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Arizona's Gymnasts Stumble at Arizona State Friday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 11, 2000
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    Wildcat Heidi Hornbeek wins vault title

    TEMPE, Ariz.The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils, 195.800-195.200, losing by only .600 Friday night in front of a crowd of 666, in ASU's Wells Fargo Arena. The Wildcats set a season-high 49.150 on vault, and the team's total score is its top road mark and its third-highest score of the season. Arizona dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-10, while Arizona State upped its record to 13-4 and 4-2 in the conference.

    Arizona and Arizona State split the team events, with the Wildcats taking vault (49.150) and beam (48.950), and the Sun Devils won the bars (49.300) and floor (49.275) events. Arizona's vault score (49.150) is the new No. 2 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list, and the team total of 195.200 is the 10th-highest score in school history. Four Wildcat gymnastsNikki Beyschau, Gretchen Diaz, Randi Liljenquist and Emily Petermanset season-high and career-high marks, and at least one Arizona gymnast finished in the top five in each event. Arizona took top individual honors on vault and in the all-around.

    Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title with a 9.925 after experiencing a fall on her first vault attempt, and she was Arizona's top finisher on bars, landing in a tie for fourth place with a 9.825. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a career-high 9.825 on vault and tied for fourth in the event, and she set a career-high 9.775 on beam. Beyschau also tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.750.

    Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for second on vault with a career-high 9.850, tied for second on beam with a 9.850, and she finished third on floor with a 9.875. Junior Kara Fry tied for fourth on beam with a 9.825, while sophomore Emily Peterman posted a career-high 9.825 on beam and tied for fourth in the same event. Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.775 on vault for the meet.

    In the all-around, Liljenquist finished first (39.375), and Beyschau landed in second (39.125), while Hornbeek (38.800), and Fry (38.725) rounded out the field in third and fourth place, respectively. Arizona State did not have any gymnasts compete in each of the four individual events.

    Arizona begins postseason action next weekend when the Wildcats travel up the interstate for the second week in a row on Saturday, March 18 for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships. The Wildcats are set to make a run for their first-ever Pac-10 title, at 6 p.m., in ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.

    Arizona Gymnastics
    Arizona at Arizona State 
    Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.
    March 10, 2000
    Team Scores     	Vault   Bars    Beam    Floor   Totals
    1.  Arizona State       49.050  49.300  48.175  49.275  195.800
    2.  ARIZONA     	49.150  48.850  48.950  48.250  195.200
    Individual Scores
    1.      Heidi Hornbeek  	Arizona 		9.925
    2.      Michelle Hess   	Arizona State   	9.850
    2.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona 		9.850
    4.      Margaret Wojciak        Arizona State   	9.825
    4.      Nikki Beyschau  	Arizona 		9.825
    Uneven Bars
    1.      Kelly Cowley    	Arizona State   	9.925
    2.      Kristin Fanning 	Arizona State   	9.900
    3.      Margaret Wojciak        Arizona State   	9.850
    4.      Kim Skinner     	Arizona State   	9.825
    4.      Heidi Hornbeek  	Arizona 		9.825
    Balance Beam
    1.      Cassidy Vreeke  	Arizona State  	        9.875
    2.      Ashley Ellsberry        Arizona State   	9.850
    2.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona 		9.850
    4.      Kara Fry        	Arizona 		9.825
    4.      Emily Peterman  	Arizona 		9.825
    Floor Exercise
    1.      Elizabeth McNabb        Arizona State   	9.975
    2.      Kelly Cowley    	Arizona State   	9.950
    3.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona 		9.875
    4.      Kristin Fanning 	Arizona State   	9.850
    5.      Michelle Hess   	Arizona State   	9.750
    5.      Ashley Ellsberry        Arizona State   	9.750
    5.      Nikki Beyschau  	Arizona 		9.750
    1.      Randi Liljenquist       Arizona         	39.375
    2.      Nikki Beyschau  	Arizona 		39.125
    3.      Heidi Hornbeek  	Arizona 		38.800
    4.      Kara Fry        	Arizona 		38.725
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