TUCSON, Ariz – The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 15 Oregon State on Sunday afternoon, 197.050-196.275. Despite the loss, the Wildcats recorded a season best bars score of 49.300.
“We’re a good team but more of the same happened this week,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “We still have to put down 24 good routines, and we did 18 today. When you can score this high with 18 routines, you see you have potential, but we don’t want to have potential, we want to perform to our ability.”
The Wildcats began the meet on the vault where Shelby Edwards led them. Edwards tied her career high score of 9.900 and earned the first place title. Allie Flores and Gabby Laub both scored 9.825, which sets a career high for Laub and ties a career high for Flores. Laub made the lineup for the first time since the meet against Washington. Mackenzie Valentin and Amber Wobma both contributed scores of 9.775 to give the Cats a running score of 49.100.
“Vault was pretty good,” Ryden said. “We had some good performances but you have to stick. That’s so big with this event. Shelby did great. That was her best vault performance so far this year.”
From vault, the Cats moved to bars where they earned a season high team total of 49.300. The score is the 11th highest program score.
Leading Arizona was sophomore Lexi Mills who scored a career high 9.900. Her score was good enough for a second place finish for the event. Freshmen Selynna Felix- Terrazas and Laub both contributed scores of 9.875 and tied for third place. The score tied a career high for Laub. Flores contributed a score of 9.850, and Howard rounded out the scores with a 9.800.
“It’s unfortunate that Shelby had a problem but Kristin made an adjustment in the air on her first release move that saved her routine,” Ryden said. “As a freshman, she gets a huge pat on the back for that. Lexi receiving a career high was great for her. Overall, we definitely earned a nice bars score.”
Despite a fall and balance issues, the team earned a beam score of 49.050 in the third rotation.
Edwards earned a career high score of 9.900 after her most solid routine all season. Her score earned her a second place title on the event. Behind her, Flores contributed a 9.850 and Wobma earned a score of 9.825. Mills continued to be an asset for the Cats by scoring a 9.800. Despite a few balance issues, sophomore Jessie Sisler was dedicated to remain on the beam. Her score of 9.675 was counted after a fall from Sangston.
“The first four routines were fantastic,” Ryden said. “Jessie had some issues but was able to maintain her composure and stay on beam. That saved our score from being disastrous. We had a good effort, but I really give it up to the first four of that rotation. Shelby had a great routine and you can see that from the score she earned.”
Heading to the final routine of the night, Arizona was down by only .275. Despite four strong scores, two routines with deductions off passes and stepping out of bounds limited the Arizona comeback.
“It was sort of like beam,” Ryden said. “We had four very, very good routines and two poor ones. When you count two poor routines, it starts cutting into your team score. Allie and Kristin were fantastic scoring two scores over a 9.900. Shana came off an upsetting beam score and came back to earn a good score on her routine.“
Kristin Klarenbach earned a new career high score of 9.950 to lead the Cats. Klarenbach earned the first place title. Her score moves her into the No. 5 spot for highest individual floor performances. Flores finished behind her after a great routine scoring a 9.900. Flores has scored a 9.900 on floor four times this year, each time tying a career best. She took the second place title.
Finishing on floor, Valentin and Sangston contributed to the effort with scores of 9.825 and 9.800, respectively. Felix-Terrazas rounded out the event with a score of 9.350 after deductions.
In the all-around competition, Flores earned a career high 39.425 and earned the second place title. Her score is the program’s 10th highest individual all-around score.
“This will definitely help her nationally. She’s not in the national rankings because she hasn’t been in all-around event for enough meets but next week she will. She should get into conference and national all-around rankings once she has earned three all-around home meet scores. She’s having a great year.”
From here, the Wildcats will prepare for their final home competition, which will be a quad meet against BYU, Texas Womens and Bridgeport on Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The meet will also recognize the program’s seniors. For continued coverage of Arizona gymnastics, follow the program on Twitter @AZGymnastics and Facebook.com/ArizonaGymnastics.