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.
Gymnast of the Meet – All-American Katherine Grable
• Finished tied for second in the all-around competition with a 39.60
· Qualified for the NCAA Individual Event Finals on the vault and Floor
· Scored four 9.95’s from all-four judges on both the vault and the floor
9.80 plus routines –
Vault – Amanda Wellick 9.85, Katherine Grable 9.95
Bars – Katherine Grable 9.85
Beam – Amanda Wellick 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.85
Floor – Amanda Wellick 9.85, Katherine Grable 9.95
What they said… co-head coach Rene Lyst
About Grable’s Performance…
“From the beginning our thoughts were to get her through bars and then build some momentum,” co-head coach Rene Lyst said. “She got a little bit ahead of herself on the beam but still scored a 9.85. Then she went and nailed her strengths on vault and floor to score two 9.95’s. This is a big meet, there is always a lot of pressure for some of the gymnast on big teams to make it to the Super Six, so anything can happen. I t was really great to have her comeback and finish as the runner-up.”
What they said… All-American Senior Katherine Grable
About Her Performance…
“It was really fun to get back out and compete for a National Championship,” Grable said. “On the beam, I got caught up a little bit and tried to do too much in my routine instead of just focusing and doing what in know how to do. I am really proud to represent the Razorbacks and I am looking forward to the NCAA Event Finals on Sunday.”
What they said… Freshman Amanda Wellick
About The Experience…
“It was exciting and a lot of fun,” Wellick said. “It was a lot of fun to just be at the meet with Kat. She has been really great to have in the gym to help me train these past two weeks and she has so much personal experience that I was able to learn from.”
• Katherine Grable finishes second in the all-around competition to tie the program record
• Grable tied for the vault and floor titles
• Grable matched her career-high on the vault
• Grable advances to the NCAA Individual Finals on the vault and the floor
• Wellick scored three routines of 9.80 plus
@RazorbackGYM post meet Tweetables (140 Charecters Or Less)
- Senior All-American @KatherineGrable finished 2nd in the all-around competition
-Snior All-American @KatherineGrable advances to the NCAA Individual Event finals on the vault and floor
- Congrats to freshman @Wellie54 on an incredible freshman season #ALLIN
Grable will compete in the NCAA Individual Event Finals on the vault and floor on Sunday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
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