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Gymnast Earns All-America Honors; Three Earn All-Conference
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – Three Arizona gymnasts have been awarded a total of four regular-season honors. Junior Kristin Klarenbach was awarded All-America honors, as announced by the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches for Women (NACGCW). Alongside Klarenbach's All-America honor, Allie Flores and Shelby Edwards were named to All-Conference teams, as announced by the Pac-12. 

“I am very proud of the fact that we had three athletes named all-conference and that we have added an All-America honor to the program,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “It’s a great honor not just for our program but also for them as individuals. This is very much deserved for each of them.”

Klarenbach is the first Arizona gymnast to receive an All-America accolade since Katie Matusik in 2012. The nationally ranked gymnast has a career high floor routine of 9.950 and was named to the All-America second team for her specialty on floor.

She has become a powerhouse floor specialist for the Wildcats with eight different scores of 9.900 or above on her floor routine.  Klarenbach not only earns an All-America award this season but also an All-Conference second team award, again for floor. 

“For anyone, being named All-American, that’s as special as it gets for an NCAA athletes, and she’s having an amazing year so far,” Ryden said. “She started out on fire and kept it going all year. It’s well deserved. She’s one of the best floor workers in the country. I’m very proud of her for earning two very prestigious awards.”

The conference’s first team is made up of the top six all-around athletes, as well as the top three competitors in each individual event who are not among the all-around winners. The second team consists of the top two all-around athletes and top event competitors not listed on the first team.

For Arizona, Flores made first-team all-around for the first time in her career. Edwards earned all-conference recognition on the second-team for beam.

Flores assumed the role of Arizona’s lone all-around competitor after injuries made their way into the lineup. Since then, Allie has earned a career high 39.425 and has added numerous titles to her career accolades. In the Pac-12 Championships, both Flores and Edwards earned the vault champion title with career highs of 9.950.

“Coming and assuming an all-around role in the middle of the season was a huge task that Allie stepped up to,” Ryden said. “Her winning the vault title was absolutely huge for us. She is having such a great year for us so far and she is well deserved of first team All-Conference.”

Edwards has stepped up for the Wildcats earning a career high of 9.900 or higher on each of her events this season, including on vault, bars and beam. As a co-champion on vault, Edwards has entered the program's list of conference champions as well as an individual on the top-10 program scores on vault.

“All three of these gymnasts are national level athletes and earning conference accolades just goes to show you how top notch Pac-12 Gymnastics is,” Ryden said. “It shows you just how hard it is to get that honor. I am very proud of the fact that we three athletes named to all-conference teams.”

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