Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
Razorback gymnasts surging of late
Arkansas' Sydnie Dillard competes Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in the floor portion of the Razorbacks' meet with Kentucky in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
The Arkansas gymnastics team will aim for a feat tonight that it hasn't achieved in five years when the Razorbacks take the floor for senior night at Barnhill Arena against Utah State.
Arkansas gymnastics vs. Utah State
WHEN 7 p.m.
WHERE Barnhill Arena
RECORDS Utah State 7-6; Arkansas 6-5
COACHES Nadalie Walsh (28-38 in 3rd year at Utah State); Mark Cook (172-209-3 career record in 14th year at Arkansas)
SERIES Arkansas leads 1-0
LAST MEETING Arkansas won 196.375-191.875 at NCAA Fayetteville Regional on April 5, 2014 at Barnhill Arena
RANKINGS No. 11 Arkansas 196.47 regional qualifying score; No. 32 Utah State 195.35
Vault: No. 9 (tie) Arkansas 49.15, No. 37 (tie) Utah State 48.775; Bars: No. 15 Arkansas 49.125, No. 19 Utah State 49.075, Beam: No. 13 Arkansas 49.16, No. 28 Utah State 48.92; Floor: No. 11 Arkansas 49.25, No. 35 Utah State 48.975.
TOP 100 GYMNASTS
Vault: No. 9 (tie) Amanda Wellick (Ark) 9.9, No. 53 Sydney McGlone (Ark) 9.84, No. 58 Paige Zaziski (Ark) 9.835.
Bars: No. 47 Zaziski (Ark) 9.86, No. 56 McKinzey Martinez (USU) 9.85, No. 62 Bailey McIntire (USU) 9.845, No. 69 (tie) Braie Speed (Ark) and Wellick (Ark) 9.84, No. 79 Erin Freier (Ark) 9.835.
Beam: No. 39 Wellick (Ark) 9.86, No. 46 Sydnie Dillard (Ark) 9.855, No. 77 Zaziski (Ark) 9.83, No. 91 (tie) Samantha Nelson (Ark) and Hayley Sanzotti (USU) 9.825.
Floor No. 38 Nelson (Ark) 9.88, No. 46 Wellick (Ark) 9.875, No. 77 Stephani Canizaro (Ark) 9.845, No. 100 (tie) McIntire (USU) 9.835.
All-Around: No. 14 Wellick (Ark) 39.385, No. 72 Martinez (USU) 38.52.
Junior Amanda Wellick and sophomore Paige Zaziski are the only Razorbacks who have not scored less than 9.8 on the vault in 10 meets this season. … Arkansas senior Erin Freier, an uneven bars and balance beam specialist, is the only Razorback who has posted a counting score on the bars in all 10 meets. … Arkansas has scored 49.0 or better on the balance beam in the last nine meets. … The Aggies top score this season was a 196.025 in a tri-meet victory over BYU and New Hampshire on senior night on March 4 in Logan, Utah.
— Tom Murphy
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