GymCats Post 196.375 at Pac-12 Championships
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona placed third in the first session of the Pac-12 Championships with a 196.375. Junior Malia Hargrove placed first in the all-around with a career high 39.475.
"All season, we talk about controlling the controllable and we did that today," said head coach John Court. "The team went 24-for-24 and fought their way through the meet. Malia won the all-around for the session and I couldn't be prouder of the team, coaches, and staff. We will find out where our NCAA Regional will be on Tuesday.
The GymCats started off the meet on beam with a 49.225. Alysen Fears and Caroline Herry both posted 9.80s and Elena Deets and Malia Hargrove each earned 9.825. Emily Mueller earned a 9.875 and Sirena Linton posted a 9.90 to open the Championships. Linton's 9.90 was good for a fifth place finish overall.
On floor in the second rotation, Arizona earned a 49.050. Mueller scored a 9.775 and Herry posted a 9.80. Deets earned a 9.85 and Hargorve posted a 9.875 in the anchor position.
The GymCats earned a 48.900 on vault. Herry earned a 9.725 and Mueller and Danielle Nosek posted a pair of 9.75s. Jessica Castles scored 9.80 and Hargrove anchored with a 9.875 to place sixth overall.
On bars, Arizona posted a 49.200 on bars. Mueller scored a 9.775 and MacKinzie Kane posted a 9.80. Deets earned a 9.825 and Fears and Hargrove posted back-to-back 9.90s to close out the rotation and tie for sixth place between both sessions.
Hargrove and Mueller competed in the all-around for the GymCats. Hargrove took home first place in Session 1 and fourth place overall with a career best 39.475. Mueller earned a 39.175 in the event.
"I went into the meet with the intention to leave everything on the floor for my team," said Hargrove. "Winning the all-around for the first session was the cherry on top to having a great team qualify to regionals!"
Elena Deets – BB, 9.825 (tied); FX – 9.850 (tied)
Alysen Fears – UB, 9.90 (tied)
Malia Hargrove – UB, 9.90; AA, 39.4750
The GymCats await their placement in regionals. The selection show begins at 9 a.m. MST on Tuesday, March 22 on NCAA.com.