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.
Razorbacks finish winless in conference
Arkansas coach Jordyn Wieber is shown during a meet against Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Fayetteville.
The University of Arkansas gymnastics team had another rough outing on the uneven parallel bars, then added a couple of falls on the floor exercise to drop far off the pace in a 198.075 to 196.0 loss to No. 7 Alabama on Friday at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The loss in the final dual meet for the Razorbacks completed a winless conference season. Arkansas (2-7, 0-7 SEC) lost to each of its conference rivals for the second time in program history and the first time since 2019, the year before Coach Jordyn Wieber’s arrival.
Alabama (6-4, 4-3 SEC) posted its season high score by breaking 198 for the first time.
Alabama junior Luisa Blanco won the bars with a 9.975 en route to a win in the all around with a 39.625.
The highlight for the Razorbacks was senior Amanda Elswick’s 9.95 in the anchor position on the balance beam, tying Alabama’s Lexi Graber for the even title.
Arkansas, which had three falls on the bars last week, added two against the Crimson Tide in the opening rotation to fall nearly a half point behind. Ihis time it was junior Kiara Gianfagna and freshman Maddie Jones.
Both Madison Hickey and Leah Smith had falls on the floor exercise to limit the Razorbacks to a 48.75 in that event.
Alabama led by more than 1.5 points heading into the final rotation and closed the meet with a massive 49.7 on the floor exercise, led by Graber’s 9.975 and 9.95s by both Luisa Blanco and Sania Mitchell.
The Razorbacks and Crimson Tide will compete again Sunday at Huntsville, Ala., and they’ll be joined by SEC rivals Auburn and Georgia.
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