Arkansas Gymnastics Host NCAA Regional; Look to Advance.

Arkansas was host to the NCAA Fayetteville Regional Gymnastics Championship.  Arkansas came out red hot on vault.
“You know we started our meet unbelievably on vault and bars,” said senior Katherine Grable.  “We had the best routines that we could have done.”

The Gymbacks were near perfect through the first two events. Third seeded Arkansas looked to be on their way to qualifying for the NCAA Championships.  The top two finishers out of six would advance but when it was all said and done, Arkansas found themselves less than three tenths of a point from second place UCLA.

“I think we got a little overconfident or maybe let the nerves get to us a little bit on beam,” said Grable.  “Which brought our team score down a lot.”

That wasn’t expected to be an issue for the Gymbacks, something coach Rene Lyst would have liked to change.

“There were some lineup decisions that we toyed with on beam this week, that I had some thoughts about,” said coach Rene Lyst.  “I made the decision to stick with the lineup that we’ve had all year because it had been so successful.  Hindsight, you would have changed the lineup.”

Despite falling short on qualifying as a team, senior Katherine Grable and freshman Amanda Wellick, each qualified to advance to the NCAA Championships as all-around individuals.
“It’s definitely going to be a huge adjustment to go with just one other girl,” said Grable.  “But it’s something new and I’m going to try and embrace it.”

“Wish the team was there behind both of us, but it’s an honor to be there with Kat,” said freshman Amanda Wellick.  “She’s just been a role model, I can continue to learn from her one more time.”



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