Katherine Grable

Senior Katherine Grable competes on the beam against Auburn Friday, Jan. 31. 

Despite putting up a solid score against No. 2 Oklahoma, Arkansas came up just short of a huge home upset of the Sooners, falling 197.425-196.650.

Arkansas senior Katherine Grable was phenomenal and was named all-around champion for the meet. Grable also claimed the meet’s title on the beam.

Arkansas got off to a terrific start in the meet on vault, carding a 49.250 and headed into the second rotation with a small advantage over the Sooners.

But Oklahoma took control of the meet on vault in the second rotation behind a perfect 10 from sophomore Haley Scaman, her second perfect score of the season.

The Sooners led 98.7-98.250 after two rotations and created even more separation after the third rotation, and took a 148.050-147.30 lead into the final event of the meet.

Oklahoma would hold its ground on the beam in the final event of the night as Arkansas went through its floor routines.

Grable flirted with a perfect 10 on her floor routine. One judge gave Grable the perfect score, but the second judge counted off for a foot placement and handed out a 9.95, which brought on a course of boos from the Arkansas faithful in Barnhill Arena.

Grable would receive a 9.975 in her final regular season floor routine, but Taylor Spears from Oklahoma would take home the floor title in the match.

“It definitely gets us ready for postseason,” Grable said of the team’s high score for the meet. “We have a lot of things to work on, so we’re going to do that next week.”

Arkansas will return to Barnhill April 5 for the Regional Championships, a meet the seniors are looking forward to.

“It definitely helps having it at home,” Grable said. “We’re comfortable with being at home, and I think that’s going to help us and set us up for a good team placing.”

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