Arizona Gymnastics to honor seniors at Friday's home meet

March 10, 2004

Tucson, Ariz. (March 10) - The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team will honor seniors Amanda Goins, Sheehan Lemley and Andi McCabe in the final regular season meet against Arkansas on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.

Friday's meet is themed 'Senior Night,' honoring Arizona's three seniors for their four years of dedication to the gymnastics program.

'The seniors are the first extension of the coaching staff in terms of helping the team run smoothly,' head coach Bill Ryden said. 'Our seniors have seen it all, they know what it takes to succeed, and our team has relied on them for leadership.'

McCabe, a Bensenville, Ill. native, is enjoying one of the best senior seasons of any Arizona gymnast in school history. McCabe owns the school record on vault with a perfect 10, a score she tallied on Feb. 23 to become only the fourth Arizona gymnast to accomplish such a feat. She also ranks ninth in the school record books on beam and on floor with career-highs of 9.900, and fourth in school history with an all-around career-high of 39.575. McCabe has totaled four career highs this season, collecting four vault titles and 22 top-five finishes.

Lemley, from DeSoto, Texas, is Arizona's team captain for the 2004 season, and one of the Wildcats' most consistent gymnasts on bars and beam. Lemley has competed in every bars event for the Wildcats this season, earning five top-five finishes.

'Sheehan Lemley and Andi McCabe are both having a great year,' Ryden said. 'We could not have achieved the high rankings and done as well as we have this year without their gymnastics.'

Goins, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., is a valuable member of the team's practice squad, and is a key provider of depth to the Arizona vault, beam and floor lineups. Goins tallied a career-high 9.625 on vault her freshman season, but has seen limited action the last three seasons.

'Everybody on our team rallies around Amanda because of her desire to be part of the team,' Ryden said. 'She truly understands that being part of a collegiate team is an honor and a privilege. Ever since the day she become a part of this team, she has done anything and everything to help this team succeed.'

Although Friday's meet is the last regular season meet of the three seniors' career, it will not be their last career meet in McKale Center. Arizona will next host the 2004 Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, March 20 at 6 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.

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