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Arizona Gymnastics Falls to Denver and Minnesota
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 30, 2000
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DENVER, Colo.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.

Arizona returns to the McKale Center for a tri-meet on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., when the Wildcats take on the California Golden Bears and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.

Arizona Gymnastics
Arizona at Denver with Minnesota
Hamilton Gymnasium
January 30, 2000

Team Scores     Vault   Uneven Bars     Balance Beam    Floor   Totals
1.  Minnesota   48.600  48.525          48.450  48.950  194.525
2.  Denver      48.450  48.250          48.850  48.825  194.375
3.  ARIZONA     48.125  48.550          47.775  48.450  192.900

Top scorers

1.      Jennifer White  Denver          9.900
2.      Dana Mims       Denver          9.775
2.      Leigh Dixon     Minnesota       9.775

Uneven Bars
1.      Heidi Hornbeek  Arizona         9.850
1.      Sachi Ena       Denver          9.850
3.      Jennifer Ebdon  Denver          9.800

Balance Beam
1.      Jennifer Ebdon  Denver          9.850
2.      Jennifer White  Denver          9.825
3.      Dana Mims       Denver          9.800

Floor Exercise
1.      Jennifer Ebdon    Denver          9.900
2.      Megan Beuckens    Minnesota       9.825
2.      Catie Christensen Minnesota       9.825
2.      Mary Anne Kelley  Minnesota       9.825

1.      Jennifer Ebdon   Denver          39.250
2.      Dana Mims        Denver          39.150
3.      Megan Beuckens   Minnesota       38.975
3.      Mary Anne Kelley Minnesota       38.975
5.      Kara Fry         Arizona         38.775
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