Five Gymcats named All-Conference

March 24, 2009

Conference Release

The Arizona gymnastics team had five members named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Senior Bree Workman and junior Sarah Tomczyk highlighted the Wildcat selections, both earning first team honors on the floor. Senior Briana Bergeson and freshman Deanna Graham and Rebecca Cardenas each were named to the second team in various events. Bergeson was honored on beam, Graham on vault and Cardenas on floor. Arizona led the conference with three gymnasts awarded on floor.

'It's such a great accomplishment to be recocognized by the conference because of all the great athletes we compete against,' Arizona head coach Bill Ryden said. 'It's one thing to be an All-American and hit in one meet, but to be all-conference you have to do it over a long period of time against great competition.'

Workman competed in every meet on the floor for the Wildcats posting a career-high 9.875 against Denver and a 9.85 in last weekends Pac-10 Championship.

Tomczyk also competed in every meet on floor for Arizona. She collected a career-high 9.925 against Brown/Wisconsin-Stout earlier in the season and put up a 9.875 at the Pac-10s.

Bergeson earned her second consecutive second team all-conference award and has been in the Arizona beam lineup in every meet in her career. Bergeson posted season-highs of 9.9s three times this season and earned a 9.85 at the Pac-10s.

Competing at the collegiate level for the first time, Graham gathered attention around the conference. She consistently closed the Wildcats vault team while competing in every meet. The Tucson-native posted a pair of 9.9s and scored a 9.85 at the Pac-10s.

Cardenas also stood out for Arizona as a freshman. The Hawaii-native performed on floor in every meet, posting a career-high 9.925 against Brown/Wisconsin-Stout and a 9.825 at Pac-10s.

This is the second string of postseason awards for the Wildcats. Senior Alexis Greene and junior Miranda Russell both earned first team all-academic honors, while Workman and Tomczyk made the all-academic second team.Arizona had five members on the all-conference teams last season.

UCLA, who won the Pac-10 meet, led the conference with eight members on the all-conference team. Oregon State's Mandi Rodriguez was named Gymnast of the Year, while UCLA's Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs was named Freshman of the Year and Stanford's Kristen Smyth was awarded Coach of the Year.

The Wildcats continue their season April 4th, when they make their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, competing in the South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark.

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