TUCSON, Ariz. The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped a close Pac-10 meet to the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 196.200-196.300, in front of a crowd of 602, in McKale Center Friday night. Although Arizona lost by only .100, the Wildcats posted a season-high team total of 196.200 that ranks as the second-best team mark in school history. Arizona dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-10 Conference, while Stanford improved to 9-3 on the season and 4-1 in the conference.
In addition to its season-high team total, UA also set three team event season-high marks on vault (49.025), bars, (49.375) and beam (48.975). Arizona's bars score tied the third-best total in school history, and the beam score is seventh on the all-time scoring list. UA's season-high 49.025 tied the eighth-best vault rotation score in school history. Eight Wildcat gymnasts Nikki Beyschau, Lindsay Compitello, Nicci Filchner, Kara Fry, Randi Liljenquist, Andi McCabe, Mary Reiss and Heather Straccia each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in tonight's meet.
UA trailed Stanford, 49.025-49.225, following the first rotation, but the Wildcats cut the Cardinal lead to .100 after UA's season high on bars in the second rotation. Stanford increased its lead by .225 entering the fourth and final rotation. The Wildcats roared back on floor with career-high performances from seniors Kara Fry and Mary Reiss, but the Wildcats were unable to catch the Cardinal squad in the final stretch. Stanford senior Jen Exaltacion's 9.925 (first place) on beam in the final rotation helped seal the win for the Cardinal.
Arizona and Stanford split the four team events. The Wildcats won the bars and beam events, while Stanford edged the Wildcats on vault and floor.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry set a career-high 39.525 in the all-around and won her third all-around title this season. Fry's 39.525 tied the second-highest score on the UA's all-time top-10 performers' list. Fry also set a career-high 9.950 on bars and tied for first-place honors. Fry's 9.950 on bars tied the third-best all-time individual score. She finished second on beam with a 9.875 and tied a career-high 9.900 on floor and tied for second place.
Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist posted a career-high 9.875 on vault and finished in second place. Liljenquist's new vault score is the No. 8 score on the all-time top-10 list. Liljenquist won the floor title with a 9.925 and tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.900. She ended the meet in second place in the all-around with a season-high 39.475.
Sophomore Nikki Beyschau tied for first-place honors on bars and scored a career-high 9.950, which tied the third-highest individual bars score in school history. She also tied a season-high 9.850 on vault and tied for third in the event. Senior Mary Reiss helped pace the Arizona lineup on floor, as she tied a career-high 9.900 and tied for second in the event. In her only event of the meet, senior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.825 on bars. Senior Heather Straccia scored a season-high 9.725 on vault and set a career-high 9.750 on bars.
Freshman Andi McCabe made her collegiate debut in the all-around, finishing in seventh overall with a career-high 38.575. McCabe scored a career-high 9.675 in her first collegiate performance on bars. She posted a career-high 9.850 on beam and finished third in the event. Sophomore Lindsay Compitello tied a career-high 9.775 on beam and finished in sixth place.
"We are trying so hard to win a meet, and it is frustrating to not be able to hit a complete meet. We came really close tonight, and we are just going to keep working hard to improve week after week. Kara (Fry) is really one of the top all-arounders in the country, and she is having her best season. Overall, we had a great effort, and we hit three event season highs, so we have a lot to build upon in the coming weeks."
Arizona closes out a two-meet homestand next week, as the Wildcats prepare to battle intra-state rival Arizona State on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. MST, in McKale Center.
University of Arizona Gymnastics Arizona vs. Stanford McKale Center, Tucson Ariz. February 23, 2001
Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals 1. Stanford 49.275 49.225 48.700 49.100 196.300 2. Arizona 49.025 49.375 48.975 48.825 196.200
Individual Scores Vault 1. Lindsay Wing Stanford 9.950 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.875 3. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.850 3. Shelly Goldberg Stanford 9.850 3. Caroline Fluhrer Stanford 9.850 3. Lise Leveille Stanford 9.850
Uneven Bars 1. Kara Fry Arizona 9.950 1. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.950 3. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.900 3. Caroline Fluhrer Stanford 9.900 5. Lindsay Wing Stanford 9.875
Balance Beam 1. Jen Exaltacion Stanford 9.925 2. Kara Fry Arizona 9.875 3. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.850 4. Katy Herbert Stanford 9.825 5. Robin Phelps Stanford 9.800
Floor Exercise 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.925 2. Kara Fry Arizona 9.900 2. Mary Reiss Arizona 9.900 2. Lindsay Wing Stanford 9.900 5. Jen Exaltacion Stanford 9.850
All-Around 1. Kara Fry Arizona 39.525 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.475 3. Jen Exaltacion Stanford 39.325 4. Lindsay Wing Stanford 39.175 5. Lise Leveille Stanford 39.125