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.
SEC GYMNASTICS LSU AT ARKANSAS :
Razorbacks have tough task with Tigers
Arkansas head coach Mark Cook congratulates Mia Bargiacchi on her floor routine against Missouri Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
No. 23 Arkansas has picked up steam with a two-meet winning streak fueled by reining SEC freshman gymnast of the week Jessica Yamzon.
WHEN 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville
RECORDS LSU 5-0, 4-0 SEC; Arkansas 2-3, 2-2
TV SEC Network
RANKINGS No. 2 LSU (197.555 average); No. 23 Arkansas (195.305)
SERIES LSU leads 27-5-1
LAST YEAR LSU won 197.425 to 196.15 in Baton Rouge; LSU won 197.5 to 196.5 at SEC championships in North Little Rock
COACHES D-D Breaux (706-416-8 in 40th year at LSU); Mark Cook (180-219-3 in 15th year at Arkansas; 250-252-4 in 19th year overall)
EVENTS Vault: No. 3 LSU 49.39, No. 22 Arkansas 48.865; Bars: No. 4 LSU 49.32, No. 41 Arkansas 48.525; Beam: No. 2 LSU 49.375, No. 15 Arkansas 48.985; Floor: No. 2 LSU 49.47, No. 19 (tie) Arkansas 48.93.
TOP GYMNASTS (Top 100)
Vault: No. 2 Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 9.94, No. 20 (tie) Kennedi Edney (LSU) 9.87, No. 24 (tie) Lexie Priessman (LSU) 9.863, No. 52 (tie) Sydney McGlone (Ark), Sydney Ewing (LSU), Sarah Finnegan (LSU) and Julianna Cannamela (LSU) 9.83, No. 69 (tie) Braie Speed (Ark) 9.82, No. 81 Myia Hambrick (LSU) 9.81.
Bars: No. 10 Priessman (LSU) 9.88, No. 15 (tie) Edney (LSU), Finnegan (LSU) 9.87, No. 24 Ruby Harrold (LSU) 9.858, No. 45 (tie) Hambrick (LSU) 9.835, No. 57 (tie) Shae Zamardi (LSU) 9.825.
Beam: No. No. 9 Hambrick (LSU) 9.88, No. 21 (tie) Edney (LSU) 9.856, No. 25 (tie) Lauren Li (LSU) 9.85, No. 33 (tie) Gnat (LSU) 9.845, No. 46 (tie) Erin Macadaeg (LSU) 9.83, No. 48 (tie) Jessica Yamzon (Ark) 9.825, No. 61 (tie) Samantha Nelson (Ark) 9.82, No. 65 (tie) Finnegan (LSU) 9.815, No. 85 (tie) Hailey Garner (Ark) 9.794.
Floor: No. 5 Gnat (LSU) 9.935, No. 12 Edney (LSU) 9.9, No. 32 (tie) McKenna Kelley (LSU) 9.867, No. 38 (tie) Sydney Ewing (LSU and Zamardi (LSU) 9.86, No. 46 (tie) Harrold (LSU) 9.85.
All-Around: No. 4 (tie) Gnat (LSU) and Edney (LSU) 39.5, No. 9 Finnegan (LSU) 39.413, No. 25 Hambrick (LSU) 39.269, No. 56 Yamzon (Ark) 38.93.
Arkansas Coach Mark Cook won his 250th meet as a head coach and his 180th meet at Arkansas with last week’s 196.35 at No. 17 Auburn. … Tonight’s meet has been dubbed the Daddy-Daughter Princess Date Night, with a light-up tiara giveaway for the first 100 kids. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite princess costumes. … Arkansas’ Jessica Yamzon is the reigning SEC freshman gymnast of the week after winning the all-around with a 39.275 at Auburn. … Arkansas senior Amanda Wellick, who has been out since Jan. 13 with a torn right Achilles, announced at the school’s recent Red Tie Dinner that she would return to the team in 2018. … Arkansas’ last victory over LSU was a 197.225 to 196.325 decision at Barnhill Arena on Jan. 20, 2012.
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