Gymcats head to Pac-10s at Stanford
March 18, 2009
The No. 19 Arizona gymnastics squad (8-6) heads to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete in the Pac-10 Championships. This will be the Wildcats last chance to improve their RQS before the Regional teams are named.
The Wildcats finished second in their first quad meet of the season, topping Maryland and Yale, but falling to No. 15 Penn State. Arizona recorded a team score of 195.300 and upped its RQS but did not move in the rankings.
Vault: Arizona tied a season-high for vault score with a 49.275 and posted the highest team score in the meet. Senior Bree Workman tied a career-high with her sixth career 9.9, while sophomore Colleen Fisher set her career-high with a 9.875.
Bars: The Wildcats scored a 48.775 to finish second in the meet. Four gymnasts scored 9.8’s to pace the Wildcats with Fisher posting another career-high on the bars.
Beam: Scoring a 48.275, the Wildcats finished third in the meet on the beam, that beam score was the lowest for Arizona since its second meet of the season against UCLA. Freshman Britnie Jones led the way with a 9.750.
Floor: Arizona also won the floor competition with a 48.975 behind junior Sarah Tomczyk’s 9.875.
All-Around: After returning from injury, Fisher finished third in the meet’s all-around with a career-high 39.150. Fisher set career-highs on vault and bars, while also posting a 9.7 on beam and a 9.775 on floor. Fisher was the only Wildcat to compete in the all-around
Scouting the Opposition:
The Pac-10- The Wildcats compete against all of the Pac-10 teams this weekend in Palo Alto. Arizona is 2-4 on the season against Pac-10 foes, beating Cal and Arizona State. Stanford and Oregon State both beat the Wildcats at home, while the team also fell to Washington and UCLA on the road. Stanford is the league’s highest ranked opponents at No. 3, ULCA comes in at No. 7, Oregon State is No. 10 , Arizona is No. 19, Arizona State comes in at No. 29 trailed closely by Washington at No. 30 and Cal is not ranked in the top-30.
Arizona’s Pac-10 Rotation:
Rotation 1: Bye Rotation 2: Bars Rotation 3: Beam Rotation 4: Bye Rotation 5: Floor Rotation 6: Bye Rotation 7: Vault
Past Pac-10 Performances:
The Wildcats have six gymnasts on their roster who have competed in the Pac-10 championships, but only five that will be available for this season’s meet. Junior Miranda Russell, who competed in the all-around in 2007 and 2008, hurt her leg and was lost for the season. Senior Briana Bergeson has competed on bars and beam in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with both her high scores coming last season with a 9.8 on bars and a 9.85 on beam. Sophomore Colleen Fisher competed in last season’s Pac-10’s recording a 9.75 on vault and a 9.675 on beam. Senior Alexis Greene has competed two seasons (2006, 2008, missed 2007 due to injury) at the Pac-10’s. She competed on bars and floor in 2006 and al-around in 2008 scoring a 38.925. Junior Sarah Tomczyk competed in 2007 and 2008 at the Pac-10’s in the vault, bars and floor. Her vault high was a 9.725, bars at 9.75 and floor a 9.825. Senior Bree Workman has three years experience at the conference championships. She competed in the vault in 2006 and 2007 with a high score of 9.85 and competed on the floor in 2008 with a 9.75.
Arizona head coach Bill Ryden picked up his 150th career head coaching win this weekend with the Wildcats wins over Yale and Maryland. Ryden is in his 10th seacon at Arizona with an overall record of 150-144-3.
Fishin’ for some high scores:
Sophomore Colleen Fisher is coming off her highest all-around score of her career. Fisher had missed bars in the team’s last four meets, but returned to score a career-high 9.8. She also posted a career-high 9.875 on vault.
Senior Bree Workman continued her impressive season with another 9.9 on vault. Workman has scored a 9.9 twice this season on vault Workman is ranked ninth in the conference in vault.
How they Stac in the Pac:
Arizona has the fourth highest RQS in the conference and is fourth in every event category, averaging a 48.89 on vault, a 48.425 on bars, a 48.62 on beam and a 48.877 on floor. Workman is ranked ninth in the conference on vault (9.845 avergae) and junior Sarah Tomczyk is ranked fifth on floor with a 9.812 average.
Saluting the Seniors:
During the Wildcats; annual Senior Night, Arizona’s four senior responded with some solid routines. The class held the team-high scores in each event except vault where they finished a close second. Bree Workman registered two 9.875’s, on each vault and floor. Briana Bergeson posted a 9.825 on beam to pace the team and Alexis Greene put up a 9.85 to lead the team on bars. Also Erica Anderson performed two exhibition routines, on bars and for the first time in her career on floor.
What’s Coming Up:
Arizona has qualified for Regionals for the 23rd straight season and will find out its postseason fate following the Pac-10 Championships.
Arizona debuted five freshmen in its season-opening meet at Minnesota Rebecca Cardenas competed in bars (9.700) and floor (9.625). Talyn Curry and Deanna Graham competed in vault and scored 9.625 and 9.800 respectively. On the bars, Britnie Jones and Katie Matusik also made their debuts scoring 9.150 and 9.175 respectively.
The Wildcats finished the year 14-11 and competed in the postseason for the 22nd consecutive season. One of the season highlights came in Tempe, Ariz., where for the first time since 1987, Arizona beat rival ASU in a dual/away meet. Arizona had beat ASU in unbiased meets in the Pac-10s and Regionals, but in Tempe during the regular season since 1987.
Meet the newcomers:
The Arizona roster features six freshman including Rebecca Cardenas from Honolulu, HI, Talyn Curry from Westborough, Mass., Deanna Graham from Tucson, Ariz., Britnie Jones from Phoenix, Ariz., Katie Matusik from McKinney Tx., and Jillian O’Neal from Fountain Hills, Ariz.
The Wildcats opened the season with a No. 18 national ranking and are one of five Pac-10 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll. UCLA leads the way at No. 4, including gathering four firs t place votes. Stanford ended up right behind the Bruins at No. 5, Oregon State came in at No. 9, Arizona was No. 18 and Arizona State fell in at No. 24. Washington and Cal fell under the Other Teams Receiving Votes category.
Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2009. The Wildcats compete against six teams in the preseason top-25, including opening the season with four straight weeks against top-25 opponents including No. 22 Minnesota, No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford. The other two ranked opponents Arizona faces are No. 14 Denver and No. 13 Penn State.