Recap the highlights of the 2022 season with the Gymbacks in the Razorback Review, starting with the balance beam accomplishments.
New program recording
Under Olympic gold medalist and NCAA and elite balance beam champion Kyla Ross, the Gymbacks rewrote the record books on Jan. 28 with a new program record on balance beam. The Gymbacks posted a 49.475 in the event against the Florida Gators in Gainesville and had four of five scores over 9.9. Seniors Bailey Lovett, Kennedy Hambrick and Amanda Elswick all earned a share of third place with 9.925 points.
16 ratings above 9.9
In the 2022 roster, the Gymbacks recorded 16 scores of 9.9 or higher across 13 encounters. This metric helped Arkansas jump from 36 total scores of 9.9+ in 2019 to 62 in 2022. Three gymnasts also recorded new personal bests above 9.9 on balance beam:
- Kennedy Hambrick, 9.975
- Amanda Elswick, 9.950
- Leah Smith, 9,900
Six beam titles
Arkansas has won at least a share of a beam title six times in the team’s 10 regular season meetings. Both Elswick and Hambrick took first place in the event twice, while Lovett and Smith did so once each.
Beam was Arkansas’ strongest event for several weeks throughout the season. The Gymbacks posted a final ranking of 16th, a high ranking of 8th and placed in the top 10 as a team for four consecutive weeks in January and February. Hambrick and Elswick led the way, with rankings as high as 7th and 18th in the country, respectively.
High Season Routines
Kennedy Hambrick, 9.975 (career high, scored a 10)
— Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics 🐗 (@RazorbackGym) February 6, 2022
Amanda Elswick, 9.950 (career high, 2x)
How about a career high to end the night? @lilwicky519 will meet this challenge.
She earned a score of 9.950 to equal her personal best and won her second balance beam title in as many weeks! pic.twitter.com/6iawJF4sgK
— Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics 🐗 (@RazorbackGym) March 5, 2022
Bailey Lovett, 9.925
Great time, Bailey ‼️
— Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics 🐗 (@RazorbackGym) January 29, 2022
Kalyxta Gamiao, 9.875
Kiara Gianfagna, 9.850 (2x)
— Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics 🐗 (@RazorbackGym) March 6, 2022
Makie Sedlacek, 9.825
Sarah Shaffer, 9.800
Maggie O’Hara, 9.775
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