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Arizona GymCats beat West Virginia to advance to Round 2 of NCAA Regionals

Mar 30, 2022

NORMAN, Okla. – Arizona Gymnastics won the first round meet against West Virginia with a 196.525 to advance to the second round of regionals. Junior Malia Hargrove placed first on vault, bars, and the all-around. Freshman Emily Mueller placed first on beam and sophomore Caroline Herry tied for first on floor.
 
"The team performed very well this afternoon," said head coach John Court. "We had some excellent performances across all 24 routines, and they left it all on the floor and owned the moment. We will play in the evening session of Round 2 and the goals will be the same: be competitive, have fun, make routines, and stay in the moment."

Uneven Bars
On bars, Arizona posted a 49.200 to tie their season best score on the event. Arizona counted scores of 9.775 and above and three GymCats claimed the top three scores on the event. MacKinzie Kane scored a 9.775 and Bailey McCabe posted a 9.825. Elena Deets and Alysen Fears both earned 9.85 to tie for second and Hargrove anchored with a 9.90 to win first place.

Vault
The GymCats earned a 48.725 on vault to keep the lead through two rotations. Herry and Elizabeth LaRusso earned a pair of 9.70s and Mueller posted a 9.75. Danielle Nosek scored 9.775 to finish third and Hargrove anchored with a 9.80 to take home first place.
 
Floor Exercise
In the third rotation, Arizona earned a 49.325. Deets posted a 9.825 and Mueller scored a 9.85. Fears and Hargrove posted a pair of 9.875s. Herry earned a 9.90 to finish in a tie for first on the event.  

Balance Beam
The GymCats closed out the meet on beam with a 49.275, counting scores of 9.85 and above. Fears, Jessica Castles, Hargrove, and Linton each earned 9.85s to finish in a tie for second place. Mueller posted a 9.875 to take home first place on beam.
 
All-Around
Hargrove and Mueller competed in the all-around for the GymCats. Hargrove took home first place with a 39.425. Mueller earned a 38.350 in the event.
 
Career Highs
Alysen Fears – BB, 9.850 (tied)
Malia Hargrove – UB, 9.90 (tied)

Up Next
Arizona will compete in the second session of Round 2 of the Norman Regional on Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. MST. The GymCats will face No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 16 Arizona State, and Arkansas.