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Gymnastics Season In Review

05/06/2014
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Here is a look back at the 2014 gymnastics season which was filled with many firsts, but above all the program’s first and second NCAA National Championship. Below is  the highlight video of the season along with a season recap.

Grable Claims Two National Titles In Final Meet
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – All-American senior Katherine Grable laid claim to the first and second national titles in Arkansas gymnastic program history on the vault and floor during the NCAA women's gymnastics championship in Birmingham, Ala.

The Oshkosh, Wis., native won the vault national title after posting a career-best 9.975 in the second-position, which would stand for the whole first flight. LSU's Rheagan Courville would stick her vault in the second flight as well to share the Co-National Championship. The 9.975 is the highest winning vault score in NCAA history. Grable’s vault title, marked the second individual national championship on the vault in co-head coach Mark Cook’s Career. Grable claimed three scores of a perfect 10.0 from half of the judges on the event.

On the floor, Grable was the last to go for the event. She needed to beat a three-way tie of 9.95's to claim the outright title. Grable completed her routine to the tune of a 9.962 and claimed her second national title of the day. She did so by scoring two perfect 10.0’s from the judges to count one of them and earn the edge she needed to claim the outright title.

Grable And Wellick At NCAA’s
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2014 Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year Katherine Grable finished second in the all-around competition with a 39.60 which was her highest score at the NCAA Championships. Grable advanced to the NCAA Individual Event Finals on the vault and floor, marking the first time she has qualified for two events in her career.

Grable surged into the lead after the fourth rotation when she completed a nearly-flawless floor routine for a score of 9.95 which she received from all four judges on the event. Grable would then finish the meet strong by collecting four more scores of 9.95 from all of the judges on the vault to finish the meet with a 39.60. Grable had to work from behind after posting a pair of 9.85’s on the bars and the beam.

SEC Freshman of the Year Amanda Wellick finished the meet by scoring three routines of 9.80 or better and scored a 38.65 in the all-around. Wellick started out the meet with a pair of 9.85’s on the vault and the floor. Then she would finish strong by scoring a 9.80 on the beam.

Grable And Wellick Qualify For NCAA Championship

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior All-American and Southeastern Conference (SEC) Gymnast of the Year Katherine Grable and SEC Freshman of the Year Amanda Wellick each advanced to the NCAA Championship Meet as all-around individuals as the University of Arkansas gymnastics team placed third in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional on Saturday afternoon in Barnhill Arena.

The Razorbacks posted a 196.375 to finish behind the Regional Champions in top-seeded Utah with a 197.300 and No. 2 seed UCLA with a 196.600. Both Utah and UCLA qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet by finishing in the top-two of the Regional.

Grable started out the meet by matching her career-best mark on the vault of 9.95 to anchor the rotation for the Razorbacks and claim a share of the Regional title. The Gymbacks scored a 49.25 for the rotation by posting four different marks of 9.80 plus. Wellick matched her career best mark with a 9.90 while seniors Scarlett Williams and Bailee Zumwalde added a 9.85 and 9.80, respectively.

The Gymbacks would then rotate to the bars and post a season-best rotation score of 49.375 after sticking the best landings of the season. Wellick set her career-best mark with a 9.90 and Grable followed with a score of her own of 9.90 to tie her career-best mark for the fourth time this season. Senior Shelby Salmon and junior Stephani Canizaro each rocked their routines for a pair off 9.875’s.

Arkansas would then rotate to the beam where the Razorbacks would not have to count a fall but was deducted for a few wobbles during routines. Then, the Razorbacks would make their way out to the floor for the final rotation in Barnhill Arena of 2014 where the Razorbacks posted a 49.275 but could not overcome the deficit to finish in the top-two for the meet.

Three Gymbacks Named To All-SEC Team
Senior All-American Katherine Grable, sophomore Sydnie Dillard and freshman Samantha Nelson were named to the All-SEC Gymnastics Team, according to an announcement by the league office. Nelson was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

Grable broke the program-record at the Southeastern Conference Championship in the all-around competition with a 39.55 and finished fourth in the all-around competition. She started off the meet with a 9.85 in the team’s first rotation on the bars and then followed with three-straight scores of 9.90 on the beam, floor and vault to match the program record in the SEC Championship on vault and beam. Grable finished the meet in the top-two on each event in Session I. Grable won the vault, beam, floor and all-around competitions in the Razorbacks’ session and finished second on the bars.

Arkansas also had more gymnasts among the top-three places in Session I. Sophomore Dillard finished second on the beam with a 9.85, which is the fifth-best score by a Razorback at the meet. Dillard also finished second on the floor with a 9.80. Freshman Nelson finished second on the floor with a 9.80 and she was the top-freshman in Session I on the beam with a 9.80.

Grable Sets SEC Program-Record, Gymbacks Seventh At SECs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior All-American Katherine Grable broke the program-record at the Southeastern Conference Championship in the all-around competition with a 39.55 as the Razorbacks scored a 194.900 and finished seventh at the 2014 SEC Gymnastics Championship.

Grable started off the meet with a 9.85 in the team’s first rotation on the bars and then followed with three-straight scores of 9.90 on the beam, floor and vault to match the program record in the SEC Championship on vault and beam. Grable finished the meet in the top-two on each event in Session I. Grable won the vault, beam, floor and all-around competitions in the Razorbacks’ session and finished second on the bars.

Arkansas also had more gymnasts among the top-three places in Session I. Sophomore Sydnie Dillard finished second on the beam with a 9.85, which is the fifth-best score by a Razorback at the meet. Dillard also finished second on the floor with a 9.80. Freshman Samantha Nelson finished second on the floor with a 9.80 and she was the top-freshman in Session I on the beam with a 9.80.

Senior Katherine Grable Named SEC Gymnast of the Year
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior All-American Katherine Grable was named the 2014 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Gymnast of the Year after a vote of the league’s coaches.

Grable started her season on fire, winning the first five all-around competitions of the season and finished with nine all-around titles in the Razorbacks ten regular-season meets. Grable has also been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation this season and is currently the No. 3 gymnast in the country with a season RQS average of 39.610 on the season. Grable matched has also matched her career-best and school record mark in the all-around of 39.725 which she shares with former All-American teammate and 2012 SEC Gymnast of the Year Jaime Pisani.

Amanda Wellick Named SEC Freshman of the Year
BIRMINGHAM Ala. - Freshman Amanda Wellick has been named the 2014 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches.

Wellick started out the season by scoring the first of her five scores this season of 39.30 or better with a 39.30 in her first collegiate meet. Wellick also won the first event title of her career on the bars in the Razorbacks first meet of the season. Wellick is currently the No. 18 gymnast in the country and has been the top-freshman in the season for the vast majority of the season. Wellick has set her season-best marks so far in the all-around of 39.450 which is the highest mark scored in the country by a freshman, 9.90 on the vault and floor and 9.875 on the bars and beam.

Grable Ties School Record As the Gymbacks Post A 196.650
FAYETTEVILLE – Senior All-American Katherine Grable tied the school record on the floor with a nearly-flawless routine for a 9.975, with a perfect 10.0 from one judge. This is the third school-record of her career. In the team competition, the Razorbacks were outscored by No. 2 Oklahoma 197.425 – 196.650 on senior night.

Seniors Grable, Shelby Salmon, Scarlett Williams and Bailee Zumwalde competed for the last time in Barnhill Arena as Razorbacks in the regular season. Grable won her ninth all-around and titles of the season. Salmon posted a 9.825 on the bars to help the Razorbacks score a 49.000 for the event. Williams posted a 9.85 on the vault to help the Razorbacks lead after the first event and Zumwalde scored a 9.80 on the floor to help the Razorbacks score a 49.350.

Elswick Named to SEC Community Service Team
Sophomore Heather Elswick has been named to the 2014 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Gymnastics Community Service Team.

Elswick currently serves as the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for the gymnastics team and serves as the coordinator for all service learning projects for the team.

So far this season as a Gymback, Elswick has volunteered with the Restoration Church Food Drive, Rockin with the Razorbacks, Run 4 Love, the Razorback Canned Food Drive and has assisted with a Miracle League fundraiser. She also has participated in the Gymbacks Christmas Clinic, the Girl Scout Fun Olympics, Wheels and Skills, Book Hogs Read To Win Program, the Sweat Hawgs Salute to Excellence Program and Feeding Our Starving Children. She also visits animal shelters and hands out awards at many local gymnastics meets.

Wellick Named SEC Freshman of the Week
FAYETTEVILLE – Freshman Amanda Wellick has been named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Week for her efforts to help the Razorbacks upset No. 9 Nebraska in Lincoln.

Wellick, a native of Wheaton Ill., finished second in the all-around competition to All-American teammate Katherine Grable by scoring a 39.350. She placed ahead of three Nebraska all-arounders, including the No. 14 overall gymnast in Jessie DeZiel.

Wellick moved up a spot in the rankings to be No. 18 in the nation and she still holds the top score by a freshman in the country at 39.450 and she has remained as the top-freshman in the country since the beginning of the season.

Wellick tied her career-best mark on the beam of 9.875 and scored her fifth all-around score of 39.30 or better.

No. 14 Gymbacks Upset No. 9 Nebraska In Lincoln
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.

Grable Wins Seventh All-Around Title of the Season
ATHENS, Ga. – Senior All-American Katherine Grable scored a 39.600 in the all-around competition at No. 6 Georgia to claim her seventh all-around title of the season. In the team competition, The No. 13 Razorbacks fell to Georgia 197.650 – 195.675 after receiving a three-tenth neutral deduction after the meet.

Grable started the meet off by tying her career-best mark on the bars of a 9.90 for the second meet in a row. Grable would then post a 9.925 on the vault and followed by a 9.925 on the floor to win her seventh floor title of the season as well. Grable finished the meet with a 9.85 on the beam.

The Razorbacks tied their season-best bars rotation to open the meet strong with a 49.225. Grable tied her career-best mark of 9.90 on the event for the second-straight meet. Senior Shelby Salmon followed Grable’s performance with a season-best 9.90 as well. Sophomore Keara Glover scored a 9.85 in the first routine of her season to anchor the lineup. Freshman Amanda Wellick also added a 9.825 to the rotation score.

Grable named SEC Co-Gymnast Of the Week
FAYETTEVILLE – Senior All-American Katherine Grable has been named the South Eastern Conference (SEC) Co-Gymnast of the Week after her efforts against Kentucky. The league announced on Tuesday.

Grable put on a record performance over the weekend as she tied her own school record in the all-around of 39.275 that she shares with former All-American teammate and 2012 SEC Gymnast of the Year Jaime Pisani. This is the third SEC Gymnast of the Week honor in Grable’s career.

Grable started her record night on the vault by tying the first of four career-best marks with a 9.95 to anchor the vault rotation. She then went on to the bars, where she also matched her career-best of 9.90. On the beam, she recorded a 9.925 and put her with in a 9.95 to tie her school record. Finally, Grable would cap the meet with her fourth-straight score of 9.95 on the floor and tie former teammate Pisani’s record of 11 scores of 9.95 on the floor in her career and their shared record of 39.725 in the all-around.

Grable swept all five event titles for time in her career to make her season mark at 19 total event titles and her career mark of 65. Grable now has six titles on the season in both the all-around and the floor in only seven meets.

Grable Ties Program Record as Gymbacks Soar to New Heights
FAYETTEVILLE – Senior All-American Katherine Grable matched her own school record in the all-around of 39.725 on a night where she had a clean sweep of all five event titles for the first time in her career. Overall, the No. 13 University of Arkansas gymnastics team recorded the third-highest score in program history of 197.100 to defeat Kentucky with a 195.975.

Grable started her record night on the vault by tying the first of four career-best marks with a 9.95 to anchor the vault rotation. She then went on to the bars, where she also matched her career best of 9.90. On the beam, she recorded a 9.925 and put her with in a 9.95 to tie her school record. Finally, Grable would cap the meet with her fourth-straight score of 9.95 on the floor and tie former teammate Jaime Pisani’s record of 11 scores of 9.95 on the floor in her career and their shared record of 39.725 in the all-around.

The Razorbacks were able to set their season best score of 197.100 with a big help from a season-best floor rotation of 49.450, which is the second-best score in program history. Freshman Samantha Nelson started off the rotation with a career-best mark of 9.875 and followed by another career-best mark of 9.90 from sophomore Sydnie Dillard. Freshman Amanda Wellick and junior Stephani Canizaro each matched their career-best scores of 9.875 and 9.85, respectively. Senior Bailee Zumwalde would also add a 9.85 and Grable anchored the rotation with a 9.95.

No. 11 Gymbacks post Sixth-Straight 196 at No. 1 Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior All-American Katherine Grable scored a 39.525 to place second in the all-around competition to last year’s NCAA Champion Bridget Sloan of Florida. The No. 11 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored its sixth 196 or better on the season in a loss to No. 1 Florida 197.525 – 196.025.

The Razorbacks scored a season best floor rotation of 49.175 behind Grable’s third 9.95 in a row and a 9.875 season-best from freshman Amanda Wellick and another 9.825 from Heather Elswick. Freshman Samantha Nelson also scored a 9.775 which tied her best mark of the season.

Arkansas collected 11 routines of 9.80 or better against top-ranked Florida. Five different Razorbacks also set season bests during the meet.

Grable Remains Undefeated, Gymbacks Post 196.275
FAYETTEVILLE – Senior All-American Katherine Grable refused to yield in the all-around competition to No. 2 Rheagan Courville of LSU to win her fifth-straight all-around title with a season best 39.625. In the team competition, the Gymbacks posted a season best 196.275 in a loss to No. 3 LSU with a 197.225.

The Razorbacks started off the meet with a vault rotation score of 49.250 for the second-best score of the season. Grable anchored the rotation with a 9.875 and junior Stephanie Canizaro recorded a career best on the event of 9.85 for the second time this season.

During the all-around race, Grable and LSU’s Courville were tied neck-and-neck after three rotations with a score of 29.675. Courville posted a 9.925 on the beam to set the stage for Grable to close the meet with a chance to remain undefeated. Grable then matched her season high floor score of 9.95 to claim her fifth floor and all-around titles of the season.

Grable Wins Fourth All-Around Title, Team loses to No. 12 Auburn
FAYETTEVILLE – All-American Katherine Grable wins her fourth all-around title of the season with a 39.575. In the team competition, the No. 10 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a 196.100 after counting a fall on the bars to stumble to No. 12 Auburn which scored a 196.550 in Barnhill Arena.

The Razorbacks started out on record pace in the vault rotation matching the school-record score of 49.450, reached most recently in the 2012 NCAA Super Six competition. Senior Scarlett Williams matched her career high for the event with a 9.925 to anchor the rotation and place second in the event for the meet. All-American seniors Bailee Zumwalde and Katherine Grable each chimed in with a 9.90 matched by freshman Amanda Wellick for a new season best. The Razorbacks also scored a pair of 9.825’s from Heather Elswick and Stephani Canizaro to round out the record-tying rotation.

Grable picked up her fourth all-around title of the season with a 39.575 to match her season best. She also collected her first beam title of the season with a 9.925 and her fourth floor title with a 9.95 to close out the meet.

Williams placed second on the vault to make her highest finish in a meet for her career. Grable and Wellick each tied for the third spot on the vault as well. Canizaro tied for second on the bars (9.825) followed by Grable (9.80) who finished in third. Elswick tied for third on the floor with a season best 9.85.

No. 10 Gymnastics Scores a 196.100 at Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In front of the 11th sell-out crowd of 15,075 in Alabama history, the No. 10 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a 196.100 for the team’s third score of 196.000 plus of the season in a top 10 matchup for the 10th annual Power of Pink Meet at No. 7 Alabama, who posted a 197.125 to beat the Razorbacks.

Senior All-American Katherine Grable rebounded after her bars routine to win the all-around competition for the third time this season with a 39.475. Grable posted a 9.95 on the vault to collect her third vault title of the year, she also scored a 9.925 on the floor for her third title on that event as well.

The Razorbacks scored a season best vault rotation of 49.175 with the help of four routines in a row of 9.80 plus. Junior Stephani Canizaro started the sticks with a 9.825 career best followed by senior Scarlett Williams with a 9.80, Amanda Wellick 9.875 and Grable with a 9.95.

Freshman Amanda Wellick recorded four routines of a 9.80 plus for the second time this season as she went on to match her season high in the all-around of 39.300.

No. 10 Gymnastics Wins At Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 10 University of Arkansas gymnastics team scored a 196.050 to beat Missouri with a 194.650 for the team’s first road score of the year.

Senior All-American Katherine Grable led the team with her second all-around win of the young season, posting a 39.525 while collecting three more event titles on the season. Grable earned two routine scores of a 9.90 on the vault and the floor which she also claimed the event titles for.

The Razorbacks took the lead in the first rotation and never looked back. Arkansas scored a 49.075 on the vault, improving its season best rotation score with help form season best marks from senior Bailee Zumwalde (9.775) and sophomore Heather Elswick (9.75) as well as three 9.80 plus routines from seniors Scarlett Williams (9.80), Grable (9.90) and freshman Amanda Wellick (9.85).

Arkansas also improved their season best mark on the floor to a 49.025 with two routines of a 9.80 plus from Elswick with a 9.80 and Grable with a 9.90. Sophomore Sydnie Dillard and freshman Samantha Nelson also scored season best marks of 9.775 each.

No. 11 Razorbacks Win Season Opener at Barnhill
FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 11 University of Arkansas gymnastics team posted a 196.200 to kick-start the 2014 season with a tri-meet win over Bridgeport (190.975) and Western Michigan (190.650). The team’s score is the second-highest score in a season opener for the Razorbacks. 

Senior All-American Katherine Grable led the Razorbacks with an all-around score of a 39.475 to claim three event titles for the meet on the vault, floor and all-around to make her grand total of her career at 37. Sophomore Sydnie Dillard nailed her first routine of the 2014 season on the beam to the tune of a 9.90 and set a career best and capture the event title.

For more information on Arkansas gymnastics, follow @RazorbackGYM on Twitter.


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