Hambrick and O’Hara Shine at NCAA Championships, Earn All-America Status
Fort Worth, Texas – Junior Kennedy Hambrick and Graduate Maggie O’Hara shined at the NCAA championship in Fort Worth on Friday.
O’Hara started the afternoon in Session I, scoring 9,925 points in bars and taking fourth place for the All-America First-Team Award. O’Hara showed her experienced calm as she beautifully executed her routine from her blind change hunter to her cold-hearted double-layout descent. Her 9,925 established a program best-on bars for a gymback at the NCAA championships.
Hambrick started right where O’Hara left off, started their all-round performance in bars and was superb throughout the evening. Hambrick started with a 9,900 on poles and easily staked out her fully twisted double back. She moved on to shine, where her rebound layout and the wagon wheel winner’s complete descent got her a solid 9.9125 from the judges.
Hambrick continued to glow on the floor and showed her exciting double tuck first pass and the Rudi-Back-Layout-Hirschsprung of the front hand spring. Hambrick received 9,950 from a judge and ended with a final of 9.9125 on the floor. She ended her evening with one last time on the vault’s runway and took a small step on her Yurchenko 1.5 to score 9.8875.
Hambrick’s routines resulted in a remarkable total of 39.6125 and a solid fifth place. The Pearland, Texas-born player’s all-round score is the second best of a gymback in the NCAA championships in Arkansas history, second only to Jaime Pisani’s 39.6250 in the 2012 NCAA semifinals. For their outstanding performance, Hambrick received the All-America status of the second team in the vault, because they finished sixth overall, in bars with a fifth place, on Beam with a sixth place and the all-round.
The top four participants in each event per session in today’s semifinals of the NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships received All-America Honors. The Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association also announced All-America Second-Team Awards for student athletes finishing fifth through eighth.
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