Los Angeles, Calif. – Junior All-American Katherine Grable recorded a 9.8875 on the floor in the NCAA Event Finals finishing sixth nationally.
“I went out there and wanted to hit my routine,” Grable said. “I thought I did really well and I’m so happy to represent my team today. I thought our team did really well this season and I am really proud of our performance this weekend.”
Grable scored a 9.95 to tie for the event title on Friday in Arkansas’ semifinal to qualify for the individual event finals. Grable claimed 19 event titles over the season for the Razorbacks.
“Katherine had one of her best routines of the season,” co-head coach Rene Lyst said. “I am so pleased with the way the whole team competed this weekend and to have Katherine compete in event finals is awesome.”
Grable previously qualified for two individual event finals, on the floor exercise in 2011 and on the balance beam in 2012. She finished tied for 9th on the floor and 6th in the nation on the beam.
Grable is the third Razorback gymnast in the history of the program to qualify for the individual event finals on the floor. Casey Jo Magee finished 10th in 2010 with a 9.8125. Jaime Pisani qualified in 2011 and 2012, finishing tied for 5th place (9.90) and 9th place (9.8625), respectively.
“Katherine I thought had one of her best routines I have ever seen,” assistant coach Samantha Cortez said. “Our floor rotation started out a little bit shaky at the beginning of the season but really began hitting our stride towards the end of the season and it really shows when we are able to have an individual finalist.”