The Arkansas Razorbacks hosted the Florida Gators on Friday night, putting up a strong performance to score a 196.350. However, it wasn’t enough to beat the number three Gators, who scored a total of 197.225 and won every event except the floor exercise to lock up the SEC regular season title.
Alicia Boren was the top all-arounder of the night, scoring a 39.625 and winning the vault and balance beam. There was a four-way tie for first place on floor exercise, with two Florida gymnasts and two Razorback gymnasts sharing the podium.
Starting on vault, the Razorbacks scored two 9.850s from Sydney McGlone and Sarah Shaffer, who tied for second on the event. They hit six vaults for a total of 49.050, just two tenths below their season high. On the uneven bars, Florida had especially strong performances from Trinity Thomas and Savannah Schoenherr, who scored a 9.925 and a 9.900, respectively. They counted five scores over a 9.850 for a total of 49.425 on the event.
On vault, Florida scored a 48.950, where some weaker vaults kept the scores in the 9.700 range. Boren posted the highest vault score of the night with a 9.925 on her Yurchenko one-and-a-half, followed by Nya Reed, who scored a 9.825 to place fourth. On the uneven bars, Arkansas scored a season high of 49.125, with four routines scoring at least a 9.800. Jessica Yamzon tied for third place with a 9.875, the Razorbacks’ highest bars score of the night.
In the third rotation, Arkansas had a fall on beam, but recovered nicely to score a 48.800. Yamzon and Katrina Derrick both posted 9.850s to tie for fourth. Unfortunately, tonight’s performance on beam did not show the Razorbacks’ full potential, as they have scored almost half a point higher previously. Florida posted their highest rotation total of the night on the floor exercise with a 49.475. Boren, Thomas, and Reed all scored at least a 9.900, with Boren and Thomas tying for first with a 9.925.
The Razorbacks finished strong on the floor exercise, scoring a 49.375. Sophia Carter and Sydney McGlone both scored 9.925s, tying for first place. With all five counting scores over a 9.800, Arkansas scored a season high total on floor. The Gators clinched their win on the balance beam, where Boren won the event with a 9.925. Thomas capped off a great all-around performance with a 9.900, while Leah Clapper placed third with a 9.875.Tags: Alicia Boren, Arkansas, Arkansas Razorbacks, Florida, Florida Gators, Jessica Yamzon, Katrina Derrick, Leah Clapper, NCAA Gymnastics, Nya Reed, Sarah Shaffer, Savannah Schoenherr, SEC, Sophia Carter, Sydney McGlone, Trinity Thomas