Gymcats fall to No. 3 UCLA

Jan. 18, 2009

The Arizona gymnastics lost to host No. 3 UCLA Sunday afternoon 196.375-193.675 in Los Angeles, but bettered their score from last week.

'The big goal of this meet was to go out and perform,' Arizona head coach Bill Ryden. ' We still had some execution errors, but i like the way we compete.'

The Wildcats improved their overall team score from their first meet of the season by more than a point.

For the second meet in a row, sophomore Colleen Fisher led Arizona in the individual overall with a 38.775. Junior Miranda Russell also compete in the all-around with a 38.475 and junior Sarah Tomczyk competed in her first all-around of the season with a 38.525.

Arizona spent most of the meet competing with the Bruins, but struggled in their final even, beam, and eventually fell to nationally ranked UCLA.

'Things were going well up until the beam, where we kind of unravelled,' said Ryden.

The Wildcats best event of the meet was the floor, where they scored a 48.875, but still fell behind the Bruins with a 49.275. Freshman Deanna Graham had the highest floor score, recording a 9.825 in her second collegiate meet.

Senior Bree Workman had her second straight impressive routine on vault with a 9.900, which was Arizona's highest score of the meet. The Wildcats fell 49.200-48.650 to the Bruins in the vault.

'In the overall learning curve of season, this was a good step, but we are not where we need to be,' said Ryden.

For the Bruins, Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around with a 39.400

Arizona returns home for their first home meet of the season, when it welcomes Oregon State on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the McKale Center.

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