Gymbacks host Tigers for first-ever meeting at Bud Walton Arena

Arkansas gymnastics program to make history in second meeting of season as No.15 Razorbacks face No.8 Auburn Tigers for first gymnastics action in history at Bud Walton Arena Friday.

The event has been a vision head coach Jordyn Wieber has had since taking the helm of Arkansas in 2019 and speaks to the upward trajectory of the program and its fans over the past three seasons.

“I love the environment of Barnhill Arena, I think it’s really unique, I think it’s different from all the other gymnastics arenas in our conference if not in our country, but I quickly realized that with the growth of the program and the increasing level of gymnastics and with the growth of the fan base we are going to overtake Barnhill a little bit, “said Wieber.” I am really very grateful to Hunter for supporting us and this opportunity really. great and really a historic night for the program. “

Wieber’s very first meeting in Arkansas in 2020 set an attendance record of 6,714 fans, and the Gymbacks will aim higher as they bring the action to BWA.

The meeting has been dubbed Night in the Palace, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a commemorative t-shirt for the special occasion. Team posters and meetup programs will also be available at marketing tables throughout the arena.

Tickets are still available and fans are encouraged to pre-purchase online. HERE, by phone (479-575-5151), or at the Razorback Ticket Center. Parking is free in Lot 56 located at the corner of Razorback Road and MLK Avenue.

Doors open at 6:00 pm with team presentations scheduled for 7:15 am and the first jump at 7:30 am The meet will be broadcast live on SEC Network.

Tiger Scouting

In addition to the change of scenery, an exciting opponent awaits Arkansas for Friday’s game. The Tigers are currently ranked No.8 and are coming off victories over North Carolina and Bowling Green with a score of 196.050. Auburn was particularly strong on vault in her debut with a final score of 49.350, third in the country.

Arkansas earned their first season opener since 2014 on Jan. 7 with a 195.450–195.025 victory over Ohio State. The Hogs are ninth on floor, 10th on vault and 15th overall. Team’s 49.100 on ground marked the 33rd consecutive time Arkansas has scored more than 49,000 on ground, which is a program record and the second longest active streak in the NCAA behind Florida at 38.

The last time Auburn and Arkansas met for a double date was also an unforgettable historic night for the Razorbacks. The team closed the regular season schedule at Auburn and set a new record score of 197.425. It was the second time in three weeks that Arkansas had established a new high team schedule.

Auburn currently has a slight advantage in the all-time series against both teams with a 20-19-1 record, but the Gymbacks are 6-3-1 against the Tigers at home.

Auburn’s roster includes rookie and Tokyo 2020 all-around Olympic champion Sunisa Lee. Arkansas also has an Olympic contingent with London 2012 gold medalists Wieber and volunteer assistant Kyla Ross and assistant coach Chris Brooks, who was a member of the Men’s Olympic team in 2012 and 2016.

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