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The Razorback gymnastics team came in seventh at the Southeastern Conference Championships with a 194.900 in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday.

Senior Katherine Grable broke the program record for all-around score at the SEC Championships with a 39.55 in the all-around competition.

Grable’s lowest score of the day came in the first event, the bars, where she scored a 9.85. She scored a 9.90 in each of the other three events. The score matched the program record in the SEC Championships on the vault and the beam.

Grable won the vault, beam, floor and all-around competition in Arkansas’ session. She also finished second on the bars.

“Katherine has been the mainstay of our program all season long,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “I am really happy and proud of her and the rest of the team has to pick it up for her.”

Overall, the Razorbacks struggled at the meet. Grable had as many routines score a 9.80 or better (four) as the rest of the team combined did.

Sydnie Dillard and Samantha Nelson accomplished the feat on the beam, scoring a 9.85 and a 9.80, respectively.

Dillard and Nelson had the other two high scores, with marks of 9.80 on the floor.

“We had to count a mistake on bars tonight and that is something that we will need to work on,” Grable said. “We need to focus on staying aggressive from start to finish throughout the meet. That is our biggest concern right now. I know if we can stay aggressive throughout the meet we will be successful at regionals.”

Alabama won the meet with a 197.875. Florida was second, followed by LSU, Georgia and Auburn to round out the top five.

The Razorbacks compete again April 5 in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional in Barnhill Arena. The meet is set to start at 4 p.m.

“Unfortunately, our team underperformed tonight at the SEC Championships,” Cook said. “We have about two weeks to rectify our mindset before we go into the NCAA Regionals and try to advance to the NCAA Championships.”


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