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Inside Gymnastics Journal | Fort Price Loading! 2024 NCAA Girls’s Gymnastics Championships Preview

#7 Arkansas

Not completed but. Arkansas got here out of the gates on a mission in 2024, breaking program data left and proper, and are headed again to the NCAA Championships for the primary time since 2018 and for the primary time underneath head coach Jordyn Wieber.  

On the Fayetteville Regional Remaining, Arkansas constructed momentum all through the meet and broke by means of as one of many high two groups on the day with a rating of 197.825, the second-highest in program historical past and setting a brand new regional report. It’s this system’s ninth berth to nationals and their first for the reason that format switched from 12 groups to an “Elite 8” in 2019. 

“We’ve got a lot to be pleased with this season, even when it ended proper now. I’d be so pleased with this system and the group and the expansion we’ve achieved this season,” Wieber instructed us after Regionals. “However understanding that we’ve got one other alternative to go on the market and present who we’re as a program, as a group, I’m simply actually pleased with all the onerous work not solely our teaching employees, however our group has put in. All people has been so purchased on this 12 months to what our objective is and what we wish to accomplish… Each meet, it’s simply been a possibility to point out who we’re as a program. And we get to try this on the most important stage, which is such a possibility and a blessing.”

Their success this season, along with their drive and dedication, is one thing graduate pupil Sirena Linton, who transferred following her senior 12 months on the College of Arizona, noticed from the start and is worked up to see the group capitalize on as soon as they hit the ground in Fort Price. 

“I really feel like coming to Arkansas, an enormous a part of that was feeling simply the drive and dedication that not solely the gymnasts had, however the coaches to get us right here. I simply wished to be part of that. Simply to see it come to life this 12 months, it’s been really magical.

“From the start of the season, we made a imaginative and prescient board as a group, and we wrote and had pictures of all of our targets that we revisited all year long. [After Regionals] we walked in and we checked out a imaginative and prescient board and we mentioned, ‘We did it.’ And we hold saying, ‘We’re the group that did it. And so now what?’ We’re not completed but. And I believe that was probably the most thrilling factor to listen to from all the ladies was, ‘We acquired right here, and now let’s hold pushing. Let’s do extra.’

Key for the Gymbacks in Fort Price, Wieber mentioned, is to do their regular gymnastics and never deal with one occasion over the opposite. Depth can also be an element and has been constructing for the Gymbacks all season. Search for large performances from Linton, Lauren Williams, Frankie Worth, Kalyxta Gamiao, Maddie Jones, Cami Weaver and Leah Smith to play an enormous position in Arkansas’ success.

“We’re attempting to not construct up any occasion specifically as a result of on our greatest day, we’re actually good on all 4,” Wieber mentioned. “We do begin on beam, which I hold telling the group, we get to start out on our greatest occasion. We’ve been one of the best on beam the final two meets. Actually feeding that perspective of it doesn’t matter what we begin on or what we finish on, it doesn’t matter. We simply do our regular. That’s been the messaging. I believe what tends to be the separator in postseason is vault, for my part. Whether or not you’ve got that 10.0 begin worth benefit otherwise you’re like us the place you’ve got half your lineup, 10.0 begin worth and half not, it’s simply all about landings. I believe that’s going to be extraordinarily necessary for us is simply to maintain going with the constant landings that we’ve had these previous few meets. However I believe it’s simply all the things. We simply wish to go and be our greatest when our greatest is required and proceed to do what we’ve completed this season.”

Search for extra of our dialog with Jordyn Wieber and Sirena Linton this week!

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