The Kentucky Wildcats scored a win at home today over the Arkansas Razorbacks, scoring a 195.275 to their 193.875. However, we didn’t see either team at their full potential, as they both had to count a fall and deal with shaky routines mid-meet.
Kentucky competed well in the first rotation, with five Yurchenko fulls and a Yurchenko 1.5. Mollie Korth’s nearly-stuck Yurchenko 1.5 scored a 9.900, winning the event and capping off Kentucky’s vault lineup. They scored a total of 49.175, starting the competition off strong. On the uneven bars, where Arkansas began their meet, they fought through two falls to score a total of 47.900. Unfortunately, both Kennedy Hambrick and Sydney Laird fell on their releases, forcing Arkansas to count a 9.075. Sarah Shaffer posted the highest score for the Razorbacks with a 9.775, placing fourth on the event.
The Razorbacks recovered nicely on vault in the second rotation, scoring a 48.700 despite some form breaks and lack of amplitude. As the season progresses and Arkansas has time to clean up their vaults and focus on landings, they should be able to break into the 49s. On the uneven bars, Kentucky hit six routines, with three scoring a 9.775 and three scoring a 9.800 for a total of 48.950. Though all routines were performed well, missed handstands prevented them from scoring above a 9.800. Like Arkansas, cleaner execution and more precise handstands will elevate their performance.
The Wildcats couldn’t keep their momentum going on the balance beam, where they had to count a fall for a total of 47.775. Cally Nixon posted the highest score for Kentucky with a 9.725, even with a balance check. The Razorbacks took this opportunity to catch up the Wildcats, scoring a 49.050 on the floor exercise. Sophia Carter performed a beautiful routine to tie for first with a 9.900 and put Arkansas back in the running to win the meet.
In the final rotation, Kentucky secured the win with three routines scoring a 9.900 for a team total of 49.375. With powerful tumbling and clean landings, this floor lineup will be one to watch throughout the season. Beam got the better of Arkansas this week, where they had another two falls and scored a total of 48.225. Aside from the falls, they had four routines scoring above a 9.775, showing this team’s fighting spirit. Both teams will be looking to put this meet behind them and come back stronger for the next weeks of competition.Tags: Arkansas, Arkansas Razorbacks, Cally Nixon, Kennedy Hambrick, Kentucky, Kentucky Wildcats, Mollie Korth, Sophia Carter, Sydney Laird