Braie Speed

VT, UB, BB | Senior | 5-8 | San Antonio, Texas | Olympia Hills Gymnastics

2017 Regional Vault Champion
2017 NCAA Vault Qualifier

Personal Bests
VT: 9.925, at Florida, Sat, Feb. 23, 2018
9.950, at Arkansas Tri, March 16, 2018
9.800, at Kentucky, March 3, 2017

As A Senior (2018)
All-SEC Team after scoring a 9.850 on both vault and uneven bars at the SEC Championships on March 24 … Scored a personal-best 9.925 on vault at Florida on Feb. 23 …. Named SEC Specialist of the Week (March 20) after her performance at the Arkansas-Tri Meet with a 9.900 on vault and tied her personal-best 9.950 on uneven bars … She is only the third Razorback in program history to be awarded this honor, and the second this season …. NCAA Regionals Vault Champion with a score of 9.900 to help take the Razorbacks to the NCAA Championships.

As A Junior (2017)
Led the team on uneven bars with a 9.750 against Missouri on Jan. 13 and against Georgia on Jan. 20… Won her first vault title of the season, the second of her career, with a 9.825 against Alabama on Jan. 27… Scored a season-best 9.825 on uneven bars and a season-best 9.850 on vault at Auburn on Feb. 3… Matched a season best with a 9.825 on uneven bars against LSU on Feb. 10… Also scored a 9.825 on vault and helped Arkansas score a season-best 49.000 on vault against LSU on Feb. 10… Matched her career best on vault (9.850), matched her season best on uneven bars (9.825) and made her career debut on balance beam against Florida on Feb. 17… Led the team on vault and uneven bars, scoring a 9.800 on vault and a season-best 9.850 on bars at Michigan State on Feb. 25… Led the team on vault and uneven bars for the second straight week at Kentucky on March 3, scoring a 9.800 on vault and matching a season best on bars (9.850)… Also scored a career-best 9.800 on balance beam and helped Arkansas score a season-best 49.150 in the event… Won her second vault title of the season, the third of her career, with a 9.825 against Centenary and San Jose State on March 10… Scored a 9.825 on vault at the SEC Championship on March 18.

As A Sophomore (2016)
Won uneven bars event title with a career high of 9.925 vs. Kentucky on Feb. 26 … Won vault (9.825) and uneven bars (9.875) event titles vs. Utah State on March 11 … Competed in all 13 vault and uneven bars lineups … Vault score counted towards team total in all 13 performances … Had season high of 9.85 on vault at Maryland on Feb. 19 … Had 10-of-13 vault scores of 9.8 or better … Uneven bars score counted towards team total in 11-of-13 performances … Had 10-of-13 uneven bars scores of 9.8 or better … Had one vault score and five uneven bars scores lead the team.

As A Freshman (2015)
Unable to compete due to a preseason knee injury.

Prior to Arkansas

Competed at Olympia Hills Gymnastics in Buda, Texas … Junior Olympic National Qualifier in 2010 and 2012 … Finished ninth at the Junior Olympic National Meet in 2010 … Her team won the Junior Olympic National Meet in 2012 … Region 3 Bar Champion in 2010 and 2012 … Houston National Invitational all-around champ in 2011 … Chicago Style Meet all-around champ in 2011 … Personal bests of 9.775 on the vault, 9.95 on the bars, 9.75 on the beam and 9.725 on the floor. She also has a personal best of 38.55 in the all-around.

Born on June 5, 1996 … Daughter of Brad and Jamie Speed … Has two brother, Jett and Logan … Majoring in sports management with a minor in communication … Married Samuel Swann on December 21, 2016.

2018 Performances

Jan. 5at LSU9.8509.750
Jan. 12Kentucky9.8509.875
Jan. 19at Missouri9.9009.800
Jan. 26Georgia9.8509.875
Feb. 2at Alabama9.8509.825
Feb. 9Auburn9.8759.900
Feb. 16GymQuarters9.8759.775
Feb. 24at Florida9.9259.900
Mar. 2Arizona9.8759.950
Mar. 9at Oklahoma9.9009.900
Mar. 16Denver | Iowa State
Mar. 24SEC Championship9.8509.850
April 8Regionals9.9009.825
April 20NCAA Championships9.87509.8500

2017 Performances

Jan. 7at UCLA9.7759.750
Jan. 13Missouri9.8259.750
Jan. 20at Georgia9.8259.750
Jan. 27Alabama9.8259.800
Feb. 3at Auburn9.8509.825
Feb. 10LSU9.8259.825
Feb. 17Florida9.8509.8259.325
Feb. 25at Michigan State9.8009.8509.750
Mar. 3at Kentucky9.8009.8509.800
Mar. 10San Jose State, Centenary9.8259.8259.675
Mar. 18SEC Championship9.8259.7509.225
Apr. 1NCAA Regional9.8259.7509.225
Apr. 14NCAA Championship9.825

2016 Performances

Jan. 2Cancun Classic9.7759.8
Jan. 15Georgia9.89.875
Jan. 17Oklahoma9.89.85
Jan. 22at Alabama9.89.7
Jan. 29Auburn9.759.85
Feb. 5at LSU9.89.825
Feb. 12at Florida9.7759.85
Feb. 19at Maryland9.859.2
Feb. 26Kentucky9.89.925
Mar. 4at Missouri9.89.1
Mar. 11Utah State9.8259.875
Mar. 19SEC Championship9.89.8
Apr. 2at NCAA Regionals9.89.8

Career Event Titles

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What do you love most about gymnastics? How difficult it is and how impressive it is we’re able to do things our bodies aren’t meant to do. I love how it has also taught me how to work hard and go after what I want.

What was the best moment of your athletic career? Being able to support my team as we beat Alabama for the first time in five years at our first home meet last season.

What keeps you motivated in and out of the gym? Knowing I’m here for a reason and God gave me this specific talent for a reason so I can’t waste it.

Why did you choose to come to Arkansas? Because the team was small, it’s beautiful here, it’s the SEC and I knew in my heart I was supposed to be here.

What’s the best thing about being a Gymback? Being able to represent the only collegiate gymnastics program in the state of Arkansas and how much pride Arkansas fans have for their athletes. Being a Gymback is special because we go against teams in the SEC that have been around a lot longer than we have but that doesn’t intimidate us or stop us from kicking their butts.

What are your personal and team goals this season? Team goal is to make Super Six. Individual goals are to have fun and be as loud as I can for the Gymbacks and be their biggest fan.

What’s your favorite event? Bars.

If you could play any other sport, what would it be? I would do track and I would want to do hurdles.

Who had the biggest influence in your athletics or in your life? God, my family and my coaches.

Who’s your favorite athlete? Ronda Rousey, hands down.

What’s your favorite healthy food? Avocado and fruit.

What’s your favorite unhealthy food? Donuts and Whataburger.

What’s your favorite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy.

What do you like to do in your free time? Sleep or arts and crafts.

What are your plans after graduation? Move back to Texas.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Ireland.

What’s your favorite band? Florida Georgia Line.

Who’s your favorite author? Nicholas Sparks.

Can you play any instruments or have any other hidden talents? No, I suck at everything but gymnastics.

Do you have any superstitions? Yes, but I can’t tell you what they are or else they won’t work.

What would your DJ name be? DJ BRAIE-BRAIE.

Who would play you in a movie? Chewbacca from Star Wars.

What reality show would you like to be on? Dance Moms.

What celebrity would you most like to meet? Ronda Rousey.

If someone walked into your dorm room, what’s the first thing they would notice? I like to keep my room clean.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? To learn from the mistakes of others.