No. 20 Gymcats host meet Friday

Feb. 11, 2009



This Week:The No. 20 Arizona gymnastics squad (0-5) competes in two meets over a three-day span this coming weekend. The Gymcats host Wisconsin-Stout and Brown Friday night in McKale at 7:00 p.m., then travels to Dallas to take on Texas Women's University in a 1 p.m. start Sunday.

Last Week:Arizona again suffered through a rollercoaster meet and lost, but still improved its national rankings in the process. The Gymcats fell 195.150 - 194.600 in Seattle, Saturday, but moved up one spot in the rankings.Vault: Arizona scored a 48.575 on the vault after recording a season-high last week. Senior Bree Workman led the way with a 9.825.Bars: Arizona struggled on the bars, scoring a 48.225 behind two falls. This was Arizona's first event of the meet and put the Gymcats in a bit of a hole. Freshman Britnie Jones recorded a career-high 9.800 to pace the team.Beam: Arizona's bright spot came on the beam, where they scored a season-high 49.000, with three gymnasts scoring above a 9.8, led by Jones' 9.850, which was also a career-high.Floor: The Gymcats tallied a 48.800 led by junior Sarah Tomczyk with a 9.85.All-Around: For the fifth straight meet, sophomore Colleen Fisher led the Wildcats in the all-around. She recorded a career-high 39.075 and won the meet's all-around competition for the first time in her career.

Scouting the Opposition:

Brown- The Bears are coming off a season-high 189.575 against Bridgeport in a loss. Brown is averaging a 186.915 on the year with a 2-5 record.

Wisconsin-Stout- The Blue Devils are coming off a win over Wisconsin-Whitewater with a season-high 180.1. Wisconsin-Stout has a solid 6-2 record, including two wins in multiple team meets.

Texas Women's- The Pioneers are coming off a loss to Utah, BYU and Southern Utah with a 191.425 last weekend. TWU is averaging a 190.919 on the season with a season-high 192.775.

That's Fresh:Again, the freshmen played a huge role in the Wildcats performance in Seattle. Britnie Jones collected the top score in bars and beam, while Deanna Graham put up good numbers on floor and vault. Katie Matusik also tied a career-high with a 9.8 on the beam.

More than just standing on the shore:Sophomore Colleen Fisher recorded her second ever all-around score above a 39 at Washington and won the meet's all-around for the first time in her career. The Murrieta, Calif. native has been the leader in all-around for Arizona for all five meets this season.

The Work Horse:Senior Bree Workman has been one of the most consistent Gymcats this season. Workman has been the leading scorer in several events this season, but has really paced the Wildcats on the vault and on the floor.

New Name, New Game:Junior Sarah Tomczyk, who was married over the summer, continues to pace the Gymcats on the floor. Tomczyk, formally Spect, scored a team-hgih 9.850 on the floor last week at Washington.

Banged up:The Gymcats suffered a tough loss when junior Miranda Russell injured her knee and was lost for the season during the meet against Oregon State. The Gymcats did however return the services of Freshman Britnie Jones, who scored a 9.875 on beam in her first action since the week one loss to Minnesota.

Powerful Pac-10:The Pac-10 has six teams ranked in the nation's top-26. UCLA leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 20 Arizona and No. 24 Arizona State and No. 26 Washington.

What's Coming Up:The Wildcats return home to host in-state rival Arizona State Friday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the McKale Center.

College Debuts:Arizona debuted five freshmen in its season-opening meet at Minnesota Rebecca Cardenas competed in bars (9.700) and floor (9.625). Talyn Curry and Deanna Graham competed in vault and scored 9.625 and 9.800 respectively. On the bars, Britnie Jones and Katie Matusik also made their debuts scoring 9.150 and 9.175 respectively.

2008 Review:The Wildcats finished the year 14-11 and competed in the postseason for the 22nd consecutive season. One of the season highlights came in Tempe, Ariz., where for the first time since 1987, Arizona beat rival ASU in a dual/away meet. Arizona had beat ASU in unbiased meets in the Pac-10s and Regionals, but in Tempe during the regular season since 1987.

Meet the newcomers:The Arizona roster features six freshman including Rebecca Cardenas from Honolulu, HI, Talyn Curry from Westborough, Mass., Deanna Graham from Tucson, Ariz., Britnie Jones from Phoenix, Ariz., Katie Matusik from McKinney Tx., and Jillian O'Neal from Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Preseason Rankings:The Wildcats opened the season with a No. 18 national ranking and are one of five Pac-10 teams in the preseason coaches' poll. UCLA leads the way at No. 4, including gathering four firs t place votes. Stanford ended up right behind the Bruins at No. 5, Oregon State came in at No. 9, Arizona was No. 18 and Arizona State fell in at No. 24. Washington and Cal fell under the Other Teams Receiving Votes category.

Stacked schedule:Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2009. The Wildcats compete against six teams in the preseason top-25, including opening the season with four straight weeks against top-25 opponents including No. 22 Minnesota, No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford. The other two ranked opponents Arizona faces are No. 14 Denver and No. 13 Penn State.

Ryden's record:Head coach Bill Ryden holds a career and school record of 142-142-3 in his ten years at Arizona. Ryden should get to his 150th career win in 2009.

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