica Yamzon and senior Braie Speed each recorded scores of 9.800. The score is Yamzon’s highest score of the season on the event. Freshman Sydney Laird and senior Amanda Wellick were Arkansas’ other scorers on the event, each tallying a 9.775. The Razorbacks trailed the Tigers by 0.50 after the first rotation.
“I thought Jessica (Yamzon) did a good job on bars,” said Cook. “she was really solid in the all-around. Braie (Speed) did a good job on her vault.”
Second Rotation: Missouri Bars: 49.075, Arkansas Vault: 48.975
Speed tied her career high and led the Razorbacks with a 9.900 on vault to win her fifth career individual title on the event. Wellick and McGlone followed her with scores of 9.825 and 9.800, respectively. Missouri took a lead of 98.100-97.925 into the third rotation.
“I thought the team did well today,” said Speed. “I’m always happy when I can score a good score on vault and for the team, which is all I’m thinking about.”
Third Rotation: Arkansas Floor: 49.025, Missouri Beam: 49.000
Arkansas gained ground on the floor, led by freshman Sarah Shaffer who scored a 9.875, which tied her career high score in any event. Yamzon and freshman Sophia Carter gave the Razorbacks its two other scores over 9.8, each recording a 9.825. The Razorback trailed heading into the final rotation 147.100-146.950.
Fourth Rotation: Missouri Floor: 49.225, Arkansas Beam: 49.200
Two 9.900’s from sophomores Michaela Burton and Jessica Yamzon gave Arkansas life in the final rotation, giving each a share of the event title. The meet came down to the final floor routine from Missouri, after a low score from the Tigers fifth performer on the floor, but the Razorbacks came up just short in the end with a final of 196.325-196.150. The Razorbacks scored over 196 for the second time in three meets this season, after accomplishing that just three times in 2016.
Yamzon scored a 39.250 in the all-around for her fourth career all-around title and the first of the season for the Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks return to the friendly confines of Barnhill Arena for a SEC matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs next Friday at 6 p.m. The meet will be shown live on the SEC Network and tickets for the meet can be purchased here.
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