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A Look at the 2000 Season
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/14/2000
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March 3 vs. Michigan The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 195.675 overall team score, but the Wildcats fell to the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 197.450-195.675, on March 3 in front of a crowd of 475, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-9 overall, while Michigan improved to 12-4 on the season.

Arizona trailed Michigan, 49.350-48.950, after scoring a season-high 48.950 on vault during the first rotation. The Wildcats were forced to count a fall on bars, and Michigan increased its lead by a point following the second rotation. Arizona came back with a season-high 49.000 on beam, but Michigan increased its lead by nearly two points heading into the final rotation. Although the UA scored a 49.200 on floorthe fifth-highest score in school historyMichigan's 49.050 on beam in the last event was enough to give the Wolverines the win.

Five Wildcat gymnastsNikki Beyschau, Heather Straccia, Heidi Hornbeek, Randi Liljenquist and Emily Petermaneach set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona took top honors on beam, floor and in the all-around. Michigan swept all four team events, and the Wolverines took the vault and bars titles. Michigan's Sarah Cain tied a career-high 10.000 on vault. The UA's season-high beam score of 49.000 ties the fifth-highest mark in Arizona history, and the season-high 48.950 on vault ties the No. 8 score.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a perfect 10.000 on floor, marking the first time an Arizona gymnast has scored a 10.000 in four years. Senior Heidi Hornbeek scored a 10.000 at the 1996 NCAA Championships and won the national floor championship her freshman year. Liljenquist and Hornbeek are the only gymnasts in Arizona history to post a 10.000 in the floor exercise event. In addition to the floor title, Liljenquist finished first on beam with a 9.900, and she grabbed the all-around crown with a new career-high 39.525. Her all-around score ties the second-highest mark in UA history, and Liljenquist's 10.000 on floor ties Hornbeek for the top floor score in Arizona history. Liljenquist also tied for second on bars with a career-high 9.925.

Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek scored a season-high 9.950 on vault and finished second, and she tied for second on bars with a season-high 9.925 in the event. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, tied a season-high 9.850 on beam for a third-place finish. Although she continues to battle an ankle injury, Hornbeek scored a 39.350her second-highest score this seasonin the all-around and ended the meet in third place.

Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied a career-high 9.800 on vault and finished fifth on bars with a 9.875. Beyschau tied a career-high 9.700 on beam, and she set a career-high 9.875 on floor, landing in a tie for fifth place. She set a career-high 39.250 in the all-around and finished in fourth place. Sophomore Emily Peterman scored a career-high 9.775 on beam, while junior Heather Straccia posted a career-high 9.800 on vault and tied a season-high 9.825 on floor.

Feb. 25 at Utah The No. 23 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 48.650 on beam, but the Wildcats fell to the fifth-ranked Utah Utes, 196.525-193.475, Friday night in front of a crowd of 9,780, in Utah's Huntsman Center. Arizona dropped to 5-8 overall, remaining winless on the road, while Utah improved to 6-4 after extending its home win streak to 156 consecutive regular season meets.

Three Wildcat gymnastsHeidi Hornbeek, Emily Peterman and Heather Stracciaeach set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona took top honors on vault. Utah swept all four of the team events, and the Utes won individual titles on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title for the second meet in a row and tied a season-high 9.875 in the event. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, ended the meet as Arizona's highest finisher in all four events and in the all-around. She finished third in the all-around with a 39.325. Although she is battling a nagging ankle injury, Hornbeek tied for third place on bars with a 9.875, tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825 and tied for fourth on floor with a 9.750.

Junior Kara Fry tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825, and she finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.825. Sophomore Emily Peterman set a new career-high 9.750 on bars and tied for sixth place, while junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.750 on vault and finished in seventh place. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a 9.750 on bars and tied for sixth in the event, and sophomore Randi Liljenquist landed in sixth on floor with a 9.700.

Feb. 20 vs. Minnesota The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored season highs on vault, bars and floor and a season-high team total, but the Wildcats fell to the No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 195.800-195.600, on Feb. 20 in front of a crowd of 375, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-7 overall, while Minnesota improved to 9-5 on the season.

Arizona trailed Minnesota, 49.050-48.875, after scoring a season-high 48.875 on vault in the team's first event. The Wildcats came back with a season-high 49.200 on bars and tied the score heading into the third rotation. Although the UA had to count two falls on beam, the Cats fell behind by only one point heading into the final rotation. Arizona bounced back with a season-high 49.375 on floor, but Minnesota's beam score of 48.475 in the final event was enough to give the Golden Gophers the win.

The UA's score of 49.200 on bars ties the No. 5 score on the all-time top-10 list, and the floor score of 49.375 is the highest floor mark in Arizona history. Arizona's season-high team total of 195.600 is the No. 4 score on the top-10 list. Seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona swept the top individual honors in all four events and the all-around. Minnesota and Arizona split the team events, with Minnesota taking the vault and beam events, while the UA won the bars and floor events.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.950 on floor and won the event title, and she took the all-around crown with a career-high 39.425. She also set a career-high 9.750 on vault, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title and tied a season-high 9.875 in the event, and she also took first on bars for the fifth time in six meets with a season-high 9.925. Hornbeek, who is battling a nagging ankle injury, tied a season-high 9.900 on floor and finished in third place, and she scored a 39.100 in the all-around to end the meet in fourth place.

Junior Kara Fry, a 1998 All-Pac-10 selection, won the beam title with a 9.875 and finished second in the all-around with a career-high 39.325. She tied a career-high 9.875 on bars and tied for second in the event and tied a career-high 9.725 on vault. Fry also tied for fifth on floor with a 9.850. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a career-high 9.800 on vault and tied for third place, and she tied a career-high 9.825 on floor. Senior Kiernan Andrews tied a career-high 9.850 on floor and tied for fifth, while fellow senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.725 on vault and a season-high 9.700 on beam. Junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.700 on vault and a season-high 9.825 on floor.

Feb. 18 vs. Washington The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 49.150 on floor, but the Wildcats fell to the No. 15 Washington Huskies, 195.075-193.975, on Feb. 18 in front of a crowd of 467, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-6 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while Washington improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

Washington never trailed during the meet, and the UA fell almost two points behind the Huskies heading into the final rotation. Arizona captured individual first-place honors on bars and floor, and the Cats took the floor event. Four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and the overall team score of 193.975 is the third-highest mark of the season. Washington gymnasts took top honors on vault, beam and in the all-around, and the Huskies swept the vault, bars and beam events.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for only the second time this season and tied for top honors on bars with a season-high 9.900. Although she continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, she tied for second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, finished second in the all-around with a 39.300 and ended the meet as Arizona's top finisher in the event.

Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for first place on bars with a career-high 9.900, and she tied a career-high 9.925 on floor, taking the event title. She finished fifth on beam with a 9.750, tied a career-high 9.700 on vault and tied for third in the all-around with a 39.275. Freshman Nikki Beyschau landed in fourth on vault with a 9.750, and junior Nicci Filchner set a career-high 9.825 on bars for a fifth-place finish. Junior Kara Fry tied for third on beam with a 9.775, finished second on floor with a career-high 9.900, and she placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.900.

Feb. 11 at Oregon State The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set season highs on vault (48.675) and beam (48.400), but the Wildcats fell to Oregon State, 196.275-193.450, on Feb. 11 in front of a crowd of 3,542, in OSU's Gill Coliseum. The Wildcats dropped to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 6-2 and 3-1 in the conference.

Arizona scored the third-highest meet total of the season. The UA captured individual first-place honors on beam and in the all-around, and four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. Oregon State took top honors on vault, bars and floor, and the Beavers swept the four team events.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time this season and won the all-around title with a season-high 39.375Arizona's top individual all-around mark. She continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, but she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, also tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850.

Junior Kara Fry tied for second place in the all-around with a season-high 39.150, and she scored a career-high 9.900 on beam, taking top honors in the event. Fry also tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.800, and she set a season-high 9.675 on vault. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished fourth in the all-around (39.075). Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied a career-high 9.775 on vault for a fourth-place finish, while senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.700 on vault.

Feb. 4 vs. California, Southern Utah The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set a season-high team total 194.250, defeating California (193.225) and Southern Utah (191.650), on Friday, Feb. 4 in front of a crowd of 725 in the McKale Center. The Wildcats (5-4 overall and 1-2 Pac-10) scored season highs on vault (48.325) and floor (49.125) in their first Pac-10 win this season. California dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Southern Utah fell to 1-4 overall.

Arizona captured individual first-place honors on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around, and seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. The UA won the bars (48.800) and floor (49.125) events, California took the beam (48.475), and Southern Utah won the vault (48.400).

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge with a career-high 39.350 and first-place in the all-around. She tied for fourth on vault with a career-high 9.700 and tied for second on bars with a 9.800. Liljenquist posted scores of 9.925 on beam and floorboth career-high marksand won first-place honors in both events.

Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and took the bars title for the third week in a row. Hornbeek, who returned to vault for the first time this season, scored a season-high 9.700 and finished in a fourth-place tie. She also made her season debut on floor and posted a season-high 9.900, finishing in second place. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, continues to battle a nagging ankle injury.

Junior Kara Fry tied for second in the all-around with a season-high 38.975 and landed in third place on beam with a season-high 9.800. Fry tied a season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place) and tied a season-high 9.800 on floor (fifth place). Sophomore Lindsay Compitello set a career-high 9.575 on beam, while senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.600 on vault and tied a season-high 9.650 on beam. Junior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.675 on bars, and fellow junior Heather Straccia set a career-high 9.675 on vault and tied for fifth on floor with a season-high 9.800.

Jan. 30 at Denver and Minnesota The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in third place with a score of 192.900 behind No. 15 Minnesota (194.525) and No. 12 Denver (194.375), Sunday in front of a crowd of 900, in Denver's Hamilton Gymnasium. Arizona dropped to 3-4 overall, remaining winless on the road, while Denver improved to 5-2, and Minnesota upped its record to 3-2 on the season.

The Wildcats (3-4 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) set a season-high 48.125 on vault, and senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied for first place on bars for her second-consecutive bars title. Seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks.

Individually for the Wildcats, All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in her only event of the meet. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 selection, won her second bars title for the second-consecutive meet after taking first place Friday night against San Jose State.

Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.575 on vault and a season-high 9.650 on beam (tied for ninth place), while junior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.675 on bars. Junior Kara Fry, Arizona's top finisher in the all-around, set a season-high 9.725 on beam (tied for sixth place), and she also set a season-high 38.775 for a fifth-place finish in the all-around.

Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied a career-high 9.650 on vault and tied for ninth place, and she tied for fifth on floor with a 9.800. Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775, while sophomore Emily Peterman scored a season-high 9.650 on beam (tied for ninth place). Junior Heather Straccia recorded a career-high 9.650 on vault and tied for ninth in the event.

Jan. 28 vs. San Jose State The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated San Jose State, 194.025-188.100, Friday night in front of a crowd of 975, in the McKale Center. The UA set a season-high total (194.025), and the Cats also posted season-high scores in all four events. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge, winning the second-consecutive all-around title of her career. Arizona improved to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while San Jose State dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Arizona never trailed during the meet, and the Cats scored a season-high team score of 48.075 on vault, a 48.900 on bars, a 48.025 on beam and a 49.025 on floorthe new No. 9 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Four Wildcat gymnasts set career-high scores during the meet, and Arizona swept the top-three individual spots on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a new career-high 39.125 in the all-around, giving her the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). She also took the beam title with a 9.750, and she closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first-place finish.

Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for the Cats, setting three career highs for the meet. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and took third on bars (9.800). Beyschau scored a career-high 9.700 on beam for second place, recorded a career-high 9.825 on floor for another second-place finish, and she took second in the all-around with a new career-high 39.000.

In her only event of the evening, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek returned to lineup after sitting out the last meet with an ankle injury and took the bars title with a season-high 9.850. Junior Kara Fry tied her season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place), scored a season-high 9.625 on beam (third place), tied her season-high 9.800 on floor (third place), and she scored a season-high 38.750 in all-around (third place).

Junior Nicci Filchner scored a season-high 9.650 on vault, while fellow junior Mary Reiss tied for second on vault with a season-high 9.675. Reiss set a career-high 9.775 on floor and tied for fourth place. Junior Heather Straccia set a career-best 9.525 on vault, and senior Kiernan Andrews landed in fifth place on beam with a 9.550.

Jan. 21 at Stanford The No. 23 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal, 194.275-191.275, on Jan. 21 in front of a crowd of 500, in Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. Arizona dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Stanford grabbed its first conference win and upped its record to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.

Arizona scored a season-high team score of 48.675 on bars and a season-high 47.550 on beam, while five UA gymnasts set new career-high marks during the meet. Arizona took the top individual spots on bars and in the all-around, while Stanford swept the team events and the top individual spots in the four events.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge once again with a new career-high 38.825 in the all-around, giving her the first all-around title of her career. Liljenquist set a season-high 9.725 on bars, tied her season-high 9.800 on beam for a third-place finish, and she also took third place on floor with a 9.750. Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for a second consecutive week, scoring a career-high 9.900 on bars for a tie for first place. She also set career-high scores on beam (9.300), floor (9.700) and in the all-around (38.525).

Senior Kiernan Andrews lifted the Wildcats on beam with a new career-high 9.750 and third place in the event. Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.550 on vault. Junior Kara Fry set a season-high 9.775 on bars and a season-high 9.275 on beam, while fellow junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.475 on vault. Sophomore Lindsay Compitello made her official collegiate debut in the meet, posting a 9.200 on beam and a 9.050 on floor.

Jan. 14 vs. UCLA, Central Michigan, Iowa The 16th-ranked University of Arizona women's gymnastics team topped Central Michigan and Iowa, finishing in second place in its 2000 season home-opener on Jan. 14 in front of a crowd of 720, in the McKale Center. Arizona (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) scored a 192.675, while Central Michigan (4-2 overall, 1-0 Mid-American) Jan. 14 vs. UCLA, Central Michigan, Iowa The 16th-ranked University of Arizona women's gymnastics team topped Central Michigan and Iowa, finishing in second place in its 2000 season home-opener on Jan. 14 in front of a crowd of 720, in the McKale Center. Arizona (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) scored a 192.675, while Central Michigan (4-2 overall, 1-0 Mid-American) recorded a 191.850, and Iowa (0-3 overall, 0-0 Big 10) ended the meet with a 190.775. Third-ranked UCLA (4-4 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) took the meet title with a score of 196.300, sweeping all four events and the all-around.

Arizona trailed UCLA and Iowa for three rotations, and the Cats were in third place with a score of 143.750 heading into the final rotation. Although Arizona experienced some falls on beam, the Cats roared back in the final rotation on floor with a team score of 48.925, which tied the 10th-highest floor score in Arizona history. Five UA gymnasts set or tied new career-high marks during the meet. UCLA gymnasts captured the top individual spots in all four events and the all-around, while two Arizona gymnasts tied for top honors on floor.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist lifted the Cats on beam with a third-place score of 9.800, and she also tied senior Kiernan Andrews for first-place honors on floor, each with a score of 9.850. Liljenquist tied her career-high 9.850 on floor, while Andrews set a new career-high mark in the same event. Andrews also set a career-high 9.675 on beam. The meet also marked Liljenquist's collegiate debut on vault, scoring a 9.600 in the event, and she ended the meet with a new career-best 38.400 in the all-around.

In her official collegiate debut, freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fifth on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was the highest UA finisher in the all-around with a score of 38.425. Beyschau also scored a career-high 9.250 on beam and a career-high 9.650 on floor. Senior Lisa Heckel set a career-high 9.725 on bars, and junior Heather Straccia competed on vault for the first time in her career, scoring a 9.350.

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