Yamzon posts career best, but Hogs still fall to Florida

After winning her first two career all-around titles in wins over Alabama and Auburn, Jessica Yamzon set a new career best against No. 3 Florida, scoring a career-best 9.875 on floor exercise for a 39.300 in the all-around.

Florida, the No. 3 team in the nation, scored a 49.250 or higher in the first events on the way to the 197.125-195.200 win over Arkansas on Friday night in Barnhill Arena.

Alex McMurtry scored a 9.975 to anchor the Gators on uneven bars in the first rotation, while Alicia Boren won the all-around title with a score of 39.500.

Arkansas posted identical scores of 48.950 on vault and uneven bars in the first rotations. Braie Speed scored a team best and matched her season with a 9.850 on vault and also matched her season best with a 9.825 on uneven bars. Hailey Garner led the way with a 9.850 on uneven bars.

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Yamzon and Michaela Burton posted scores of 9.850 and Samantha Nelson added a score of 9.800 on balance beam in the third rotation.

Arkansas closed strong, scoring a season-best 49.325 on floor exercise. All five competing gymnasts scored a 9.825 or higher, led by Samantha Nelson with a team season-best 9.900. Yamzon scored a career-best 9.875, while Sydney McGlone scored a season-best 9.875.

Notable

• Florida has won 14 straight meets against Arkansas, including six dual meets, since Arkansas won meetings during the 2011 season.

• Braie Speed matched her season bests on both vault (9.850) and uneven bars (9.825). She also made her career debut on balance beam.

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• Hailey Garner posted her fourth score of 9.8 or higher on uneven bars in five meets this season.

• Four of the five competing gymnasts on floor exercise matched or set season bests, including Jessica Yamzon who set a caeer best with a 9.875 and Samantha Nelson (9.900) and Sydney McGlone (9.875), who both set season bests.

• Jessica Yamzon matched a career best on vault (9.775) and set a career best on floor exercise (9.875) for a career-best 39.300 in the all-around.

• Samantha Nelson joined Sydney McGlone in becoming the second gymnast to post multiple scores of 9.900 this season and they both have done so in different events.

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Four different gymnasts have combined for five scores of 9.900 this season:

• Amanda Wellick (Vault at UCLA)
• Sydney McGlone (Vault vs. Missouri, Balance Beam at Georgia)
• Samantha Nelson (Balance Beam at Auburn, Floor Excercies vs. Florida)
• Hailey Garner (Uneven Bars vs. LSU)

Arkansas will face one more team ranked in the top 10 nationally: No. 9 Kentucky on March 3.

 Up Next

Arkansas is on the road for its next two meets, traveling to Michigan State on Feb. 25 and No. 9 Kentucky on March 3. The Razorbacks return home for a Senior Night tri-meet against San Jose State and Centenary on March 10.