Arizona Falls to Pac-12 Rival
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 22 Arizona lost to No. 8 UCLA Monday. The Wildcats received a score of 195.300, falling just short of UCLA’s 195.975.
“I’m happy for how we competed and how we continued to fight,” said head coach Bill Ryden. “The team is still growing and today was just another step in that process.”
To start things off, the Wildcats headed to the uneven bars scoring a total of 49.050. Junior Lexi Mills, sophomore Gabby Laub and freshman Victoria Ortiz each earned scores of 9.825. Behind them, sophomore Krysten Howard scored a 9.800. Sophomore Selynna Felix-Terrazas received a 9.250.
“We’re getting better and gaining more confidence,” said Ryden. “Even if someone messes up the others remain confident and unaffected. This event was least affected by the injuries we’ve had and that has also helped.”
The team continued the afternoon on vault earing a score of 48.675. Junior Shelby Edwards, freshman Madison Cindric and Flores lead the team each earning a 9.750. Just behind the two was Felix-Terrazas who contributed a score of 9.725. Junior Jessie Sisler received a 9.700. Rounding out vault was Laub with a score of 9.650.
“It was a rough day on vault but they hung in there,” Ryden said. “I don’t want to give an excuse; it just wasn’t our best vault day. They didn’t give up; they did better in the meet than they did in warmups. This team really battles and that’s always reassuring.”
With a running total of 97.725 the team was behind UCLA who had a running total of 950 after the second rotation.
For the third rotation the GymCats moved onto floor finishing with a team score of 49.100. Sisler contributed the highest score for the team on the event with a 9.875. Howard and Schneider scored a pair of 9.850’s. Flores, Felix-Terrazas and Cindric scored 9.825, 9.750 and 9.700, respectively.
“Floor is really coming along faster than I had hoped. Soon we’re going to have eight or nin quality floor routines and that just makes us a strong team.”
With a running total of 146.825 the team finished the afternoon on beam.
With three falls the Cats scored a team total of 48.475 on the event. Mills received a season best of 9.850. Flores and Sisler both received 9.800’s. Cindric earned a score of 9.775. Schneider and Fox scored 9.250 and 8.175, respectively.
“The falls always put pressure on the rest of the team,” Ryden said. “But that is also what measures the strength of the team. You never know when something like that is going to happen and the other five just have to step it up.”
Flores received a 39.150 in the All-Around competition at the meet, earning her the first place title for the competition.
Arizona will continue on the road to face Pac-12 foe, Washington next weekend. The meet will take place on Saturday, January 24 at 5 p.m. MST. The next home meet for the Wildcats will be on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. against No. 4 Utah. For continued coverage of Arizona Gymnastics, follow the team at facebook.com/ArizonaGymnastics and on Twitter @AZGymnastics.