Arkansas Gymbacks Prepared to Host UK Wildcats

Katherine_Grable_Gym.jpgThe Arkansas gymnastics team will go up against the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend at Barnhill Arena. The Gymbacks will lean on Katherine Grable, the senior All-American who also happens to be the No. 2 overall gymnast in the country.

Arkansas is looking for their seventh-straight score of 196 to tie the program record set in 2013. Grable has scored a 9.95 on the floor in the last three meets and is just on score of 9.95 on the event away from tying former teammate Jaime Pisani's record of 11. Pisani also has the school-record on the event at 9.975.

"We have been good this season but we need to be great to compete in the post season," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "Coming back home, we need to command our routines and be aggressive to maximize our potential."

The Razorbacks come into the meet with a season high of 196.200 which the team scored in the season opening meet while hosting Bridgeport and Western Michigan at home in Barnhill Arena. While compared to Kentucky, which has a season high of 195.450 and a season average of 194.342. The Razorbacks own the all-time series against Kentucky at 19-2-1.

In the event rankings, the Razorbacks are for No. 13 on the vault, 19th on bars, 8th on the beam and 16th on the floor. Kentucky is No. 18 on the floor.

The meet will be featured as scout night where Boy and Girl scouts will receive free admission and accompanying family will get in for two dollars. The first 1,000 fans will receive a light-up foam baton. Additionally, there will be an autograph session after the meet.

Promotions for the meet include free schedule posters and schedule magnets. Also t-shirts will be thrown into the stands each time the Razorbacks score a 9.8 or higher.

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