GymCats Post First 196 of the Season at Washington
SEATTLE, Wash. – Arizona earned a 196.050, good for a season high team score, but the Huskies edged out the GymCats with a 196.250 to win the meet.
"It was a great team effort and the focus, energy, and gymnastics were intentional," said head coach John Court. "We are climbing every week and earning a 196 on the road will boost the team's confidence."
Alysen Fears won the all-around along with the individual bars title and Sirena Linton took home first place on beam.
"Alysen is getting used to competing four events," said Court. "She has a very high gymnastics IQ and practices at a high level. This is just the beginning for her."
"The meet was close at the end and the pressure was on," said junior Sirena Linton. "I just trusted by gymnastics and attacked my routine with confidence. I'm really proud to see the team's hard work paying off and have everything start to come together."
Arizona competed on bars in the first rotation and earned a 49.025. Emily Mueller led off with a career high 9.80 and Linton followed with a season best 9.825. Fears anchored the rotation and tied her career high 9.85, her third 9.85 on bars this season. Fears' 9.85 was good for a first-place finish on the event.
On vault, the GymCats earned a 48.750. Danielle Nosek led Arizona on vault with a 9.80. Caroline Herry and Mueller each earned a 9.75. Fears and Malia Hargrove both scored 9.725 for the Cats.
The GymCats earned a season high floor score with a 49.100. Hargrove and Herry paced Arizona with 9.85s. Fears earned a 9.825 and Mueller scored a career best 9.80.
Arizona closed out the meet on beam, posting a 49.175. The GymCats counted scores of 9.80 or higher, led by Linton's 9.90 in the anchor position. Jessica Castles, Fears, and Mueller each earned 9.825 and Elena Deets scored a 9.80. Linton took home first place on beam.
Fears, Hargrove, and Mueller competed in the all-around for the GymCats for the second week in a row. Fears came in second place in the all-around with a 39.225. Mueller earned a career best 39.175 for a third-place finish.
Alysen Fears – UB, 9.850 (tied)
Emily Mueller – UB, 9.800; FX, 9.900; AA, 39.175
Arizona returns home to host Arizona State on Saturday, February 12 at 5 p.m. MST in McKale Center. The meet is a red-out for fans as the GymCats take on the Sun Devils.