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Florida and Oklahoma, meanwhile, deadlocked again.
Grable, who was tied for second in the all-around, won the floor exercise championship in Sunday’s individual event competition and shared the vault title with LSU’s Rheagan Courville after qualifying as an individual. It was the first NCAA gymnastics title for Arkansas.
“I never thought going into this weekend that I’d be bringing home two national championships and a second-place all-around,” Grable said. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Florida’s Bridget Sloan, a 2008 Olympian, captured the third title of her career. She won the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.9375 after winning the all-around and balance beam titles last year. She had helped the Gators win a share of their second straight championship on Saturday night.
“To win an individual event, it’s icing on the cake,” Sloan said. “You go from team finals, which is what it’s all about, to individual. (Sunday) was just a great night for everyone all around.
“You never know what’s going to happen in gymnastics but it was awesome.”
Sloan topped Stanford teammates Samantha Shapiro (9.925) and Kristina Vaculik (9.9).
“She’s definitely made a mark for our program,” Arkansas coach Mark Cook said. “Even though the team wasn’t here, she was still able to carry the torch.”
Spears won on the beam at 9.925 as the last athlete competing in her first career finals. She said jitters weren’t a problem despite the situation.
“I knew it was my last routine ever and I just went out there and did what I know how to do, what I’ve been doing all year,” Spears said.
Georgia’s Lindsey Cheek (9.90) was second on the beam followed by a four-way tie for third.
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