Arkansas’ Pisani finishes in ninth

By: DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE REPORTS
Published: Monday, April 23, 2012
Arkansas senior Jaime Pisani ended her career Sunday as a Razorback at the NCAA individual event finals by finishing ninth on floor and 12th on beam.
JOHN BAZEMORE
Arkansas senior Jaime Pisani ended her career Sunday as a Razorback at the NCAA individual event finals by finishing ninth on floor and 12th on beam.

— Senior Jaime Pisani ended her decorated career at Arkansas on Sunday at the NCAA individual event finals by adding one last time to her achievements in program history.

Pisani, the SEC Gymnast of the Year, finished ninth on floor and 12th on beam while sophomore Katherine Grable finished sixth on beam for Arkansas in Duluth, Ga.

Grable, who missed the final month of the season before returning at the Fayetteville Regional, went third in the beam order and posted a 9.8625 and was in second place after the first group finished.

Pisani went fourth in her group on floor and needed a 9.9250 to take the lead at that time, but she finished with a 9.8625 and was tied for third after the first group.

Going second in the beam group, Pisani scored a 9.6875 and received a deduction for not completing a requirement, which pushed her all the way to her 12th place finish.

She finished third in the nation in the all-around with a39.625 score, which was determined Friday during the two semifinal sessions.

The SEC swept all four of the individual titles and had the top all-around performer after Alabama beat Florida 197.850-197.775 Saturday for its sixth team championship in program history.

Alabama’s Geralen Stack-Eaton won the beam title with a score of 9.9375 after helping the Crimson Tide capture their second consecutive team championship.

Kat Ding took the bars event with a 9.9875 and then the floor title with a score of 9.9500 just ahead of Stack-Eaton, who finished second after posting a 9.9375.

Florida’s Kytra Hunter finished with 39.725 for the all around title, while Ding finished third with a 39.650. The top seven all-around finishers were from the SEC.

The Razorbacks officially closed out their season with Sunday’s individual event finals after finishing sixth at the Super Six on Saturday, where the team ended the season with a top 10 finish for its fourth time in five years.

NCAA WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Individual event finals results Duluth, Ga.

VAULT 1. Kytra Hunter, Florida .............. 9.8750 2. Diandra Milliner, Alabama ....... 9.8250 3. Kat Ding, Georgia .................... 9.8215 4. Marissa Gutierrez, Alabama ... 9.8063 5. Marrissa King, Florida ............ 9.7875 6. Janelle Giblin, Nebraska ......... 9.7625 7. Lindsey Cheek, Georgia .......... 9.7313 7. Rheagan Courville, LSU ......... 9.7313 9. Kailah Delaney, Utah ............... 9.7000 10. Georgia Dabritz, Utah ........... 8.7938

FLOOR 1. Kat Ding, Georgia .................... 9.9500 2. Geralen Stack-Eaton, Alabama 9.9375 2. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA ... 9.9375 4. Kytra Hunter, Florida ............... 9.9250 4. Melanie Jones, Oregon State . 9.9250 6. Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA ...... 9.9000 6. Ashanee Dickerson, Florida .... 9.9000 6. Jessice DeZiel, Nebraska ........ 9.9000 9. Jaime Pisani, Arkansas ......9.8625 9. Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma .. 9.8625 11. Rachel Updike, Missouri ...... 8.4375

BEAM 1. Geralen Stack-Eaton, Alabama 9.9375 2. Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma .. 9.9250 3. Katie Matuski, Arizona ............ 9.8875 4. Ivana Hong, Stanford ............. 9.8750 4. Amanda Spinner, Stanford ..... 9.8750 6. Katherine Grable, Arkansas .......... 9.8625 7. Ashley Priess, Alabama .......... 9.8500 7. Samantha Peszek, UCLA ........ 9.8500 7. Sara Stone, Oklahoma ............ 9.8500 10. Emily Wong, Nebraska ......... 9.8250 11. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA .. 9.7750 12. Jaime Pisani, Arkansas ....9.6875

UNEVEN BARS 1. Kat Ding, Georgia .................... 9.9875 2. Sami Shapiro, Sanford ........... 9.9000 3. Olivia Courtney, UCLA ............ 9.8875 4. Brie Olson, Oklahoma ............. 9.8750 5. Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA ...... 9.8500 6. Aisha Gerber, UCLA ................ 9.8250 6. Mackenzie Caquatto, Florida ... 9.8250

Sports, Pages 18 on 04/23/2012

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