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. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Razorback gymnasts seek win where they never have before
Arkansas' Jessica Yamzon competes in the bars Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, during the Razorbacks' meet with No. 2 Oklahoma in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas gymnastics team will wrap up a month's worth of road meets tonight at a place the Razorbacks have never won.
No. 24 Arkansas will take on No. 6 Georgia at 6 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum in a meet that will be televised by the SEC Network.
At a glance
Arkansas gymnastics at Georgia
WHEN 6 p.m. Central
WHERE Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
RECORDS Arkansas 1-5, 0-2 SEC; Georgia 2-3, 0-2 SEC
RANKINGS Arkansas is No. 24 (195.269 average); Georgia is No. 6 (196.435)
TV SEC Network
EVENTS Vault: No. 3 Georgia 49.225, No. 14 Arkansas 48.981; Bars: No. 18 Georgia 48.945, No. 38 Arkansas 48.525; Beam: No. 7 Georgia 49.095, No. 29 Arkansas 48.675; Floor: No. 8 Georgia 49.14, No. 12 (tie) Arkansas 49.088
TOP ATHLETES (Top 100)
All-around: No. 19 Sydney Snead (Ga) 39.31, No. 39 Jessica Yamzon (Ark) 39.037, No. 51 Sarah Shaffer (Ark) 38.908, No. 54 Rachel Dickson (Ga) 38.9, No. 89 Kennedy Hambrick (Ark) 38.487
Vault: No. 4 Snead (Ga) 9.92, No. 19 Rachel Lukacs (Ga) 9.86, No. 28 Sydney McGlone (Ark) 9.844, No. 36 Sabrina Vega (Ga) 9.84, No. 41 Hambrick (Ark) 9.831, No. 44 Dickson (Ga) 9.825, No. 72 Abbey Ward (Ga) 9.806, No. 78 Rachel Baumann (Ga) 9.8, No. 89 Shaffer (Ark) 9.794, No. 99 Mikayla Magee (Ga) 9.787
Bars: No. 27 Marissa Oakley (Ga) 9.869, No. 77 Alexa Al-Hameed (Ga) 9.8, No. 91 Megan Roberts (Ga) 9.792, No. 100 Shaffer (Ark) 9.781
Beam: No. 22 Vega (Ga) 9.87, No. 44 Snead (Ga) 9.835, No. 45 Michaela Burton (Ark) 9.831, No. 49 Baumann (Ga) 9.82, No. 50 Yamzon (Ark) 9.819, No. 53 Hambrick (Ark) 9.817, No. 87 Sophia Carter (Ark) 9.787
Floor: No. 14 Vega (Ga) 9.895, No. 15 Carter (Ark) 9.894, No. 30 Snead (Ga) 9.87, No. 52 Shaffer (Ark) 9.85, No. 85 Lukacs (Ga) 9.825, No. 96 Dickson (Ga) 9.82
Georgia leads the series against Arkansas by a 33-4-1 margin, including 8-0 at Stegeman Coliseum. … Arkansas had a two-meet win streak in the series — a 197.175 to 196.125 dual match victory at Barnhill Arena and a 196.425 to 196.35 victory at the SECs in St. Louis — snapped at Session I of the NCAAs in St. Louis last year. … Georgia is hosting its alumni night for the meet, with gymnasts on the 1989, 1999 and 2009 national championship teams being honored after the first rotation. … Arkansas has beaten Georgia once in the Peach State, a 197.15 to 196.5 decision in Session II of the NCAA championships on April 20, 2012, in Duluth, Ga.
The Razorbacks (1-5, 0-2) are 0-8 in dual meets against Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum.
Arkansas outscored No. 18 Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., to open its four-week road swing, but lost at No. 16 Kentucky the following week. The Razorbacks posted a season-high 195.825 at the Metroplex Challenge last Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, but it was not enough to prevent losses to No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Denver and No. 15 Missouri in the quad meet.
The Razorbacks appear ready to crack the 196 mark, but must avoid counting a fall as they've done the past two weeks, with two falls on the bars and beam at Kentucky and two falls off the beam in Fort Worth.
Arkansas is likely to put junior Jessica Yamzon and freshman Kennedy Hambrick up in the all-around competition, with junior Michaela Burton still recovering from a leg ailment that limited her last week.
Yamzon is ranked No. 39 in the all-around with an average score of 39.037.
Senior Sydney McGlone is coming off a 9.9 on the floor exercise that helped the Razorbacks to a season-high 49.25 on the event last week.
Sophomore Sarah Shaffer scored a 9.875 on the floor and classmate Sophia Carter hit a 9.85 in the anchor spot.
The GymDogs (2-3, 0-2 SEC) are coming off a 196.775 to 196.4 loss at Auburn. Georgia is one of five schools to score 197 or better this season, hitting the mark against Iowa State on Jan. 21.
The GymDogs, led by former Georgia All-American Courtney Kupets Carter, sport a nine-member freshman class that is the largest in program history.
Georgia is led by senior Sydney Snead, who is 19th nationally in the all-around, and junior Rachel Dickson, who is 54th.
Sports on 02/01/2019
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