No. 1 UF gymnastics falls at Arkansas

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:15 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 1 Florida gymnastics team (2-1, 1-1 SEC) lost to No. 8 Arkansas (3-1, 1-0 SEC), 196.375-195.425, Friday in front of a Barnhill Arena crowd of 2,714. It was Florida’s first loss to Arkansas in the two teams’ 19 all-time meetings.

Florida owned a 0.525 lead heading into the final rotation, but trouble on the balance beam hurt the Gators Friday. Florida’s final three performers — Amanda Castillo, Corey Hartung and Alicia Goodwin — all recorded falls, forcing UF to count two falls toward its beam total of 47.90.

The Razorbacks took all but one event title. Arkansas’ Casey Jo Magee collected her third consecutive all-around title with a school-record total of 39.525. She also won the beam at 9.90. Jaime Pisani took floor with the evening’s high mark of all events at 9.925 and she shared the vault title with teammate Michelle Stout.

Florida’s Melanie Sinclair used a mark of 9.90 to pick up her third straight uneven bars title. Maranda Smith and Corey Hartung led UF on floor with marks of 9.875 and Smith used the same mark to lead the Gators on vault.

“Lack of training time due to injuries was evident tonight,” UF head coach Rhonda Faehn said, but the Gators will need to find a way to get the training in to avoid repeating this result. “We are extremely disappointed in our performance this evening. It was not Florida gymnastics,” Faehn said.

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