Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Junior All-American Katherine Grable won the all-around title in Session I as the University of Arkansas gymnastics team posted its highest finish at an SEC Championship of 196.400 and placed second in session one of the meet. Auburn would finish first in the session with a 196.550, Missouri would finish third with a 195.525, followed by Kentucky with a 194.600.
The University of Florida won the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championships with a score of 198.000. Arkansas finished sixth. Alabama finished second with a 197.900, LSU was third with a 197.700, Georgia was fourth with a 197.625, Auburn was fifth with a 196.550, Missouri finished seventh with a 195.525 and Kentucky placed eighth with a 194.600.
"We competed really well tonight and I am very proud of our gymnasts," co-head coach Rene Lyst said. "We had a couple of mistakes throughout the meet but we did not have to count them. The crowd was amazing there was just so much pride and passion for the Razorbacks here today it was incredible".
In rotation one, the Razorbacks scored a 48.850 on the bars to start out the meet. Freshman Keara Glover led the way with a 9.80, followed by a trio of Razorbacks whom scored a 9.775 in Shelby Salmon, Jordan Salsberg and Grable.
Auburn would lead the session after the first rotation with a 49.100 on the vault. The Razorbacks were in third place after the rotation.
On the beam, the Razorbacks would respond with a 49.100 to jump into second-place in the session. Freshman Sydnie Dillard led the rotation with a 9.875, followed by senior Amy Borsellino with a 9.85. Erin Freier and Grable went on to add a pair of 9.80's for the event as well.
Auburn maintained its lead after two rotations with a 97.975 over Arkansas with a 97.950.
On the floor, Arkansas picked up a 49.300 on the floor with two of the only three scores of 9.90 plus for the meet. Grable recorded a 9.925 to anchor the Razorbacks rotation, senior Kelci Lewis added a 9.90. Junior Bailee Zumwalde started off the rotation with a 9.875, followed by Dillard with a 9.85.
Auburn scored a 48.275 on the beam to match Arkansas' score of 147.250 after three rotations in the books in a tie for the lead.
In the final rotation on the vault, Arkansas recorded a 49.150 to finish second in Session I. Grable led the rotation with a 9.875, Borsellino, Zumwalde and Heather Elswick each added a 9.825 for the event.
Auburn posted a 49.300 on the floor in the final rotation to clench the session and finish with a 196.650-196.400 win over Arkansas.
"We placed exactly the way we came into the meet," Lyst said. "We finished right behind Auburn and we were pretty much neck and neck with them the whole meet. This is the kind of competition that will really help us get ready for NCAA Regionals, this is the kind of meet that we can expect to see for the rest of the season".
The Razorbacks will now wait to see their NCAA Regional selection on Monday, March 25. The six possible NCAA Regional sites are Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio State or Oregon State. The NCAA Regionals will be held on Saturday, April, 6. The start times of the meets are TBA.
Keara Glover 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.775, Erin Freier 9.725, Amy Borsellino 9.125, Shelby Salmon 9.775, Jordan Salsberg 9.775
Katherine Grable 9.80, Shelby Salmon 9.775, Keara Glover 9.55, Amy Borsellino 9.85, Sydnie Dillard 9.875, Erin Freier 9.80
Bailee Zumwalde 9.875, Heather Elswick 9.10, Sydnie Dillard 9.85, Kelci Lewis 9.90, Amy Borsellino 9.75, Katherine Grable 9.925
Amy Borsellino 9.825, Bailee Zumwalde 9.825, Kelci Lewis 9.80, Heather Elswick 9.825, Katherine Grable 9.875, Erin Freier 9.50