NCAA Individual Event Finals Notes
April 18, 2009
VAULT - Ashleigh Clare Kearney (LSU)
- - Ashleigh Clare Kearney is the second consecutive LSU gymnast to win the NCAA vault title, following Susan Jackson, who won the 2008 championship. Jackson finished runner up to Clare Kearney on Saturday.
- - Clare Kearney becomes the first LSU gymnast in program history to win two national titles in a career.
- - A five time All American, Clare Kearney competed in three individual event finals tonight vault, bars and floor. She won NCAA titles on two vault and floor.
- - The senior won with an average score of 9.90 on two vaults. Her first vault, a Yurchenko layout full, earned four marks of 10.0 and two of 9.95 from the six judge panel.
- - Clare Kearney averaged a score of 9.93 over three days of competition, recording marks of 9.95 in Thursday's preliminary session and Friday's Super Six Final, as well as tonight's 9.90.
UNEVEN BARS - Courtney Kupets ( Georgia )
- - Courtney Kupets has won two NCAA bars titles in her career, as she also won the event as a freshman in 2006.
- - Kupets averaged a 9.97 over three days of NCAA Championships competition. In Thursday's preliminary session, the senior scored a 9.95 on bars, then followed up with a perfect 10.0 in the Super Six Finals on Friday.
- - Kupets capped a Georgia career that saw nine NCAA individual titles, four NCAA team titles, a Honda Award and the 2009 AAI American Award.
BALANCE BEAM - Courtney Kupets
- - Kupets has two beam titles to her credit. She previously won the event as a freshman in 2006.
- - Kupets has now won NCAA titles in every event and the all around over her four year career at Georgia . She boasts a career total of nine NCAA individual championships, plus four team wins, to stand as the winningest gymnast in collegiate history.
- - The 15 time All American's nine NCAA crowns bypassed Kentucky 's Jenny Hansen (8) on the all time NCAA titles chart.
- - Kupets compiled an average score of 9.98 on beam this weekend, highlighted by a 10 on Thursday, a 9.95 on Friday and a 9.9875 in tonight's event finals.
- - Kupets is the only gymnast in NCAA history to win a title on every event and the all around over a career.
FLOOR EXERCISE - Courtney Kupets (Georgia) and Ashleigh Clare Kearney (LSU)
- - Ashleigh Clare Kearney and Courtney Kupets tied for the NCAA floor title with matching scores of 9.95. Kupets competed in the first flight of floor finals, while Clare Kearney was the final competitor in the second flight.
- - The senior duo's shared win on floor was the first since 2004, when Ashley Miles (Alabama) and Courtney Bumpers (North Carolina) were co champions.
- - Tonight marked Clare Kearney's first appearance in floor finals. She was previously a second team All American on floor in 2008.