GymCats Host Air Force, Southern Utah for Senior Day Tri Meet
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona GymCats are set to host Air Force and No. 17 Southern Utah for a tri meet this Saturday at the McKale Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. MST with a free live stream available to watch on ArizonaWildcats.com.
Saturday will be Arizona's final regular season meet of the year, with the Pac-12 Championships coming up next weekend. The GymCats are fresh off their best performance of the season, a 196.075 team score at Arizona State last weekend.
Senior gymnasts Laura Leigh Horton and Payton Bellows, along with former GymCat Sydney Freidin will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony following the meet. The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook Live.
A complete preview of Saturday's meet can be found below.
Arizona Tentative Lineups
|Vault||Uneven Bars||Balance Beam||Floor Exercise|
|Laura Leigh Horton||Sirena Linton||Avery Stauffacher||Laura Leigh Horton|
|Caroline Herry||MacKinzie Kane||Caroline Herry||Danielle Nosek|
|Zaza Brovedani||Zaza Brovedani||Zaza Brovedani||Libby Orman|
|Jessica Castles||Malia Hargrove||Mackenzie Barile||Elena Deets|
|Danielle Nosek||Bailey McCabe||Jessica Castles||Jessica Castles|
|Malia Hargrove||Elena Deets||Sirena Linton||Malia Hargrove|
COACH COURT EXTENDED: Arizona Gymnastics head coach John Court has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will see him lead the GymCats through the 2024 season. Court, who is currently in his third season managing Arizona Gymnastics, has been with the program for 23 years. In his two-plus decades in Tucson, coach Court's overall body or work includes developing multiple All-Americans, helping extend the GymCats NCAA Regional appearance streak to 31 seasons, overseeing unprecedented success in the classroom, and much more.
THAT'S A WRAP: Saturday marks the final regular season meet of the 2021 season for Arizona Gymnastics. The GymCats today host Air Force and Southern Utah for a tri meet at the McKale Center. Arizona visited Air Force late last month and came away with a 1st place finish against the Falcons and Texas Woman's University.
SENIOR DAY: After today's meet the GymCats will honor three seniors: Payton Bellows, Laura Leigh Horton, and medically retired former GymCat Sydney Freidin. The Senior Day ceremony will be live streamed on the Arizona Athletics Facebook page.
ON THE RISE: Last weekend at No. 7 Arizona State the GymCats posted their best team score of the year, a 196.075 that was barely edged out by the Gym Devils 196.100. In the rivalry meet, Arizona tied their season-high mark on vault with a 48.975 and set a season-high on floor with 49.200. Six GymCats either tied or set career-high marks last weekend.
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 142-of-167 routines thus far.
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.