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No. 14 Gymbacks Upset No. 9 Nebraska In Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 14 University of Arkansas gymnastics team completed the upset victory over No. 9 Nebraska 196.700 – 196.350 as they posted their best road score of the season. This is the first time the Razorbacks upset a top-10 opponent since 2011, when the Razorbacks topped No. 1 Florida in Barnhill Arena.

Senior All-American Katherine Grable tied for her eight all-around title of the season with Nebraska senior Emily Wong with a 39.625 to improve Grable’s season-best road score she set last week at Georgia. Grable started off the meet with a 9.85 on the bars and then followed with three-straight scores of 9.925. She also won her eight floor title of the season and third title on the beam. Grable came into the meet ranked No. 3 in the nation and Wong was ranked No. 4.

Freshman Amanda Wellick entered the meet as the top-ranked freshman in the land, which put her at No. 19 in the rankings to finish second in the all-around competition with her fifth score of 39.30 or better at 39.350. The score upset the No. 14 gymnast in the country in Nebraska’s Jessie DeZiel, who posted a 39.150. Wellick matched her career-best mark on the beam of 9.875 to help the Razorback’s tenth-ranked beam rotation solidify the upset victory.

The Razorbacks started off the meet with two rotations of 49.0 plus with a 49.050 to start on bars and a 49.200 on the vault to total a 98.25 at the halfway point of the meet. The Razorbacks swung together four bar routines of 9.8 plus including a 9.85 from Grable and a 9.825 from sophomore Keara Glover. The Razorbacks woul also get the first 9.8 routine of freshman Paris Ryder’s career with a 9.825 on the vault as well as a 9.825 from senior Scarlett Williams. Grable finished the vault rotation with her first score of 9.925 of the night.

At the halfway point of the meet, Arkansas trailed Nebraska 98.525 – 98.250, but the Razorbacks were not phased. Arkansas continued posting scores of 49 – plus with a 49.250 on the floor which was the second-best rotation score of the season to give the Razorbacks a one-tenth lead heading into the final event.

The Razorbacks finished the meet in style posting a 49.200 on the beam, a mark that ties for the second-best score of the season. Both freshmen Samantha Nelson and Wellick tied their career-best marks in the rotation of 9.825 and 9.875, respectively. Sophomore Sydnie Dillard also added a 9.875 to the rotation and Grable finished the meet for the Razorbacks with her third 9.925 of the meet to claim the event title.

Gymnast of the Meet – Freshman Amanda Wellick
·    Finished second in the all-around to All-American teammate Katherine Grable with a 39.350
·    Upset the No. 14 gymnast in the country in Nebraska’s Jessie Deziel
·    Tied her career-best beam score of 9.875
·    Scored her fifth all-around score of 39.30 or better

9.80 plus routines –
Bars – Amanda Wellick 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.85, Shelby Salmon 9.80, Keara Glover 9.825
Vault – Scarlett Williams 9.825, Paris Ryder 9.825, 9.875, Katherine Grable 9.925
Floor – Samantha Nelson 9.85, Sydnie Dillard 9.80, Amanda Wellick 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.925, Stephani Canizaro
Beam – Amanda Wellick 9.875, Sydnie Dillard 9.875, Samantha Nelson 9.825, Katherine Grable 9.925

What they said… co-head coach René Lyst
About the meet…
“We fought hard from the first event and all the way to the end of the meet,” co-head coach René Lyst said. “To come into the meet today at Nebraska, who is ranked a little bit ahead of us, and get a big road win is really big for our team as we come to the post-season.”

About Wellick’s performance…
“I know that tonight Amanda counted all of her scores for us and they were some of our higher scores for the meet,” Lyst said. “She contributed heavily to our win tonight and she continues to show how much of an impact player she is for this team, in the conference and in the nation.”

What they said… Freshman Amanda Wellick
About the team’s performance…
“We prepare for this environment every week in practice,” Our beam rotation was amazing. We kept fighting for every point possible throughout the meet and then after my routine, I had the upmost confidence in our team to finish strong and get the win.”
Quick Hits
·    Freshman Paris Ryder scored her first 9.8 routine as a Gymback with a 9.825 on vault
·    Katherine Grable tied for her eighth all-around title of the season
·    Grable won her eight floor title and third beam title of the season
·    Grable posted her season-best road score of 39.650
·    Freshman Amanda Wellick upset No. 14 gymnast Jessie DeZiel 39.350 – 39.150
·    Wellick tied her career-best on the beam of 9.875
·    Freshman Samantha Nelson tied her career-best on the beam of 9.825
·    The Razorbacks scored the second-best rotation scores on the floor (49.250) and beam (49.200) of the season
·    The Razorbacks 196.700 is the season-best road score
·    The upset of No. 9 Nebraska is the team’s first regular-season upset of a top-10 ten since No. 1 Florida in 2011

@RazorbackGYM post meet Tweetables (140 Charecters Or Less)
- It’s #SeniorWeek for @RazorbackGYM, @KatherineGrable, @Gymbackbay, @gymbackshelby and @scarfacce692. #Gymbacks host OU on Friday at 7p
- The #Gymbacks upset No. 9 Nebraska 196.700 – 196.350 #ALLIN #NeverYield
- Senior All-American @KatherineGrable tied for her eighth all-around title of the season #ALLIN
- Congrats to freshman Amanda Wellick @Wellie54 on her 2nd place finish in the AA over No. 14 DeZiel #ALLIN

Up Next
The Razorbacks return home to Barnhill Arena on Friday, March 14, for senior night against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Arkansas will honor seniors Katherine Grable, Shelby Salmon, Scarlett Williams and Bailee Zumwalde.

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