April 18, 2009

Georgia senior Courtney Kupets
On how she was able to compete in four events for three straight days
"Because I'm a senior and this is my last year, so I wanted to go out with a bang. And zero regrets, our team motto for this week."

On what it means to be told she's the greatest college gymnast ever
"I don't really believe that, just because, I don't know, I do what I do and I love it. It's kind of crazy for someone to say that about me. It's really an honor, I just don't believe people would say that about me. I just have fun with what I do."

Georgia Coach Suzanne Yoculan
On if Courtney Kupets is the greatest college gymnast of all time
"Absolutely, there's no question she's the greatest college gymnast of all time. This is connected to the boxing gloves that got us through the end of this season -- she's the Muhammad Ali of gymnastics."

On why Courtney Kupets is the greatest gymnast of all time
"I'm not talking about athleticism, necessarily. I mean Ashleigh (Clare-Kearney) is, wow, her power and explosiveness is much better than Courtney's. Now if you want to break down the all-time best gymnast ever and include so many different things, we all know a lot of gymnasts that are more flexible than her, that are more explosive than Courtney. But the combination of mental and physical is what I'm referring to. A weekend like this, three days in a row, four events each day, going from 39.8 to 39.9 and then again tonight another 10 on the third day, just the mental strength behind that, I've never witnessed that in 26 years. Jenny Hansen, I watched her all those years when she was the best, and she never went three days (in a row), and I don't believe Jenny Hansen swept the title and won in every single event. I believe she's missing uneven bars, I'm not sure, but I don't think she's had an NCAA title on every single event. And by the fact that Ashleigh honored us by tying Courtney tonight on floor exercise, Courtney does have a title in every single event. Floor exercise was the only one she was missing before tonight."

Ashleigh Clare-Kearney
On her performance on the night
"I came in here tonight just wanting to have fun. It was my last competition ever, which is crazy to think about in itself. But I really didn't have expectations coming into the meet tonight at all. I just wanted to go out and perform the best I could, and whatever happened, I felt like that was meant to be. So it was really exciting to have these titles, but I came in just wanting to have fun and go out with a bang."

LSU senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney on competing against Courtney Kupets
"Well I think Courtney is a phenomenal gymnast. I love watching her. She has everything, the whole package put together to be a great NCAA gymnast. It really is an honor to be next to her. Even before college, she had so many great things. So it's exciting to be next to her and share this championship with her."

Georgia senior Courtney Kupets on competing against Ashleigh Clare-Kearney
"Let me just say it's really exciting to be next to Ashleigh as well. She was awesome all night and we had a blast together. And she did amazing on vault tonight."

LSU senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney on rebounding from her Thursday performance
"It's been rough before Thursday. It's been a rough few weeks. It's a great way to end it. Do I wish I could have been all-around (champion) and all that extra stuff? Yes, but if I could go back and do it all over again I wouldn't do anything different. I think this is exciting and a great way to end my career, so I really have no regrets."

LSU senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney on becoming the first gymnast in LSU history to win two NCAA Championships
"I think it will serve as motivation. I don't know if people will think about that, but it's definitely really exciting and it really is an honor just to have that accomplishment under my belt. There are so many all-arounders and strong gymnasts who have gone through LSU, so it really is an honor. I hope it motivates upcoming LSU gymnasts to do the same."

Georgia senior Courtney Kupets on if it has set in that her career is over
"I did want to think about it during the meet, so I could enjoy it definitely. And so I know I'm done, but I don't think it will hit me until they start training next fall, because everyone gets the summer off."

LSU senior Ashley Clare-Kearney on what's next for her
"I finish grad school in December, and hopefully I'll be going to law school. But when the fall comes around, I really don't know what I'm going to do come 2 o'clock, because normally that's practice time."