Great Britain wins tickets to the 2023 NCAA National Championship
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NORMAL PEOPLE, Okla. – Number 9 in Kentucky gymnastics earned a ticket to the 2023 NCAA National Championships, moving out of the Norman, Okla area. on Saturday night.
The score of 197,850 scored by the Cats did the trick to get the show to its second appearance on the national stage after first performing on the big stage in 2018. Kentucky finished sixth overall. in that year.
Kentucky’s Saturday meeting overall score was the second-highest in program history and the highest ever in the regional competition. In addition to the overall score of the meeting, Cats set a new record on the balance beam with 49.575. The UK found the top 10 in every piece of equipment except the floor exercise.
Starting the Road to Nationality on the balance bar, the Wildcats stay calm and in control. Breaking the show’s record wasn’t an easy feat once the fight began. Senior Raena Worley held the top score for the UK in the event with 9,950. Her near-perfect track record earned her second place in the meeting overall. Juniors Bailey Bunn and Isabella Magnelli made the top 5 with a combined score of 9,925 each. Bunn’s 9,925 tied for the best of her individual career and season while sophomore Jillian Procasky did the same with her 9,900 score. At the end of the spin, Arianna Patterson earned 9,875 with Shealyn Luksik led by 9,825.
The floor exercise, the second spin of the night, is Kentucky’s weakest event. However, that was still enough to keep the Cats motivated as they were almost halfway through the meeting. In a seven-way draw to take first place overall, Worley found herself among the best with 9,950. Just below the best of her career and season, the senior became an event leader where she has scored 9,900 or more points in each encounter this season. Junior Hailey Davis rocked her routine with an electric record of 9,925 for the fifth time this season. Both Magnelli and Makenzie Wilson hit 9,850 while Patterson and Procasky each hit 9,800. With a total score of 49,375 in the floor exercise, the Cats move on to the third spin – the vault.
On vault, Kentucky’s fight continues as the Cats have the fourth-best total in the event with a total of 49,450. Patterson hooked a front half pike with a giant front arm spring, giving her a 9,950 from the judges. Her highest achievement is tied to her personal career and the best of the season on vault. Last year seniors Procasky (9,900) and Wilson (9,850) were the first two athletes on the squad. Magnelli scored 9,900 for the second time in the last three meetings while Worley scored 9,850 and freshman Bridget Bourque scored 9,825.
To end the meeting, the Wildcats have one more spin to fight to determine its fate. Scoring the 10th best show on uneven bars, the Cats rose to 49,450. Procasky and senior Kaitlin DeGuzman led the team earning 9,925 each from the jury. Both gymnasts make giant moves when performing the dismount with glued feet. The two Wildcats have scored in the top 5 in terms of meetings overall on device. Bunn and Worley are each awarded 9,900 to further promote the citizens of the UK. Before Worley, the anchor, were Davis (9,800) and Luksik (9,600).
Overall, Worley placed second overall with Oklahoma’s Audrey David when the pair had a combined total of 39,650. Christiansburg-born player, Va. has hit 39,600 or higher six times this season. All-round competitor Procasky finished sixth with 39,525, setting a new career record for gymnasts.
Kentucky played host #1 Oklahoma, Southeast Conference #8 rivals Alabama and Ohio State in Saturday’s regional final. The Sooners and Wildcats were the two teams topping the meeting, taking the shows to the national championship. Punched tickets won a spot in the next round of competition to be held at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, April 13-15.