FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ gymnastics team, which has equaled its highest ranking ever at No. 3 in the nation, is home again this week to face No. 25 LSU.
The meet is Friday at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena.
The 2012 season is the 10-year anniversary of the program, and members of the inaugural team from 2003 will be honored throughout the meet while other former Razorbacks will be recognized following the meet.
Promotions are also scheduled for the meet, including t-shirts thrown into the stands each time a Razorback scores a 9.8 or better and a drawing for a prize for university students. In addition, the first 1,000 fans admitted will receive commemorative glasses courtesy of Cox Advanced TV.
Arkansas is 5-0 this year and No. 3 in the country following Friday’s 196.65-191.975 win over No. 23 Kentucky. The Razorbacks have opened the year with back-to-back 196s for the first time in school history.
Highlights from the meet include individual titles by senior All-American Jaime Pisani in the all-around with a 39.525, which matches the eighth-best in school history, on floor with a school-record matching 9.95 and on vault with a 9.90. Sophomore Katherine Grable won beam with a 9.85, and Grable and senior Mariah Howdeshell tied for the bars title with a 9.875.
In the national individual rankings, Pisani is No. 2 in the nation on floor, Howdeshell No. 3 in bars, Grable No. 5 on beam, Pisani No. 7 on vault, Grable No. 10 in the all-around and Pisani No. 10 on bars.
Highlights from the win over Kentucky are now available at the link below.
In nine years, the Razorbacks have earned eight NCAA regional bids, won two NCAA regionals, advanced to the NCAA Championship five times, reached the NCAA Super Six, finished in the top 10 in the nation three times, finished ranked in the top 15 seven consecutive seasons, and produced 28 All-America selections and 13 NCAA individual event finals appearances.
In 2011, the Razorbacks tied for the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, won the NCAA North Central Regional, tied for ninth in the nation, recorded two wins over No. 1-ranked Florida, beat No. 4 Georgia, and set school records with seven dual-meet wins and four road wins.
Kentucky Meet Video Highlights