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Arkansas Gymnastics Fall to LSU; Grable Wins All-Around

Senior All-American Katherine Grable refused to yield in the all-around competition to No. 2 Rheagan Courville of LSU to win her fifth-straight all-around title with a season best 39.625.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior All-American Katherine Grable refused to yield in the all-around competition to No. 2 Rheagan Courville of LSU to win her fifth-straight all-around title with a season best 39.625. In the team competition, the Gymbacks posted a season best 196.275 in a loss to No. 3 LSU with a 197.225.
 
The Razorbacks started off the meet with a vault rotation score of 49.250 for the second-best score of the season. Grable anchored the rotation with a 9.875 and junior Stephanie Canizaro recorded a career best on the event of 9.85 for the second time this season.
 
During the all-around race, Grable and LSU’s Courville were tied neck-and-neck after three rotations with a score of 29.675. Courville posted a 9.925 on the beam to set the stage for Grable to close the meet with a chance to remain undefeated. Grable then matched her season high floor score of 9.95 to claim her fifth floor and all-around titles of the season.
 
Gymnast of the Meet – All-American Katherine Grable
·         Fifth meet of the year and she remains undefeated in the all-around competition
·         She remained undefeated on the floor as well after scoring a 9.95 to secure her all-around title as well
·         Defeated No. 2 ranked gymnast in LSU’s Rheagan Courville in the all-around
·         Tied career best bars routine of 9.90
 
9.80 plus routines –
Vault – Heather Elswick 9.80, Bailee Zumwalde 9.825, Stephani Canizaro 9.85, Scarlett Williams 9.85, Amanda Wellick 9.85, Katherine Grable 9.875
Bars – Erin Freier 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.90, Stephanie Canizaro 9.825, Shelby Salmon 9.85
Beam – Sydnie Dillard 9.825, Samantha Nelson 9.825, Katherine Grable 9.90
Floor – Heather Elswick 9.825, Amanda Wellick 9.825, Katherine Grable 9.95
 
What they said… co-head coach René Lyst
About the meet…
“I thought our team did outstanding tonight,” co-head coach René Lyst said. “I thought this meet was scored like the post season and our team handled that really well. It was good to see how we responded to a competition like this tonight and I am really pleased with our effort.”
 
About Grable’s performance…
“I think Katherine is phenomenal,” Lyst said. “She is so talented and to have her win the all-around competition every week is definitely exciting for her and the program. She is definitely one of the best athletes in the country right now and oi hope the rest of the season that things will keep going her way.”
 
What they said… All-American Katherine Grable
About the team’s performance…
“LSU is a team full of amazing gymnasts,” Grable said. “It was great to score as high as we did, we haven’t reached our full potentioal yet this season but we will keep working hard during practice every week.”
 
On remaining undefeated in the all-around…
“Rheagan is an amazing competitor,” Grable said. “I knew going into the last event that our scores were really close. I knew I needed to go out and hit my floor routine and stick my landings and that is what I did.”
 
Quick Hits
·         Stephani Canizaro set a career best vault of 9.85
·         The Gymbacks scored the second best vault rotation of the season of 49.275
·         Katherine Grable tied her career best bars routine of 9.90
·         Samantha Nelson matched her season best beam score of 9.825
·         Katherine Grable remained undefeated in the all-around and floor competitions
 
 
@RazorbackGYM post meet Tweetables (140 Charecters Or Less)
-The #Gymbacks travel to top-ranked Florida next Friday, Feb. 14, to compete at 6 p.m. #ALLIN #NeverYield
-Senior All-American @KatherineGrable refuses to yield in the all-around picking up her 5th title of the season #ALLIN #NeverYield
 
Up Next
The Razorbacks travel to Gainesville, Fla., to compete at top-ranked Florida on Friday, Feb. 14. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
 
 
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