TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to fourth-ranked Utah, 193.925-196.400, Friday night, in front of a crowd of 708, in McKale Center. Arizona set a season-high 48.825 on beam, and the Wildcats posted their top overall team score (193.925) for the season. Arizona dropped to 2-8 on the year, while Utah improved to 3-1 overall.
Arizona (2-8, 0-2 Pac-10) trailed Utah for the entire meet and entered the final rotation on floor behind Utah by a score of 144.900-146.850. UA scored a 49.025 on floor, but the Wildcats could not overcome the deficit. The Utes' Shannon Bowles scored a perfect 10.000 on beam in the final rotation to seal the win for Utah. Six Arizona gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Lindsay Compitello, Kara Fry, Sheehan Lemley, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - set or tied season-high and career-high marks in tonight's meet.
Utah, who won each of the four team events, swept the top individual event honors on vault (Veronique Leclerc - 9.875), bars (Theresa Kulikowski - 9.900), beam (Shannon Bowles - 10.000) and in the all-around (Deidra Graham - 39.325). Arizona's Randi Liljenquist and Utah's Deidra Graham shared top honors on floor (9.900).
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Randi Liljenquist was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around, ending the meet in second place after setting a new season-high 39.225. Liljenquist tied for top honors on floor, as she tied a season-high 9.900. She landed in second place on vault (9.725) and tied for fourth on bars with a new season-high 9.800 in the event.
Senior Kara Fry tied for fourth place on beam and tied a season-high 9.850 for the third consecutive meet. Fry also finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.425. Sophomore Nikki Beyschau finished fifth on vault (9.675) and posted a sixth-place finish on bars (9.750). Beyschau also scored a season-high 9.775 in the floor event. Senior Mary Reiss tied for fourth place on floor with a 9.850.
Junior Lindsay Compitello set a career-high 9.475 on bars and posted a career-high 9.750 on beam. Freshman Sheehan Lemley tied a career-high 9.725 on beam, while fellow freshman Andi McCabe set a career-high 9.750 on floor.
"Tonight's meet was a very big step for us because we did not have to count a fall in any event. What killed us on vault and bars was that we didn't stick our landings, and that is what the judges were looking for. I had hoped we would score a little better, but this is a very young team with a lot of potential. We just have to get back in the gym and work on sticking our landings," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden.
Arizona closes out its two-meet homestand next week, when the Wildcats square off against the No. 14 Oregon State Beavers and the No. 21 Denver Pioneers on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. MST, in McKale Center.
University of Arizona Gymnastics
Arizona vs. Utah
McKale Center, Tucson Ariz.
January 26, 2001
Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals 1. Utah 48.475 49.050 49.550 49.325 196.400 2. Arizona 48.075 48.000 48.825 49.025 193.925 Individual Scores Vault 1. Veronique Leclerc Utah 9.875 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.725 3. Deidra Graham Utah 9.700 3. Theresa Wolf Utah 9.700 5. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.675 Uneven Bars 1. Theresa Kulikowski Utah 9.900 2. Shannon Bowles Utah 9.825 2. Veronique Leclerc Utah 9.825 4. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.800 4. Deidra Graham Utah 9.800 Balance Beam 1. Shannon Bowles Utah 10.000 2. Deidra Graham Utah 9.925 2. Theresa Kulikowski Utah 9.925 4. Kara Fry Arizona 9.850 4. Kim Allan Utah 9.850 4. Melissa Vituj Utah 9.850 Floor Exercise 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.900 1. Deidra Graham Utah 9.900 3. Shannon Bowles Utah 9.875 4. Mary Reiss Arizona 9.850 4. Melissa Vituj Utah 9.850 4. Kylee Wagner Utah 9.850 4. Theresa Wolf Utah 9.850 All-Around 1. Deidra Graham Utah 39.325 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.225 3. Theresa Wolf Utah 39.050 4. Kara Fry Arizona 38.425