Gophers lose to Arkansas in last away meet of season

Another solid 195 team score can’t compete with Razorbacks

It was the last road trip this weekend for Minnesota women’s gymnastics–and they finished well. But not well enough to come out with a victory. The No. 10 ranked Arkansas team hosted the Gophers on Friday, and they didn’t let them take much from them. The Razorbacks won by a score of 195.250-196.350. Junior Michelle Stout and freshman Jaime Pisani took the top 2 spots in the all-around, leading a very young Arkansas team to a win over No. 18 Minnesota. The Gophers’ Carmelina Carabajal and Alexis Russell finished 3rd and 4th, respectively–this was a rare occurance not seeing either in the top two for the night. Minnesota only won two titles on the night–both of which were actually ties. One came from Carabajal with her excellent beam routine, scoring a 9.85 (tying her personal best). The other came from sophomore Kristin Furukawa on the bars. In only her 2nd season, Furukawa is emerging as a consistent performer. It was her 4th bars title of the season. In an event that needs significant improvement, the Gophers didn’t see much change on Friday night. The Razorbacks took the top four spots on the floor to account for their second highest floor score of the season, a 49.350. Carabajal’s tied personal best score only landed her a 5th place finish in the event. In other events on the night, Minnesota stayed within a respectable margin of Arkansas. The Gophers even had their best vault performance of the year on Friday, but this top 10 team proved to be too much–and too good.