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Razorback Gymnastics Season Review

04/30/2013
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Arkansas vs. Georgia – The 12th-ranked University of Arkansas gymnastics team fell to 11th-ranked Georgia 196.2-195.775 in the Southeastern Conference home opener and the first meet of the season. The Razorbacks strung together many standout performances on the evening, highlighted by junior Katherine Grable’s win in the all-around competition.    

Grable led the all-around competition from the get-go with a team-high 9.875 on the vault to open the meet. However, Grable saved her best for last as she recorded a 9.925, the highest score of the night, on the floor to close out the meet against the Gym Dogs.

Dillard named SEC Freshman of the Week- After the first collegiate meet of her career, freshman Sydnie Dillard was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the week, the league announced.

Dillard, from Fairview, Texas, tied for second on the beam with a 9.875 which she shared with All-American Katherine Grable for the team high score. Dillard also had a 9.85 on floor which earned her a third-place finish for the meet and second place on the team.

The SEC award is the first of her career. Dillard is the eighth Razorback to earn SEC honors, joining Dana McQuillin, Katie Hardman, Cassie Drew, Michelle Stout, Casey Jo Magee, Jaime Pisani and Katherine Grable.

Freshmen tie for event titles at Kentucky - Freshmen Heather Elswick and Sydnie Dillard each tied for individual event titles leading the ninth-ranked Razorback gymnastics team to a 193.075 against Kentucky in Memorial Gym.

Elswick stuck a Yurchenko layout full vault to share the title for the meet and Dillard was solid on the balance beam with a stuck dismount as both scored a 9.825.
Senior All-American Amy Borsellino finished second in the all-around competition with a 38.725, led by a pair of 9.775’s on the vault and bars.

The Razorbacks fell to Kentucky 195.500-193.075 in the second Southeastern Conference meet of the year.

Grable and Freier take event titles in upset- Junior All-American Katherine Grable and freshman Erin Freier claimed event titles as the Arkansas’ gymnastics team upset No. 11 Denver in Barnhill Arena.

Grable stuck her vault landing for a 9.875 to claim the event title. She also claimed a 9.875 on the floor to take that title as well. Freier recorded a 9.850 on the bars to lead the Razorbacks and take the event title for the meet.

The Razorbacks outscored the No. 11 Pioneers, 195.475-195.125.

Grable would also take the all-around title with a score of 39.350 followed by fellow All-American Amy Borsellino with a score of 39.200.

Record night for No. 22 Razorbacks - All-American’s Amy Borsellino, Katherine Grable, Bailee Zumwalde, Kelci Lewis, junior Shelby Salmon and freshmen Erin Freier and Heather Elswick each picked up record marks for the No. 22 Arkansas’ gymnastics team in a loss to the No. 1 Florida Gators in Barnhill Arena, 197.575-196.175.

Grable scored a season high on the vault with a 9.900 to start the Razorbacks off with collecting season high marks. Borsellino stuck her bars landing for a 9.85 and a career high for the event. Salmon and Freier would each score a 9.875 to collect their season high scores.

In the final rotation of the night for the Razorbacks, Zumwalde, Elswick, Dillard and Lewis each collected season highs with 9.85 on the floor. Borsellino would match her career high of 9.90 and Grable would match her career high of 9.95 to lead the Razorbacks to a 49.400 for the event to beat Florida on the floor 49.400-49.275.

The Razorbacks would also pick up season high scores for the vault rotation with a 49.150, the bars rotation with a 49.250 and finished off the meet with the 49.400 on the floor.

Juniors capture event titles at No. 15 Auburn - Junior Shelby Salmon took the bars title outright while All-American Katherine Grable tied for the vault and beam titles, as the No. 19 University of Arkansas gymnastics team was outscored by the No. 15 Auburn Tigers 196.325-195.650.

Razorbacks post good road score at LSU - Freshman Sydnie Dillard nailed her front aerial to a one-handed back-hand spring to claim the beam title, as the No. 20 University of Arkansas gymnastics team was outscored by the No. 7 LSU Tigers,196.825-195.625.

Season high score for Razorbacks - Seniors All-Americans Kelci Lewis and Amy Borsellino take event titles as the No. 19 University of Arkansas gymnastic team picks up its third highest score in program history in a tie with No. 4 University of Alabama Crimson Tide, 197.100-197.100.

Junior Katherine Grable led the vault rotation to the third best score in program history posting a 49.425 with a 9.95 to share a piece of the event title. Freshman Erin Freier recorded a season high and a share of the beam title with a 9.90. While seniors Lewis and Borsellino collected outright floor and all-around titles, respectively.

Lewis named SEC Specialist of the Week - After a pair of career best 9.925’s on the vault and floor against Alabama, senior All-American Kelci Lewis has been named the Southeastern Conference Specialist of the Week.

Lewis competed in two events for the Razorbacks as Arkansas tied Alabama 197.100-197.100. She recorded a 9.925 on vault as the Razorbacks totaled 49.425 on the apparatus, the third highest vault rotation in school history.

Lewis later won the floor exercise with a 9.925 and led Arkansas to a 49.350 in that event, helping secure the tie with Alabama.

The SEC award is the first of her career. Lewis is the ninth Razorback to earn SEC honors, joining Dana McQuillin, Katie Hardman, Cassie Drew, Michelle Stout, Casey Jo Magee, Jaime Pisani, Katherine Grable and Sydnie Dillard.

Razorbacks win on senior night - Seniors Kelci Lewis, Amy Borsellino and Jordan Salsberg competed in Barnhill Arena for the last time in their careers as the No. 25 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a 196.650, picking up its first quad-meet win of the season against the University of Missouri Tigers 194.300; Centenary, 190.525 and Lindenwood, 191.125.

Junior Katherine Grable led the vault and beam rotations with a 9.90 and 9.875, respectively, to take the event titles as well. Grable would also lead the floor rotation to tie the fifth-best score in program history of 49.400 with a 9.95. Junior Shelby Salmon claimed her second bars title of the season with a 9.90 for the event.

Record student attendance at home meets - The University of Arkansas gymnastics team was featured in five home meets this season with more than 17,000 fans in attendance, including over 5,100 students.

A season high 5,278 fans came to support the Razorbacks for the dual meet with Florida, which ranks as the fourth-largest crowd in program history. During that meet, there were over 2,300 students in attendance. The 2013 home season had the highest student attendance in program history.

Arkansas posts best road score of the season - Junior All-American Katherine Grable takes a pair of titles as the No. 24 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a 196.350, the team’s best road score of the season as they finish second in a quad meet at the University of Minnesota, 196.450; Centenary, 190.525 and Nebraska, 196.100.

Grable finished tied for first in the all-around competition as well as on the beam. Shelby Salmon finished second on the bars followed by fellow Razorback Amy Borsellino who finished third. Grable would add a second place finish on the vault and a third place finish on the floor as well.

Lewis named to SEC Community Service team - University of Arkansas senior Kelci Lewis was selected to the Southeastern Conference Community Service team the league office announced.

The Collinsville, Okla., native was active in community events throughout her career as a Razorback. This year, she has participated in a number of events including Book Hogs Read To Win Program (reading to area elementary students in Northwest Arkansas), Sweat Hawgs Program (encouraging young people to get active), SEC Together We CAN (Canned Food Drive), Birthday Party With the Gym Backs, Angel Tree Salvation Army, Shop With SAAC for Christmas, Santa Meet Awards in Barnhill (presenting awards to young gymnasts), Lift Up America, (Feeding The Hunger in Northwest Arkansas), America Heart Walk, and many more.

Lewis participated in the Razorback Leadership Academy since 2011, a member of SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) since 2012 and she has served as the SAAC Service Learning Chair Person since 2011.
   
Razorbacks set season high road score at UCLA - Junior All-American Katherine Grable placed second in the all-around competition as the No. 15 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a 196.600, the team’s best road score of the season as they finish second behind the No. 8 UCLA Bruins who scored a 197.425.  

Grable finished tied for third in the vault, beam and floor competition, while junior Shelby Salmon and freshman Erin Freier finished tied for second on the bars as the team picked up season-high road scores in back-to-back meets.

Best score in program history a SEC Championships - Junior All-American Katherine Grable won the all-around title in Session I as the University of Arkansas gymnastics team posted its highest finish at an SEC Championship of 196.400 and placed second in session one of the meet. Auburn would finish first in the session with a 196.550, Missouri would finish third with a 195.525, followed by Kentucky with a 194.600.

The University of Florida won the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championships with a score of 198.000. Arkansas finished sixth. Alabama finished second with a 197.900, LSU was third with a 197.700, Georgia was fourth with a 197.625, Auburn was fifth with a 196.550, Missouri finished seventh with a 195.525 and Kentucky placed eighth with a 194.600.
    
Four gymnasts earn All-SEC honors - Four University of Arkansas gymnasts were selected for 2013 Gymnastics Southeastern Conference Awards. Katherine Grable and Kelci Lewis were named to the All-SEC team, while Keara Glover and Sydnie Dillard were selected to the SEC All-Freshman team. The Razorbacks’ four SEC selections represent the largest single-season collection in program history.

Grable earned All-SEC for the second time in her career, for her performances at the SEC Championship by winning the vault, floor and all-around competitions in the Razorbacks’ session. Grable won the all-around competition with a 39.375, the vault with a 9.875 and the floor with a 9.925.

This was the first All-SEC honor for Lewis. She recorded a 9.90 on the floor competition to finish second in the session at the SEC Championship. Lewis was also named to the SEC Community Service team for the second consecutive year earlier this season.

Glover and Dillard were just the second and third Razorback gymnasts to earn All-SEC accolades their freshman season joining Grable in 2011. Glover went first-up on the bars competition in the Razorbacks session and posted a 9.80 which would be good enough for second-place for the session. Dillard, on the beam, recorded a 9.875 during the session to earn her a second-place finish for the event as well.

Razorbacks punch ticket to NCAA Championship - Junior All-American Katherine Grable won three event titles as the third-seeded Razorbacks scored a program best at an NCAA Regional of 196.950 to clinch a trip to the NCAA Championship meet for the sixth-straight year.

Grable started the meet by matching her career-best marks on the floor and the vault with 9.95’s, each of the marks were worthy of first-place finishes on the events. Grable finished with a season-best 39.650 to win the all-around competition as well.

Arkansas finished second in the meet behind Georgia with a 197.425, and ahead of Arizona State with a 195.700, Oregon State with a 195.375, Boise State with a 195.350 and California with a 195.125

Grable named regular season All-American - Junior All-American Katherine Grable has been named to the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Gymnastic Coaches (NACGC/W) Regular Season All-American Team. Grable has been awarded honors for second-team status on the all-around competition and the floor exercise. Grable is the first Razorback to receive this award.

Grable finished the season ranked No. 14 in both the all-around competition as well as the vault. Grable’s all-around regional qualifying score was 39.450 in the all-around and a 9.915 on the floor.

This was the inaugural year for regular season All-American honors for the NACGC/W. The awards were given out based on a gymnasts’ rankings at the end of the regular season.

Arkansas finishes 10th at NCAA Championship - Junior Katherine Grable earned two All-America honors as the No. 11 Razorbacks posted the fifth-best score at an NCAA Championship with a 196.150 to finish 10th in the nation.

Grable tied for first-place overall on the floor to end the meet and earn first-team All-America honors. She finished with a 39.475 in the all-around competition to earn her second first-team All-America honors for the meet.

Seniors Amy Borsellino, Kelci Lewis and Jordan Salsberg competed for the last time as a Razorback while helping their team reach the NCAA Championship meet for the sixth-straight year. Borsellino scored a 38.500 in the all-around, while Lewis scored a 9.825 on the floor to help the Razorbacks finish 10th nationally.

Arkansas finished sixth in Semifinal II behind Alabama with a 197.350, Michigan with a 196.850, UCLA with a 197.200, Oklahoma with a 197.200 and Utah with a 196.200.
    
Grable finishes sixth on floor - Junior All-American Katherine Grable recorded a 9.8875 on the floor in the NCAA Event Finals finishing sixth nationally.

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.

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.

Grable adds two more All-America honors - Grable earned four All-America honors last season to bring her total to eight total career honors. She earned two second-team selections in the Inaugural NACGC/W regular season honors on the floor and all-around competitions. In the Razorbacks' semifinal Grable collected two first-team honors on the floor and all-around competitions as well.

Team Awards Banquet – The Razorbacks celebrated their season by hosting their annual awards banquet. Junior All-American Katherine Grable was named the team's Most Outstanding Gymnast. Freshman All-SEC member Sydnie Dillard was named the Most Outstanding Newcomer as well as the Dana McQuillin Coaches Award.

Senior All-American Kelci Lewis received two awards at the banquet. Lewis received the Scholastic Award as well as the Most Improved Gymnast award.

Juniors Bailee Zumwalde and Shelby Salmon received awards as well. Zumwalde was honored with the Gymback Spirit Award while Salmon received the Katie Hardman Gymback Pride Award.


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