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Arkansas' Amanda Wellick competes Friday, March 11, 2016, in the bars rotation during the 11th-ranked Razorbacks' meet with Utah State in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

Arkansas gymnast Amanda Wellick approaches her first meet at Barnhill Arena since she tore her Achilles' tendon.

Arkansas gymnastics vs. Kentucky

WHEN 7:01 p.m.

WHERE Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville

TICKETS Adults $5; 17-under $3; UA students w/ID free; Group (10 or more purchased 24 hours in advance) $2

RECORDS Kentucky 3-0, 0-0 SEC; Arkansas 0-1, 0-1

RANKINGS Kentucky is No. 6 (196.075); Arkansas is No. 11 (195.35)

EVENTS Vault: No. 7 Kentucky 48.975, No. 10 Arkansas 48.9; Bars: No. 10 Kentucky 48.875, No. 16 Arkansas 48.65; Beam: No. 2 Arkansas 49.15, 48.95; Floor: No. 5 Kentucky, No. 23 Arkansas 48.65

TOP ATHLETES (top 100)

All-around: No. 28 Jessica Yamzon (Ark) 38.95; No. 45 (tie) Mollie Korth (UK) 38.6; No. 64 Sarah Shaffer (Ark) 37.425

Vault: No. 14 (tie) Braie Speed (Ark), Sydney McGlone (Ark), Danaea Davis (UK), Korth (UK) 9.85; No. 25 Amanda Wellick (Ark) 9.825; No. 71 Aubree Rosa (UK) 9.775; No. 93 (tie) Sidney Dukes (UK), Katrina Coca (UK) 9.75

Bars: No. 14 (tie) Wellick (Ark), Cori Rechenmacher (UK) 9.85; No. 46 (tie) Sydney Laird (Ark), Ella Warren (UK) 9.8; No. 62 (tie) Katie Carlisle (UK) 9.775; No. 81 Speed (Ark), Coca (UK) 9.75.

Beam: No. 4 (tie) Sophia Carter (Ark); No. 11 (tie) Wellick (Ark) 9.875; No. 18 (tie) Alex Hyland (UK) 9.85; No. 28 (tie) Yamzon (Ark), Laird (Ark), Dukes (UK) 9.825; No. 45 Korth (UK) 9.8; No. 73 (tie) Katie Stuart (UK) 9.75; No. 94 (tie) Michaela Burton (Ark), Shaffer (Ark), Hailey Poland (UK) 9.725

Floor: No. 5 (tie) Dukes (UK) 9.9; No. 14 (tie) Hyland (UK) 9.875; No. 24 (tie) Korth (UK) 9.85; No. 38 (tie) Burton (Ark), Rechenmacher (UK), Poland (UK) 9.825; No. 95 (tie) Mia Bargiacchi (Ark) 9.75

MEET NOTES

Arkansas leads the series with Kentucky, 23-7. The Wildcats won both meets last year, with a 196.525 in a dual meet in Lexington, Ky., and a 196.625 at the SECs in Jacksonville, Fla. … The Razorbacks moved up eight spots to No. 11 in the rankings this week, while the Wildcats moved up five to No. 6. … Arkansas’ 49.15 on the beam last week at LSU was its highest since the 2015 NCAA Morgantown Regional. … The Razorbacks have two new assistant coaches, Garrett Griffeth and former Olympian Courtney McCool Griffeth, this season. … The Razorbacks are one of two SEC teams with six freshmen on their roster.

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