UA gymnasts shoot to knock off Florida

By: Tom Murphy
Published: Friday, February 17, 2017
Jessica Yamzon of Arkansas competes on the floor against Missouri Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
Photo by Anthony Reyes
Jessica Yamzon of Arkansas competes on the floor against Missouri Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

The No. 23 Razorbacks will aim for its third upset of a top-20 program in four weeks tonight at Barnhill Arena against defending SEC champion Florida.

At a glance

WHEN 6 p.m.

WHERE Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville

RECORDS Florida 5-1, 3-1 SEC; Arkansas 2-4, 2-3 SEC

RANKINGS No. 3 Florida (197.555 average); No. 23 Arkansas (195.467)

TV SEC Network

SERIES Florida leads 36-4

LAST YEAR Florida 197.45 to 195.975 in Gainesville Fla.; Florida won 197.775 to 196.85 at SECs in North Little Rock

COACHES Jenny Rowland (20-3 in second year at Florida); Mark Cook (180-220-3 in 15th year at Arkansas, 250-253-4 in 19th year overall)

EVENTS Vault: No. 1 Florida, 49.425, No. 22 Arkansas 48.888; Bars: No. 3 Florida 49.367, No. 34 (tie) Arkansas 48.617; Beam: No. 3 Florida 49.367, No. 15 (tie) Arkansas 48.983; Floor: No. 3 Florida 49.363, No. 15 (tie) Arkansas 48.979.

TOP GYMNASTS (Top 100)

Vault: No. 2 Rachel Slocum (Fla) 9.93, No. 5 Alex McMurtry (Fla) 9.917, No. 6 Alicia Boren (Fla) 9.912, No. 13 (tie) Kennedy Baker (Fla) 9.892, No. 23 Maegan Chant (Fla) 9.863, No. 31 (tie) Lacy Dagen (Fla) 9.85, No. 47 (tie) Sydney McGlone (Ark ) 9.833, No. 65 (tie) Braie Speed (Ark) 9.821.

Bars: No. 5 (tie) McMurtry (Fla) and Amelia Hundley (Fla) 9.9, No. 37 (tie) Baker (Fla) 9.842, No 57 (tie) Boren (Fla) 9.829, No. 61 (tie) Chant (Fla) 9.825, No. 91 (tie) Grace McLaughlin (Fla) 9.8.

Beam: No. 10 McMurtry (Fla) 9.875, No. 16 (tie) Boren (Fla) and Amanda Cheney (Fla) 9.863, No. 20 (tie) Rachel Gowey (Fla) 9.858, No. 25 (tie) Baker (Fla) 9.85, No. 45 McLaughlin (Fla) 9.829, No. 49 (tie) Jessica Yamzon (Ark) 9.825, No. 59 (tie) Samantha Nelson (Ark) 9.817, No. 87 (tie) Hailey Garner (Ark) 9.79.

Floor: No. 2 Baker (Fla) 9.95, No. 8 Boren (Fla) 9.913, No. 45 (tie) Slocum (Fla) 9.85, No. 95 Nelson (Ark) 9.817, nat (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. 3 Baker (Fla) 39.55, No. 4 Boren (Fla) 39.517, No. 10 Hundley (Fla) 39.421, No. 47 Gowey (Fla) 39.058, No. 57 (tie) Yamzon (Ark ) 38.975.

MEET NOTES

Arkansas senior Heather Elswick (flu) is questionable for the meet. … Arkansas will hold its annual “Pink” meet to promote breast cancer awareness. … Meet announcers for the SEC Network will be former Olympians John Roethlisberger and Alicia Sacramone.

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