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 Vault 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 All-Around 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.375 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 39.125 3. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 38.800 4. Kara Fry Arizona 38.725