UA gymnastics falls short at regionals

By: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Published: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Arkansas' Amanda Wellick competes Friday, March 11, 2016, in the bars rotation during the 11th-ranked Razorbacks' meet with Utah State in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas' Amanda Wellick competes Friday, March 11, 2016, in the bars rotation during the 11th-ranked Razorbacks' meet with Utah State in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

The No. 13 Arkansas Razorbacks gymnastics team Saturday fell short of advancing out of the NCAA Iowa City Regional by 1.05 points.

But Arkansas junior Amanda Wellick qualified for nationals with an all-around score of 39.350. She was the second-highest all-arounder who was not on an advancing team, joining Mollie Drenth of Iowa, who posted a 39.450. Among all competitors, Wellick finished fifth.

The Razorbacks (195.500) finished behind No. 1 Oklahoma (197.575) and No. 12 Nebraska (196.550) to finish third. The top two teams advance to the USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championships on April 15-16 in Fort Worth.

It was the Razorbacks 13th consecutive trip to the NCAA regionals, but they failed to make their seventh NCAA championship during the time.

Wellick -- who made nationals as a freshman -- tied for third among all competitors in the floor exercise with a 9.850. On vault, Wellick earned a tie for second with a score of 9.875. She was leading until the Sooners came up in the sixth rotation and had scores of 9.900 from Chayse Capps and a tying 9.875 by Haley Scaman.

She also posted scores of 9.850 on the beam and 9.775 on the uneven bars.

The Razorbacks' entire uneven bars lineup posted a 49.100. Senior Stephani Canizaro notched a career-high 9.875 for the sixth time in her career, and senior Erin Freier matched that score. Sophomore Braie Speed put up a 9.800 at the No. 5 spot in the lineup.

On the beam, senior Sydnie Dillard got things started with a 9.800 in her final performance. Sophomore Paige Zaziski and Wellick followed with back-to-back 9.850's; it was Wellick's seventh score of that or better, with Zaziski reaching the mark for the fourth time this season.

Speed posted the Razorbacks' second-bast score in the vault with 9.800. Freshman Sydney McGlone had the team's second-best score in the floor exercise at 8.250.

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