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Arizona Gymnastics Finishes Fourth at UCLA Invitational
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/11/2001
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in fourth place at the UCLA Invitational Sunday behind top-ranked UCLA, Washington and Cal State Fullerton, in front of a crowd of 1,510, in Pauley Pavilion. The No. 1 Bruins led the field with a 196.725, winning their 11th consecutive and 16th overall UCLA Invitational team title. Washington landed in second place with a 194.675, while Cal State Fullerton edged Arizona for a third-place finish with a 194.575. Arizona's overall score (194.400) is the squad's second-highest mark of the season.

Arizona dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improved to 11-1 on the season and 4-1 in the conference. Washington moved to 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10, and Cal State Fullerton ended the meet with a 4-6 overall record.

The Wildcats set two season-high marks on vault (48.725) and floor (49.300). UA's team floor score of 49.300 tied the second-highest floor rotation mark in school history. Eight UA gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Nicci Filchner, Kara Fry, Meagan Killpack, Andi McCabe, Cori Messina and Heather Straccia - also set or tied season-high and career-high marks during the meet. UCLA never trailed during the meet, and the Bruins won each of the four team events. UCLA took home individual top honors on vault, bars, floor and in the all-around, while Arizona's Kara Fry won the beam title.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry tied a career-high 9.900 on beam and won her first beam title of the season. Fry now holds five individual event titles for the year. She tied for third in the all-around (39.200) and tied for seventh on floor (9.850). Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist tied a season-high 9.775 on vault and tied for fourth in the event. Liljenquist also tied for fifth on floor (9.875) and tied for third in the all-around (39.200). Sophomore Nikki Beyschau landed in second place on vault and posted a season-high 9.850 in the event.

Freshman Andi McCabe set a career-high 9.700 in her second collegiate vault competition. McCabe tied for fifth place on floor and set a career-high 9.875 in the event. Senior Heather Straccia tied a career-high 9.850 on floor and tied for seventh in the event. Freshman Cori Messina posted a career-high 9.725 in her second collegiate floor performance. Senior Nicci Filchner posted a season-high 9.750 on bars, and freshman Meagan Killpack set a career-high 9.100 in her collegiate debut on bars.

Arizona travels to Seattle, Wash., next weekend to face the Washington Huskies for the second time this season on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. PST (3 p.m. MST).

Arizona @ UCLA with Washington & Cal State Fullerton
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
February 11, 2001

       
Team Scores     	Vault   Bars    Beam    Floor   Totals
1. UCLA 		49.050  49.200  49.075  49.400  196.725
2. Washington   	48.525  48.825  48.225  49.100  194.675
3. Cal State Fullerton  48.325  49.125  48.400  48.725  194.575
4. Arizona      	48.725  48.600  47.775  49.300  194.400

Individual Scores
Vault
1.      Onnie Willis    	UCLA    		9.950
2.      Nikki Beyschau  	Arizona 		9.850
3.      Jamie Dantzscher        UCLA    		9.825
4.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona 		9.775
4.      Kristen Maloney 	UCLA    		9.775
4.      Yvonne Tousek   	UCLA    		9.775
4.      Kelly Mathiasen 	Cal State Fullerton     9.775
4.      Molly Seaman    	Washington      	9.775

Uneven Bars
1.      Jamie Dantzscher        UCLA    		10.000
2.      Doni Thompson   	UCLA    		9.900
2.      Emily Pritchard 	Washington      	9.900
4.      Joanna Hughes   	Cal State Fullerton     9.875
4.      Stacy Wong      	Washington      	9.875

Balance Beam
1.      Kara Fry        	Arizona 		9.900
2.      Onnie Willis    	UCLA    		9.850
2.      Jeanette Antolin        UCLA    		9.850
4.      Kelly Mathiasen 	Cal State Fullerton     9.825
5.      Alyssa Beckerman        UCLA    		9.800
5.      Kristen Maloney 	UCLA    		9.800
5.      Joanna Hughes   	Cal State Fullerton     9.800

Floor Exercise
1.      Onnie Willis    	UCLA    		9.950
1.      Jamie Dantzscher        UCLA    		9.950
3.      Kristen Parker  	UCLA    		9.900
3.      Lanna Apisukh   	Washington      	9.900
5.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona 		9.875
5.      Andi McCabe     	Arizona 		9.875

All-Around
1.      Onnie Willis    	UCLA    		39.600
2.      Jamie Dantzscher        UCLA    		39.550
3.      Kara Fry        	Arizona 		39.200
3.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona 		39.200
5.      Kelly Mathiasen 	Cal State Fullerton     39.125
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