FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 16 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (6-7-1, 1-5-1 SEC) travels to Little Rock, Ark., to compete in Session I of the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championships as the sixth-seeded team. The other teams in Arkansas’ session will be the five-seed Auburn Tigers (6-7, 3-4 SEC), seven-seed Kentucky Wildcats (7-5-1, 3-3-1 SEC) and the eight-seed Missouri Tigers (3-11, 0-7 SEC). Session I of the meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. central in Verizon Arena.
The Razorbacks will start on the bars rotation and then continue through Olympic order of beam, floor and then finish on the vault. Auburn will start on the vault and finish on the floor, Kentucky will start on the beam and finish on bars while Missouri will start on the floor and finish on the beam.
In Session I, Auburn is the highest ranked team at No. 12 in the nation. Arkansas is ranked at No. 16, followed by Kentucky at No. 19 while Missouri is not currently featured in the rankings.In the event rankings, Arkansas is tied at No. 11 on the floor, No. 13 on the bars, No. 15 on the vault and No. 23 on the beam. The Razorbacks have the highest ranked rotations in Session I on three of the four events.
Both Auburn and Kentucky are ranked higher than the Razorbacks on the balance beam. Auburn is currently ranked No. 9 on the beam and Kentucky comes into the meet at No. 15 for the event, in front of the Razorbacks.
Individually, junior Katherine Grable is ranked No. 13 in the all-around competition and the highest ranked gymnast in the session. Grable is also No. 17 on the vault, No. 21 on the floor and junior Shelby Salmon stayed in the rankings on the bars tied for No. 21 on the event and the highest ranked bars worker for the session.
Auburn and Missouri also feature individually ranked gymnasts in Session I as well. Auburn’s Caitlin Atkinson currently sits as the No. 17 all-arounder in the country, followed by Bri Guy at No. 22. Sophomore Megan Walker is also ranked No. 21 on the balance beam for the Tigers. Missouri’s Rachel Updike is also represented in the vault rankings at No. 22 in the country.
Session II of the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championships will feature the top-seeded Florida Gators (8-2, 6-1 SEC), two-seed Alabama GymTide (7-2-1, 4-2-1 SEC), three-seed Georgia (8-6-1, 4-2-1 SEC) and four-seed LSU (10-4, 5-2 SEC). Session II of the meet is schedule to begin at 6 p.m. central in Verizon Arena.
Tickets for the championship are available at www.SECDigitalNetwork.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Fans and media can attend an open practice session on Friday, March 22. Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri will practice from 1:00 until 2:48 p.m. CT. Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and LSU will practice from 3:22 until 5:10 p.m. CT. Additionally, the SEC will announce its regular season awards including gymnast of the year, freshman of the year, coach of the year, and scholar athlete of the year in between the two practice sessions at 2:55 p.m. CT. The practice sessions and regular season award ceremony are both open free to all fans.
Fans can follow along during the meet with live results and interactive blog. Following the meet Saturday, the Razorbacks will await to see their NCAA Regional selection on Monday, March 25. The six possible NCAA Regional sites are Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon State or West Virginia. The NCAA Regionals will be held on Saturday, April, 6. The start times of the meets are TBA.