COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The No. 21 Arizona women’s gymnastics team beat Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., 195.300- 195.775, Monday in their last meet of the regular season.
“I feel the same way about this meet as I have about a lot of meets this year,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “I am proud of us winning, but in a way it was another lost opportunity as much as anything. We had three great events and just kind of stumbled on floor. It’s nice to win, but one of our main goals as a team is to put together four good events.”
The Wildcats began the meet on bars where they earned a score of 49.025.
“Our bars event was a pretty good start,” Ryden said “It was a better bars routine than we had on Saturday, and overall, I’m proud of the girls. We started off a little shaky, but getting higher than a 49.00 was a solid way to start the meet.”
Freshman Selynna Felix-Terrazas led the team on bars with her score of 9.875. Krysten Howard, who led off for the Wildcats, posted a bars score of 9.850. Gabby Laub and Lexi Mills both contributed scores of 9.775 while Shelby Edwards earned a 9.750.
The Wildcats moved to vault for their second routine of the meet and set a season high score of 49.375.
“Vault was outstanding,” coach Ryden said, “I’m really proud of the girls because they have been working for so long to in order to land on vault and they finally did. Amber Wobma did a great job starting us off, and Allie Flores and Kristin Klarenbach got their best vaults of their career.”
Klarenbach scored a career high score of 9.950, as did Flores with her score of 9.925. The three starting vault specialists tied their career highs. Wobma earned a 9.850 and Laub and Valentin a 9.825. Shelby Edwards rounded out scores with a 9.825.
The Wildcats moved to floor where they posted an uncharacteristically low score of 48.225, a season low.
“On floor, we started off with two good sets,” Ryden said. “Shana (Sangston) and Shay (Fox) did well, and then we had three poor routines in a row. Wobma and Valentin fell, and Flores messed up a landing on one of her passes. Klarenbach had a really nice floor performance. The music stopped on her and she had to keep going which was tough, but she put together a nice routine.”
Kristin Klarenbach led Arizona for the ninth time this season with a score of 9.825. Sangston and Felix-Terrazas both posted scores of 9.800. Fox contributed a score of 9.775 and Flores added 9.625.
On balance beam, the last event of the meet, the Cats scored a 49.150.
“Beam did a great job,” Ryden said. “Lexi fell so we went five for six, but we still got the score we needed to win. Heading into beam we were in real trouble, beam was our last event, and they pulled it out for us in the end.”
Edwards led the team and tied her career high with a score of 9.900. Wobma also tied her career high, earning a 9.850. Jessie Sisler and Flores both contributed scores of 9.825. Sangston earned a 9.775.
From here, the Wildcats will look forward to the Pac-12 Championships in Berkeley, Calif. on Saturday, March 22. For continued coverage, follow Arizona Gymnastics on Twitter @ AZGymnastics and Facebook.com/ArizonaGymnastics.