FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 2014 Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year Katherine Grable and SEC Freshman of the Year Amanda Wellick will both compete in Session II of the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships on Friday, April 18, in Birmingham, Ala. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the BJCC Convention Center.
Grable will compete for the program’s first NCAA National Title in the all-around competition on Friday night. She enters the meet ranked No. 3 in the all-around and recorded the third-best score in the nation during NCAA Regional Competition with a 39.675. Grable has been selected to rotate with No. 5 Utah and will start on the bars. Grable will compete after the team ad continue the rotation with beam, bye before floor, floor, vault and end on a bye.
Wellick will compete for the first time at the NCAA Championships as a freshman. She will look to gain valuable experience to impact her future career. She enters the meet as the top-freshman all-arounder in the competition and will battle with Alabama’s top-freshman Katie Bailey. Wellick will rotate with No. 7 Nebraska and begin competition on the floor and followed by vault, bye before bars, beam and end on a bye.
After the first day of competition a National Champion will be crowned in the all-around competition by having the highest score by a gymnast from both sessions of the NCAA Semifinal. Additionally, the top-eight finishers on each event in each session will be awarded All-America honors with the top-four places, including ties, earning First-Team distinction and the next four places earning Second-Team distinction. The gymnast who earn First-Team All-America honors will earn a chance to compete for the NCAA Event Championships on Sunday, April 20, beginning at 2 p.m.
Fans can follow along during the meet with live video available from www.NCAA.com. For live results and updates follow the team’s official Twitter account @RazorbackGYM.
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