Although they didn’t compete for a national title as a team, the University of Arkansas gymnastics sent two members to the NCAA women’s championship over the weekend.
Katherine Grable was one of those two team members. And she had a weekend she’ll never forget.
“She was just phenomenal this year, as far as her demeanor, her way of approaching competition, her ability to compete,” Mark Cook, co-head coach said. “She competed in every competition this season in the all-around, was one of the most consistent kids in the country.”
Not only that, but she’s made school history. Grable brought home the school’s first and second national titles for the Gymbacks. Grable got those on the vault and floor. She was just shy of a third title in all-around by .025.
“That’s been my goal,” Grable said. “You know, I told the coaches at the beginning of this year all the way from last fall that my goal was to win a national championship, and to finally do it and hold the national trophy in my hand is just an amazing feeling.”
Even though it was a goal of hers going into the season, when she first came to Arkansas, she never thought she would end her gymnastics career like this.
“I never really think well going into this year I’m going to win a national title. I never think that it’s actually going to happen, when it does, it’s just that much better.”
But that’s not the only thing she might be closing her senior year out with. Grable was just named as a finalist for prestigious Honda award for the top women athletes in NCAA sports.