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2 UA gymnasts named All-America
Arkansas' Sophia Carter competes Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in the beam portion of the Razorbacks' meet with Georgia in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas gymnasts Sophia Carter and Kennedy Hambrick were named as second-team All-Americans by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association on Tuesday based on their regular-season performances.
Hambrick, a sophomore from Pearland, Texas, was a selection as an all-arounder as the Razorbacks’ most consistent gymnast in 2020 for first-year Coach Jordyn Wieber. Carter, a junior from Blue Springs Mo., was chosen on the floor exercise, her signature event.
Carter and Hambrick became the 10th and 11th Razorbacks to be named regular season All-Americans in the 18th year of the program, and the first pair of Arkansas All-Americans in the same year.
Carter, a second-time All-American choice, had a national qualifying score of 9.925 on the floor to rank 11th nationally. She joined Katherine Grable and Amanda Wellick as the only Razorbacks to earn regular season All-America honors in multiple years.
Hambrick had a national qualifying score of 39.385 on the all around to rank 16th in the country. She is the second Arkansas gymnast named a regular season All-American in the all-around, joining Grable (2014).
Hambrick, who has competed in the all-around in every meet during her college career, hit career highs on every event this winter, including a 39.6 to claim the all-around title against No. 10 Georgia. She won 11 event titles this season.
Hambrick and Carter were among the 16 SEC gymnasts to receive All-America honors.
Individuals ranked in the top eight were accorded first-team All-American status, while individuals ranked ninth through 16th made the second team.
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