No. 21 Gymcats fall at Washington

Feb. 7, 2009

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The No. 21 Arizona gymnastics team fell just short and lost to Washington 195.150 - 194.600 Saturday night in Seattle.

The Huskies topped the Wildcats in three of four events to drop Arizona to 0-5.

'We just keep making mental mistake that we can't overcome,' head coach Bill Ryden said. 'It's only one or two errors that are really costing us.'

Highlighting the Wildcats' night was sophomore Colleen Fisher, who broke the 39-point barrier in the all-around for just the second time this season. Fisher scored a 39.075 to win the meet's all-around competition with a meet high event of beam with a 9.825.

'It's positive that we had a rough start, but didn't give up,' said Ryden.

Arizona beat Washington 49.000 - 48.800 on the beam for its only event win of the meet. Freshman Britnie Jones lead the Wildcats with a 9.850 followed closely by Fishers' 9.825. The Huskies' Samantha Walior recorded the meet-high on beam.

The Wildcats couldn't overcome the host Huskies on the floor, losing 49.000 - 48.800. Junior Sarah Tomczyk led Arizona with a 9.85, where she tied for the meet-high with Washington's Ashley Houghting.

On the vault, the Wildcats were topped by the Huskies 48.975-48.575. Senior Bree Workman lead Arizona with a 9.825 followed closely by freshman Deanna Graham. Washington's Houghting won her first event on vault.

Arizona struggled on the bars for the second straight week and only managed a 48.225 compared to Washington's 48.375. Jones recorded the team's highest score with a 9.800. UW's Kristen Linton won the event for the meet.

'We're getting better on the road, but we still have a ways to go,' said Ryden.

Arizona returns to McKale to take on Brown and Wisconsin-Stout next Friday, February 13th at 7:00 p.m.

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