NCAA Championship Meet Structure - Preliminary team and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions on Thursday, April 19... The all-around winner will be announced Thursday following the conclusion of the preliminary team and all-around competition... The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition on Friday, April 20... The top four individuals from each session in each event (including ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will advance to the individual event finals on Saturday, April 21.
Head Coach Bill Ryden on Kara Fry - "We are just so happy for Kara because she truly has earned this trip to the national championship. Kara has had a phenomenal season, and all she has done this year is exactly what you would hope for from any senior. She definitely is doing the best and most difficult gymnastics of her career. Kara has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and she has turned it up so much in the last year."
Head Coach Bill Ryden on Randi Liljenquist - "Randi had a very difficult month of March, and she has been fighting a lot of little problems since the week after the Arizona State meet. She has been doing everything in her power to fight through the problems, so it is great that she has a chance to end the season on a high note at the national championship meet."
Arizona's NCAA Championship History - Arizona head coach Bill Ryden has trained 11 All-Americans and 14 All-Pac-10 gymnasts in his 11-year tenure as both an Arizona assistant and head coach... Ryden also has had one gymnast compete in the NCAA Championship in each of his three years at the helm of the Wildcat program (Fry and Liljenquist in 2001, Liljenquist in 2000 and Heidi Hornbeek in 1999)... Fry earned her first trip to the NCAA Championship as a freshman in 1998... She was the No. 5 at-large seed in the all-around and finished 39th overall in the all-around finals... Fry scored a 37.650 in the all-around, a 9.550 on vault, a 9.775 on bars, a 9.125 on beam and a 9.200 on floor... Liljenquist made her first trip to the NCAA Championship as a sophomore in 2000, and she earned second-team All-America honors for her performance in the all-around... As the No. 4 at-large seed in the all-around, Liljenquist finished 18th overall in the all-around finals with a 39.075... She tied for 13th on both beam (9.775) and floor (9.825), and she scored a 9.750 on vault and a 9.725 on bars... Entering the 2001 NCAA Championship, 14 Wildcat gymnasts have earned All-America accolades in the last 17 seasons.
A Look at Kara Fry - Fry was named to the All-Pac-10 team in the all-around for the second time in her career... She is the only Wildcat gymnast to earn all-conference honors this season and is one of six gymnasts to have been selected to the all-conference team in the all-around... Fry was named to the All-Pac-10 team in the all-around following her freshman season in 1998... The two-time All-Pac-10 honoree competed in all 13 meets for the Wildcats this season as an all-around performer... She has won four all-around titles this year, and she has tallied 32 top-five finishes after competing in a total of 52 routines so far this season... Fry has competed in 50 consecutive meets dating back to the first competition of her freshman season in 1998... She also has proven herself as a reliable all-around competitor for Arizona, as she has competed in the all-around for the last 49 consecutive meets... Overall, Fry has competed in a grand total of 197 events over the last four years... Fry was named 2001 South Central Regional Gymnast of the Year following the regional championship on April 7... She earned her second trip to the national championship as the No. 3 at-large seed after posting a third-place finish in the all-around with a 39.275 at the regional competition... Fry also tied for ninth on vault (9.825), tied for sixth on bars (9.825), tied for ninth on beam (9.775) and tied for 11th on floor (9.850) at the regional championship... The 5-5 senior from Nazareth, Pa., has scored over the 39.000 mark in nine out of 13 meets... Fry holds Arizona's top individual scores for the 2001 season on bars (9.950) and beam (9.900)... Fry's career-high marks in all four events and in the all-around have earned her a place in the Arizona record books... Her career-high 39.525 is the third-best all-time individual all-around score, and her career-high 9.950 on bars is No. 3 on the all-time performers' list... Fry's career-high 9.850 on vault is No. 10 on the all-time list, her career-high 9.900 on floor is the No. 7 score, and her career-high 9.900 on beam is the No. 6 all-time mark.
A Look at Randi Liljenquist - Liljenquist, a 5-2 junior from Tucson, Ariz., earned the second NCAA bid of her career after she tied for first-place honors in the floor exercise event at the regional championship on April 7... She scored a 9.925 on floor to win a share of the event title and automatically earned a NCAA berth in the floor exercise event... In 2001, Liljenquist scored a 9.900 or better on seven out of 12 floor routines... She posted a 9.900 against California, Oklahoma and Utah State on Jan. 21 and she matched the total on Jan. 26 against Utah... Liljenquist scored a 9.925 on floor four times this season against Stanford (Feb. 23), Arizona State (March 2), at the Pac-10 Championship (March 24) and at the South Central Regional Championship (April 7)... She also notched a season-high 9.950 in the Denver-Oregon State meet on Feb. 2... Liljenquist's perfect 10.000 on floor, which she scored on March 3, 2000, against Michigan in McKale Center, tied Heidi Hornbeek for the school record in the event... She also became only the fifth Arizona gymnast to score a 10.000 in school history... Liljenquist has competed in 143 total routines dating back to the first meet of her freshman season in 1999... She competed in all 12 meets on bars, beam and floor as a freshman... Liljenquist competed as an all-around performer in 14 meets during the 2000 season... In 2001, she competed in all 13 meets but was unable to perform on floor in the Minnesota meet on March 10 due to an ankle injury that she suffered earlier in the meet on vault... Up until the Minnesota meet this season, Liljenquist had competed in 35 consecutive floor routines since her freshman season... Overall, she has competed in 38 out of 39 total floor routines since the first meet of the 1999 season... Liljenquist holds Arizona's top individual scores on vault (9.900), beam (9.900), floor (9.950) and in the all-around (39.650) this season... Her career-high 39.650 in the all-around ranks as the No. 2 all-time score, and her career-high 10.000 on floor remains tied for the top score in school history... Her career-high 9.900 on vault is the No. 6 all-time score, her career-high 9.925 on bars is the No. 7 mark, and Liljenquist's career-high 9.925 on beam is the No. 3 all-time individual score.
Arizona's Last Time Out - The No. 23 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in third place at the NCAA South Central Regional Championship on April 7 in Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center, in front of a crowd of 2,632. Arizona made its 15th consecutive postseason appearance at the regional meet. UA (9-22) scored a 194.825, but the Wildcats just missed qualifying for one of the two regional team berths to the NCAA Championship. Arizona was only .100 away from a second-place finish. Third-ranked Nebraska and No. 19 Oklahoma finished in first and second, respectively, to advance to the NCAA Championship on April 19-21 in Athens, Ga.
Nebraska (23-1) posted a 196.200, and Oklahoma (20-7) edged Arizona (194.825) for second place with a 194.925. No. 10 Penn State (18-14) finished fourth with a 194.775, No. 15 Washington (17-13-1) ended the meet in fifth with a 194.450, and No. 25 Illinois State (13-14) rounded out the regional field in sixth place with a 191.725. Nebraska won the bars, beam and floor team events, while Washington ended the meet with the highest team vault total.
Nebraska's Tami Harris won the all-around title with a 39.400, and teammate Alecia Ingram tied for top honors on vault (9.875), along with Oklahoma's Mariana Goncalves and Penn State's Katie McAvoy. Washington's Emily Pritchard grabbed first place on bars (9.900), while fellow Husky Mandi Klug took top honors on beam (9.900). Arizona's Randi Liljenquist, Nebraska's Tami Harris and Penn State's Katie Rowland closed out the meet in a three-way tie for first place on floor (9.925).
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry closed out the regional meet as Arizona's top performer in the all-around, as she posted a third-place finish (39.275). Fry tied for sixth on bars (9.825), tied for ninth on both vault (9.825) and beam (9.775) and tied for 11th on floor (9.850). Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist tied for top honors on floor with a 9.925. Liljenquist tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for ninth place overall in the all-around with a 38.850.
Sophomore Nikki Beyschau tied for 14th place on vault with a 9.800 and finished 15th on bars with a 9.775. Freshman Andi McCabe closed out the regional meet in seventh place in the all-around (38.950). McCabe also tied for 12th on beam (9.750), and she tied for 14th on vault (9.800). Senior Mary Reiss tied for 11th on floor with a 9.850. Freshman Sheehan Lemley tied for 12th on beam (9.750) in her only event of the meet.
Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona closed out the season ranked No. 15 following its third-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional Championship... The Wildcats ended the regular season ranked No. 23 in the nation... UA began the 2001 season ranked No. 20 in the preseason coaches' poll... In terms of schedule strength, 12 of Arizona's 2001 opponents - UCLA, Nebraska, Utah, Stanford, Arizona State, Penn State, Oregon State, Washington, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Denver and Illinois State - were ranked in the final edition of the regular-season national gymnastics poll... As of April 2, UA ended the regular season ranked nationally in three events - No. 17 on vault, No. 20 on bars and No. 21 on floor... Senior Kara Fry is the only Wildcat ranked in the final regular-season national gymnastics poll, checking in at No. 16 in the all-around rankings... Entering the regional championship meet, Arizona had jumped one spot to No. 4 in the South Central Regional rankings, finishing behind Nebraska, Arizona State and Oklahoma... The Cats previously peaked at No. 3 in the region on March 5... UA ended the regular season ranked third on vault, fourth on bars, fourth on floor and fifth on beam in the region... In the individual regional rankings, Fry closed out the regular season ranked at the top position in the regional all-around rankings for the third week in a row this season... Fry also is listed 10th on vault, tied for eighth on bars, tied for 13th on beam and 10th on floor... Junior Randi Liljenquist ended the regular season fifth in the all-around, tied for first on floor, tied for 11th on beam, 19th on bars and 14th on vault in the regional rankings... Sophomore Nikki Beyschau finished the year ranked fifth in the region on vault and is tied for 15th on bars... Senior Mary Reiss ended her career ranked 11th on floor, and senior Heather Straccia finished out the year tied for 17th on floor... Senior Nicci Filchner ended her career ranked 24th on bars, and freshman Andi McCabe finished her first collegiate season tied for 21st on vault... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Monday at: www.troester.com/gym/WRankings.
Conference of Champions - Based on the Pac-10 Conference's rankings released on April 2, Arizona closed out the regular season listed at No. 6 in the overall conference standings, with UCLA and Stanford leading the field... Arizona State finished third in the conference rankings, Oregon State fourth, Washington fifth and California seventh... UCLA ended the regular season with top conference rankings on vault, bars and floor, while Stanford held the top spot on beam... The Wildcats closed out the regular season fifth on vault and bars, sixth on floor and seventh on beam... Individually, senior Kara Fry finished the regular season ranked fourth in the all-around, and Randi Liljenquist finished the year ninth overall... Fry also is ranked 18th on vault, tied for 12th on bars, 17th on beam and 19th on floor... Liljenquist is tied for 11th on floor, 16th on beam and 23rd on vault... Nikki Beyschau ended the season 11th on vault and 23rd on bars... Mary Reiss finished in a tie for 20th on floor, and Heather Straccia closed out the year tied for 23rd on floor.
Arizona in the Record Books - The Wildcats have posted 17 team scores this season that currently rank on the UA's all-time top-10 performance list...
... On March 24 at the Pac-10 Championship meet, Arizona scored a team total of 195.525, which ranks as the new No. 9 score on the all-time top-10 scoring list... Arizona set a new school record with its season-high team total of 196.900 against Arizona State on March 2... UA's previous team record was a 196.300, which was set on March 26, 1999, against Arizona State, in McKale Center... The Wildcats posted a team total of 196.200 in the Stanford meet, and the mark ranks as the third-best team score in school history... Arizona's team total of 195.500 in the Washington meet is the No. 10 all-time score...
... In the meet at Minnesota on March 10, Arizona scored a 49.050 on vault, and the event total matched the No. 7 vault score on the Wildcats' all-time top-10 list... Arizona notched a season-high 49.100 on vault in the Arizona State meet, and the score is the fifth-best mark in UA history... Arizona's 49.025 on vault, in the Stanford meet, tied the No. 10 all-time score...
... Against North Carolina on March 14, Arizona set a school record on bars with the team's season-high mark of 49.475, which topped the previous all-time team record of 49.425... Arizona scored a 49.325 on bars in the ASU meet, and the score tied the No. 6 bars mark on the all-time top-10 list... Against Stanford on Feb. 23, the Wildcats tallied a 49.375 on bars, and the score tied the fourth-best bar rotation mark in school history...
... The Wildcats posted a season-high 49.000 on beam in the Arizona State meet, and the mark tied the No. 5 all-time beam score... The squad's score of 48.975 on beam, which UA scored against Stanford, ranks as the No. 8 all-time beam rotation score...
... The Wildcats also scored a 49.250 on floor in the Pac-10 meet, and the mark is the seventh-best rotation total in school history... Arizona's floor score of 49.200, scored against North Carolina State, matched UA's No. 8 all-time floor rotation score... UA posted a season-high 49.475 on floor to set a school record in the team's last event of the ASU meet... In the Washington meet on Feb. 18, Arizona's floor score of 49.175 became the 10th-best score in school history... UA's score of 49.300 on floor at the UCLA Invitational on Feb. 11 tied the third-highest all-time mark.
UA's Top-10 Performers - Seven Arizona gymnasts have set or tied scores this season that rank in the top 10 on Arizona's all-time performers' scoring list... With her career-high marks on vault and bars this season, Kara Fry has now broken into all five of the individual event categories thus far in her stellar gymnastics career... Fry and Randi Liljenquist are the only UA gymnasts (on the 2001 roster) listed in each of the five event categories...
... At the Pac-10 Championship meet on March 24, senior Kara Fry matched a career-high 9.900 on floor (No. 7 all-time score) for the third time this season... In the meet against North Carolina State, Fry matched a career-high 39.525 in the all-around, and her score currently ranks as the third-best all-time individual mark... Fry originally set the career mark in the Stanford meet on Feb. 23... In winning the vault title, Fry tied a career-high 9.850 in the North Carolina State meet, which keeps her in a tie for the 10th-best individual score... She took first place honors on bars in the North Carolina State meet, matching a career-high 9.950... The mark, which she first scored in the Stanford meet, ranks as the third-best all-time individual score... In the ASU meet on March 2, Fry tied a career-high 9.900 on floor... Fry also matched a career-high 9.900 on floor (No. 7 all-time score) in the Stanford meet... Fry posted a career-high 9.850 on vault in the Washington meet, vaulting into the Arizona record books for the first time in the vault event... Fry tied her career-high 9.900 on beam in the UCLA Invitational on Feb. 11, as she defeated three U.S. Olympians en route to the beam event title... Her career-high 9.900 is the sixth-best all-time individual beam mark...
... Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist posted a career-high 39.650 in the all-around on March 2 against Arizona State, and the score is the second-best individual mark on the all-time top-10 performers' list... Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.900 on vault against Arizona State and landed in a tie for sixth place on the all-time top-10 list... She also tied a career-high 9.925 on bars in the same meet, and she remains tied for seventh on the all-time top-10 list... Last season, Liljenquist set career highs on beam and floor... Her career-high 9.925 on beam is the third-best all-time individual score, while she is tied with Heidi Hornbeek for the school record on floor (10.000).
Cat Scratches - Arizona head coach Bill Ryden is in his third year at the helm of the program (11th overall at Arizona) and holds a 30-51-1 career and school record... Arizona notched two victories over North Carolina State and James Madison on the road in the first meet of the 2001 season... UA is 5-12 in neutral contests, 1-7 in away meets and 3-3 at home this season... Six of Arizona's eight freshman competed during the 2001 season, and 13 Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks... Senior Kara Fry and junior Randi Liljenquist share the team lead, each with 12 individual event titles... Fry also has tallied 32 top-five finishes, while Liljenquist holds 35 top-five performances... Fry holds the team lead with four all-around championships... Senior Mary Reiss posted seven top-five finishes... Sophomore Nikki Beyschau had nine top-five performances, including two vault titles and a bars event title... Freshman Andi McCabe had seven top-five performances... Senior Heather Straccia posted six top-five finishes, including the first floor exercise title of her career... Senior Nicci Filchner and freshman Cori Messina each had three top-five finishes... Freshman Aimee Estella won a vault title and tallied two top-five finishes... Freshman Sheehan Lemley finished the year with one top-five finish.
A Look Ahead - The top four individuals from each session in each event (including ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition on Thursday, April 19 will advance to the individual event competition on Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m. MST.