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Top five matchup for No. 2 Razorbacks

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Top five matchup for No. 2 Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ second-ranked gymnastics team is home for a top five matchup on Super Bowl Sunday as the Razorbacks entertain No. 5 Oklahoma in Barnhill Arena at 2 p.m.

"Oklahoma has been second and third in the nation the last two years," co-head coach René Cook says. "They are ranked fifth and have a phenomenal program. It will be an awesome meet. We want to be neck and neck with them and see what happens at the end."

Arkansas is No. 2 in the nation overall, No. 1 on bars, No. 2 on floor, No. 6 on vault and No. 7 on beam. The Razorbacks are led by two No. 1-ranked individuals, senior Mariah Howdeshell on bars and senior All-American Jaime Pisani on floor. In addition, sophomore All-American Katherine Grable is No. 2 in the country in the all-around and No. 2 on beam.

The Razorbacks were also home on Friday, hosting No. 13 Auburn. This is the only weekend all year when the Razorbacks compete twice.

"This has been an exciting weekend, and a hard weekend," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "But it’s an opportunity to get better. The girls are staying focused and performing really, really well."

In addition to being No. 1 on floor, Pisani is also No. 6 on bars, No. 10 in the all-around and No. 13 on vault. Grable is No. 3 on floor and No. 9 on vault. Sophomore Shelby Salmon is No. 14 on bars.

The Razorbacks feature three top 20 all-arounders with Grable at No. 2, Pisani No. 10 and junior Jordan Salsberg at No. 19.

Following the OU meet, Arkansas is on the road for two straight, going to No. 4 Georgia on Friday and No. 6 Alabama on Feb. 17.

The Oklahoma meet is being covered by Cox Sports Television for a tape-delay broadcast set for Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. Friday’s Auburn meet was covered by Fox Sports Net, which is Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas, and set for an air date of Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.



Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)