Gym'Backs quickly regroup after cancelation

By: Tom Murphy
Published: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Arkansas gymnast Kennedy Hambrick competes against Auburn during an NCAA gymnastics meet on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas gymnast Kennedy Hambrick competes against Auburn during an NCAA gymnastics meet on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas will try a second time to get in a dual meet on a snow-capped weekend today. The No. 13 Razorbacks are scheduled to host Southeast Missouri State at 2 p.m. today at Barnhill Arena.

Arkansas (1-2) moved quickly to set up the meet with the Redhawks (0-5) after Friday’s scheduled meet against West Virginia was canceled due to travel difficulties for the Mountaineers.

The Razorbacks have had a strange opening to their season, with a road meet at LSU postponed two weeks ago due to covid issues within the Arkansas program. Arkansas hit big with a 197.2 in a loss to Auburn in its last appearance at Barnhill Arena on Jan. 14. That marked the earliest 197 in a season in program history for third-year Coach Jordyn Wieber’s team.

The Razorbacks are coming off a cold and hot performance in a loss at No. 4 Florida last weekend. Arkansas had an inconsistent first half of the meet and fell behind big heading into the third rotation. However, after a solid performance on the floor exercise, the Razorbacks turned in a school record 49.475 on the balance beam.

“I just want to see a level of consistency in all four events and just put it all together in one meet,” Wieber said on Thursday.

SEMO is off to a rough start after winning the 2021 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate national title with a 195.025. The Redhawks served as hosts for the meet last April 10. SEMO’s top score this season has been a 193.375 in the Tennessee Collegiate Classic on Jan. 21.


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