Arkansas gymnastics scores season-high at No. 3 Florida

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GAINESVILLE –The ninth-ranked University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a season-best 195.75 in Southeastern Conference action against third-ranked Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Friday.

Arkansas finished the meet tying a season-best on vault with a 49.025 and setting a season-high on the bars with a 48.875.

“One of our major focuses for this meet was to not count a fall and we achieved that,” said Arkansas co-head coach Mark Cook. “We still had a few errors and we have to clean those up to reach our potential. We kept the meet close after several rotations and we’re very proud of that.”

Sophomore Casey Jo Magee tied her career-best with a 39.275 finishing third in the all-around competition. Magee tied for the bars title and was third on the beam.

Arkansas opened the meet on bars getting a 9.825 from Magee who tied her season high.

The Gym’Backs got a 9.80 from senior Emily Peacock on bars as the San Antonio, Texas, native finished tied for third on the event. But Florida was nearly perfect with a 49.375 taking an early lead as Arkansas posted a 48.875 on the bars.

Arkansas moved to the vault where Magee scored a season-best 9.80 and sophomores Amy DeFilippo and Michelle Stout paced Arkansas with 9.85s – a career-best for DeFilippo. Senior Samantha Cortez tallied a 9.80 and Springdale, Ark., sophomore Ashly McPherson finished with a 9.725.

Arkansas rebounded with a solid 49.025 tying the team’s season-best on vault as the Gym’Backs closed the gap with the third-ranked Gators, 98.20-97.90.

The Gym’Backs’ solid performances continued as Arkansas posted a 49.050 on the floor led by Peacock’s 9.875. Peacock tied for second leading Arkansas in the third rotation.

Magee, LaChance and Cortez all recorded 9.80s as the Gym’Backs continued to chase the Gators. Arkansas trailed Florida 147.450-146.950 after three events.

Florida’s scores continued to grow as they moved to the floor but Arkansas put together solid performances that were rewarded on the beam as well.

Magee tied for third on the beam with a 9.85 while Cortez posted a 9.80 and DeFilippo added a 9.775.

Arkansas finished with a 48.80 on the beam for a 195.75 at the meet.

Friday’s meet was televised by Sun Sports and is scheduled to air at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10. Arkansas continues SEC road action traveling to No. 4 Alabama next Friday. For more information about Arkansas gymnastics, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.


No. 3 Florida def. No. 9 Arkansas, 196.70-195.750

Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 – Gainesville, Fla.

Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Attendance: 5,157



Bars: 48.875

Amy DeFilippo 9.725, Samantha Cortez 9.70, Emily Peacock 9.80, Michelle Stout 9.775, Casey Jo Magee 9.825, Allison Daniels 9.75.


Vault: 49.375

Courtney Gladys 9.60, Melanie Sinclair 9.85, Tiffany Murray 9.875, Corey Hartung 9.925, Amanda Castillo 9.825, Ashley Reed 9.90.



Vault: 49.025

Alex LaChance 9.625, Casey Jo Magee 9.80, Amy DeFilippo 9.85, Samantha Cortez 9.80, Michelle Stout 9.85, Ashly McPherson 9725.


Bars: 48.825

Nicola Willis 9.025, Maranda Smith 9.75, Ashley Reed 9.675, Amanda Castillo 9.775, Corey Hartung 9.80, Melanie Sinclair 9.825.



Floor: 49.050

Ashly McPherson 9.675, Michelle Stout 9.775, Casey Jo Magee 9.80, Alex LaChance 9.80, Samantha Cortez 9.80, Emily Peacock 9.875.


Beam: 49.250

Rebekah Zaiser 9.875, Nicola Willis 9.80, Melanie Sinclair 9.85, Ashley Reed 9.85, Corey Hartung 9.875, Amanda Castillo 9.70.



Beam: 48.80

Samantha Cortez 9.80, Emily Peacock 9.70, Amy DeFilippo 9.775, Alex LaChance 8.350, Stacy Bartlett 9.675, Casey Jo Magee 9.850.


Floor: 49.250

Tiffany Murry 9.85, Maranda Smith 9.775, Ashley Reed 9.70, Corey Hartung 9.875, Melanie Sinclair 9.850, Amanda Castillo9.90.