After a solid start to the new season in a home loss to number one Oklahoma, the Arkansas Razorbacks built upon that strong effort with a very solid road win over Arizona 195.800-194.725 in Tucson. While it was the visiting Razorbacks that came away with the win, the Wildcats of Arizona began the stronger, with Courtney Cowles‘ 9.800 on vault leading Arizona to a solid lead after rotation one.

The second rotation however saw things really heat up for the Razorbacks, where big 9.875s on vault from Kennedy Hambrick and Sydney McGlone gave Arkansas the lead after Arizona was forced to count a fall on bars despite strong efforts from Danielle Spencer-Bearham and Christina Berg.

Sophia Carter performs on the floor exercise for the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas/Arkansas Athletics

Arkansas continued to gain momentum throughout the meet as despite some lower scores early on floor exercise, Sophia Carter‘s 9.875 and Sarah Shaffer‘s 9.825 kept the Gymbacks in the lead heading into the final rotation. Arizona continued to put up a good fight on the balance beam, where Haylie Hendrickson went 9.850, however the Wildcats trailed after three rotations.

The final rotation saw some lower scores again for Arizona, with Spencer-Bearham’s 9.800 on floor the highest for the Wildcats. Meanwhile, on balance beam, Arkansas put together their best rotation of the evening to cap off a very solid win with a beautiful 9.900 from Sophia Carter in the anchor slot and a 9.825 from Kennedy Hambrick as well for the Razorbacks.

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