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The Arkansas Razorbacks gymnastics team represents the University of Arkansas and competes in the SEC Conference.[2] The team was founded in 2003 and is currently coached by Jordyn Wieber,[3] after she assumed the position in April 2019.[4]

Arkansas Razorbacks gymnastics
Arkansas Razorbacks logo
Founded2003
UniversityUniversity of Arkansas
Head coachJordyn Wieber (1st season)
ConferenceSEC
LocationFayetteville, Arkansas
Home arenaBarnhill Arena (Capacity: 10,000)
NicknameGym'Backs
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
         
Super Six appearances
2009, 2012
NCAA Regional championships
2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018

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HistoryEdit

The gymnastics team was founded in 2003 by Mark Cook, who started building the team in 2001.[5] Cook had previously coached the Stanford gymnastics and UCLA Bruins teams, as the head coach and assistant coach respectively. The first team competed in the 2003, with an all-freshman roster, and finished the regular season ranked 41st.

The team made their first appearance at the NCAA National Championship finals ('Super Six') in 2009, finishing in 5th place with a score of 196.475 - their best placement to date.[6] The Razorbacks made their second appearance in 2012, finishing in 6th place with a score of 196.300.[7]

The retirement of Mark Cook as head coach was announced on April 9 2019.[8] The new head coach for the 2019-2020 season was announced to be the 2011 World Champion Jordyn Wieber on April 24 - the first Olympic champion to be the head coach of an NCAA gymnastics team.[9] Wieber was previously a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA, at which she coached floor, which UCLA finished the 2018 and 2019 regular seasons ranked No. 1 in the country.[10][11]

ChampionshipsEdit

Super Six AppearancesEdit

Arkansas Razorbacks Super Six Appearances
Year Finish
2009 5th
2012 6th

Individual championsEdit

NCAA: Arkansas Individual Champions
Name Year Event
Katherine Grable 2014 VT
Katherine Grable 2014 FX
SEC: Arkansas Individual Champions
Name Year Event
Casey Jo Magee 2009 BB
Jaime Pisani 2012 FX

Current rosterEdit

2019 roster[12]Edit

Name Height Year Hometown Secondary school Club Events
Michaela Burton 5–1 JR Downers Grove, Ill. South High School Legacy Elite Gymnastics AA
Sophia Carter 5-2 SO Blue Springs, Mo. Blue Springs South High School GAGE AA
Katarina Derrick 5–5 FR Pearland, Texas Pearland Elite Gymnastics AA
Amanda Elswick 5-1 FR Austin, Texas Westlake High School Capital Gymnastics AA
Hailey Garner 5-1 JR Memphis, Tenn. Faith Heritage Academy Gymstars Gymnastics UB, BB, FX
Kailey Gillings 5-4 SO Beach City, Texas Stars Gymnastics AA
Kennedy Hambrick 5-3 FR Pearland, Texas Texas Connections Academy Reflex Gymnastics AA
Sydney Laird 5-2 SO Kings Mountain, N.C. Homeschooled First In Flight Gymnasitcs UB, BB
Bailey Lovett 5-2 FR Greensboro, N.C. Kristie Phillips Athletic Center AA
Sydney McGlone 5–1 SR Dublin, Ohio Hilliard Davidson High School Universal Gymnastics VT, BB, FX
Savannah Pennese 5-3 FR Porter, Texas Rowland Ballard Gymnastics VT, FX
Sarah Shaffer 5-9 SO (R) Tyler, Texas Robert E. Lee High School Texas East Gymnastics AA
Jessica Yamzon 5–0 JR Las Vegas, Nev. Lake Mead Christian Academy Gymcats Gymnastics AA

Future recruitsEdit

2019-2020

  • Kiara Gianfagna - JPAC - 2018 JO Nationals 38th AA
  • Madison Hickey - Energym - 2019 Illinois State Championships 3rd BB, 4th VT, 5th AA, 6th UB, 13th FX

2020-2021

  • Jordan Olszewski - Mountain Brook Gymnastics - 2017 State: 3rd AA; 2017 Regionals: 7th AA; 2017 JO Nationals: 33rd AA
  • Gillian Rutz - Perfection Gymnastics School - 2018 Women's Junior Olympic National Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio - 6th-UB; 2016 Women's Junior Olympic National Championships, Fort Worth, Texas - 2nd UB
  • Jensen Scalzo - American Twister Gymnastics
  • Lucy Stanhope - City of Liverpool - 2018 European Championships 4th Team; 2018 Commonwealth Games 2nd Team; 2018 British Championships AA 4th; 2017 English Championships 2nd BB

2021-2022

  • Jacey Vore - JPAC - 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup: 2nd AA; 2018 Regionals: 4th AA; 2018 JO Nationals: 23rd AA
  • Madeline Crosse - Naperville Gymnastics Club - 2017 Regionals: 4th AA; 2017 JO Nationals: 11th AA
  • Frankie Price - Texas Dreams Gymnastics - 2017 State: 7th AA; 2017 Regionals: 25th AA
  • Makenzie Sedlacek - IGI - 2017 Tampa Bay Turners: 4th AA
  • Cami Weaver - Legacy Gymnastics - 2018 State: 1st UB, BB, FX, AA; 2018 Regionals: 3rd AA; 2018 JO Nationals: 18th AA

CoachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Name Years Record Win %
Mark Cook 2003 – 2019
Jordyn Wieber 2020 - present

Coaches for the 2019-2020 seasonEdit

Name Position
Jordyn Wieber Head coach [13]
Chris Bognates Assistant coach [14]
Chris Brooks Assistant coach [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Athletic Department Marks (PDF). June 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "University of Arkansas - Latest Headlines, Scores, and Schedules". www.secsports.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ "Gymnastics Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  4. ^ "At Age 23, Jordyn Wieber Takes Over As Arkansas Women's Gymnastics Coach". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  5. ^ "Mark Cook". Arkansas Razorbacks. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  6. ^ "2009 National Championship Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  7. ^ "2012 National Championship Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  8. ^ "Built From Scratch: By Mark Cook". Arkansas Razorbacks. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  9. ^ "At Age 23, Jordyn Wieber Takes Over As Arkansas Women's Gymnastics Coach". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  10. ^ "Standings". roadtonationals.com. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  11. ^ "Standings". roadtonationals.com. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  12. ^ "Roster". Arkansas Razorbacks. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber named Arkansas gymnastics coach". Arkansas Online. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  14. ^ "Bogantes, Brooks Join Gymnastics Staff". Arkansas Razorbacks. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  15. ^ "Chris Brooks". Arkansas Razorbacks. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2019-05-17.