Gymbacks Post Best-Ever SEC Championships Team Score, Place Third in Afternoon Session
While Arkansas finished third in Saturday’s afternoon session of the SEC Gymnastics Championships, the team rose to new heights as a program.
The Hogs scored 196,825 points that day and were defeated by Auburn (197,100) and Missouri (197,000) but counted a win over Georgia (196,600). The score was a new program high at the SEC Championships, beating the previous record of 196,500 set in 2016.
Arkansas also saw four athletes earn the vault’s individual high score that day, as Cami Weaver, Norah Flatley, Frankie Price and Lauren Williams all scored 9,900 en route to a new team championship high of 49,425.
Flatley and Williams also both scored 9.900 on the floor, which was the best score of the session. Competing in the all-around, Flatley had the afternoon’s second-highest score of 39,500.
Arkansas started the day on parallel bars and got off to a strong start with newcomer Cally Swaney holding onto her double layout dismount for 9.825. Jensen Scalzo and Reese Drotar continued the solid performance with 9.850 in back-to-back second and third places. Sophomore Maddie Jones added a 9.775 in fourth and Flatley anchored after a fall. Mastering her routine at every step, she earned a 9.875 to finish the rotation and secure a 49.175 for the event.
The Hogs kicked things off in the second round and put in a solid performance from their lead-off, Kalyxta Gamiao, with a 9.850 routine capped off with a stuck dismount. Swaney continued the hot start at her first SEC championships when she finished third on beam and earned 9,850. Five-year-old gymback Kennedy Hambrick sailed through her bar routine in fifth place for the second straight week, posting a 9.875 with a stuck gainer full dismount. Flatley finished the game with 9,825 for Arkansas, and the Hogs hit 49,050 on beam that day.
The Gymbacks hit the floor for the third rotation and set up a pair of 9,800 routines to start with the two Maddies, Jones and Hickey. Sophomore Kalyxta Gamiao added 9,775 third in her third-floor appearance of the season, which lifted Flatley up the middle of the lineup. She mastered both tumbling passes and hit her entire choreography in a great routine that scored a 9,900. Williams followed with another rock solid set and showed no sign of rookie hesitation, earning a fitting 9,900. Price finished the rotation at 9.775 and the Hogs finished the floor at 49.175.
Arkansas saved some of its best stuff for the final rotation, and it started with a bang when Weaver posted a career-best 9,900 in the lead-off spot. The big scores kept coming after that as Flatley and Price also added 9,900s for their Yurchenko fulls. Sophomore Makie Sedlacek posted a 9.825 for her Yurchenko 1.5 in fourth place, and Williams hit Arkansas’ fourth 9.900 of the rotation with just a small jump on her 1.5 in fifth place. Hambrick added a 9.825 as an anchor on her jump debut of the season, sealing the record rotation of 49.425.
The Hogs have a week off before heading to the NCAA Regionals, which take place March 29-April 2. They will know their next goal at the end of the Conference Championships.
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