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.
Gymnast of the Meet — All-American Katherine Grable – Qualified as an individual to the NCAA Championship Meet · Finished second in the all-around competition with a 39.675 · Tied for the vault and floor Regional titles
9.80 plus routines — Vault — Bailee Zumwalde 9.80, Scarlett Williams 9.85, Amanda Wellick 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.95 Bars — Keara Glover 9.80, Stephani Canizaro 9.875, Erin Freier 9.825, Amanda Wellick 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.90, Shelby Salmon 9.875 Beam — Katherine Grable 9.875 Floor — Samantha Nelson 9.85, Sydnie Dillard 9.825, Heather Elswick 9.875, Katherine Grable 9.95
What they said… co-head coach Rene Lyst About the meet… “After hitting the best bar routines that we could possibly do, the team was so excited and confident,” co-head coach Rene Lyst said. “Then we go to the beam and did not stay as focused than we needed to. We fought really hard tonight and did not have to count a fall but we didn’t have the strongest routines to end the meet like we did in the past.”
2014 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Scores 1 – seed Utah 197.300 2 — seed UCLA 196.60 3 — seed Arkansas 196.375 4 – seed Arizona State 194.425 6 — seed UC Davis 193.900 5 — seed Utah State 191.875
Quick Hits – Katherine Grable and Amanda Wellick both advance to the NCAA Championship – Grable tied for the vault and floor titles – Wellick set a career high on the bars of 9.90 – Grable tied her career-bests on the vault and bars – Heather Elswick set a new career-best on floor of 9.875
@RazorbackGYM post meet Tweetables (140 Charecters Or Less) – Senior All-American @KatherineGrable and freshman Amanda Wellick qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet #ALLIN – The #Gymbacks ended their season by scoring their 10th 196 of the season #ALLIN
Up Next Grable and Wellick will continue the season at the NCAA Championship Meet in Birmingham, Ala., on April 18. The rotation order and teams that each of the Gymbacks will follow in rotation will be announced on Monday, April 7. For more information on Arkansas gymnastics, follow @RazorbackGYM on Twitter.