No. 18 Arizona vs. No. 15 Oregon State
Sunday, March 9 // 12 p.m. (MST)
Live Video: Pac-12 Networks
Live Stats available HERE
TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team will take on No. 15 Oregon State on Sunday, March 9 at 12 p.m. MST. The competition will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
“They’re very well coached,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “We know them very well and have a long relationship with that coaching staff. Both teams are very familiar with each other. I’m expecting them to be great. I’m expecting us to have to be great to compete with them.”
“I certainly think we are up to the challenge,” Ryden added. “We definitely need to put together a complete meet. We haven’t even been close to going 24-for-24. If we did that the score would be ridiculous, but that is our goal. We want that complete, clean performance. We certainly didn’t do it last week. We’re going to go back into the gym and work on those fine details and make sure we have our mental focus in the right place.”
Arizona is coming off of a loss to No. 8 UCLA. Despite the loss, the Cats drastically improved their score after a three-week slump. In the 197.500-196.250 loss, Arizona had numerous record breaking and tying individual performances.
Freshman Selynna Felix-Terrazas earned a career high 9.900 on bars. She was also recognized by the conference as the Pac-12 Freshman/ Newcomer of the Week following her performance. The accolade is the first for the program this season.
Junior Allie Flores tied two of her career highs both on bars and floor with scores of 9.900. Kristin Klarenbach earned her second 9.925 of her career on floor as well.
Live stats will be available the day of the competition. The 12 p.m. meeting will be available live on the Pac-12 Networks. There will also be updates on Facebook.com/ArizonaGymnastics and Twitter @AZGymnastics.
Scouting the opposition:
The No. 15 Beavers will return to McKale for the first time since 2012. OSU is coming off of a second place finish in their final home meet against No. 14 Nebraska and Arizona State. OSU fell to Nebraska despite a score of 196.625.
With a fairly young team, OSU returns three senior gymnasts to this year’s roster including All-American senior Kelsi Blalock and NCAA individual qualifier Brittany Harris. With the loss of two All-American performers, OSU added five freshmen to the team.
Head coach Tanya Chaplin, who has been with the program for 16 years, leads the Beavers. Chaplin is set to top the list as the all- time winningest gymnastics coach with 315 victories entering the season. In the last eight seasons, the team has made NCAA Championship appearances seven times. OSU will stay on the road for the remainder of the season before heading to Pac-12 Championships.
2013 Arizona Review:
The Wildcats completed the 2013 season with a season record of 17-15 and advanced to their 27th consecutive NCAA Regional Championships. Finishing sixth, overall, at the Pac-12 Championships and third in the NCAA Regional Championships, Arizona rounded out the season ranked No. 17 in the nation.
Arizona was led by senior Aubree Cristello, who was the lone qualifier to the NCAA National Championships for all-around. Cristello was one of the team’s top all-around athletes, tying her career-high 39.475 three times as well as finishing her career with 2001.250 points, the second highest in program history.
Numerous freshmen stepped up despite roster injuries including Jessie Sisler and Shelby Edwards. Both freshmen received at least one Pac- 12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week award during the season. Sisler recorded a career-high 9.925, giving her one of the top program scores on floor. Edwards provided depth on beam recording scores despite an elbow injury that required her to perform an armless routine.
Look Out for New GymCats:
The Wildcats added a number of new faces this season, including two Arizona natives, Krysten Howard out of Phoenix and Selynna Felix-Terrazas from Tucson. Gabby Laub hails from Owasso, Okla., while Mackenzie Valentin comes from Mustang Okla. Also added to the roster is former gymnastics manager and Plano, Texas, native Shay Fox. All of these gymnasts were top J.O. competitors and should make an immediate impact in the lineups this season.
The Arizona gymnastics team heads into the season ranked No. 17 in the 2014 Women’s Pre-Season Coaches poll. The Wildcats are one of eight Pac-12 schools to place within the top 25, including No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Utah, No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 20 Washington, No. 22 California and No. 25 Arizona State.
Complete pre-season rankings can be found here: http://www.troester.com/gym/Wrankings/2014/WcoachesPoll.htm
Stacked to the Max:
The Arizona gymnastics team is going to compete against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. According to RoadtoNationals.com, Arizona’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 8. Of the 12 regular season meets and 16 regular season opponents, the Cats will face eight ranked teams. Those opponents include No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Utah, No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 20 Washington, No. 21 Kentucky and No. 25 ASU.
Head coach Bill Ryden finished out the 2013 season with an overall even record of 220-198-3.
What’s Coming Up:
The Wildcats will host their final home meet of the season on Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. MST. The competition will be a quad meet between Texas Women’s, BYU and Bridgeport. Following, Arizona will head to Air Force for a Monday night meet before heading to the Pac-12 Championships.