Senior gymnast Katherine Grable won the first two gymnastics national titles in Razorback history at the NCAA Championships Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.
“I am honored to be the first national champion in program history,” Grable said. “It has been a dream of mine for my floor and vault routines to be recognized during my time as a Razorback. To win both events in the final event of my career is surreal.”
Grable posted a career-best 9.975 on the final vault of her career to earn the top spot in the first flight.
Rheagan Courville of LSU stuck her vault in the second flight to earn a share of the Co-National Championship.
The 9.975 scored by Grable and Courville is the highest score ever for a vault in the National Championship meet. Grable received a perfect 10 from three of the judges.
“We have gotten close with a few gymnasts in the past, but this is a history breaking moment for our program,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “It is such an honor to bring back these national championships for our program but also for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the whole state of Arkansas.”
Grable was the last gymnast to compete on the floor, where she scored a 9.962 to earn her second national title of the day. On the floor, Grable received a perfect 10 from two judges.
“It is such an honor to see your hard work and dedication pay off,” assistant coach Samantha Cortez said. “To be a part of the first team to advance to the national championship and now be a part of team’s first national championship is incredible.”