RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2001) -- The No. 20 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened the 2001 season with two wins over 19th-ranked North Carolina State and James Madison on Sunday, January 14, in front of a crowd of 1,800, in North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum. Arizona scored a 193.450 and finished the quadrangular meet in second place behind New Hampshire's score of 193.800. North Carolina State (193.375) and James Madison (188.725) rounded out the field in third and fourth place, respectively. Arizona is 2-1 overall, while New Hampshire improves to 4-0 on the season. North Carolina State has a 1-2 record, and James Madison drops to 0-3.
Arizona took the team vault title with a score of 48.650, edging New Hampshire by .325, and the Wildcats scored a 49.050 on floor to finish second behind North Carolina State (49.150) in the event. North Carolina State scored a 48.575 to win the bars event, while New Hampshire topped the field with a 48.425 on beam. Seven Wildcat gymnasts - Lindsay Compitello, Aimee Estella, Meagan Killpack, Sheehan Lemley, Cori Messina, Andi McCabe and Mary Reiss - each set career-high marks, and Arizona took top individual honors on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry scored a 39.050 to win the all-around title, and she took first place on bars with a 9.800. Fry also finished in sixth place on beam with a 9.750. Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist scored a 9.850 on beam and tied for first-place honors in the event. Liljenquist landed in second on vault with a 9.750, and she ended the meet with third-place finishes on floor (9.875) and in the all-around (38.975).
Senior Mary Reiss helped pace the Arizona lineup on floor, as she set a career-high 9.900 and took second place in the event. Senior Heather Straccia closed out meet with a third-place showing on vault (9.725), and sophomore Nikki Beyschau tied for second place on bars (9.775). Junior Lindsay Compitello posted a career-high 9.675 on beam, and she competed on bars for the first time in her career, setting a career-high 9.100 in the event. Junior Nicci Filchner tied for ninth on bars with a 9.650.
Five Arizona freshmen - Aimee Estella, Meagan Killpack, Sheehan Lemley, Andi McCabe and Cori Messina - made their official collegiate debut in today's meet for the Wildcats. Estella led the Wildcats to a team victory on vault after winning the individual vault title with a career-high 9.800. Estella also set a career-high 9.200 in her first beam competition. Killpack scored a career-high 9.150 on floor, while Lemley ended the meet with a career-high 9.100 on beam. McCabe posted a career-high 9.625 on floor, and Messina tied for fifth place on vault with a career-high 9.700.
Arizona travels to San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 19, when the Cats will battle San Jose State, Pac-10 foe California and Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. (PST) in its second of four quadrangular meet this the season. The UA concludes its three-meet roadswing on Sunday, Jan. 21, as the Wildcats are set to square off against California, Oklahoma and Utah State, in Berkeley, Calif.
Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals 1. New Hampshire 48.325 48.200 48.425 48.850 193.800 2. ARIZONA 48.650 48.175 47.575 49.050 193.450 3. North Carolina St. 47.450 48.575 48.200 49.150 193.375 4. James Madison 47.350 45.925 47.975 47.475 188.725 Individual Scores Vault 1. Aimee Estella Arizona 9.800 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.750 3. Allison Bundy NC State 9.725 3. Heather Straccia Arizona 9.725 5. Cori Messina Arizona 9.700 5. Michelle Harley New Hampshire 9.700 5. Bethany Wagner New Hampshire 9.700 Uneven Bars 1. Kara Fry Arizona 9.800 2. Kelli Brown NC State 9.775 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.775 4. Kara Charles NC State 9.750 4. Angie Welch NC State 9.750 4. Wendy Wheaton New Hampshire 9.750 Balance Beam 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.850 1. Monica Berry NC State 9.850 3. Erin Fitzgerald James Madison 9.825 4. Kelli Brown NC State 9.800 5. Janelle DiOrio James Madison 9.775 Floor Exercise 1. Kelli Brown NC State 9.925 2. Mary Reiss Arizona 9.900 3. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.875 4. Adina Stock NC State 9.850 4. Allison Bundy NC State 9.850 4. Rose Kosowski New Hampshire 9.850 All-Around 1. Kara Fry Arizona 39.050 2. Kelli Brown NC State 39.025 3. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 38.975 4. Rose Kosowski New Hampshire 38.875 5. Suzanne Poretz New Hampshire 38.575