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UK Gymnastics Championship Central: All-Access in the 2014 Postseason

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Welcome to UK Gymnastics Championship Central. Follow this page for daily all-access updates on the UK gymnastics team during its postseason competition. Videos, photos, news, commentary and more from team headquarters at the SEC Championships, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships, can all be found right here.

Additional updates on the Wildcats can be found on social media. Fans can follow the team on Twitter at @UKGymnastics, like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/UKGymnastics and on Instagram at Instagram.com/UKgymnastics.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
UK Among the Nation's Attendance Leaders | 2:25 p.m. ET
The national attendance rankings for the 2014 season have been released, and once again Kentucky is among the NCAA leaders. For the first time in program history, the Wildcats averaged over 3,000 fans per meet.

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In 2014, the Wildcats are one of just eight schools, six of them from the SEC, to average more than 3,000 fans per meet and have a season high crowd over 5,000.

An average of 3,265 fans watched the Wildcats in four home contests in 2014, which ranks eighth nationally. UK is one of seven SEC teams to rank in the top 10 in average attendance, while all eight league teams are in the top 17.

Kentucky opened the season with Excite Night on Jan. 10, when 5,839 filled Memorial Coliseum, the biggest crowd at home since 2007 and third-largest since at least 1997. The total is ninth in the NCAA rankings of school's highest home meet attendance.

Thank you to the Big Blue Nation for their continued support this season, and we look forward to seeing you back in Memorial Coliseum in 2015!

Monday, April 21, 2014
Countdown to the 2015 Season | 11:40 a.m. ET
While Kentucky's season ended Friday, the official end to the 2014 season was yesterday at the NCAA Event Finals. After Florida and Oklahoma shared the NCAA title on Saturday, four individual national champions were crowned Sunday. The 2015 schedule will be released early in the fall, but the countdown to next season officially begins today, 263 days ahead of the season-opener.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Photos from the NCAA Championships & Back in Lexington | 3:15 p.m. ET
As we arrive back in Lexington, check out the photo gallery from the last three days at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on UK's Facebook page. Additionally, if you missed it, a full recap from the NCAA Championships, where UK made its first appearance since 2010, can be found here on UKathletics.com.


On the Road Home | 8:30 a.m. CT
The 2014 season  came to a close for UK yesterday at the NCAA Championships, and now we are on our way back to Lexington. A complete recap from the NCAA Championships first session, where senior Audrey Harrison finished tied for 18th on balance beam is here

Friday, April 18, 2014
NCAA Championships Recap | 7:30 p.m. CT
A complete recap, results, video and more from Audrey Harrison's performance on beam in the NCAA Championships first session can be found here. Harrison finished in a tie for 18th with a 9.800. The score is tied for sixth-highest NCAA score in UK history on the event.

In session one, Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU advanced to tomorrow's Super Six team finals. The second session of the NCAA Championships semifinals is underway, with host-Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Penn State, UCLA and Utah.

Harrison Ties for 18th with UK's Sixth-Best Score in NCAA History | 4:40 p.m. CT

Senior Audrey Harrison scored a 9.800 on beam to finish tied for 18th among 45 competitors in session 1 of the national championships. The score is tied for the sixth-highest on beam at the NCAA Championships in program history. Only Jenny Hansen, who won eight national titles as a Wildcat, has recorded a higher score.

Complete results can be found here, and we caught up with Audrey after the competition, and that video can be found here or below. Audrey, the coaches and staff are heading to dinner now, before tonight's second session. We'll have much more from Birmingham towards the beginning of the second session, at 8 p.m. ET.


Harrison Scores a 9.800 | 3:15 p.m. CT

Audrey Harrison scored a 9.800 on balance beam. She currently is tied for 11th, shy of advancing to Sunday's individual finals. Through four rotations, a 9.900 is needed to place in the top four and advance.

Underway at the NCAA Championships | 1:05 p.m. CT

The teams, along with UK's Audrey Harrison, have been introduced, and we are about to get underway in the first session of the NCAA Championships. Fans can watch the full competition here on NCAA.com, or follow along with live results. Harrison will compete on beam with Georgia, in the fourth of six rotations.


NCAA Championships Meet Day is Here | 7:45 a.m. CT

The wait for Audrey Harrison and UK is almost over, the NCAA Championships begin today. The competition begins at 2 p.m. ET, and Harrison will compete in the fourth rotation on beam. Notes, stats, historical records and more are all available in the preview and meet notes on UKathletics.com. Harrison will be the first Wildcat since 2010 to compete at the national championship meet and the 10th UK gymnast in program history. She is the fourth to qualify on an individual event and the first on beam.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
NCAA Championships Notes | 4:20 p.m. CT
Notes for the NCAA Championships, which include info on UK's qualifier Audrey Harrison, Kentucky's NCAA Championships history, a recap of the 2014 season and more are available here and by clicking on the first page of the notes, below.

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Championship Practice About to Begin | 1 p.m. CT

The practice session is wrapping up, and UK senior Audrey Harrison had a good practice on balance beam, her event at tomorrow's NCAA Championships semifinal. She will be in the same rotation as Georgia, so the practice also gave Audrey the opportunity to meet their team. We are heading to lunch now downtown, before having the rest of the afternoon and evening off.

Championship Practice About to Begin | 11:15 a.m. CT

The first NCAA Championships practice session, which includes UK senior Audrey Harrison, is about to begin here at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham. It is familiar territory for Harrison and UK coaches and staff, after the SEC Championships were held in the same venue nearly a month ago.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014
NCAA Banquet | 8:50 p.m. CT
We just returned to the hotel after a great banquet in downtown Birmingham with the rest of the teams at this year's championships. The dinner had a great view of the city, and we were able to enjoy the end of a beautiful day outside, mingling with everyone before dinner. After dinner, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, a Birmingham native, performed. It was a great event to kick off a fun next few days here with the nation's best collegiate gymnasts.


Off to Birmingham | 11:45 a.m. ET

We are officially on the road to Birmingham, Ala., for the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships. The travel party includes senior Audrey Harrison, head coach Tim Garrison, assistant coach Mary McDaniel, trainer Jake Smith and myself, Charlie Healy, the team's media relations director. The drive is expected to take about six and a half hours, and upon arrival in Birmingham, we will all go to the NCAA Championship banquet, with the other teams and individuals competing this weekend. Assistant coach Chuck Dickerson, along with many of Audrey's teammates, will join us on Friday.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Record-High Attendance from the Big Blue Nation | 11 a.m. ET
The season's final attendance totals have been announced, and the Wildcats are eighth with an average of 3,265 fans per meet. UK's season-high crowd of 5,839 is the ninth-highest in the NCAA in 2014. 

The average marks the best home attendance for UK since at least the 1998 season, when records became available. Since 1998, the Wildcats have never averaged more than 3,000 fans.

As Kentucky beat three teams to win its season-opener on Jan. 10, it did so in front of one of the largest crowds in UK gymnastics history. A crowd of 5,839 witnessed the Excite Night victory, which marked the largest since 2007, when 6,875 were in attendance. It also marked the third-largest UK home crowd since at least 1997.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
UK's NCAA Championship History | 1 p.m. ET
Senior Audrey Harrison is the 11th Wildcat in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships and the first since 2010. Harrison, who will compete on balance beam, is the fifth to qualify on a single event and the first on beam. Whitney Rose, who finished tied for 16th on vault in 2010, was the last gymnast to represent UK at the national championship meet.

Jenny Hansen won an NCAA-record eight national titles from 1993-95, including four in 1995, also an NCAA record. Along with all-around titles in 1993, 94 and 95, she won vault and beam in 1994 and vault, beam and floor in 1995.

Harrison will be the 10th UK gymnast to compete at the NCAA Championships after Jennifer Simmons, who qualified in 1999 on vault, did not compete.

Monday, April 7, 2014
NCAA Championships Schedule Announced | 4 p.m. ET
The 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships competition schedule and rotation order was announced today, which includes Kentucky senior Audrey Harrison competing in the first of two semifinals on April 18.

Harrison will make her NCAA Championships debut at 2 p.m. ET in the first session on April 18. She is the first Wildcat since 2010 to qualify for the NCAA Championships and the 11th national qualifier in team history. Harrison is the fourth gymnast in program history to qualify on a single event and the first on beam.

"It's really exciting, it means a lot to me," Harrison said. "I wish my whole team would have made it, but it's still exciting to go individually and represent Kentucky. For each event on Saturday, I just tried to think of it as `this could be my last meet, but I don't want it to be,' so I just did the best I could at regionals and I'm excited to have the opportunity to continue competing. "

A 9.850 on beam tied for the highest score at Saturday's NCAA Regional in State College, Pa. to send a UK gymnast to the NCAA Championships for the first time since Whitney Rose made the national championship meet on vault in 2010.

"I'm happy for Audrey, who will get to represent UK at the NCAA Championships," UK head coach Tim Garrison said. "She has had a great career and I'm glad she gets to bring it to a close at the national championships."

At the NCAA Championships, Harrison will compete on beam in the same rotation as the University of Georgia in the fourth of six rotations in the semifinal.

The championship field features 12 teams, 12 all-around competitors in addition to each event winner at the six regionals that were not part of an advancing team. A total 45 competitors in the first semifinal, including Harrison, will vie for four spots in the individual finals on April 20. The total includes 36 competitors on the six teams, six all-arounders and three beam specialists.

The NCAA Championships will be held April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala., at the BJCC Arena, the same site as the 2014 SEC Championships. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six competition on April 19, at 6 p.m.  The top four individuals in each event (including ties) from the semifinals will compete in the individual-event competition on April 20 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Back in Lexington, Full Regional Coverage and an Exciting Basketball Win | 11:20 p.m. ET
The team arrived back in Lexington about 45 minutes ago from State College. Complete coverage from UK's school-record score can be found here, including video, photos, stats and more from Penn State. Audrey Harrison became the first Wildcat since 2010 to qualify to the NCAA Championships, where she will compete on beam while the Wildcats scored a 195.925, the best NCAA Regional score in program history.


On our drive back to campus, we were able to listen to much of the second half of the men's basketball team's Final Four win. Congratulations to Coach Calipari and the team on an exciting win and making it to Monday's national championship game! Lexington is buzzing with excitement, which will surely carry on through the next few days.

Harrison Qualifies for the NCAA Championships, UK Finishes Fourth | 8:30 p.m. ET

For the second consecutive season, the University of Kentucky gymnastic team broke the school record NCAA Regional score with a 195.925 to place fourth, as senior Audrey Harrison qualified for the NCAA Championships Saturday at Rec Hall in State College, Pa.

UK senior Audrey Harrison capped her record-setting collegiate career by becoming the first Wildcat to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Whitney Rose in 2009. She finished in a tie for first place on beam with a 9.850 and qualifies for the national championship meet in two weeks.

The Wildcats set a UK-record team by 0.350 points a year after a 195.575 broke the previous school record. No. 1 Florida won the 2014 Regional with a 197.050, while host-Penn State finished second with a 196.725. Both UF and PSU advance to the NCAA Championships, April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala., along with Harrison.

Harrison added an all-around score of 39.300 to place sixth, just shy of an NCAA qualifying score in the event. Sophomore Tiara Phipps finished tied for second on floor with a 9.925, while freshman Taylor Puryear also reached the podium with a 9.900 on floor to tie for fourth.

UK's record score was led by a 49.400 on floor, the second-highest total of the meet and the fourth-highest on the event in team history. The Wildcats added a 49.050 on vault, their final event of the evening, along with a 48.750 on uneven bars and a 48.725 on balance beam. Kentucky's floor and beam scores were its third-highest of the season, while its vault score was its fifth-highest in 2014.

Along with Harrison's team-best 9.850 on beam and Phipps' UK-high 9.925 on floor, senior Holly Cunningham posted a team-high 9.875 on vault. Redshirt junior Kayla Hartley posted a 9.800 to lead the team on uneven bars.

We are about to take off back to Lexington, and we'll have a lot more to come once we land.

UK Finishes with a Bang | 6:50 p.m. ET
UK just wrapped up its competition, and will close the NCAA Regional on a bye. The Wildcats scored a final total of 195.925 after a big ending on floor and vault.

Kentucky came out of the bye with a bang, thanks to a 49.400 on floor, its third-highest total on the apparatus this season. Phipps led the Wildcats with a 9.925, a career best and the second-highest total of the meet on the apparatus. Puryear added a 9.900, while both Mitchell and Harrison scored a 9.875. Hilton, who led off for UK, and Hartley, who anchored, each tallied a 9.825.

To close the meet, in the fifth rotation, the Wildcats scored a 49.050 on vault. UK's fifth-highest score of the season on the event was led by Cunningham, who anchored with a 9.875. Harrison, leading off, Mitchell and Hartley all scored a 9.800 and junior Kenzie Hedges registered a 9.775.

Halfway Through the NCAA Regional | 5:50 p.m. ET

At the conclusion of UK's bye on the third rotation, the Wildcats were in fifth place at the halfway point, when each team had competed on two events. Kentucky had a 97.475, while Penn State led with a 98.350. Oregon State was second with a 98.350 and Florida was third with a 98.125 after the Gators counted a fall on beam. New Hampshire had a 97.475, while Maryland was sixth with a 96.825.

The Wildcats opened with a 48.750 on uneven bars to put them in third place among the four teams that opened the meet in competition. UK was led by Hartley's 9.800, while Harrison added a 9.775. Junior Shelby Hilton and senior Kayla Sienkowski each added a 9.725, with Hilton's score tying her season best on the apparatus. Sophomore Amy Roemmele went first for Kentucky and scored a 9.675.

UK then moved to beam, where it scored a 48.725, its third-highest total of the season on the apparatus. Harrison led the way with a 9.850, while freshman Taylor Puryear added a career-high 9.800. Junior Sara Shipley, after making her season debut two weeks ago at the SEC Championships, notched a season-best 9.725. Junior Shannon Mitchell recorded a 9.700 to anchor Kentucky's beam rotation and Roemmele scored a 9.650.

To follow along with the action during the second half of the NCAA Regional, links to live results, video feeds of each apparatus and more can be found on the Championship Central page GoPSUsports.com.

The NCAA Regional is Underway | 4 p.m. ET
The six teams and individual competitors have been introduced at the NCAA Regionals and we are ready to go at Rec Hall on Penn State's campus. A nice crowd is on hand, with plenty of fans for all six teams, including a very vocal group from the Big Blue Nation.

There are numerous ways for fans to follow along with today's action. In addition to live results, four free video feeds are available, each focusing on a single apparatus. Here are the links, in the order that Kentucky will compete today: Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise and Vault. Additionally, Penn State's Championship Central page has more information about the regional.

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Warmups Have Begun at the NCAA Regional | 2 p.m. ET
Warmups at the 2014 NCAA Regional are underway in State College, Pa. Warmups will be in competition order, so UK will start on bars and then move to beam before a bye. Kentucky will close on floor and vault before its final bye. With six teams, there are two bye rotations built into the meet.

Instagram Video: NCAA Regional Warmups are Underway

NCAA Regional Meet Day | 9:45 a.m. ET
The wait is finally over, the NCAA Regional is today. The meet begins at 4 p.m. ET here in State College, Pa., at Penn State's Rec Hall. UK will face No. 1 Florida, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 15 Penn State, No. 23 New Hampshire and Maryland.

If you missed it yesterday, here are some articles, videos and more to pass the time before this afternoon's regional.


Friday, April 4, 2014
The Night Before | 8 p.m. ET
The team just wrapped up their final team meeting before tomorrow's NCAA Regional Championships here in State College, Pa. The message, in addition to going over tomorrow's schedule, centered on taking care of what the team can control tomorrow. Sticking landings, hitting routines and focusing on UK, not the other teams, was the focus.

As you wait tomorrow's regional, check out the preview on UKathletics.com, which includes a video interview, meet notes, a Cat Scratches feature and more.

Videos: Coach Tim Garrison, Holly Cunningham and Shannon Mitchell Preview the NCAA Regional | 5 p.m. ET
The Wildcats wrapped up practice about an hour and a half ago and are about to head to dinner. After practice, we caught up with senior Holly Cunningham and junior Shannon Mitchell, which can be viewed here. Additionally, Penn State Athletics talked to UK head coach Tim Garrison after practice, and that video can be found here.

  
NCAA Regional Practice Underway | 2:15 p.m. ET
The first NCAA practice session has begun here at Rec Hall. UK is joined by Oregon State and Penn State in the first session today. The Wildcats will practice in competition order, beginning on bars before moving to beam, floor and vault. At tomorrow's regional, a bye will be held after beam and vault for each team to accommodate the six squads.

NCAA Regional Media Notes | 9:10 a.m. ET
As the Wildcats gets ready for this afternoon's NCAA Regional practice session, check out UK's meet notes, which feature news, notes, stats and more on the team. The full pdf can be found here or by clicking on the first page of the notes below:
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Goodnight from Pennsylvania | 9 p.m. ET
After a team dinner downtown, we just finished up a team meeting back in the hotel to cap our first evening in State College, Pa. Tomorrow the team will get their first taste of the competition venue at an afternoon workout at PSU's Rec Hall. We'll have updates from the NCAA Regional practice session on Twitter and Instagram, followed by a practice report and video right here on Championship Central.

Landed at Penn State | 3:50 p.m. ET
We just landed in Penn State after a quick flight over the mountains. The charter flight, a surprise to the team until we got to the airport, was great and got us there safely, ahead of the impending storm. The team is off to the hotel now before going to dinner in State College.


Off to State College, Pa. | 2:15 p.m. ET
The Wildcats are about to depart for State College, Pa., and the NCAA Regional. They got a surprise on the way to the airport, when the team learned they would take a chartered plane to Pennsylvania.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014
In the Rankings: NCAA Regional Statistical Comparison | 2 p.m. ET
Kentucky is 29th nationally with a 195.585 Regional Qualifying Score. UK boasts top-21 rankings on both floor and vault. The Wildcats are 18th on floor with a 49.185 RQS and 21st on vault with a 49.135. UK is also tied for 28th on bars with a 48.965 RQS and tied for 40th on beam with a 48.965.

Four of UK's five NCAA Regional opponents are ranked in the top 25. Top-ranked Florida has a 197.895 RQS, while Oregon State is 12th with a 196.615 regional qualifying average. Penn State is 15th with a 196.475 while No. 23 New Hampshire has a 195.880 RQS. Maryland's 195.175 ranks 35th nationally.

Florida boasts top-five rankings on all four events, including the nation's No. 1 beam RQS of 49.445. The Gators are ranked second on both bars and floor. Oregon State is in the top 20 on each event, highlighted by a No. 8 ranking on beam. Penn State is within the top 15 on every apparatus, led by its ninth-ranked floor team. New Hampshire and Maryland are both in the top 40 on each event. UNH's highest ranking comes on beam, where it is tied for 17th, while the Terrapins are tied for 28th with UK on bars for their highest rank.

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Monday, March 31, 2014
Video: Wildcats React to NCAA Regional Selection | 3 p.m. ET
Freshman Taylor Puryear and sophomore Montana Whittle react to UK's regional selection. The Wildcats will compete at Penn State Saturday against No. 1 Florida, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 15 Penn State, No. 23 New Hampshire and Maryland. Check out the video here or below.


Friday, March 28, 2014
Plenty of History for the Cats at Penn State's Rec Hall | 2 p.m. ET
The Wildcats have very fond memories of Penn State's Rec Hall. Just last year in the regular-season finale, Kentucky broke the program record team score with a 196.775 UK also scored a school-record 49.475 on beam in the March 16, 2013 meet. Thirteen of the 14 Wildcats from last year that competed at PSU will make the return trip this season, looking to make more history.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
UK vs. the NCAA Regional Field | 11 a.m. ET
As the Wildcats prepare for next weekend's NCAA Regional, two of their four opponents, No. 1 Florida and No. 15 Penn State, will be familiar foes at the NCAA Regionals. In the season-opener on Jan. 10, UK beat the Nittany Lions and two other teams at home with a 195.000. The Wildcats and Gators have met twice this season, both times when UF was ranked No. 1. Florida claimed a win in Lexington on Feb. 7 over Kentucky's 195.450 before the Gators finished second and the Wildcats sixth with a 195.075 at the SEC Championship last weekend.

UK is 4-1 all-time against UNH. The last meeting was in 2005, when New Hampshire won the five-team meet and Kentucky placed third. Kentucky is 3-1 all-time vs. the Terrapins. The two teams met at the 1998 NCAA Regionals, where UK finished fifth and UM 7th. The Wildcats are 0-3 vs. Oregon State, including a 2009 meeting at the NCAA Regionals.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Wildcats Earn NCAA Regional Berth, Headed to State College, Pa. | 4:30 p.m. ET
For the 26th time in program history, the Wildcats have been selected to the NCAA Regional in State College, Pa., and will compete on April 5 at 4 p.m. at Penn State's Rec Hall. UK will face No. 1 Florida, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 15 Penn State, New Hampshire and Maryland. It will be UK's 10th consecutive regional appearance after the Wildcats broke the school-record regional score with a 195.575 last season in Morgantown, W. Va.

More on UK's regional bid, including comments from Coach Garrison, notes on UK's opponents and more can be found here.

NCAA Selection Show | 2:50 p.m. ET
The NCAA Selection Show is coming up momentarily, at 3 p.m. ET. The team will watch together in the gym during practice, and you can watch online, at NCAA.com. The Wildcats are expected to earn their 26th NCAA berth and school-record 10th in a row.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
The Wildcats are Back Home in Lexington | 2:45 p.m. ET
After an early morning, the team has arrived back in Lexington. The Wildcats will learn their NCAA Regional destination tomorrow, when the NCAA Selection show airs at 3 p.m. ET. Until then, take a look back at yesterday's SEC Championship. Read all about UK's sixth-place finish, with photos, videos, notes and more. Additionally, hear from head coach Tim Garrison and All-SEC honorees Audrey Harrison and Kayla Hartley after the Wildcats finished second in their session yesterday:

Saturday, March 22, 2014
SEC Championship Recap, Results, Photos and More | 7:45 p.m. CT
The second session of the SEC Championship has just concluded, and UK finishes sixth overall with a 195.075. A complete recap, including full results, photos, reaction from Coach Garrison and more can be found here, or by clicking the photo below.

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Wildcats Finish Second in Session One | 5 p.m. CT
Kentucky scored a 195.075 to finish second in the first session of the 2014 SEC Gymnastics Championship Saturday at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

UK finished behind No. 12 Auburn's 195.550 and ahead of No. 15 Arkansas' 194.900 and Missouri's 194.650 in the first session. With the second session of the championship tonight, Kentucky is guaranteed a sixth-place finish in the eight-team league. It is the Wildcats' highest finish since 2012 when they placed fifth out of seven.

Senior Audrey Harrison, redshirt junior Kayla Hartley and junior Shannon Mitchell earned All-SEC honors. Harrison earned her first career honors thanks to a 39.125 in the all-around, the second-highest total in the first session. Hartley was named All-SEC for the second time in her career after a 9.850 on uneven bars and Mitchell earned her first career award thanks to a 9.850 on balance beam.

The Wildcats led the first session with a 49.175 on vault and a 49.050 on bars. UK notched a 48.825 on beam to open the competition, just 0.050 points shy of session-high honors. Kentucky also scored a 48.025 on floor.

Along with her team-high 9.850 on beam, Mitchell scored a UK-best 9.875 on vault. Harrison and freshman Taylor Puryear recorded a 9.750 on floor to share team-high honors. Harrison's 39.125 all-around score and Hartley's 9.850 on bars were also team bests.

It's Go-Time at the SEC Championships | 2 p.m. CT
The teams have been introduced for the first session of the SEC Championships and we are ready to get underway. Fans can follow along with live results on SECDigitalNetwork.com, or on Twitter at @UKgymnastics.

Here is Kentucky's expected lineup:
Beam: Kayla Sienkowski, Sara Shipley, Taylor Puryear, Amy Roemmele, Audrey Harrison, Shannon Mitchell
Floor: Shelby Hilton, Taylor Puryear, Tiara Phipps, Kenzie Hedges, Audrey Harrison, Kayla Hartley
Vault: Audrey Harrison, Shelby Hilton, Shannon Mitchell, Kayla Hartley, Kenzie Hedges, Holly Cunningham
Bars: Amy Roemmele, Shelby Hilton, Kayla Sienkowski, Kayla Hartley, Audrey Harrison, Montana Whittle

Warmups Underway | 1:30 p.m. CT
Thanks to a great send-off from our parents, the Wildcats have arrived at the arena and are about to begin warming up. Competition will begin at 3 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. here in Birmingham.

SEC Championship Meet Day is Here | 8:55 a.m. CT
SEC Championship Meet Day has finally arrived! The Wildcats will compete at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. locally), so it will be a relatively relaxing morning before we head to the arena at 11 a.m.

While you wait for this afternoon, read up on the SEC Championship with a preview on UKathletics.com or UK's meet notes (PDF). You can also see photos from yesterday's practice on our Facebook page, and watch Audrey Harrison's video interview with Gymnastike or see what Amy Roemmele, Kayla Sienkowski and Shelby Hilton were saying when we caught up with them Tuesday back in Lexington.

Friday, March 21, 2014
The Night Before: Practice Photos, Preview and More | 10:30 p.m. CT
It was a relaxing evening for the Wildcats after practice. The team went to the movies, most of them seeing Divergent, and then to dinner. After dinner, Coach Garrison spoke with the team one last time before tomorrow to go over lineups, things to remember during the championship and more.

Relive today's practice session at BJCC Arena through photos, on Facebook and below, and an interview with Audrey Harrison. The official preview, including notes, live results information and more about tomorrow's championship is available here.


Post-Practice Update | 3:45 p.m. CT
The team has wrapped up practice at the BJCC Arena, followed by a brief awards ceremony with all eight teams. At the awards ceremony, Arkansas' Katherine Grable was named the SEC Gymnast of the Year, while her teammate Amanda Wellick was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Georgia's Lindsey Cheek was named the Event Specialist of the Year and Alabama's Kim Jacob was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Auburn's Jeff Graba was selected as the SEC Coach of the Year.

After the awards ceremony, senior Audrey Harrison caught up with Gymnastike to talk about today's practice and look ahead to tomorrow's Championship. Check out the video here, or below. We are now off to spend the afternoon at the movies, followed by a team dinner.


Championship Practice at the BJCC Arena | 12:30 p.m. CT
The Wildcats have arrived at Birmingham's BJCC Arena and are about to begin practice. UK, along with its first-session opponents Arkansas, Auburn and Missouri, will work out on each event in preparations for tomorrow's championship for the next hour and a half. After practice, all eight teams will come together for an awards presentation and media interviews. Check back after practice for a photo gallery, video and more.


Thursday, March 20, 2014
Arrival in Birmingham | 9:00 p.m. CT
The team arrived in Birmingham at about 7 p.m. ET and went to dinner before heading to the hotel. After dinner, they checked into their hotel and had a brief team meeting in Coach Garrison's room to discuss tomorrow's schedule and go over some details about the championship.

Tomorrow's schedule is highlighted by practice at the BJCC Arena in downtown Birmingham. The Wildcats will have a chance to get used to the equipment and get accustomed to the environment. There will be a podium Saturday, which means each apparatus is raised up on a stage about three feet. UK's meet in Fort Worth, Texas, in February was also on a podium, so that will help with the adjustment tomorrow.

Right now, the team is getting situated in the hotel, getting any necessary treatment from our trainer, Jake Smith, watching some NCAA Tournament games and getting ready for bed. We'll have much more from Birmingham tomorrow, including practice photos and reaction from the gymnasts after their practice session.

2014 SEC Gymnastics Championship Media Notes | 12:45 p.m. ET
As the Wildcats prepare for Saturday's SEC Championship, check out UK's meet notes, which feature news, notes, stats and more on the team. The full notes can be found here or by clicking on the first page of the notes below:
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Off to Birmingham, Ala. | 12:45 p.m. ET
The team bus has officially left Lexington and is en route to Birmingham, Ala., for Saturday's SEC Championship. The bus has couches, beds, a satellite TV, and more, so the accommodations for the six hour drive are rather comfortable. With a full slate of NCAA Tournament games on today, many will be paying attention to the first day of March Madness.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Head Coach Tim Garrison on the SEC Championship Media Teleconference | 2:45 p.m. ET
Head coach Tim Garrison, along with the seven other SEC gymnastics head coaches, spoke to the media this morning to preview Saturday's SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala. Coach Garrison's segment can be found here, while audio of all eight coaches' media opportunities is available here.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Video: Amy Roemmele, Kayla Sienkowski and Shelby Hilton Preview the 2014 SEC Championship | 3:30 p.m. ET
After a good practice early Tuesday afternoon, sophomore Amy Roemmele, senior Kayla Sienkowski and junior Shelby Hilton previewed Saturday's SEC Championship. They talked about the team's confidence level going into the meet, UK's opponents in the first session, competing on a podium and more. Check out the video below. The Wildcats will have one more practice in Lexington tomorrow, before they depart for Birmingham, Ala. on Thursday. Wednesday's practice is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET at the Nutter Field House for fans interested in attending.

Monday, March 17, 2014
SEC Championship Seeding Announced | 6 p.m. ET
The seeding for Saturday's 2014 Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Championships was announced today, and Kentucky earned the seventh seed. The Wildcats will compete in Saturday's first session, at 3 p.m. ET, against No. 12 Auburn, No. 15 Arkansas and Missouri.

Kentucky has posted a 2-1 record against Auburn, Arkansas and Missouri this season, with a home win over Auburn and a road win against Mizzou. The Championships' second session, which features No. 1 Florida, No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Alabama and No. 6 Georgia will commence at 7 p.m. ET. An awards presentation with all eight teams will take place afterwards, at approximately 9 p.m.

Seeding at the Championship was based on the teams' final regular season Regional Qualifying Score. Through 11 regular-season meets, UK has an RQS of 195.585. The RQS is determined by taking a team's top six scores, of which at least three must be from road meets. The high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged to get the RQS.

Saturday, the Wildcats will begin competition on balance beam and continue in Olympic order. UK's second rotation will be on floor exercise, followed by vault and uneven bars.

The SEC Championship will be held at Birmingham's BJCC Arena. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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