Arkansas Prepped For First Road Test
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 10 Arkansas gymnastics team will hit the road for the first time this season as it travels to No. 18 Arizona this Saturday. The meet will be the first of four-consecutive road trips for the Gymbacks.
First Vault: 4 p.m. CT
Live Stream: Pac 12 Networks/WatchESPN
Live Stats: Arizona.Statbroadcast.com
How They Compare (Season Averages)
Vault: Arkansas: 48.825, Arizona: 48.750
Bars: Arizona: 49.100, Arkansas: 48.600
Beam: Arkansas: 48.975, Arizona: 48.575
Floor: Arkansas: 49.175, Arizona: 48.325
Total: Arkansas: 195.575, Arizona: 194.750
Back In The Top-10
After the first week of action, the Gymbacks moved up two spots to No. 10 in the Road to Nationals weekly rankings. It’s the Razorbacks earliest season appearance in the polls’ top-10 since 2014.
Carter Tied For First
Arkansas sophomore Sophia Carter scored a 9.950 this past weekend against No. 2 Oklahoma. Her score was the third highest floor score in program history and put her in a tie for first place nationally on the event. The No. 1 national individual ranking is Arkansas’ first since Katherine Grable was No. 1 in the All-Around in 2014 and the 20th in program history.
Shaffer Solid on Floor
Sophomore Sarah Shaffer recorded a 9.900 on floor last week against Oklahoma. It’s her eighth score of 9.900 or higher in the last 12 meets. The sophomore has scored below a 9.850 just twice in her career.
Arkansas is traveling to Tucson, Arizona for the first time since the 2004 season. The Razorbacks are 0-2 all-time in Tucson, but have won seven-consecutive matchups in the series. Arkansas defeated the Wildcats 197.275-196.125 in what was a team record score at the time.
Hambrick Makes Debut
Freshman Kennedy Hambrick made a solid debut on two events last weekend. She scored a 9.825 on vault, which tied for the team lead, and a 9.800 on floor. Her scores were counted in both events as she was the only freshman in the Southeastern Conference to score a 9.800 in every event among the seven freshman gymnasts that competed on multiple events.
McGlone is Back
Making her first appearance since February of 2018, senior Sydney McGlone recorded a 9.825 in her first vault, which tied for the team lead. She also competed on floor for the first time since April 1 of 2017.
Burton Makes All-Around
Junior Michaela Burton competed in all four events against Oklahoma for the first time in her career. The junior set a career high on vault with a 9.700 while posting a 9.875 on beam, which tied for the team lead.
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