Arizona Gymnastics Holds First Scrimmage of 2001-02 Season

Dec. 3, 2001

Tucson, Ariz.- The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team held its first inner- squad scrimmage on Monday, Dec. 3, in preparation for the 2001-02 season.

The Wildcats were split into two different squads (Red team and Blue team) and competed against each other on vault and on balance beam. Each gymnast was given a simulated competition score and was judged according to NCAA competition regulations.

'I was very impressed with the way our gymnasts performed today,' said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden. 'Our team made an outstanding effort and showed what they have been working so hard on for the past couple months. We had a strong showing on vault today and I hope we are able continue to work hard and be successful in this event during the season.'

Arizona fielded a total of 12 gymnasts on vault and balance beam, with many of the gymnasts scoring predominantly in the 9.00-to- 9.90 range. Sophomore Andi McCabe had solid performances on both vault and balance beam, while freshman Kristine Harper made an impressive debut on balance beam.

'I was a little anxious to get out there and perform,' said Harper. 'It was fun to get away from practice and see how we can compete as a team. I'm excited to compete and I feel that as a team we are ready for the season.'

'Our freshmen showed why there are here,' said Ryden. 'Many of our gymnasts solidified their spots in the line-up with their performances and I know that this experience will help us down the road. Overall I am very happy with each gymnast's performance and I feel that as a team our future looks bright.'

The Wildcats will hold a second scrimmage in two weeks that will feature floor exercise and uneven bars. Arizona opens the 2002 season at the Maui Invitational, on Friday, Jan. 4, when they will take on Michigan, Oklahoma and Sacramento State.

'I was happy to see each gymnast work hard today,' said senior Randi Liljenquist. 'I'm very proud of our team. We all have our hearts in the right place and know what we need to do to succeed.'


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