UA gymnastics posts best score of year

By: Grant Tolley SPECIAL TO THE NWA DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
Published: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Arkansas' Sydney McGlone competes Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in the vault portion of the Razorbacks' meet with Kentucky in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas' Sydney McGlone competes Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in the vault portion of the Razorbacks' meet with Kentucky in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Arkansas women's gymnastics team was glad to be back in Barnhill Arena on Friday after almost a month and three consecutive matches on the road.

The Razorbacks lost two of those matches to No. 6 LSU and No. 2 Florida before defeating Maryland, but their scores were good enough to rise to No. 9 in the poll.

College Gymnastics

No. 9 Arkansas 197.225

No. 22 Kentucky 196.700

Vault

Arkansas

Samantha Nelson 9.750

Paige Zaziski 9.850

Braie Speed 9.800

Sydnie McClone 9.750

Amanda Wellick 9.850

Makenzie Anderson 9.725

Vault Score 49.000

Kentucky

Marissa Beucler 9.700

Katina Coca 9.775

Sydney Walz 9.825

Aubree Rosa 9.875

Katie Stuart 9.900

Sidney Dukes 9.800

Vault score: 49.175

Bars

Arkansas

Keara Glover 9.850

Stephanie Canizaro 9.875

Erin Freier 9.925

Amanda Wellick 9.900

Braie Speed 9.925

Paige Zaziski 9.925

Bars score: 49.550

Kentucky

Katrina Coca 9.775

Katie Stuart 9.775

Sydney Waltz 9.850

Cori Rechenmacher 9.750

Sidney Dukes 9.750

Bars score: 48.975

Beam

Arkansas

Sydnie Dillard 9.875

Paige Zaziski 9.825

Amanda Wellick 9.900

Erin Freier 9.825

Samantha Nelson 9.900

Mia Bargiacchi 9.800

Beam score: 49.325

Kentucky

Montana Whittle 9.825

Amy Roemmele 9.350

Katie Stuart 9.825

Cori Rechenmacher 9.900

Sidney Dukes 9.900

Alex Hyland 9.925

Beam score: 49.375

Floor

Sydnie Dillard 9.800

Stephanie Canizaro 9.900

Makenzie Anderson 9.800

Samantha Nelson 9.900

Amanda Wellick 9.950

Floor score: 49.350

Kentucky

Amy Roemmele 9.800

Alex Hyland 9.825

Katie Stuart 9.825

Tiara Phipps 9.775

Taylor Puryear 9.850

Sidney Dukes 9.875

Floor scores: 49.175

On Friday, the Razorbacks tied a school record for points in a match with 197.225 to roll past No. 22 Kentucky, which had 196.700 points. Kentucky narrowly won the vault and beam, but Arkansas dominated in the bars and floor.

"It was a tough stretch going on the road for three straight matches like that," Arkansas Coach Mark Cook said. "We came back, got some rest, had a little team meeting on the things we needed to work on, and we did a great job of coming out and executing up to our potential."

Junior Amanda Wellick set the tone with an all-around performance of 39.600. Wellick hit 9.95 on the floor, 9.900 on bars and beam, and 9.850 on vault.

"We were superexcited to be back in front of our fans cheering and hearing that 'Wooo, Pig Sooey!' " Wellick said. "We had a hard week of practice, and it paid off in a good team performance. We just went out there and had a lot of fun tonight."

Wellick's score helped boost the Razorbacks to their best performance as a team.

"That's a lot of pressure to go out and compete in four events," Cook said. "She hit them all tonight, and that's tough to do."

The Razorbacks surged ahead in the second rotation when they put up 49.550 in bars. Braie Speed, Erin Freier and Paige Zaziski each had 9.925.

"That hasn't been our best event this year, and we worked on some specific things on it," Cook said. "It was great to see them come out and execute like I thought they could."

Arkansas will be back on the road at Missouri on March 4 and host Utah State in the final home match March 11. The SEC Championships are in North Little Rock at Verizon Arena.

"I think this team has the potential to keep getting better and better and be one of the best we've had," Cook said. "We are right there behind Auburn to get fourth in the SEC. Our goal is to make that NCAA Super Six at the end of the season."

Arkansas has made the Super Six twice -- in 2009 and most recently in 2012.

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