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Hornbeek Earns All-America Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 24, 1999
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SALT LAKE CITY (April 24) - The University of Arizona's Heidi Hornbeek closed out a remarkable 1999 campaign by earning first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Saturday in the uneven bars and beam events. Hornbeek, a six-time NCAA All-America selection, tied for eighth place on bars with a 9.875 and tied for seventh on beam with a 9.800 in the individual event finals, in front of a crowd of 6,602, in the University of Utah's Huntsman Center.

Hornbeek, a 5-3 redshirt junior and Glendale, Ariz., native, also earned All-America honors in the all-around Thursday and is the UA's most highly decorated gymnast after receiving All-America accolades for the sixth time in her career.

Following an impressive eighth-place finish in the all-around Thursday, Hornbeek secured herself a spot in tonight's individual event finals with a third-place finish on bars (9.875) and a tie for first place on beam (9.875) during the all-around competition. She also tied for 12th place on vault (9.775) and tied for 13th on floor (9.825) during Thursday's all-around competition. Hornbeek's eighth-place all-around score of 39.350 is her second-highest mark of the season, and it ranks as the No. 7 score on the UA's all-time top-10 performance list.

During a record-setting freshman season in 1996, Hornbeek scored a perfect 10.000 in the floor exercise event at the NCAA Championships, earning her the national title in the event, and she also grabbed All-America honors that same year for her NCAA performances on bars, floor, and the all-around.

Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 selection, concluded the season with 30 top-five finishes and 11 individual first-place titles.

Heidi Hornbeek

  • 5-3 Junior
  • Glendale, Ariz.

    1999: Although doctors gave her only a 50 percent chance of returning to gymnastics following major shoulder surgery last year, Hornbeek returned to the Arizona lineup in true Wildcat fashion and has racked up an impressive 30 top-five finishes, including 11 first-place titles so far this season... Competed in nine of the 12 meets as an all-around performer At the Regional Championships at Nebraska (4/10), qualified for an at-large berth as the #1 seed in the all-around with a season-high score of 39.375 (tied second place)... Tied for first place on beam with a season-high 9.900, finished in eighth place on vault (9.825), tied for fourth place on bars (9.825) and tied for eighth place on floor (9.825)... To close out the regular season against Arizona State (3/26), tied for first place on vault with a 9.850, finished in first place on bars with a season-high 9.925 and scored a season-high 39.375 in the all-around for a second-place finish Tied her season-high 9.900 on vault, finishing in third place and landed in seventh place on floor with a season-high 9.925 and finished in a tie for ninth place in the all-around with a 39.075 at the Pac-10 Championships (3/20) Landed in a tie for first place on vault (9.850) and a tie for first place on bars (9.875) and a fourth-place finish in the all-around (38.825) against Oklahoma (3/12) Grabbed another first-place finish on bars with a 9.800 against Stanford (2/26), finished in third place on beam with a 9.825, landed in fourth place on floor with a 9.725 and ended the meet with a second-place finish in the all-around with a score of 38.925 At the UCLA Invitational (2/20), finished in fifth place on vault (9.775), fifth place on bars (9.750), tied for third on floor (9.775) and landed in the third position in the all-around (38.975) Looked impressive against national powerhouse Utah (2/12), taking the vault title with a 9.875, and finishing in a fourth-place tie on floor with a 9.825 Scored a season-high 9.900 on vault, for another first-place crown at California (2/6) Tied for fifth place on bars (9.650) at Boise State (1/31) Finished in second place on vault (9.625), fifth place on bars (9.725), tied for first place on floor (9.850) and finished in third place in the all-around (38.375) at Washington and Nebraska (1/22) In her first meet after shoulder surgery against Oregon State (1/15), won first place honors on vault (9.800), tied for first place on bars (9.800) and finished in third in the all-around (38.125) Named to the 1999 GTE Academic All-District VIII team... All-Pac-10 team selection (vault)... Seven-time All-Pac-10 selection... Has assured herself a place in the Arizona gymnastics history books... Currently holds the top position (39.700) and the #5 spot (39.375) in the all-around on the UA's top-10 individual performance list... Tied for first place (10.000), tied for sixth place (9.900) and is in 10th place (9.875) on vault, tied for third (9.950) and fifth place (9.925) on bars, tied for first place (9.950) and fifth place (9.900) on beam, and is in first place (10.000) and tied for second place (9.925) on floor on Arizona's all-time top-10 performance list.

  • Honors

    1999 Pac-10 All-Academic (first team)
    1999 GTE Academic All-District
    1997 All-Pac-10 (all-around, beam, floor)
    1997 Pac-10 All-Academic
    1997 GTE Academic All-District
    1997 Pac-10 Floor & Beam Champion
    1996 All-America (bars, floor, all-around)
    1996 NCAA Floor Champion
    1996 Pac-10 All-Around Champion
    1996 All-Pac-10 (bars, floor, all-around)
    1996 Academic All-America
    1995 World University Games Medalist 
    College Bests
        Vault       10.000
        Bars         9.950
        Beam         9.950
        Floor       10.000
        All-Around  39.700

    Date Meet Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-15 Arizona vs. Oregon State 9.800 9.800 9.275 9.250 38.125 1-22 Arizona at Washington-Nebraska 9.625 9.725 9.175 9.850 38.375 1-31 Arizona at Boise State-Cal St. Fullerton 9.650 8.850 2-6 Arizona at California 9.900* 9.375 9.100 9.150 37.525 2-12 Arizona vs. Utah 9.875 9.725 9.825 2-20 Arizona at UCLA, Florida, Cal St. Fullerton 9.775 9.750 9.675 9.775 38.975 2-26 Arizona vs. Stanford 9.575 9.800 9.825 9.725 38.925 3-6 Arizona at Michigan 9.525 9.800 9.050 3-12 Arizona vs. Oklahoma 9.850 9.875 9.750 9.350 38.825 3-20 Pac-10 Championships 9.900* 9.850 9.400 9.925* 39.075 3-26 Arizona vs. Arizona State 9.850 9.925* 9.800 9.800 39.375* 4-10 NCAA Regional Championships 9.825 9.825 9.900* 9.825 39.375* 4-22 NCAA Championships (all-around finals) 9.775 9.875 9.875 9.825 39.350 4-24 NCAA Individual Event Finals (bars & beam) 9.875 9.800 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season highs 9.900 9.925 9.900 9.925 39.375 Personal bests 10.000 9.950 9.950 10.000 39.700

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