FAYETTEVILLE (UofA) - Arkansas set a school-record for team score in front of a school-record crowd on Friday, and now the Razorback gymnastics team is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history.
Arkansas entered last week's meet at No. 3, which tied for the previous highest ranking in program history. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the program during Friday's win over LSU, the Razorbacks posted a 197.225 in front of a crowd of 5,537 in Barnhill Arena.
The Razorbacks are now tied with UCLA at No. 1 in the GymInfo national rankings with an average team score of 196.775.
"We had such an amazing weekend from breaking several school records to honoring our inaugural team and all of our alums," co-head coach René Cook says. "It seems almost poetic that this current team has made some history of its own. We are obviously proud, but we know this week is a whole new week and we are preparing to travel to (No. 8) Florida and work hard during the competition, stay focused on the process, and continue the momentum we have built in these first three weeks."
In addition to the records for team score and attendance, sophomore All-American Katherine Grable set the school record with an all-around score of 39.725 and tied the school record of 9.95 on floor. Senior All-American Jaime Pisani tied the school record of 9.95 on bars and matched her own record of 9.95 on floor.
In the team rankings, Utah is at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Nebraska, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Penn State and No. 10 Oregon State.
In the LSU win, Arkansas scored a 49.40 on vault, the third-best in school history, a school-record 49.45 on bars, a 48.95 on beam, and a 49.425 on floor, which ties for second-best.
In the event rankings, Arkansas is No. 1 on bars, No. 2 on floor, No. 5 on vault and No. 9 on beam. Arkansas' No. 1 ranking on bars is also a program first for an event.
"You have to keep your humbleness and your composure, and not let it go to your head," co-head coach Mark Cook says. "It's a long season. You have to stay focused, but it is very exciting."
Individually, several Razorbacks are ranked in the national top 10. Grable is No. 2 in the country in the all-around, tied for No. 2 on beam and No. 3 on floor. Pisani is No. 2 on floor, tied for No. 3 on bars, tied for No. 7 on vault and No. 9 in the all-around. Senior Mariah Howdeshell is No. 2 on bars. In addition, Grable is No. 12 on vault and junior Jordan Salsberg No. 17 in the all-around.
In the NCAA South Central rankings, Arkansas is No. 1 overall, No. 1 on bars and floor, No. 2 on vault and No. 4 on beam.
Individually, on vault, Pisani is No. 2, Grable No. 3, Salsberg No. 12, junior All-American Kelci Lewis tied for No. 13 and junior All-American Amy Borsellino tied for No. 18. On bars, Howdeshell is No. 1, Pisani tied for No. 2, sophomore Shelby Salmon tied for No. 9 and Salsberg tied for No. 14.
On beam, Grable is No. 1, and Salsberg and sophomore Scarlett Williams tied for No. 12. On floor, Pisani is No. 1, Grable No. 2, Borsellino tied for No. 17 and sophomore Bailee Zumwalde No. 20.
In the all-around, Grable is No. 2, Pisani No. 5 and Salsberg No. 9.
GymInfo National Rankings