Wellick Earns First Career SEC Gymnast of the Week Honor
BRIMINGHAM, Ala. — On Tuesday, the Southeastern Conference announced its weekly SEC Gymnastics Awards, and sophomore Amanda Wellick was named the Co-SEC Gymnasts of the Week for her performance against No. 7 Alabama.
For Wellick, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, it is her first career SEC Gymnast of the Week award, as she shares the honor with LSU senior Jessie Jordan. This is the second time in Wellick’s career that she has received a weekly award from the SEC. Last season she was named the conference’s Freshman of the Week on March 11, 2014.
The Wheaton, Ill., native had a spectacular meet against the No. 7 Crimson Tide last Friday, as she earned three event titles to help No. 12 Arkansas to a 196.325-196.175 upset of the defending SEC Champion. It was just the third time in program history that the Razorbacks defeated Alabama and it was Wellick who delivered the winning-performance. Needing just a 9.800 on team’s final floor exercise performance to complete a come-from-behind victory for Arkansas, Wellick turned in a career-best 9.950 to seal the deal and capture her first career event title on the floor.
Her floor exercise score of 9.950 against Alabama was not only a career-best, but it is also tied for the highest recorded floor exercise score in the SEC this season. Wellick also earned her first career vault title last Friday with a 9.950 and her second-straight all-around title of the 2015 season with a 39.475.
Currently, Wellick is ranked fourth nationally on the floor, tied for 10th with teammates Leah MacMoyle and Heather Elsiwck on the vault and 25th in the all-around.
The 12th-ranked Razorbacks will take to the road this Friday, as they will travel to Auburn University to take on the No. 19-ranked Tigers. The meet will be broadcasted live on SEC Network+ via the Watch ESPN App or ESPN3.com. Start time is slated for 7 p.m.
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