The 19th-ranked Arkansas gymnastics team returns to Barnhill Arena this season for five home meets, featuring fun-filled themes and promotions, as well as exciting routines by returning and new Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks bring back ten gymnasts from the 2017 season, including All-American Amanda Wellick and NCAA Individual participants Braie Speed and Jessica Yamzon. Speed posted a 9.825 on the vault at NCAA’s, tying her third-best score from last season. Yamzon earned a spot at the NCAA Championships last season as a freshman, scoring a 38.925 in the all-around.
Wellick returns after suffering a season-ending injury in January of last season and missed what would’ve been her senior year. She has since returned to the gym and will be in Arkansas’ lineup this season.
Among the newcomers, Arkansas has five new faces in freshmen Sophia Carter, Kailey Gillings, Sydney Laird, Lakin Legereit and Ellie Wylie, who were all level 10 gymnasts before joining the Razorbacks.
The 2018 season begins January 5 in Baton Rouge, LA, as the Razorbacks face last year’s national runner-up LSU, with the home schedule beginning a week later. Arkansas will host five meets inside Barnhill Arena, including Southeastern Conference matchups between preseason No. 10 Kentucky (Jan. 12), No. 16 Georgia (Jan. 26) and No. 14 Auburn (Feb. 9).
The Razorbacks face a loaded 2018 schedule that includes four teams from last year’s Super Six, including the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners. Thirteen of 15 opponents were NCAA Regional participants in 2017, while six were among the final 12 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships. Arkansas will face nine preseason ranked teams, including the top 4 teams on the road.
Home Meet Themes and Promotions:
Jan. 12 vs. Kentucky 7 pm
The Razorbacks’ home debut will feature a Candyland theme. The first 250 kids will receive candy bars, with the chance of winning a special giveaway from 25 golden tickets. There will be a photo booth, along with other candy-themed giveaways throughout the meet.
Jan. 26 vs. Georgia 6 pm
Pack The Barn, American Girl Doll Party
The Razorbacks will try and set a new home meet attendance record against Georgia as one of the most popular promotions from the past few years returns. The meet against the Bulldogs will feature six American Girl Doll giveaways, and kids are encouraged to bring their own dolls to the meet.
Feb. 9 vs. Auburn 7 pm
Daddy-Daughter Princess Date Night
The first 100 kids that attend Arkansas’ meet against Auburn will receive a light-up tiara as costumed princesses make appearances. Other princess-related promotions geared toward young girls will take place before and during the meet. All girls are encouraged to wear their favorite princess costumes. as there will be an opportunity to take photos before the meet.
March 2 vs. Arizona 6:45 pm
Pink Meet, Mommy-Daughter Girls Night Out
The annual Pink Meet will take place March 2 against Arizona, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. Pink foam light sticks will be provided to fans, and breast cancer survivors will be recognized during the opening ceremonies.
March 16 vs. Denver, Iowa State 6:45 pm
Superhero Senior Night
A fan favorite from the 2017 season returns, as all kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. The first 150 fans will receive a free custom Razorback superhero cape.
Fans can purchase season and single-meet tickets by calling 1-800-982-4647 or by visiting ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Season tickets cost $40 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission. Single-meet tickets are just $5 for adults and $3 for youth 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased prior to or the day of the meet. For information regarding $2 group rates contact the Razorback Ticket Office.