Worley Awarded Three Regular Season All-America Honors
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association announced its 2022 Regular Season All-America Award winners on Thursday with Kentucky’s Raena Worley earning three honors on three different events.
The junior received All-Around First Team with an overall rank of fourth with a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 39.680.
Worley has found herself in the top spot of the all-around title 12 time thus far in her collegiate career. Six of those 12 have been awarded in the 2022 regular season. Her highest mark of 39.750, which she scored against Missouri and Michigan State, is the highest individual all-around performance for Kentucky in the regular season since 1996.
The top-three All-around performance scores for the Wildcats are held by three-time NCAA champion, Jenny Hansen (1993-96). Worley’s 39.750 is the fourth-best all-around performance tally in program history. Throughout the season, Worley has set numerous career and season records including a 9.925 on vault, 9.950 on bars and a 9.975 on the floor exercise.
In addition to her first-team honors, the Christiansburg, Va. native found herself with two second-team awards. With an NQS of 9.935, Worley received a tied 11th-place rank on the uneven bars, earning Second-Team All-America honors in that event. She also received a ninth-place ranking to secure a spot on the Floor Exercise Second Team All-America with an NQS of 9.950.
This season on the uneven bars, Worley found her top score to be 9.950. With an impressive skill-set on the event, she found herself in first on the leaderboard for Kentucky eight times in UK’s 10-meet season to this point.
Worley also found herself taking the title in the floor exercise for the Cats eight out of 10 times this season. Her top mark of 9.975 is both a career- and season-best score for the gymnast.
At this season’s SEC Championships, Worley tied sixth for the all-around. She scored 9.800 on vault, 9.900 on the uneven bars, and 9.800 on balance beam. The junior’s strong performance on floor earned a 9.950 tying her for second overall on the event with Auburn’s Derrian Gobourne and Olympic Gold-Medalist Sunisa Lee. Her combined all-around score for the meet was 39.450.
The three awards from the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association add to Worley’s All-SEC honors which were announced Wednesday.