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Arizona returns home to battle Washington and Minnesota this week in back-to-back dual meets
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/15/2000
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What's Coming Up
- Coming off a 196.275-193.450 loss at Oregon State Friday, the Arizona gymnastics team (5-5, 1-3 Pac-10) returns to the sweet confines of the McKale Center this week for back-to-back dual meets. The Wildcats face the No. 15 Washington Huskies (3-3, 2-2 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and the UA takes the floor against the No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3) on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats scored season highs on vault (48.675) and beam (48.400) and scored the third-highest team total of the year at Oregon State, but Arizona fell short of grabbing its first road win of the season. The Wildcats once again will look to senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek, junior Kara Fry and sophomore Randi Liljenquist to provide solid leadership and experience in all four events and the all-around. Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek returned to the all-around against Oregon State and won the all-around title with a season-high 39.375-Arizona's top 2000 individual score. Junior Kara Fry posted a career-high 9.900 on beam and took the event title-her first title of the season-and tied for second in the all-around. On the opponent side, No. 15 Washington improved to 3-3 on the season and 2-2 in the conference after defeating Arizona State and Seattle Pacific Sunday. Minnesota improved to 7-3 on the season following its first-place finish in the "Best of Minnesota" meet Saturday.

Head Coach Bill Ryden on the Oregon State Meet
- "We got a good score at Oregon State, but we still had problems with consistency in some events. We had our best vault performance, but we just need all four events to come together at the same time. It was great to have Heidi (Hornbeek) back in all four events, and Kara (Fry) really had a great meet."

On Heidi Hornbeek's Return to the All-Around
- "Heidi (Hornbeek) was in a ton of pain after the meet, but she is the consummate competitor. We are excited to have her back in all four events, but we will have to see how much she can do this week."

On Washington and Minnesota
- "Both teams have very good programs, and they are doing very well at this point in the season. This week's meets are going to be challenging, and we need to make some adjustments in the lineup."

Arizona's Last Action
- The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set season highs on vault (48.675) and beam (48.400), but the Wildcats fell to Oregon State, 196.275-193.450, Friday night in front of a crowd of 3,542, in OSU's Gill Coliseum. The Wildcats dropped to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 6-2 and 3-1 in the conference.

Arizona scored the third-highest meet total of the season. The UA captured individual first-place honors on beam and in the all-around, and four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. Oregon State took top honors on vault, bars and floor, and the Beavers swept the four team events.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time this season and won the all-around title with a season-high 39.375-Arizona's top individual all-around mark. She continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, but she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, also tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850.

Junior Kara Fry tied for second place in the all-around with a season-high 39.150, and she scored a career-high 9.900 on beam, taking top honors in the event. Fry also tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.800, and she set a season-high 9.675 on vault. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished fourth in the all-around (39.075). Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied a career-high 9.775 on vault for a fourth-place finish, while senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.700 on vault.

About the Washington Huskies
-The No. 15 Washington Huskies improved to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10 on Sunday after defeating Arizona State (195.100) and Seattle Pacific (189.950) with a season-high score of 195.550. The Huskies broke a three-meet losing streak with its wins over ASU and Seattle Pacific. Individually, senior Tiffany Simpson won the all-around title with a score of 39.325 and scored a 9.950 on floor, finishing in first place. Junior Lanna Apisukh won the vault title with a 9.875 and finished second on bars with a 9.875, while senior Lauren Riesenman landed in second on floor with a 9.900. Head coach Bob Levesque (Fresno State, 1972) is in his 10th year at the helm of the Husky program and has a school and career record of 102-79. Levesque's 1999 squad finished 22-11 overall and ended the season sixth in the Pac-10 and fourth in the West Region. Washington's 2000 team consists of two All-Americans- Tiffany Simpson and Lauren Reisenman-and 12 of 14 letterwinners from last year's team.

About the Minnesota Golden Gophers
- The No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers upped their record to 7-3 overall after placing first in the "Best of Minnesota" meet Saturday, where the Golden Gophers scored a 193.225 and defeated Hamline (179.775), Winona State (178.375) and Gustavus Adolphus (175.300). Minnesota scored a season-high 49.200 on floor, which ties the seventh-best score in Minnesota gymnastics history. Sophomore Megan Beuckens won floor with a 9.900, while sophomore MaryAnne Kelley and senior Kristi Selinger tied for first on beam, each scoring a 9.675. Junior Shanyn Lancaster and freshman Leigh Dixon tied for first on vault with a 9.775, and senior Judy Cavazos won the bars event with a 9.875. Golden Gopher co-head coaches Jim Stephenson (Iowa State, 1973) and Meg Stephenson (Iowa State, 1981) are in their third year at the helm of the Minnesota program and share a school record of 39-21-1. Their 1999 squad finished 14-11-1 overall, fourth in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in Region II. This year's team includes All-American Judy Cavazos and 10 out of 12 letterwinners from the 1999 team.

Liljenquist's Leadership
- Sophomore sensation Randi Liljenquist has paced Arizona with consistent performances during the first half of the season. She underwent voluntary elbow surgery last summer because she wanted a chance to compete on vault and in the all-around. Liljenquist has won eight first-place titles, including three all-around titles, and she has posted a total of 18 top-five finishes so far this season. Last weekend at Oregon State, Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished in fourth in the all-around (39.075). She led the Wildcat charge on Feb. 4 against California and Southern Utah 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 floor-both career-high marks-and won first-place honors in both events. Against Denver and Minnesota on Jan. 30, Liljenquist tied a career-high 9.650 on vault, and she tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.800. Liljenquist scored a career-high 39.125 in the all-around on Jan. 28 against San Jose State, winning the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. She scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). Liljenquist took the beam title with a 9.750 and closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first place finish--giving her the sixth event title of her career. At Stanford on Jan. 21, she scored a 38.825 in the all-around and won her first all-around competition, tied her season-high 9.800 on beam for a second-place finish, and she landed in third place on floor with a 9.750. Liljenquist hit a 9.600 in her collegiate debut on vault against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa (1/14), and she shared first-place honors on floor with senior Kiernan Andrews, each scoring a 9.850.

All-American Heidi Hornbeek
- Senior Heidi Hornbeek is back for her fifth year to help lead the team to its first NCAA Championship berth in four years. Hornbeek was restricted to bars for the first four weeks of the season due to a nagging ankle injury but was able to compete on vault, bars and floor against California and Southern Utah. Hornbeek currently has nine top-five finishes and four event titles for the season, and she holds Arizona's top individual scores on vault and in the all-around. Last weekend at Oregon State, Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time in 2000 and made her season debut in the all-around, winning the title with a season-high 39.375. Although she continued to battle the pain, she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850. She tied a season-high 9.850 on bars and won the event title for the third-consecutive meet against California and Southern Utah (2/4). In her first meet competing on vault and floor, she set a season-high 9.700 on vault and finished in second place on floor with a season-high 9.900. Against Denver and Minnesota, Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in the event, winning her second bars title of the season for the second consecutive meet. In her only event of the evening against San Jose State (1/28), Hornbeek returned to action, taking the bars event title with a season-high 9.850. The fifth-year senior did not compete at Stanford (1/21) the week before, and she also saw limited action against UCLA (1/14) where she scored a 9.700 on bars in her only event of the meet. Hornbeek, a six-time All-America selection and a seven-time All-Pac-10 honoree, returned to the Arizona lineup in 1999 after undergoing major shoulder surgery and racked up 32 impressive top-five finishes, including 12 first-place titles. She competed in 10 meets as an all-around performer and was the only Wildcat gymnast to reach the NCAA Championships after qualifying as the top at-large seed in the all-around. Hornbeek received All-America honors in the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around events at the 1999 NCAA Championships.

Fabulous Freshman
- Arizona's lone freshman Nikki Beyschau has lifted the Wildcats' team performance with consistent scores in each event, and she holds Arizona's top individual score on bars with a career-high 9.900. Beyschau has posted 12 top-five finishes, including one bars event title. Last Friday at Oregon State, Beyschau tied a career-high 9.775 on vault and finished in fifth place. In the Denver and Minnesota meet on Jan. 30, Beyschau tied for fourth place on bars with a 9.775. She scored a career-high 9.700 on beam (second place) and a career-high 9.825 on floor (second place) against San Jose State (1/28). She also set a career-high 39.000 in the all-around for another second-place finish. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and finished in third on bars (9.800). Against Stanford (1/21), Beyschau scored a career-high 9.900 on bars and tied for top honors in the event, winning her first event title. In her collegiate debut against UCLA (1/14), Beyschau tied for fifth place on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around with a 38.425.

Junior Kara Fry Sets Career High on Beam
- 1998 All-Pac-10 selection Kara Fry scored a career-high 9.900 on beam at Oregon State and took the beam title, winning her first event title of the season. Fry has posted 12 top-five finishes after six meets. Fry also scored a season-high 39.150 in the all-around and tied for second, surpassing her previous season high of 38.975. She tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.800 and set a season-high 9.675 on vault in the same meet. In the California and Southern Utah meet (2/4), Fry scored a 38.975 in the all-around and tied for second place in the event, and she landed in third place on beam with a season-high 9.800. She tied a season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place) and tied a season-high 9.800 on floor (fifth place) in the same meet. Fry was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around at the Denver meet (1/30), finishing in fifth place with a 38.775. She recorded four top-five finishes in the San Jose State meet (1/28). Fry finished in fourth on bars and tied a season-high 9.775 in the event, and she scored a 9.625 on beam for a third-place finish. Fry also tied a season-high 9.800 on floor and landed in third place, and she posted a 38.750 in the all-around, finishing in third place against the Spartans.

Arizona in the Rankings
- Arizona moved up three spots to No. 24 in the Feb. 8 national poll... The Wildcats are No. 10 on bars and No. 23 on floor... Heidi Hornbeek is the only Wildcat ranked nationally and is tied for second place in the nation on floor... The UA is No. 4 in Region III, which consists of 11 teams... The Cats are No. 5 on vault, No. 1 on bars, No. 8 on beam and No. 3 on floor in the region... Heidi Hornbeek is No. 2 on bars and No. 1 floor in the region, while Randi Liljenquist is No. 3 on floor and No. 7 (out of 33 gymnasts) in the all-around... Arizona began its second-straight season ranked No. 16 in the women's gymnastics preseason coaches' poll... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Tuesday evening at: www.troester.com/gym/WRankings.

Cat Scratches
- Arizona is 5-1 in home meets, but the Cats are winless on the road after three away meets... Randi Liljenquist is tied for first place on beam in the Pac-10 based on her 9.925 beam performance against California and Southern Utah (as of Feb. 8)... Head coach Bill Ryden has a 19-15-1 career and school record... At least four Wildcat gymnasts have set or tied season-high and career-high marks in the last three meets... The 2000 season marked the first time the Cats opened the conference with an 0-2 record since 1998 when Arizona started the year 0-3 in the Pac-10... It is the second year in a row that the Cats have opened competition against a Pac-10 opponent... Arizona has six home meets, and the Wildcats only have to leave the state four times during the regular season... Eight UA opponents (Michigan, Utah, UCLA, Stanford, Denver, Washington, Arizona State, Minnesota) are ranked in the Feb. 8 national poll... Nine UA opponents (UCLA, Michigan, Utah, Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon State, Minnesota, Denver, Washington) began the season ranked in the women's gymnastics preseason top-25 poll.

A Look at the 2000 Season

Feb. 11 vs. California, Southern Utah - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set a season-high team total 194.250, defeating California (193.225) and Southern Utah (191.650), on Friday, Feb. 4 in front of a crowd of 725 in the McKale Center. The Wildcats (5-4 overall and 1-2 Pac-10) scored season highs on vault (48.325) and floor (49.125) in their first Pac-10 win this season. California dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Southern Utah fell to 1-4 overall.

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 floor-both career-high marks-and 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.

Jan. 30 at Denver and Minnesota - 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.

Jan. 28 vs. San Jose State - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated San Jose State, 194.025-188.100, Friday night in front of a crowd of 975, in the McKale Center. The UA set a season-high total (194.025), and the Cats also posted season-high scores in all four events. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge, winning the second-consecutive all-around title of her career. Arizona improved to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while San Jose State dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Arizona never trailed during the meet, and the Cats scored a season-high team score of 48.075 on vault, a 48.900 on bars, a 48.025 on beam and a 49.025 on floor-the new No. 9 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Four Wildcat gymnasts set career-high scores during the meet, and Arizona swept the top-three individual spots on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a new career-high 39.125 in the all-around, giving her the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). She also took the beam title with a 9.750, and she closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first-place finish.

Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for the Cats, setting three career highs for the meet. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and took third on bars (9.800). Beyschau scored a career-high 9.700 on beam for second place, recorded a career-high 9.825 on floor for another second-place finish, and she took second in the all-around with a new career-high 39.000.

In her only event of the evening, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek returned to lineup after sitting out the last meet with an ankle injury and took the bars title with a season-high 9.850. Junior Kara Fry tied her season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place), scored a season-high 9.625 on beam (third place), tied her season-high 9.800 on floor (third place), and she scored a season-high 38.750 in all-around (third place).

Junior Nicci Filchner scored a season-high 9.650 on vault, while fellow junior Mary Reiss tied for second on vault with a season-high 9.675. Reiss set a career-high 9.775 on floor and tied for fourth place. Junior Heather Straccia set a career-best 9.525 on vault, and senior Kiernan Andrews landed in fifth place on beam with a 9.550.

Jan. 21 at Stanford - The No. 23 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal, 194.275-191.275, on Jan. 21 in front of a crowd of 500, in Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. Arizona dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Stanford grabbed its first conference win and upped its record to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.

Arizona scored a season-high team score of 48.675 on bars and a season-high 47.550 on beam, while five UA gymnasts set new career-high marks during the meet. Arizona took the top individual spots on bars and in the all-around, while Stanford swept the team events and the top individual spots in the four events.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge once again with a new career-high 38.825 in the all-around, giving her the first all-around title of her career. Liljenquist set a season-high 9.725 on bars, tied her season-high 9.800 on beam for a third-place finish, and she also took third place on floor with a 9.750. Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for a second consecutive week, scoring a career-high 9.900 on bars for a tie for first place. She also set career-high scores on beam (9.300), floor (9.700) and in the all-around (38.525).

Senior Kiernan Andrews lifted the Wildcats on beam with a new career-high 9.750 and third place in the event. Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.550 on vault. Junior Kara Fry set a season-high 9.775 on bars and a season-high 9.275 on beam, while fellow junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.475 on vault. Sophomore Lindsay Compitello made her official collegiate debut in the meet, posting a 9.200 on beam and a 9.050 on floor.

Jan. 14 vs. UCLA, Central Michigan, Iowa - The 16th-ranked University of Arizona women's gymnastics team topped Central Michigan and Iowa, finishing in second place in its 2000 season home-opener on Jan. 14 in front of a crowd of 720, in the McKale Center. Arizona (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) scored a 192.675, while Central Michigan (4-2 overall, 1-0 Mid-American) recorded a 191.850, and Iowa (0-3 overall, 0-0 Big 10) ended the meet with a 190.775. Third-ranked UCLA (4-4 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) took the meet title with a score of 196.300, sweeping all four events and the all-around.

Arizona trailed UCLA and Iowa for three rotations, and the Cats were in third place with a score of 143.750 heading into the final rotation. Although Arizona experienced some falls on beam, the Cats roared back in the final rotation on floor with a team score of 48.925, which tied the 10th-highest floor score in Arizona history. Five UA gymnasts set or tied new career-high marks during the meet. UCLA gymnasts captured the top individual spots in all four events and the all-around, while two Arizona gymnasts tied for top honors on floor.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist lifted the Cats on beam with a third-place score of 9.800, and she also tied senior Kiernan Andrews for first-place honors on floor, each with a score of 9.850. Liljenquist tied her career-high 9.850 on floor, while Andrews set a new career-high mark in the same event. Andrews also set a career-high 9.675 on beam. The meet also marked Liljenquist's collegiate debut on vault, scoring a 9.600 in the event, and she ended the meet with a new career-best 38.400 in the all-around.

In her official collegiate debut, freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fifth on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was the highest UA finisher in the all-around with a score of 38.425. Beyschau also scored a career-high 9.250 on beam and a career-high 9.650 on floor. Senior Lisa Heckel set a career-high 9.725 on bars, and junior Heather Straccia competed on vault for the first time in her career, scoring a 9.350.

Prowlin' With the Wildcats
- Here's the upcoming broadcast schedule for Fox Sports Net Arizona's bi-weekly magazine show about University of Arizona athletics - "Prowlin' with the Wildcats"... Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9 p.m./Friday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. (replay); Wed., Mar. 8, 7 p.m.; Wed., Mar. 22, 5 p.m./Fri., Mar. 24, 7 p.m. (replay).

A Look Ahead
- Arizona hits the road for the fourth time in nine meets to battle the Utah Utes on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Utah's Huntsman Center. The Wildcats will return to the McKale Center on Friday, March 3 when the UA faces the Michigan Wolverines, at 7:30 p.m., in Arizona's final home meet of the season.

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