No. 16 Arizona hosts Denver Friday
March 4, 2009
The No. 16 Arizona gymnastics squad (5-5) returns to McKale for its last home meet of the season, hosting Denver at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 6th
Saluting the Seniors:
Friday’s meet will be senior night, with four Wildcats competing in their final meet in McKale Center. Seniors Briana Bergeson, Bree Workman, Alexis Greene and Erica Anderson will be honored after the meet.
Winning its fourth meet in a row, the No. 16 Arizona gymnastics team beat Cal in Berkeley last Sunday 194.625 – 191.375.
Vault: Arizona recorded a team score of 48.875 behind Bree Workman’s team-high 8.875 and beat Cal’s 48.375.
Bars: Arizona started on bars and put up a 48.675, led by freshman Britnie Jones and junior Sarah Tomczyk, who each posted 9.775s.
Beam: The Wildcats finished on beam, recording a 48.475 with freshman Katie Matusik leading the way with a 9.8.
Floor: Workman paced Arizona on floor with a 9.8 as the team scored a 48.600.
All-Around: Senior Alexis Greene was the only Wildcat to perform all four events with a score of 38.3, with her high score coming on vault with a 9.825.
Scouting the Opposition:
Denver- The Pioneers will be facing their 10th ranked opponent this season behind senior Jessica Lopez who leads the team in vault average, bars average, beam average and all-around average.
Senior Bree Workman had the best meet of any Wildcat last week, winning the vault and floor in two of her better performances of the season. Workman has been a constant in the Wildcats line-up, competing in every meet in both vault and floor and being the one of the top performers in both.
Lets Go Greene:
Senior Alexis Greene has been a solid contributor to the Wildcats. She’s often competing in all four events for Arizona and counting scores in all four.
Senior Brinana “Beamer” Bergeson has been a reliable force for Arizona as well. Bergeson has competed in every meet on beam, all but one meet on bars and has also contributed on floor to help the Wildcats.
Hello Ms. Anderson:
Senior Erica Anderson has struggled through injuries most of her Wildcat career, but counted a bar score for the first time in her career earlier in the season.
On a Roll:
Arizona has won four straight meets that have accounted for five wins. In that stretched they have scored their three highest scores of the season and their top two road scores.
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 to Maryland for a quad-meet against Maryland, Yale and Penn State. This will be the Wildcats final regular season meet of the season before the Pac-10 Championships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head coach Bill Ryden holds a career and school record of 147-142-3 in his ten years at Arizona. Ryden should get to his 150th career win in 2009.