TUCSON, Ariz. The No. 22 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team grabbed a victory in its final home meet of the season, defeating the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 195.125-194.350, in front of a crowd of 325, Wednesday night in McKale Center. The Wildcats set a new school record on bars with the team's season-high mark of 49.475, which topped the previous all-time team record of 49.425. Arizona improved to 5-15 overall, while North Carolina State dropped to 14-14 on the season.
Arizona, who won by .775, never trailed during the entire meet. The Wildcats used a 48.875 on vault to take the lead over the Wolfpack by .65 following the first rotation. Arizona's new school-record 49.475 on bars enabled the squad to increase its advantage by 1.600 entering the third rotation. In the third event, the Wildcats encountered some problems on beam, as four of the six competitors fell from the beam. Freshman Andi McCabe and senior Kara Fry were the only two UA gymnasts to score above a 9.800 in the beam event, and Arizona was forced to count three falls in its final team beam total. As a result of Arizona's continuing struggles on beam, North Carolina State narrowed the Wildcat lead to .700 entering the fourth and final rotation. The Wolfpack scored a 49.125 on beam in the final event, but Arizona's 49.200 on floor, which ranks as UA's No. 7 all-time rotation score, was enough to capture the victory.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry led the Arizona charge in her final home meet, as she captured her fourth all-around title of the season. Fry matched a career-high 39.525 in the overall all-around standings, and her score currently ranks as the third-best all-time individual mark. Fry also won the vault title and tied a career-high 9.850, and she took first-place honors on bars, matching a career-high 9.950 in the event. Fry's career-high mark on bars ranks as the third-best all-time individual mark, and her career high on vault keeps her in a tie for the 10th-best individual score. She tied for third place on beam (9.850) and finished second on floor (9.875).
Senior Heather Straccia handed in two strong performances on bars and floor, setting new career-high marks in each event. Straccia scored a career-high 9.900 on bars and finished in third place. She posted an impressive 9.925 on floor, and she won the individual floor title for the first time in her career. Fellow senior Mary Reiss tied for third place on floor with a 9.850.
Sophomore Nikki Beyschau tied for second on vault with a 9.800, and she finished second on bars with a 9.925. Freshman Andi McCabe posted a career-high 39.150 in the all-around, finishing third overall. McCabe tied for fifth on vault (9.750), finished fifth on beam (9.825), and she tied a career-high 9.825 on bars. Senior Nicci Filchner and junior Randi Liljenquist tied for fifth place on bars, with each scoring a 9.850 in the event. Liljenquist also tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.800, and she ended the meet in fifth place in the all-around with a 38.350. Freshman Cori Messina tied for fifth-place honors on vault with a 9.750.
"I am very glad that we got the win, but we gave away a golden opportunity to turn in a really high score. We have the potential to be a very good team, but we just need to figure out our beam quandary. We really have to buckle down in the next week because this is the time when everything counts. We've had six meets where beam has really cost us points, and tonight, even though we won the meet, we still had to count three falls. We had a chance to get a high score and move up in the rankings, but it is going to be tough from here on out," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden.
Arizona travels to Seattle, Wash., for the Pac-10 Championship meet on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. MST, where the Wildcats will battle the six other Pac-10 teams, all of which currently are ranked in the national top-25 poll.
University of Arizona Gymnastics Arizona vs. North Carolina State McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz. March 14, 2001
Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals 1. ARIZONA 48.875 49.475 47.575 49.200 195.125 2. North Carolina State 48.525 48.225 49.125 48.475 194.350
Individual Scores Vault 1. Kara Fry Arizona 9.850 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.800 2. Adina Stock North Carolina State 9.800 2. Kelli Brown North Carolina State 9.800 5. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.750 5. Cori Messina Arizona 9.750
Uneven Bars 1. Kara Fry Arizona 9.950 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.925 3. Heather Straccia Arizona 9.900 4. Kelli Brown North Carolina State 9.875 5. Nicci Filchner Arizona 9.850 5. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.850 5. Kara Charles North Carolina State 9.850 6. Annie Laatsch Minnesota 9.875 1. Mary Skokut Minnesota 9.875 5. Heather Straccia Arizona 9.825 5. Megan Beuckens Minnesota 9.825 5. Megan Skokut Minnesota 9.825
Balance Beam 1. Sara Dolan North Carolina State 9.900 2. Monica Berry North Carolina State 9.875 3. Kara Fry Arizona 9.850 3. Angie Welch North Carolina State 9.850 5. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.825
Floor Exercise 1. Heather Straccia Arizona 9.925 2. Kara Fry Arizona 9.875 3. Mary Reiss Arizona 9.850 3. Kelli Brown North Carolina State 9.850 5. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.800 5. Kara Charles North Carolina State 9.800
All-Around 1. Kara Fry Arizona 39.525 2. Kelli Brown North Carolina State 39.225 3. Andi McCabe Arizona 39.150 4. Kara Charles North Carolina State 38.500 5. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 38.350