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Arizona's Gymnasts Drop a Close Meet to Michigan
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 04, 2000
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TUCSON, Ariz.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, Friday night 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 eighth-highest score in school history.

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. Liljenquist and Hornbeek are the only gymnasts in Arizona history to score 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 in 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 in 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.

Arizona closes out the regular season next week when the Wildcats travel up the interstate to square off against the Arizona State Sun Devils, in ASU's Wells Fargo Arena, on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Arizona Gymnastics
Arizona vs. Michigan
McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
March 3, 2000

Team Scores     Vault   Bars    Beam    Floor   Totals
1.  Michigan    49.525  49.350  49.050  49.525  197.450
2.  ARIZONA     48.950  48.525  49.000  49.200  195.675

Individual Scores

Vault 1. Sarah Cain Michigan 10.000 2. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.950 3. Christine Michaud Michigan 9.925 4. Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Michigan 9.900 5. Janessa Grieco Michigan 9.875

Uneven Bars 1. Bridget Knaeble Michigan 9.950 2. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.925 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.925 4. Sarah Cain Michigan 9.900 5. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.875

Balance Beam 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.900 2. Kate Nellans Michigan 9.875 3. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.850 4. Cami Singer Michigan 9.825 5. Janessa Grieco Michigan 9.800 5. Shannon MacKenzie Michigan 9.800

Floor Exercise 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 10.000 2. Sarah Cain Michigan 9.975 3. Janessa Grieco Michigan 9.925 4. Bridget Knaeble Michigan 9.900 5. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.875 5. Jodie Rosenberg Michigan 9.875

All-Around 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.525 2. Bridget Knaeble Michigan 39.425 3. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 39.350 4. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 39.250 5. Kara Fry Arizona 38.450

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