GymCats Take on Air Force, TWU in Tri-Meet this Sunday
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona GymCats will travel for their second road meet of the week this Sunday when they match up against Air Force and Texas Woman's University in Colorado. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. MST.
On Wednesday, the GymCats posted a 194.750 in their first of two 2021 meets with in-state rival Arizona State. Their final score in Tempe was an improvement of nearly a full point above their performance last weekend against Washington.
Sunday's meet was scheduled by Arizona to replace their originally scheduled meet at Stanford.
Air Force has competed against four ranked programs this year, most recently squaring off against No. 11 BYU on Feb. 19. They were inactive last weekend due to a canceled meet at Sacramento State. TWU was also inactive last weekend, but will compete in a quad-meet at Oklahoma on Friday before traveling to Colorado for Sunday's tri-meet.
A complete preview of Sunday's meet can be found below.
Arizona Tentative Lineups
|Laura Leigh Horton
|Laura Leigh Horton
THREE'S A CROWD: The GymCats travel to Colorado to face Air Force and Texas Woman's University in a tri-meet this Sunday, Feb. 28. This will be Arizona's first road event featuring more than two teams since taking on Oregon State and Sacramento State in Sacramento on Jan. 17, 2020. The GymCats last saw TWU in March 2019, and haven't matched up against Air Force since March 2018.
FLOOR IT: Arizona has excelled on floor this year and currently ranks No. 24 in the nation in the event with an average score of 49.013. The GymCats posted a 49.050 on floor against Washington last Saturday, their third 49+ of the year in the event. 17 of Arizona's 28 floor routines have scored at or above a 9.8 this season.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The GymCats roster is loaded with young talent in 2021, with 15-of-19 players being freshmen or sophomores. Arizona has relied heavily on these underclassmen in 2021, using them for 99-of-120 routines thus far.
COACHING STAFF: The 2021 Wildcats are led by third-year head coach John Court, third-year assistant coach Taylor Spears, and first-year assistant coach Peter Jansson. Following decades of coaching across multiple levels of gymnastics, former Wildcats assistant coach of five years, David McCreary, announced his retirement in early January.
STATE 48: The Wildcats 2021 roster features six student-athletes from the state of Arizona, including three local products hailing from Tucson: freshman Madison Courney, junior MacKinzie Kane, and freshman Halli Mayberry. The six Arizonans represent nearly a third of the Wildcats roster.
G-PAC: In January, a group of Pac-12 gymnasts announced the formation of G-PAC, or "Gymnasts for Peace, Action, and Change." G-PAC facilitates an environment where diversity and inclusion is both welcomed and encouraged. The Wildcats are represented on the student-athlete driven organization by sophomore Sirena Linton. For G-PAC's full mission statement, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.