The No. 13 Arkansas gymnastics team performed phenomenally against Kentucky Friday night, scoring a season high of 197.1 points. The Wildcats finished with 195.975.
Co-head coach Mark Cook said before the meet that they have had a good season so far, but needed to command their routines and be aggressive enough to show their full potential. By dominating each category, the team did just that.
The gymnasts truly shined on floor, scoring a 49.450.
“We competed with a little more intensity tonight,” co-head coach Rene Lyst said. “We stuck a lot of dismounts on bars and on vault, and obviously we finished up so strongly on floor. Certainly a good night.”
All-American senior Katherine Grable placed first in all four categories and tied the all-around school record with a 39.725.
“Katherine is on fire,” Lyst said. “It really helps when the team sets her up too. It gives her motivation and helps scores as well.”
Grable tied her career high on vault at 9.95 and scored her fourth 9.95 on floor in a row. Grable now has 12 marks of 9.95 in her career, surpassing Arkansas’ previous leader in Jaime Pisani.
“It was great to finish as strong as I did,” Gable said. “Last time I did get this high of a score I just felt it, but today just felt like a regular day. I just went through my routine and it turned out good.”
Arkansas’ other all-arounder, freshman Amanda Wellick, was close behind with a 30.450. Wellick scored a career high of 9.875 on beam and tied her high for floor with 9.875.
“Our floor score was phenomenal. We just kicked butt,” Wellick said. “Going out there on every event, we just performed really well.”
Sophomore Sydnie Dillard also scored a career high with a 9.9 on floor, beating her previous high of 9.85 at the NCAA Semifinals in 2013.
Sophomore Heather Elswick scored a 9.725 on vault but was unable to compete on floor because of an ankle injury. It is unclear if she will compete next Saturday, but Grable said I t was not serious.
“She just tweaked her ankle on vault,” Grable said. “She will be fine.”
The Razorbacks will compete next against No. 6 Georgia in Athens, Ga., March 1.