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Gymbacks finish second in quad meet with second-highest score of season

DENTON, Texas — Arkansas bounced back in Denton on Friday, posting a score of 196.300 and earning a second-place finish among the four teams at the meet at Texas Women’s University.

The Razorbacks’ 196.300 is their second-highest road score of the season.

Freshman Kiara Gianfagna claimed her first title since arriving at Arkansas, claiming the all-around title with a final score of 39.000.

The Gymbacks won five total titles, including Sarah Shaffer’s vault title, a bars title for Kennedy Hamrick and Bailey Lovett and a floor title for Sophia Carter.

Rotation One | Beam

Arkansas made it a point to finish strong on their opening event and with the help of Carter and Amanda Elswick, closed out the first rotation in second place with a team score of 48.950. Carter’s back handspring layout, step-out series propelled her to a 9.850 in the fifth spot, followed by a solid anchor score from Elswick, who’s back handspring 1.5 stuck dismount landed her a 9.875. Elswick’s 9.875 ties her season high, as she finished second among all competitors in the event.

Rotation Two | Floor

Two rotations in-a-row, we saw Carter shine. She earned the event title with a 9.925, her sixth score of 9.900 or higher in the event this season. Leading up to Carter’s fiery routine, Shaffer, Hambrick and Lovett all scored a 9.875. Arkansas was holding steady in second place midway through the meet with a combined score of 98.325, the Gymbacks highest two-rotation score of the season.

Rotation Three | Vault

Shaffer’s Yurchenko layout half was the highlight of the vault rotation for Arkansas, earning a perfect score from one judge, Shaffer finished with a career-high 9.925 on the apparatus. It’s the highest score on the vault since 2018 when Braie Speed posted the same score at No. 5 Florida. Freshman Madison Hickey also saw a career-high on the vault, her Yurchenko full complete with stuck dismount landed her a 9.875.

 Rotation Four | Bars

Arkansas closed out the night on a high note, with its highest bars rotation in four weeks (49.150). Gianfagna started strong for the Gymbacks, posting a 9.800 with her full-twisting double-back dismount. Lovett executed her ray beautifully and Hambrick nailed her giant full, double-back as the duo each earned the event title with a score of 9.875.

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Carter ties career high on floor, wins 23rd career title in team loss at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Junior Sophia Carter won her 23rd career title on Friday evening, tying her career-high score on the floor with a 9.950 in the event.

Carter’s performance helped Arkansas finish strong against No. 5 LSU but ultimately fell to the Tigers in Baton Rouge, 197.125 – 195.725.

Rotation One | Bars

Three performances highlighted the Gymbacks’ first rotation, starting with a 9.850 from senior Hailey Garner, who executed her giant full-Geinger, immediate overshoot beautifully.

Sophomore Kennedy Hambrick’s jaeger to immediate overshoot earned her a 9.825 on the bars, followed by Sarah Shaffer’s double-layout dismount that anchored Arkansas with a team-high 9.875.

Rotation Two | Vault

Sophomore Amanda Elswick continued to shine on the vault, hitting her Yurchenko 1.5 for a 9.850. Shaffer’s Yurchenko layout half earned her a 9.825. Arkansas finished the second rotation with a 48.850 on the vault, as they trailed LSU midway through the meet, 98.625–97.275.

Rotation Three | Floor

Arkansas picked up the pace in the third rotation, finishing with a 49.200 as a team. It marks the 19th meet-in-a-row that the Gymbacks scored 49.000 or higher in the event.

Redshirt-freshman Bailey Lovett’s famous double-layout first pass scored her a 9.900, making it six out of nine times this season she scored a 9.900 or higher.

Carter anchored the Razorbacks with her fiery routine, complete with double-back roundoff and double-pike last pass that earned her the event title. The floor title is the 13th of her career and fourth this season.

Rotation Four | Beam

The Razorbacks posted their second-highest beam score of the season in the final rotation, a 49.250.

Lovett and Hambrick tied their career highs with a 9.900 and 9.925 respectively. Lovett shined with her front aerial, back layout and Hambrick nailed her back-handspring layout, switch leap series.

Next meet

Arkansas is on the road again, next Friday as they travel to Denton, Texas, for a quad meet hosted by Texas Women’s University.

The Gymbacks will see LSU once again at in Denton and joined by Centenary as well.

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Hogs pick up six titles, but fall to 20th-ranked Auburn on Friday

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas scored above the 196 mark for the seventh consecutive meet on Friday night and snagged six event titles, but fell short to No.20 Auburn, falling 196.500-196.025.

Sophomore Kennedy Hambrick finished the night with scores of 9.900 or higher on three of four events for a 39.500 all-around score, good for her fourth-straight all-around title.

Rotation One | Vault

Arkansas posted a season-high 49.100 on the vault, led by three strong vaults from Hambrick, Sarah Shaffer and Amanda Elswick.

Shaffer’s Yurchenko half layout scored a 9.875 in the fourth spot, making it the fifth time this season she scored a 9.800 or higher on the vault.

Hambrick’s 9.900 was a season-high for the Pearland, Texas native as she showed off a Yurchenko 1.5 for the first time this season.

Elswick showed off her Yurchenko full with a 9.850 in the anchor position.

Rotation Two | Bars

After a rough start, the Gymbacks finished extremely strong and managed four-straight impressive scores. Hailey Garner started the upward trend when she stuck her giant full double-back dismount, scoring a 9.850.

Bailey Lovett’s beautiful ray earned her a 9.875 and Arkansas continued to climb.

Hambrick and Shaffer went back-to-back on the bars with 9.900s tying for the beam title. It was the first time in the bars rotation for Shaffer.

Rotation Three | Beam

Junior Sophia Carter earned her tenth career beam title, performing her back-handspring layout step-out series for the crowd.

Carter’s 9.900 helped Arkansas to its score of 49.200 in the event, second highest mark for the Razorbacks this season.

Rotation Four | Floor

Arkansas stayed confident through its final rotation, improving its overall score from last week, the Razorbacks finished with a 49.375 on the floor, led by Hambrick and Carter’s matching 9.925’s.

The duo each won the event title and combined, they have claimed five floor titles for Arkansas this season.

It is the fourth time this year that Hambrick’s beautiful roundoff back-handspring double pike and top-of-the-line performance skills earned her a 9.925 from the judges.

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Hambrick wins third straight all-around, but Hogs drop meet with Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sophomore Kennedy Hambrick earned her third-straight and fourth career all-around title, finishing with a 39.400, but Arkansas came up short, falling to Alabama, 196.625-196.100.

Rotation One | Bars

Redshirt-freshman Bailey Lovett was the highlight of the first rotation for Arkansas, scoring a team-best 9.875, ranking second among all routines. Her 9.875 ties her career high and makes it seven-straight meets with a 9.825 or better in the event. Her ray and bail handstand helped the Gymbacks to an overall 49.050 in the first rotation.

Rotation Two | Vault

After a shaky start on the vault, the Gymbacks bounced back with three-straight 9.800s over better from Sarah Shaffer, Hambrick and Amanda Elswick. Elswick has only been in the vault lineup for two weeks and her Yurchenko full has led the Razorbacks both times. Arkansas trailed 97.875-98.575 after scoring a 48.825 on the vault.

Rotation Three | Floor

The Gymbacks’ highest team score came on the floor tonight, finishing with a 49.175 in the event. It makes 17 consecutive meets in which Arkansas scored a 49.000 or better on the floor. Lovett helped cut away at Alabama’s lead with a title-earning 9.925, executing her sky-high double layout with ease. Hambrick and Carter scored a 9.850 and 9.875 respectively, leaving the Hogs just .050 points behind the Tide (147.100-147.050).

Rotation Four | Beam

Arkansas would outscore Alabama 49.050-48.525 on the beam, posting four-straight 9.800s to close out the night. Hambrick earned her fourth career beam title with a 9.875, putting on a show for the fans with her back handspring and sticking her cartwheel gainer-full dismount.

Next meet

Arkansas returns to Barnhill Arena on Feb. 21 against Auburn for Women’s Empowerment Night.

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Razorbacks’ Carter named co-specialist of week in SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Junior Sophia Carter garnered the first weekly award for the Gymbacks on Tuesday, announced as the SEC co-specialist of the week by the league office.

It marks the first time since 2018 and just the fourth time ever that a Razorback was selected for the honor.

Carter earned her ninth career beam title and second of the season in Friday’s win over No.10 Georgia. Her 9.925 on the beam is her second straight and helped Arkansas to a season-best 49.275 in the event.

She finished out the night with a 9.875 on the floor. Carter now has four event titles this season, tied with sophomore Kennedy Hambrick for a team best.

Arkansas’ beam score is the seventh highest score earned inside Barnhill Arena and 12th highest in program history.

Friday’s overall team score of 196.950 is not just the highest of the season for Arkansas but the 13th highest in program history, ninth highest in Barnhill, and just the fourth time since the start of Arkansas gymnastics that the Gymbacks had a combined score of 148 or higher on the bars, beam and floor.

It also marks the second time in Arkansas history that the Razorbacks scored a 49.400 or higher on the floor three times in the same season.

Arkansas returns to Barnhill Arena on Feb. 21 against Auburn.

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Razorbacks set bar high in home win over Georgia on Friday night

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defeated Georgia in Barnhill Arena on Friday evening with a season-high 196.950–196.750 win.

The Gymbacks scored season-highs on both the bars (49.425) and the beam (49.275) en route to the big SEC victory.

Sophomore Kennedy Hambrick’s fire continues to burn as she took home the bars, beam and all-around title.

Hambrick set career highs to earn those titles, scoring a 9.950 on bars, a 9.925 on the beam and a 39.600 all-around. Her 9.925 on the floor ties her career-high, earning the top score for the third straight meet.

Rotation One | Vault

Arkansas was off to a steady start as all Gymbacks hit their marks, two of which scored a 9.800 or higher including Hambrick and sophomore Amanda Elswick who returned to action for the first time tonight.

Elswick wasted no time wowing the judges, taking home the vault title in her first appearance of 2020 with a score of 9.875.

Rotation Two | Bars

All six routines scored 9.800 or higher on the bars tonight, starting with senior Jessica Yamzon who led off with a solid 9.825.

Yamzon finished the night with an all-around score of 39.075. Four straight 9.8s for Arkansas led to Hambrick, whose flawless handstands and full-twisting double-back earned her a 10.00 from one judge.

With the fifth best bars score in Arkansas history (49.275), the Gymbacks had taken the lead after the second rotation, 98.275 – 98.800.

Rotation Three | Beam

Four competitors, two from each squad, shared the beam title tonight. Gymbacks’ Hambrick and Carter scored a 9.925 each, sticking both their dismounts, Hambrick’s cartwheel gainer full and Carter’s side aerial-full.

The beam title is the first for Hambrick this season, third of her career and veteran Carter earned her ninth career beam title with the stellar performance.

Georgia outscored Arkansas on the event 49.400-49.275, but the Razorbacks held onto their lead through three rotations, 147.550 – 147.350.

Rotation Four | Floor

The Gymbacks looked to the fourth rotation to solidify the win and did just that.

Scoring 49+ for the 17th consecutive meet, Arkansas was led by Hambrick again, joined by redshirt-freshman Bailey Lovett. The duo each scored a 9.925 on the floor, giving the Gymbacks the punch they needed to beat Georgia.

Lovett’s sky-high double-layout earned her the 9.9+ score for the third straight meet.

Friday’s 196.950 is not just the highest of the season for Arkansas but the 13th highest in program history and just the fourth time since the start of Arkansas gymnastics that the Gymbacks had a combined score of 148 or higher on the bars, beam and floor.

It also marks the second time in Arkansas history that the Razorbacks scored a 49.400 or higher on the floor three time times in the same season… and there’s still six meets left.

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Hambrick leads Gymbacks past Missouri; first SEC win on road since ’17

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Sophomore Kennedy Hambrick led the Arkansas gymnastics team to its first road SEC win since Feb. 2017.

With an all-around score of 39.275, Hambrick scored team-highs on the bars, vault, and floor – tying her career-high 9.925 on the floor to help lead Arkansas to the victory.

Hambrick’s all-around score earned her the all-around title, her first of the 2020 season and second of her career. Freshman Kiara Gianfagna and senior Jessica Yamzon also competed all-around, finishing third and fourth among those competitors.

Rotation 1 | Bars
Hambrick scored a team-high 9.800 for Arkansas in the five slot, executing her jaegar to immediate overshoot beautifully. The Razorbacks finished the first rotation with a 48.850, trailing Missouri after their 49.175 performance on the vault.

Rotation 2 | Vault
A strong vault performance from Hambrick anchored the Razorbacks again as Arkansas closed out the second rotation with a team score of 48.800. A couple of Missouri miscues would give the Gymbacks the lead midway through the meet, 97.650-97.350.

Rotation 3 | Floor
Arkansas shined on the floor as usual and Hambrick continued her successful night as she flaunted her power and nailed her roundoff back-handspring double-pike last pass. Hambrick tied her career high with a 9.925 on the floor and Arkansas pushed their lead to 147.050 – 145.700 with a 49.400 in the event. Redshirt-freshman Bailey Lovett scored a 9.900, making it her third routine of 9.900 or better this season.

Rotation 4 | Beam
Junior Sophia Carter had a great night on the beam for the Gymbacks, setting a season-high with a score of 9.925 on the apparatus and taking home the beam title. Carter’s back handspring layout step-out wowed the judges and helped Arkansas to its 48.975 team score and 196.025 all-around. The beam title is the first for Carter in 2020, but the eighth of her career.

Up Next | Friday vs. Georgia at Barnhill Arena at 7 p.m.

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Razorbacks put up more season bests, but fall short against Kentucky

FAYETTEVILLE — Trailing 147.125-147.550 after three rotations, Arkansas recorded four scores of 9.900 or better on the floor en route to a season-best 49.525 on the floor.

The Gymbacks narrowly fell to no.13 Kentucky, 196.750-196.650.

It marks the third consecutive meet that the Razorbacks scored a 196.500 or better, as four Gymbacks set season highs.

One of those highs includes sophomore Kennedy Hambrick’s all-around score of 39.425. Hambrick’s score was good for second among competitors and ties her career high.

Rotation One | Vault

Redshirt-junior Sarah Shaffer has consistently done well on the vault, but in front of a crowd of 5,321 Arkansas fans, she stuck her Yurchenko layout half for a career-high 9.900.

Shaffer was followed by Hambrick in the anchor spot who’s Yurchenko full earned her a 9.800 for the Razorbacks. Freshman Madison Hickey also landed a 9.800 with her Yurchenko full, part of a team score of 49.000.

Rotation Two | Bars

For the third meet in-a-row, junior Sydney Laird executed her bars routine beautifully, complete with ray and double layout dismount.

Laird earned her first event title of the season on the apparatus, finishing with a score of 9.900.

Hambrick and redshirt-freshman Bailey Lovett both earned 9.850s in the event, as Arkansas’ final bars score of 47.075 left them trailing 98.350-98.075.

Rotation Three | Beam

Veteran leadoff, senior Jessica Yamzon nailed her gainer full dismount to start Arkansas off on the right foot on the beam.

Yamzon scored a season-high 9.875 and took home her first event title of the season in the event.

It’s her third beam title in her career. Hambrick also set a season high on the beam, improving her previous high of 9.750 to 9.850 with a well done back handspring-layout series.

Rotation Four | Floor

The Razorbacks flourished on the floor tonight, with all six performances in the top eight.

Hambrick and junior Sophia Carter both scored 9.925s and took home the event crown as the Gymbacks made a late push to overcome their deficit. Yamzon’s leadoff performance earned her a 9.850, tying her career high.

Yamzon was followed by freshman Kiara Gianfagna who set a season high 9.875 on the floor, sticking her double tuck last pass.

Shaffer and Lovett both scored 9.900s to help Arkansas to its 49.525 team score, tied for second highest in program history.

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Laird puts up another 9.9 on bars as Razorbacks fall to Oklahoma on Monday

NORMAN, Okla. — Junior Sydney Laird followed her top performance on bars last week with another top scoring routine, but it wasn’t enough for Arkansas against reigning NCAA champion Oklahoma.

The Gymbacks fell to No.1 Oklahoma in the Lloyd Noble Center, 198.175–196.550. Arkansas’ 196.550 is the highest score for the Razorbacks in Norman since 2009.

Just three days from her first 9.9 of the season, Laird followed her top performance on bars with another top scoring routine, complete with beautiful ray and double layout dismount.

Rotation One | Bars

Senior Jessica Yamzon would lead things off with a solid 9.800 performance, sticking her full twisting double layout dismount in the first rotation of the day.

Arkansas had five of six routines score a 9.800 or higher for a combined 49.250 on Bars.

Rotation Two | Vault

Redshirt-junior Sarah Shaffer and junior Kennedy Hambrick with back-to-back 9.850s with a Yurchenko layout half and Yurchenko full respectively. The duo’s stuck vaults helped the Razorbacks improve their team vault score for the second straight week.

Arkansas would finish vault with a 49.025 team score for a total of 98.275 through two rotations.

Rotation Three | Floor

Senior Sophia Carter continued to be a strong anchor for the Razorbacks on the floor, wrapping up the third rotation with her double-back roundoff and double-pike last pass.

Carter scored a team-high 9.900 on the floor to give Arkansas a team score of 49.250.

Rotation Four | Beam

The Gymbacks held steady on the beam, as Yazmon scored a lead-off 9.825 with her back handspring, layout step out series.

Redshirt-freshman Bailey Lovett hit the first 9.900 of the season for Arkansas on beam, showing off her beautiful front aerial, back layout series.

The Razorbacks finished with a 49.025 on the beam.

Up next

The Razorbacks return to Barnhill Arena to host SEC foe and No.12 ranked Kentucky for Crowns and Capes night on Friday evening at 6 p.m.

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Razorbacks open season with road loss to defending SEC champion Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Arkansas traveled to Gainesville, Fla., for the season opener and dropped the evening meet to Florida, 197.350-194.400.

Senior Jessica Yamzon and sophomore Kennedy Hambrick competed in the all-around, scoring a 38.825 and 38.950 respectively.

Yamzon led off on all four events for the Gymbacks, making it the second consecutive season she did so in the season opener after leading off all-around against Oklahoma in 2019.

Rotation One | Bars
Hambrick showed lots of poise on the bars in the fourth position for Arkansas, scoring a 9.825 after a fluid routine and solid full twisting double-back dismount.

Redshirt freshman Bailey Lovett walked away with a 9.825 as well with a strong performance in her 2020 debut. Hambrick and Lovett’s back-to-back 9.825s helped Arkansas to a 48.625 start.

Rotation Two | Vault

Sarah Shaffer showed her strength on the vault, coming through for Arkansas with a team-high score of 9.750 after completing a beautiful Yurchenko layout half. Staffer and the Gymbacks added 48.525 points to their score and after two events, trailed the Gators 98.475 to 97.150.

Rotation Three | Floor

Junior Sophia Carter was the anchor for the Gymbacks on the floor and closed out the rotation with a strong 9.875, complete with beautiful presentation and a sky-high double pike as a last pass. The third rotation was the best showing of the night for the Gymbacks, combining three routines of 9.825 or higher for a total of 49.000.

Rotation Four | Beam

It was freshman Kiara Giafagna who would step up in the final rotation on the beam. Giafagna entered the final event scoring a 9.725 on both the vault and floor, but came out with a solid 9.800 on the beam nailing her back handspring layout series. With Gianfagna’s performance, the Gymbacks finished with a 48.250 team score on the beam.

Up Next

The Gymbacks prepare for top-ranked Denver next week, as Arkansas opens its home slate in Barnhill Arena on Friday for Pack the Barn.

The Razorbacks will have a quick turn around as they travel to Oklahoma for a road meet in Sooner territory on Monday, Jan. 20.

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