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Grable Sets SEC Program-Record, Gymbacks Seventh At SECs

03/24/2014
Athletic Communications
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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.

The Razorbacks will continue post-season action by hosting the 2014 NCAA Fayetteville Regional in Barnhill Arena on Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m. The NCAA Gymnastics selection show which will determine the five other teams and individual competitors to take part in the regional will air on www.NCAA.com on Monday, March 24, at 3 p.m.

Gymnast of the Meet – All-American Katherine Grable
• Broke the school-record at the SEC Championship with a 39.55
•Tied the program SEC-record on the vault and beam with 9.90’s
•Won the Session I event titles on the vault, beam, floor and all-around

9.80 plus routines –
Bars – Katherine Grable 9.85
Beam – Sydnie Dillard 9.85, Samantha Nelson 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.90
Floor – Samantha Nelson 9.80, Sydnie Dillard 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.90
Vault –Katherine Grable 9.90

What they said… co-head coach Mark Cook
About the meet…
“Unfortunately, our team underperformed tonight at the SEC Championships,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “We have about two weeks to rectify our mindset before we go into the NCAA Regionals and try to advance to the NCAA Championships. We had some good routines tonight but as a team, we need to be more determined and ready to fight harder.”

About The Seniors performance…
“Katherine has been the mainstay of our program all season long,” Cook said. “I am really happy and proud of her and the rest of the team has to pick it up for her.”

What they said… All-American Katherine Grable
About the team’s performance…
 “We had to count a mistake on bars tonight and that is something that we will need to work on,” Grable said. “We need to focus on staying aggressive from start to finish throughout the meet. That is our biggest concern right now, I know if we can stay aggressive throughout the meet we will be successful at Regionals.”
 
2014 SEC Championship Scores
1. No. 4 Alabama 197.875
2. No. 1 Florida 197.70
3. No. 3 LSU 197.325
4. No. 6 Georgia 196.575
5. No. 12 Auburn – 195.55
6. Kentucky – 195.075
7. No. 15 Arkansas – 194.90
8. Missouri – 194.65

Quick Hits
•    Katherine Grable set a new program record at the SEC Championships with a 39.55 in the all-around
•    Grable won the vault, floor, beam and all-around titles in Session I of the meet
•    Sydnie Dillard finished second on the beam and floor with a 9.85 on vault and 9.80 on floor
•    Samantha Nelson finished second on the floor with a 9.80

@RazorbackGYM post meet Tweetables (140 Charecters Or Less)
- Senior All-American @KatherineGrable breaks the school-record at an SEC meet with 39.55 in all-around #ALLIN #NeverYield
- Sophomore Sydnie Dillard finished second on the beam and floor in Session I #ALLIN
- The #Gymbacks will host the NCAA Fayetteveile Regional on April 5 at 4 p.m. #ALLIN

Up Next
The Razorbacks will continue post-season action by hosting the 2014 NCAA Fayetteville Regional in Barnhill Arena on Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m. The NCAA Gymnastics selection show which will determine the five other teams and individual competitors to take part in the regional will air on www.NCAA.com on Monday, March 24, at 3 p.m.

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


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