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Back in the big show: UA gymnastics team welcomes another trip to nationals

By Tom Murphy

This article was published April 20, 2018 at 2:17 a.m.

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Arkansas' Sarah Shaffer competes Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in the bars portion of the Razorbacks' meet with Kentucky in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville. Arkansas coach Mark Cook is shown watching in the background.

NCAA Gymnastics championships

When noon and 6 p.m. today; 6 p.m. Saturday

Where Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis

What The top 12 teams in the nation will compete in two sessions today, with the top three from each session vying for the NCAA title on Saturday

Session I: Noon (ESPN2) No. 2 LSU (395.565 National Qualifying Score), No. 3 UCLA (395.49), No. 6 Alabama (394.39), No. 7 Nebraska (394.34), No. 10 Arkansas (393.595), No. 12 Georgia (393.015)

Session II 6 p.m. (ESPNU) No. 1 Oklahoma (396.12), No. 4 Florida (395.115), No. 5 Utah (395.015), No. 8 Kentucky (393.85), No. 9 California (393.615), No. 11 Washington (393.235)

Championship 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU)

Arkansas projected lineup

Vault No. 78 Amanda Wellick (9.845 RQS), No. 23 Braie Speed (9.89), No. 53 Sarah Shaffer (9.86), Jessica Yamzon (9.765), Hailey Garner (9.67), Sophia Carter (9.65)

Uneven bars No. 43 Wellick 9.88, No. 67 Shaffer 9.865, No. 58 Garner 9.87, No. 29 Speed 9.9, Yamzon 9.81, No. 79 Sydney Laird 9.86

Balance beam Wellick 9.84, No. 72 Yamzon 9.865, Garner 9.82, No. 34 Michaela Burton 9.895, Shaffer 9.79, No. 24 Carter 9.9

Floor exercise Yamzon 9.86, Burton 9.855, Garner 9.81, No. 26 Shaffer 9.905, No. 76 Carter 9.875, Wellick 9.8

Noteworthy

Arkansas will compete at the NCAA championships for the eighth time in the program’s 16-year history. … The Razorbacks have qualified for the Super Six twice, finishing fifth in 2009 (196.475) and sixth in 2012 (196.3). … Arkansas’ top score at the NCAAs was a 197.15 to place third in Session II at the 2009 championships. … The Razorbacks’ highest finish in an NCAA session was second place in Session II in 2009 with a 196.95. … Katherine Grable, who won the floor exercise (9.9625) and tied for first on the vault (9.975) in 2014, is Arkansas’ only NCAA event champion.

The mighty SEC held its gymnastics championship at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis four weeks ago.

NCAA Gymnastics championships

When noon and 6 p.m. today; 6 p.m. Saturday

Where Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis

What The top 12 teams in the nation will compete in two sessions today, with the top three from each session vying for the NCAA title on Saturday

Session I: Noon (ESPN2) No. 2 LSU (395.565 National Qualifying Score), No. 3 UCLA (395.49), No. 6 Alabama (394.39), No. 7 Nebraska (394.34), No. 10 Arkansas (393.595), No. 12 Georgia (393.015)

Session II 6 p.m. (ESPNU) No. 1 Oklahoma (396.12), No. 4 Florida (395.115), No. 5 Utah (395.015), No. 8 Kentucky (393.85), No. 9 California (393.615), No. 11 Washington (393.235)

Championship 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU)

Arkansas projected lineup

Vault No. 78 Amanda Wellick (9.845 RQS), No. 23 Braie Speed (9.89), No. 53 Sarah Shaffer (9.86), Jessica Yamzon (9.765), Hailey Garner (9.67), Sophia Carter (9.65)

Uneven bars No. 43 Wellick 9.88, No. 67 Shaffer 9.865, No. 58 Garner 9.87, No. 29 Speed 9.9, Yamzon 9.81, No. 79 Sydney Laird 9.86

Balance beam Wellick 9.84, No. 72 Yamzon 9.865, Garner 9.82, No. 34 Michaela Burton 9.895, Shaffer 9.79, No. 24 Carter 9.9

Floor exercise Yamzon 9.86, Burton 9.855, Garner 9.81, No. 26 Shaffer 9.905, No. 76 Carter 9.875, Wellick 9.8

Noteworthy

Arkansas will compete at the NCAA championships for the eighth time in the program’s 16-year history. … The Razorbacks have qualified for the Super Six twice, finishing fifth in 2009 (196.475) and sixth in 2012 (196.3). … Arkansas’ top score at the NCAAs was a 197.15 to place third in Session II at the 2009 championships. … The Razorbacks’ highest finish in an NCAA session was second place in Session II in 2009 with a 196.95. … Katherine Grable, who won the floor exercise (9.9625) and tied for first on the vault (9.975) in 2014, is Arkansas’ only NCAA event champion.

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