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.
"That was a close meet," head coach Bill Ryden said. Randi (Liljenquist) and Kara (Fry) had great meets, and Heidi (Hornbeek) really had a great comeback tonight competing in three events. It was a good meet to help us prepare for Oregon State, and we just need to correct the mistakes we made tonight."
Arizona hits the road to the Oregon Trail for a dual meet on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. (PST), when the Wildcats take on the Oregon State Beavers.
California & Southern Utah @ Arizona
McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
February 4, 2000
Team Scores Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Totals 1. ARIZONA 48.325 48.800 48.000 49.125 194.250 2. California 48.150 47.850 48.475 48.750 193.225 3. Southern Utah 48.400 47.825 47.425 48.000 191.650
Individual Scores Vault 1. Leila Khoury California 9.750 2. Sarah Geisler Southern Utah 9.725 2. Megan Maiser Southern Utah 9.725 4. Heidi Hornbeek ARIZONA 9.700 4. Randi Liljenquist ARIZONA 9.700 Uneven Bars 1. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.850 2. Randi Liljenquist ARIZONA 9.800 2. Erica Burk Southern Utah 9.800 4. Kara Fry ARIZONA 9.775 5. Janet McKnight California 9.750 Balance Beam 1. Randi Liljenquist ARIZONA 9.925 2. Carrie Kreifels California 9.825 3. Kara Fry ARIZONA 9.800 4. Genine Ishino California 9.725 4. Leila Khoury California 9.725 Floor Exercise 1. Randi Liljenquist ARIZONA 9.925 2. Heidi Hornbeek ARIZONA 9.900 3. Leila Khoury California 9.850 4. Pari Olver California 9.825 5. Kara Fry ARIZONA 9.800 All-Around 1. Randi Liljenquist ARIZONA 39.350 2. Kara Fry ARIZONA 38.975 2. Leila Khoury California 38.975 4. Pari Olver California 38.775 5. Suzi Clark Southern Utah 38.425