What's Coming Up - The Arizona women's gymnastics team (4-11, 1-4 Pac-10) closes out a two-meet road swing this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Seattle, Wash., to take on the Washington Huskies (7-5, 2-4 Pac-10) on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. PST (3 p.m. MST)... Arizona will compete against Washington for the second consecutive meet... Washington finished second (194.675) at the UCLA Invitational last Sunday, while the Wildcats landed in fourth (194.400)... Arizona set two season-high scores on vault (48.725) and floor (49.300) at the UCLA Invitational... This weekend's meet against Washington marks UA's first dual match up since the Utah meet on Jan. 26... Arizona will compete in five consecutive dual meets prior to the Pac-10 Championship meet on March 24... Last season, Washington defeated Arizona, 195.075-193.975, on Feb. 18, in McKale Center, and the Huskies finished in third place at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, while the Wildcats finished seventh.
Head Coach Bill Ryden's Weekly Analysis - "We had a rough time last weekend on beam, but overall, the team is competing pretty well. We had to count two falls last weekend at UCLA, but I am pleased with the progress the team is making week after week. We are starting to gel as a team, and everyone has learned what their roles are on the team. With our upcoming meet, Washington and Arizona are two very comparable teams. Beating the Huskies at home will be a challenge, but our big goal this week is to not beat ourselves."
Arizona's Last Time Out - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in fourth place at the UCLA Invitational on Feb. 11 behind top-ranked UCLA, Washington and Cal State Fullerton, in front of a crowd of 1,510, in Pauley Pavilion. The No. 1 Bruins led the field with a 196.850, winning their 11th consecutive and 16th overall UCLA Invitational team title. Washington landed in second place with a 194.675, while Cal State Fullerton edged Arizona for a third-place finish with a 194.575. Arizona's overall score (194.400) is the squad's second-highest mark of the season.
Arizona dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improved to 11-1 on the season and 4-1 in the conference. Washington moved to 7-5 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10, and Cal State Fullerton ended the meet with a 4-6 overall record.
The Wildcats set two season-high marks on vault (48.725) and floor (49.300). UA's team floor score of 49.300 tied the second-highest floor rotation mark in school history. Eight UA gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Nicci Filchner, Kara Fry, Meagan Killpack, Andi McCabe, Cori Messina and Heather Straccia - also set or tied season-high and career-high marks during the meet. UCLA never trailed during the meet, and the Bruins won each of the four team events. UCLA took home individual top honors on vault, bars, floor and in the all-around, while Arizona's Kara Fry won the beam title.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry tied a career-high 9.900 on beam and won her first beam title of the season. Fry now holds five individual event titles for the year. She tied for third in the all-around (39.200) and tied for seventh on floor (9.850). Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist tied a season-high 9.775 on vault and tied for fourth in the event. Liljenquist also tied for fifth on floor (9.875) and tied for third in the all-around (39.200). Sophomore Nikki Beyschau landed in second place on vault and posted a season-high 9.850 in the event.
Freshman Andi McCabe set a career-high 9.700 in her second collegiate vault competition. McCabe tied for fifth place on floor and set a career-high 9.875 in the event. Senior Heather Straccia tied a career-high 9.850 on floor and tied for seventh in the event. Freshman Cori Messina posted a career-high 9.725 in her second collegiate floor performance. Senior Nicci Filchner posted a season-high 9.750 on bars, and freshman Meagan Killpack set a career-high 9.100 in her collegiate debut on bars.
Scouting Washington - The Washington Huskies (7-5, 2-4 Pac-10) enter this weekend's competition after finishing in second place with a 194.675 at the UCLA Invitational behind No. 1 UCLA... Washington picked up two victories over Cal State Fullerton (194.575) and Arizona (194.400)... The Huskies rank sixth in the West Region, and the team's season-high total for the year is a 195.925... Washington junior Stacy Wong is the team's only nationally-ranked gymnast, checking in at No. 15 on uneven bars... The Huskies have posted victories over Maryland, Boise State, Seattle Pacific, Cal State Fullerton, UC-Davis and Arizona so far this season... Washington also defeated Pac-10 foe California in the first meet of the 2001 season but have fallen to Denver, Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA and California (second meeting)... Husky head coach Bob Levesque is in his 11th season at the helm of the program and holds a 118-93 overall school and career record.
Wildcats in the Rankings - After beginning the 2001 season ranked No. 20 in the preseason coaches' poll, Arizona has since dropped out of the top-25 rankings... This week, eight of Arizona's 2001 opponents - UCLA, Utah, Stanford, Minnesota, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Denver and Oregon State - are ranked in the Feb. 12 national gymnastics poll... UA is ranked No. 11 nationally on floor for the second week in a row and No. 21 on beam... Junior Randi Liljenquist is ranked No. 10 nationally on floor and No. 16 on beam this week... Arizona is ranked No. 6 in the South Central Region as of Feb. 12... The Cats are second on floor, third on vault, fourth on beam and seventh on bars... Individually, Liljenquist is first on floor, second on beam, eighth on vault and fourth in the all-around... Fry is fifth in the all-around, 10th on floor, 20th on bars and 24th on beam... Freshman Aimee Estella is ranked 13th on vault... Freshman Andi McCabe is 13th in the region on beam, while senior Mary Reiss is tied for 12th on floor... In terms of schedule strength, 10 of Arizona's 2001 opponents were ranked in the preseason coaches' poll... Six Pac-10 teams - UCLA (1), Stanford (7), Arizona State (11), Oregon State (12), Washington (16) and Arizona (20) - were ranked in the preseason poll... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Monday at: www.troester.com/gym/WRankings.
Arizona in the Record Books - Arizona posted a season-high 49.300 floor score on Feb. 11 against UCLA, Washington and Cal State Fullerton in the UCLA Invitational... The floor score tied the second-highest floor rotation mark in school history and was only .075 from matching Arizona's school record of 49.375... UA's season-high beam score of 48.875, which the team scored in the Denver-Oregon State meet on Feb. 2, currently ranks as the 10th-best beam rotation mark in school history... The score is a stark improvement from the 47.575 mark that the Wildcats posted in the first meet of the season against North Carolina State, New Hampshire and James Madison.
Injury Update - Freshmen Aimee Estella and Meagan Killpack will sit out the remainder of the season after suffering ACL injuries last week... Estella, who won a vault title in the first meet of the season at North Carolina State, tore her ACL on the landing of her bar dismount during practice on Feb. 8... Killpack, a walk-on, suffered the same injury on the first tumbling pass in a floor exercise exhibition... Estella competed in five meets in her first season, and Killpack competed in three meets.
Cat Scratches - Arizona head coach Bill Ryden is in his third year at the helm of the program (11th overall at Arizona) and holds a 25-40-1 career and school record... Arizona notched two victories over North Carolina State and James Madison on the road in the first meet of the 2001 season... UA is 1-7 in neutral contests, 1-3 in away meets and 2-1 at home this season... Six of Arizona's eight freshman have competed in the first five meets of the season... So far this year, 13 Wildcat gymnasts have set or tied season-high and career-high marks... Junior Randi Liljenquist leads the team with six individual event titles, including one all-around title... Liljenquist also has 18 top-five finishes... Senior Kara Fry has five individual event titles and 15 top-five finishes... Freshman Aimee Estella has a vault title and two top-five finishes... Senior Mary Reiss has posted three top-five finishes... Sophomore Nikki Beyschau has three top-five performances... Senior Heather Straccia and freshmen Cori Messina and Sheehan Lemley each have one top-five finish entering this weekend's meet.
A Look Ahead - Arizona returns to McKale Center next weekend to begin a two-meet homestand... The Wildcats are set to take on the Stanford Cardinal on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. MST... UA faces the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. MST.