Meet the Wildcats: Tiara Phipps

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 senior Tiara Phipps.


Tiara Phipps, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, enters 2016 after competing in every meet on floor for the Wildcats, and in vault for five meets. Last season she scored a season-high of 9.875 on both vault and floor vs. Auburn on March 6th, as well as a career best 9.875 on vault. The following week she posted a team-high 9.850 on vault. Tiara was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive season with the Wildcats.


Here’s a bit more on Tiara:


Quick Facts

Birthplace: Mt. Holly, NJ

Parents: Al and Lori Phipps

Sibling: Taliah

Twitter Handle: @tiaraphipps

Instagram Handle: @tiaraphipps

Major: Psychology

Nickname(s): T, TT, Tito, Teeters


Get to Know Tiara in Competition

The best part of being a UK student-athlete is…. Being a part of the Big Blue Nation.

I started competing in gymnastics when I was …  8 years old.

My most memorable moment as a gymnast has been … My bar routine against Missouri. 

I’m most excited for this during the season …. Shocking the NCAA gymnastics community.

I model my style in gymnastics after… Sydney Leroux.

I am most looking forward to our meet with … Arkansas.


Tiara Outside of Competition

My favorite athlete outside of gymnastics is ….  Steph Curry

Something a lot of people don’t know about me is … I lived in Japan for six years.

If I had a derby horse, I would name it …  “Catch One If You Can”

My pre-meet superstition is…  That I have to eat Swedish fish and drink Dr. Pepper, as well as doing a handshake with Joel.

Favorite musical artist? … Mumford & Sons

Favorite movie?… Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The best concert I have ever been to is … The Jonas Brothers


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.