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