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Three in NCAA finals

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Three in NCAA finals

CLEVELAND – With their performances in Friday’s NCAA Championship Session I Semifinal, three Razorback gymnasts have earned spots in Sunday’s NCAA Individual Event Finals.

The individual championships are Sunday at noon in Cleveland’s Wolstein Center.

Razorbacks competing for national titles and All-America honors are sophomore Amy Borsellino, freshman Katherine Grable and junior All-American Jaime Pisani.

Pisani is appearing in the event finals for the second straight year. Borsellino and Grable are in the finals for the first time.

Borsellino is one of 16 individuals in the vault competition. Each competitor performs two vaults in the finals.

Grable and Pisani are two of the 12 finalists on floor.

The top four finishers and any ties from each session of Friday’s semifinals earned spots in the event finals.

Vault has the most competitors with 16, followed by 15 on bars, 12 on floor and 10 on beam.

Borsellino tied for third on vault in the NCAA Session I Semifinal with a career-high 9.90.

Pisani won the session individual floor title for the second straight year, scoring a 9.95. Her score matches the school record, which she already shared, and is her fourth 9.95 this season. Grable tied for fourth with a 9.90.

Borsellino’s 9.90 vault ties for the second-best mark in school history in the NCAA Championship. Pisani’s 9.95 is a school record for the championship, topping the 9.925 she set last year. Grable’s 9.90 ties for third. Pisani’s 9.925 last year came in the NCAA Session II semifinal, which she also won.

As a team, Arkansas tied for fourth in its NCAA Session I Semifinal. The top three teams from each of the two sessions advanced to Saturday’s Super Six. Oklahoma won the session with a 196.775, followed by Michigan with a 196.70, UCLA 196.50, Arkansas and Georgia 195.45, and Illinois 195.10.

The three teams advancing from the Session II semifinal were Alabama, Nebraska and Utah.

In the individual competition last year, Arkansas’ Casey Jo Magee finished second in the country in the all-around for Arkansas’ best finish ever. Magee was also fourth on beam, tied for fifth on bars and was 12th on floor. Pisani was 10th on floor and tied for 12th on vault. Magee and Pisani combined for seven All-America honors last year.

Arkansas’ tie for fourth in the semifinal is its second-best NCAA Championship finish in five appearances. The 2009 team finished second to earn a spot in the Super Six before finishing fifth in the nation.

Arkansas’ five NCAA Championship appearances have all come in the last six years. In the nine years Arkansas’ program has existed, since 2003, the five appearances are 12th-most in the country.

Download: NCAA Score Sheet Combined.pdf



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)