Cats Earn Third Straight Win Against Gophers

March 12, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 19 Wildcats continued their winning streak for a third week in a row, beating No. 24 Minnesota 196.175 to 193.700. This team score marked a new season high for the GymCats, beating the latest high score by over four tenths.


“Our goal for this meet was not to let go. We wanted to bring it home and have a complete meet. I think we did that, and I am extremely proud of our performance tonight.” Head Coach Bill Ryden said.


Arizona demonstrated its strength in the first rotation, posting a team score of 49.050 on vault. This was the fourth time this season that the Cats have scored over a 49.000 on the event. Sophomore Deanna Graham led the team earning first place and tying her career high with a score of 9.900. Earning second place was senior Sarah Tomczyk with a 9.850 and close behind in third place was junior Colleen Fisher with a 9.800.


The Cats then rotated to bars, where junior Miranda Russell dominated the event, earning first place with a score of 9.825. Senior Sarah Tomczyk showed off her talent as well, taking second with a 9.775.


The team then stepped it up on the beam, earning a season high total score of 49.150. The Cats dominated the podium taking first, second and third place. The Cats were led by freshman Molly Quirk with a new career high of 9.90, followed by sophmores Katie Matusik with a 9.875 and Deanna Graham with a 9.850.


“Molly is such a good beam worker. For a freshman to accept the anchor role and adjust her routine based on how the rotation is going is just great. I am always amazed at how she never seems to get fazed.” Ryden said, “She did such an excellent job tonight. I’m so impressed by how she just continues to step up to the occasion.”


Arizona then continued its momentum going into the floor rotation, earning a team total of 49.200. This was the second week straight that the GymCats have scored over a 49.00 on the floor. Senior Sarah Tomczyk ended her home season with a bang, leading the team and earning first place with a new career high of 9.950. In second was Deanna Graham with her second score of 9.90 of the meet.


“We found a great mix of floor routines from both look and tumbling standpoints. When you create a lineup, it is like painting a portrait for the judges, and as of right now I am liking the way that picture is looking.” Ryden said.


The team also honored Sarah Tomczyk for her last home meet of her career.


“I am so proud and so thankful to have had Sarah on my team. She didn’t have to come back this year, and I’m so glad she did. She has been such an asset to this team and such a great leader; what a great way to end a great career.” Ryden said.


The GymCats took the podium in the all-around as well. In first place was Deanna Graham with a new career high all-around of 39.400. Second was Sarah Tomczyk with a 39.275, and third was Molly Quirk with a 39.100.


“I was very proud of the team tonight,” Ryden said, “I think we are making the right improvements, and I couldn’t be happier that the fans got to see Sarah finish off with a great last home meet.”


Next week the Wildcats head to Colorado to compete against No. 20 Denver. The meet will take place Saturday March 20 at 7 p.m. It will be the last regular season meet for the Cats before the Pac-10 Championships.


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