No.24 Gymcats fall short in upset of No. 4 Stanford

Jan. 30, 2009


The No. 24 Arizona gymnastics team had an up-and-down night and fell to No. 4 Stanford 195.575 - 195.175 Friday night in McKale.

The Wildcats (0-4) picked up two team event season-high scores on the vault and floor, but struggled on the bars and just missed upsetting the Cardinal (4-0) in front of 1,753 fans.

Both the Wildcats and Cardinal sported pink leotards as Arizona's annual Flipping for a Fight promotion to promote Breast Cancer awareness.

Arizona entered the final event on floor needing to make up a big deficit and scored a season-high 49.225 on the floor but fell short to visiting Stanford. On the floor, the Wildcats had four gymnasts earn scores above a 9.85 and finished the meet much like they started it. Junior Sarah Tomczyk and freshman Rebecca Cardenas each tied for the event title with 9.875s.

Arizona started strong right off the bat with its highest event score of the season at that point with a 49.200 on the vault compared to the Cardinal's 49.350. The team was led by freshman Deanna Graham who scored a 9.9 and junior Sarah Tomczyk who recorded a career-high 9.875. Graham was the event winner for the meet. As a team, the Wildcats had four scores of 9.850 or higher.

On bars, the Wildcats struggled with a 48.025 against Stanford's 48.825. Arizona had three separate gymnast stumble on the bar, which accounted for the low score. Cardenas led the way with a career-high 9.825.

Behind a season-high 9.900 from senior Briana Bergeson and a career-high 9.875 from freshman Britnie Jones the Wildcats scored a season-high 48.725 on the beam, while the Cardinal recorded a 48.850. Jones was competing in just her second collegiate meet after returning from a leg injury.

Stanford's Carly Janiga won the all-around with a 39.450, while Arizona's sophomore Colleen Fisher had the Wildcats' top all-around score with a 38.975.

Arizona heads on the road next weekend to take on Washington in Seattle Saturday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m., while the team returns to McKale in two weeks for a meet with Brown and Wisconsin-Stout on Friday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m.

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