Meet the Wildcats: Katie Carlisle

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, UKathletics.com presents “Meet the Wildcats,” an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the 2016 Kentucky Gymnastics team. Today’s Meet the Wildcats features sophomore Katie Carlisle. 


Katie Carlisle, a sophomore from Newark, Ohio, enters 2016 after competing in all 12 meets for UK as a freshman. Katie competed in bars and floor in every meet and on balance beam in the last eight contests in 2015. She had a career-best 9.825 on uneven bars in the regular-season finale, and earned a 9.825 on floor vs. Florida. In her career debut on balance beam on February 6th, she scored a 9.825. Katie was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll last season.


Here’s a bit more on Katie:


Quick Facts

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio.

Parents: Jim & Debbie 

Siblings: Andrew & Abby

Twitter Handle: @KatCar21

Instagram Handle: @K_Carli21

Major: Integrated Strategic Communications

Nickname(s): Kat, Kit-Kat


Get to Know Katie in Competition

I chose Kentucky because … The atmosphere of the school, campus, and the team and coaches.

My goals this season are to …  Be consistently solid and to hit my cast handstands.

I’m most looking forward to our meet with _____ … Georgia 

If I competed in another sport outside of gymnastics it would be … Soccer

My role model in gymnastics is… Nastia Lukin

I started competing in gymnastics when I was … 6 years old.


Katie Outside of Competition

My favorite book is …  The Longest Ride

My favorite athlete outside of gymnastics is … Peyton Manning

Pre-meet superstitions … I always have to eat 2 hours prior to warm up’s and listen to Whitney Houson’s “I will always love you”

The best concert I have ever been to …  Maroon 5

Growing up, my celebrity crush was …  Channing Tatum and Taylor Lautner

Favorite food … Steak

My dream job is to be …. An event planner for a pro sports team or for ESPN.

My TV show is … Greys Anatomy.


The Wildcats kick off the 2016 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Sun., Dec. 13 at a time still to be determined. The scrimmage will serve as a preview to the 2016 season, with the season opener Excite Night set for Fri., Jan. 8 against Ball State at 7 p.m. All home meets will be held in Memorial Coliseum. 


For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Gymnastics program, go to UKathletics.com. Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates and more can be found on Twitter at @UKGymnastics and Facebook at Facebook.com/UKGymnastics.