No. 16 Gymcats head to Bay Area

Feb. 25, 2009



This Week:The No. 16 Arizona gymnastics squad (4-5) heads on the road to take on Pac-10 foe California Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif. looking for their fourth straight meet win.

Last Week:For the third year in a row, the Arizona gymnastics team defeated instate rival Arizona State. The Wildcats topped the visiting Sun Devils with a season-high 195.750 to ASU's season-high 195.250.Vault: Arizona recorded their highest event score of the meet on vault with a 49.075 led by freshman Deanna Graham's 9.875 which won her the event for the meet.Bars: After struggling on the bars much of the season, the Wildcats responded with a 48.850 led by freshman Britnie Jones and junior Sarah Tomczyk.Beam: Behind senior Briana Bergeson's third 9.9 of the season, Arizona recorded a team 48.9 on the beam. The below 49 score broke a streak of three straight meets with a beam score above 49.Floor: With a tied score heading into the final event, Arizona recorded a 48.925 on the floor to seal the win. Both seniors Bree Workman and Bergeson recorded 9.825 to win the event for the meet.All-Around: Senior Alexis Greene was the only Wildcat to perform all four events with a score of 38.9, with her high score coming on vault with a 9.775.

Scouting the Opposition:

California- The Golden Bears are yet to win a meet and have a season-high meet score of 191.475. Cal's meet will be its final home meet of the season and serve as Senior Day for the Bears.

Beamer's Big Meet:Senior Briana 'Beamer' Bergeson had one of her best meets of the season against Arizona State. The Gilbert, Ariz. native had struggled on bars the previous three meets and was benched in the team's last contest on the bars. She responded with a solid 9.75, but also had meet-highs on beam (9.9) and floor (9.825).

Across the board:The Wildcats scored a season-high team score of 195.750 against the Sun Devils but did not set an event-high. Arizona put up high-38's and a 49.075 on vault.

That's Fresh:Like much of the season, the freshman have played a huge role in the Wildcats success. Friday, freshman Deanna Graham won the vault, and freshman Britnie Jones had the team-high on bars. Of the team's 24 routines in the meet, eight were performed by freshman.

On a Roll:Arizona has their three highest meet scores in their last three meets. The Wildcats began the stretch with a 195.7 at home against Wisconsin-Stout and Brown, continued with a 195.425 at Texas Women's University and scored the 195.75 against ASU last week.

Climbing the Rankings:Following their second meet of the season, the Wildcats topped out at No. 27 in the national rankings. Since then they have moved up every week and are currently No. 16. Arizona has moved up three spots in three separate weeks.

What's Coming Up:The Wildcats head back home for their final home meet of the season when they host Denver Friday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in McKale.

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 146-142-3 in his ten years at Arizona. Ryden should get to his 150th career win in 2009.

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