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GymKats Notch Victory Over No. 12 Iowa, Finish Third at Arizona State Quad Meet




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    TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Kentucky gymnastics team put together its strongest vault performance of the year to overtake No. 12 Iowa for third place with a 194.350 at a quad meet hosted by Arizona State on Friday, March 16 at Wells Fargo Arena. No. 7 Nebraska collected the meet title with a 197.100, while the No. 8 Sun Devils finished second with a 195.575.

    "We had a great meet for a road meet this late in the season," Coach Leah Little said. "The scores on floor just weren’t there tonight, even though we hit five of six routines and didn’t get the scores we were accustomed to this season. We had to pull Nicole Allen from the lineup with an injury in warmups and had to go with some gymnasts who weren’t completely warmed up. Now we just have to get focused on the Southeastern Conference Championships."

    The GymKats (7-10, 0-5 SEC) got underway on the uneven bars and put together their best bar routines for the second straight week, matching last week’s 49.000. Junior Jennifer Simmons gave her best performance of the season with a team-leading 9.850. She was followed closely by fellow junior Katie Toups and freshman Julie Joy, each with a 9.825, which was a season high for Toups. Junior Jessie Lemp added a 9.800, while freshman Aronda Primault contributed a 9.700 to put UK in third place after the first rotation.

    UK moved on to the balance beam in the second rotation where sophomore Mindy Smith again led the way with a 9.800. Primault and Simmons each added a 9.725, while Joy chipped in a 9.70 and Zaharias a 9.675. The GymKats total of 48.600 on beam pushed their total up to 97.625, keeping them in third place overall. In the third rotation, UK was on what had been one of their best events the past month; however, the GymKats scored a season-low 47.575 on the floor exercise to slip to fourth overall with 145.200 points. Senior Beth Coleman led the way with a 9.675.

    The GymKats finished the night strong by tying a season-best mark on the vault with a 49.150, the sixth-highest vault mark in school history. Simmons hit a season best with a 9.900 to lead a group of four UK gymnasts to score top season marks. Joy was second for UK with a career-best 9.850, while Zaharias and Primault each scored a 9.825, a season best for Zaharias. Junior Katie Toups rounded out the scoring for UK with 2001 best of 9.750.

    In the all-around competition, Joy topped her previous career-high set last week with a 38.900 to lead UK’s three all-arounders and place third overall. Simmons was very close behind with a season-best 38.850, while Primault totaled a 38.800.

    UK Scores

    Vault                   49.150   	Bars                    49.000
    Katie Toups             9.750     	Aronda Primault         9.700
    Julie Joy             	9.850   	Jessie Lemp             9.800
    Melanie Zaharias   	9.825 		Julie Joy          	9.825
    Aronda Primault         9.825      	Katie Toups             9.825
    Jennifer Simmons        9.900         	Jennifer Simmons        9.850
    Beth Coleman            9.400        	Melanie Zaharias  	9.150
    
    Beam                    48.600       	Floor                   47.575
    Jennifer Simmons        9.725       	Katie Toups             9.450
    Jessie Lemp             9.250  		Beth Coleman            9.675
    Julie Joy             	9.675        	Jennifer Simmons        9.375
    Aronda Primault         9.725        	Julie Joy        	9.525
    Mindy Smith             9.800      	Mindy Smith             9.200
    Melanie Zaharias  	9.675      	Aronda Primault         9.550
    
    All Around
    Julie Joy      		38.900
    Aronda Primault         38.850
    Jennifer Simmons        38.800
    

     

     

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