Gymbacks Ranked No. 15 in Preseason Poll

For the fourth consecutive season and fourth under head coach Jordyn Wieber, the Arkansas Razorback gymnastics team has landed in the top 15 of the Women’s College Gymnastics Association preseason poll.

The Gymbacks closed out their 2023 slate at their 19th straight regional, where they finished with a new regional team score record of 197.275, and a new regional floor record of 49.500. The team just missed the regional final and came in at 17th in the country, maintaining the program’s 18-year streak in the top 20.

Arkansas was represented at nationals, though, as graduate transfer Norah Flatley and freshman Lauren Williams both earned berths to the NCAA Championships as individuals, extending Wieber’s unblemished national appearance streak in each eligible year.

The Gymbacks hit multiple other milestones in the postseason which include SEC Championships team score record (196.825), SEC Championships vault record (49.425) and SEC Championships bars record (49.175). Five Gymbacks earned All-SEC or All-SEC Freshman honors at the meet: Norah Flatley (VT, FX, AA), Lauren Williams (VT, FX), Reese Drotar (UB), Frankie Price (VT) and Cami Weaver (VT), which is the most since 2018 and second-most ever for Arkansas.

In the regular season, Arkansas saw a new program score record of 197.475 against LSU on Jan. 27, a new program vault record of 49.525 against Kentucky on Feb. 17, and a new program beam record of 49.525 against Missouri on Feb. 24. Arkansas posted five scores above 197 for the second time in program history in the 2023 slate, the first in 2021, also under Wieber.

The Gymbacks have a star lineup of returners this year including Frankie Price, Jensen Scalzo, Leah Smith, Cami Weaver and Lauren Williams. Arkansas also added beam All-American Sirena Linton from Arizona as a graduate transfer, and their four freshmen – Chandler Buntin, Dakota Essenpries, Hailey Klein and Priscilla Park – provide a boost on all events.

Fans can get their first look at the 2024 squad at the team’s annual Gymback Preview on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Barnhill Arena at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Both season and single meet tickets are available now through the Razorback Ticket Center, including both of the team’s regular season meets at Bud Walton Arena against Oklahoma (March 10) and Nebraska (March 15).

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