Magee fourth in nation on beam
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior All-American Casey Jo Magee finished fourth in the nation on beam to highlight Arkansas’ entries at the NCAA Gymnastics Championship individual event finals on Saturday.
In addition to finishing fourth on beam, Magee tied for fifth in the country on bars and was 12th on floor after placing second in the all-around on Thursday. Sophomore All-American Jaime Pisani finished 10th in the nation on floor on Saturday and 12th on vault. Both competed in the event finals for the first time.
On vault, Pisani went 19th of 20 competitors. On bars, Magee was the last of 11. On beam, Magee was the first of 10. On floor, Pisani was 11th and Magee 13th of 13.
Magee competed first for the Razorbacks on bars and scored a 9.90 to tie for fifth with Florida’s Maranda Smith. Stanford’s Carly Janiga won the title with a 9.9375. Oklahoma’s Holly Vise and LSU’s Summer Hubbard tied for second at 9.925 and LSU’s Susan Jackson was fourth.
Pisani was next for Arkansas on vault. The only event counting two scores, she had a 9.725 and a 9.7125 for a 9.7188 average, which placed 11th. Vanessa Zamarripa of UCLA won with a 9.925, followed by LSU’s Jackson at 9.8938 and Oregon State’s Mandi Rodriguez 9.8438.
Magee followed by going first on beam and posted a 9.875. After waiting for the other nine competitors, she placed fourth. Jackson of LSU won with a 9.9625, followed by Stanford’s Janiga and Georgia’s Courtney McCool, who tied with a 9.8875. Magee was in first through the first five competitors.
Pisani finished on floor with a 9.85. Magee closed the competition for the night with a 9.8125 on floor. Pisani placed 10th and Magee 12th. UCLA’s Brittani McCullough won with a 9.9375 while Oklahoma’s Vise, Missouri’s Sarah Shire and Penn State’s Brandi Personett tied for second at 9.90.
Entering the finals, Magee’s career highs were 9.925 on bars, 9.95 on beam and 9.95 on floor. Pisani’s bests were 9.95 on vault and floor.
Magee placed second in the nation in the all-around. The all-around is the only individual competition based on Thursday’s two semifinal sessions. She had 39.55 points to finish just behind Susan Jackson of LSU with 39.625. Magee had a 9.85 on vault, and a 9.90 on bars, beam and floor. Jackson had a 9.95 on vault, 9.925 on bars, 9.90 on beam and 9.85 on floor.
In the Session II semifinal, Magee won the all-around with her 39.550. She tied for first on beam and bars with the 9.90 on each, and tied for third with the 9.90 on floor. Pisani tied for first with a 9.925 on floor, which is a school record in an NCAA Championship. Pisani also tied for fourth with a 9.90 on vault.
Michelle Stout was the first Razorback to advance to the event finals, finishing fourth on vault in 2008. Last year, Stout finished fifth on vault and seventh on bars, Sarah Nagashima placed third on beam and Alex LaChance finished ninth on beam.
A tape delay broadcast of the NCAA Championship team competition airs on CBS Sports on Saturday, May 8, from 2-4 p.m.
NCAA Gymnastics Individual Event FinalsGainesville, Fla.
Arkansas’ EntriesVault (20 finalists)Jaime Pisani 9.725-9.7125, 9.7188 (12th)
Bars (11 finalists)Casey Jo Magee 9.90 (t 5th)
Beam (10 finalists)Casey Jo Magee 9.875 (4th)
Floor (13 finalists)Jaime Pisani 9.85 (10th)Casey Jo Magee 9.8125 (12th)
Download: ncaa ind event finals.pdf