Sarah Shaffer - Gymnastics - Arkansas Razorbacks

Sarah Shaffer

AA | Graduate | 5-9 | Tyler, Texas | Texas East Gymnastics

Personal Bests
VT: 9.925 (2x), last at Denver Quad, March 6, 2022
UB: 9.950, at Elevate the Stage NCAA, March 6, 2022
BB: 9.900 (2x), last vs LSU, January 15, 2021
FX: 9.950, at Arkansas Tri, March 16, 2018
AA: 39.525 vs LSU, January 15, 2021

Graduate Sixth Year (2022)
All-SEC vault honoree… Qualified for her first-ever NCAA individual appearance on bars and finished her final season with a 9.875 on bars in Fort Worth… Competed in each of Arkansas’ 13 meets, 12 times on bars, 10 times on vault, six times on floor and once on beam… Posted a career-high 9.925 on bars against Auburn (Jan. 14) and tied for third place, also made her season floor debut and scored 9.800… Added a 9.850 on vault at Florida (Jan. 28) in her first appearance of the season… Matched her bars best of 9.925 against SEMO (Feb. 6) for her first event title of the season… Posted her season high of 9.875 on vault against Kentucky (Feb. 11) and tied for second place… Tied for second and set a new career-high on bars at Elevate the Stage NCAA (March 6) with 9.950… Matched her personal best of 9.925 on vault two years to the day of setting it to tie for third and help push Arkansas to a new program record of 49.500… Scored a 9.875 on vault in the afternoon session of SECs to earn her first all-conference honor on the event… Matched her career high of 9.950 on bars in Norman regional semifinal to tie for second, contributed to Arkansas’ regional high of 49.450 on bars and qualified for nationals… Added a season high of 9.900 on floor in regional final to help boost Arkansas to a regional program record of 49.400 on floor… Recorded a 9.875 on bars at nationals and tied for 12th place… Never scored below a 9.800 on any of her events in the last five meets of the season… Scored 9.900 or above on each event but beam at least once… Earned a 9.800 or above in 77% of her routines… 2022 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

Senior Season (2021)
Appeared on VT and UB in all 11 meets, while competing BB and FX in 10 of those meets and as an AA competitor nine times… Finished the season ranked 37th on the VT by RTN with an NQS of 9.720… Earned season-best 9.900 at LSU (Jan. 8)… owns second-best average on the team (9.822)… Never scored less than a 9.750 on vault… Won two event titles, one on vault (Jan. 8) and one on floor (Jan. 29)… Tied her career-high three times on UB (9.900) vs LSU (Jan. 15), at Auburn (March 5) and at the Tuscaloosa Regional Final (April 3)… Tied her career-high on BB as well with a 9.900 vs LSU… Earned 9.900 or higher four times on FX, scoring 9.925 twice at Georgia (Jan. 29) and vs Alabama (Feb. 26)… Had a career night on Jan. 15 vs LSU, earning an AA score of 39.525.

Junior Season (2020)
Competed on VT in every meet in 2020, appeared in 3-of-4 events in five meets and compete AA at the TWU Quad Meet (March 6)… Set a career-high on the VT at TWU (9.925 – start value of 9.95), earning the event title… Also tied a career-best versus Auburn (Feb. 21), competing on the UB for the first time in 2020, scored a 9.900 in the event and shared the event title with Hambrick… Stuck her vault against Kentucky (Jan. 24) and scored a 9.900 on the apparatus, the first 9.900+ for Arkansas in 2020… Finished the season ranked by Road to Nationals: 37th on the vault and 87th on the floor.

Sophomore Season (2019)
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll recipient … All-SEC Uneven Bars … Competed in all 12 team meets for the Razorbacks as a sophomore in 2019, including the first three in All-Around before specializing in just vault, bars and floor for the final nine competitions of the year … Opened the season with what would be her best overall floor score of the year at 9.900 against No. 2 Oklahoma on Jan. 5 … It was part of a 39.150 All-Around mark, tying the team-best … Took the AA crown the following week with the same score at No. 18 Arizona, recording her best beam score of the season at 9.750 … Notched a pair of season-best 9.875 scores on vault and uneven bars against No. 11 Auburn on Feb. 15, which matched a career-best in vault … Posted a win in vault at the Arkansas Quad meet with a score of 9.850 … Hit 9.900 on floor again at Elevate The Stage on March 8, while picking up a 9.900 on bars at the SEC Championships on March 23 to earn All-SEC honors … It was the highest score in Arkansas’ session in on bars.

Redshirt-Freshman Season (2018)
SEC Freshman of the Year, All-SEC Team and All-SEC Freshman Team for her performance at the SEC Championships on March 24 … At the meet she scored a 9.850 on vault, a 9.825 on uneven bars and a 9.850 on floor exercise … She was named SEC Freshman of the Week (Jan. 15) after her performance at Kentucky on Jan. 12 and for a second-time on Feb. 2 … At Florida on Feb. 23 she set a personal-best 9.925 on floor exercise at the time and tied her personal-best 9.875 on vault and 9.900 on uneven bars …. Scored a personal-best 9.950 on floor exercise and tied a personal-best 9.900 on balance beam at the Arkansas-Tri Meet on March 16 en route to a personal-best 39.500 in the All-Around competition leading to her being named SEC Freshman of the Week for a third time on March 20 … The 39.500 all-around score is the highest by a freshman at Arkansas … At the NCAA Regionals on April 7 she scored a 9.850 on vault, a 9.825 on uneven bars and 9.900 on floor exercise to help Arkansas advance to the NCAA Championships … Scored a 9.8250 on vault, a 9.8625 on bars and a 9.7875 on floor at the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Season (2017)
Suffered a preseason elbow injury.

Prior to Arkansas

Competed for Texas East Gymnastics … Has competed at Level 10 since the beginning of 2012 … At the 2015 Texas State Championships was floor exercise (9.775) champion and balance beam (9.6) runner-up … Qualified for the 2015 Region III Championships … Was uneven bars (9.7) champion at the 2012 Region III Championships.

High School
Graduated in the top 10 percent of her class from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas.

Born on Nov. 12, 1997 … Volunteers with the Junior Symphony League in her hometown … Plans to major in business.

2019 Performances 

Jan. 5Oklahoma9.75009.77509.72509.900039.1500
Jan. 12 at Arizona9.82509.75009.75009.825039.1500
Jan. 18at Kentucky9.77509.77509.07509.800038.4250
Jan. 26Metroplex Challenge9.82509.82509.8750
Feb. 1at Georgia9.82508.85009.8500
Feb. 8Alabama
Feb. 15at Auburn9.87509.87509.8750
Feb. 22LSU9.80009.87509.6000
Mar. 1Florida9.85009.77509.8750
Mar. 8Elevate The Stage9.77509.82509.9000
Mar. 16Arkansas Quad9.85009.87509.8500
Mar. 23SEC Championships9.67509.90009.8500
April 4NCAA Regionals9.82509.82509.8500
April 19NCAA Championships
Season Average9.8029.7369.5179.83638.908

2018 Performances

Jan. 5at LSU9.6008.4009.7259.70037.425
Jan. 12Kentucky9.8759.8009.8009.85039.325
Jan. 19at Missouri9.7259.8009.8259.87539.225
Jan. 26Georgia9.8759.8759.7009.90039.350
Feb. 2at Alabama9.7259.8259.9009.90039.350
Feb. 9Auburn9.8509.9009.1259.90038.775
Feb. 16GymQuarters9.8259.8509.675
Feb. 24at Florida9.8759.9009.6009.92539.300
Mar. 2Arizona9.8509.8759.925
Mar. 9at Oklahoma9.8759.8259.875
Mar. 16Denver | Iowa State9.8259.8259.9009.95039.500
Mar. 24SEC Championship9.8009.7759.1009.85038.525
April 8Regionals9.8509.8259.900
April 20NCAA Championships9.82509.86259.7875