Grable claims two titles as NCAA championships conclude
posted on 04/20/2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 19, 2014 – The University of Arkansas’ Katherine Grable grabbed two titles today at the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships at the Birmingham (Ala.) Convention Complex Arena. Grable and Louisiana State University’s Rheagan Courville tied for the vault title, while 2008 Olympic silver medalist Bridget Sloan of the University of Florida won the uneven bars title. The University of Oklahoma’s Taylor Spears took top honors on the balance beam. Grable also won the floor title.

On the vault, Grable, who won Arkansas’ first-ever national event titles today, performed a Yurchenko half-on, pike front half and stuck the landing for a 9.975. Courville performed a stuck full-twisting Yurchenko to match Grable’s score and share the event crown. Oklahoma’s Haley Scaman was third with 9.9667.

Sloan performed a toe-on Tkatchev and stuck her double layout dismount to post a 9.9375. Stanford University’s Samantha Shapiro and Kristina Vaculik posted scores of 9.925 and 9.900 to finish second and third, respectively.

As the final competitor on beam for the night, Spears executed an Onodi to back handspring swing down series to score 9.925. The University of Georgia’s Lindsey Cheek, with a 9.900, was second. Four gymnasts tied for third with matching 9.8875s: Madeline Gardner of Oregon State University, Mary Beth Box of Georgia, Sydney Ewing of LSU and the University of Nebraska’s Jamie Schleppenbach.

Grable was last up on the floor exercise and mounted with an Arabian double half out. Dismounting with a double pike, she earned a 9.9625 to win her second event title of the night. There was a three-way tie for second with the University of Michigan’s Joanna Sampson, and Maileana Kanewa and Scaman, both of Oklahoma, with 9.950.

Last night, Florida and Oklahoma tied for the team title, giving OU its first-ever win at the championships. With the title, OU joins Florida, the University of Utah, the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia and the University of California-Los Angeles as the only schools to win the team title.

Earlier, Alabama’s Kim Jacob posted a 39.625 to win the all-around title ahead of the Grable and Florida’s Alaina Johnson, who tied for second with 39.600.