Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 16 Gymnastics Pulls Out Victory at MSU
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 13, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 16 Arizona gymnastics team (1-0) narrowly defeated No. 22 Michigan State (0-1), 194.975-194.925, in the season opener for both sqauds on Friday night in Jenison Field House. Senior Jamie Holton won a share of the floor title and also shared the vault title with teammate Bree Workman, who returned to her hometown for the first time in her collegiate career.

The host Spartans controlled much of the meet, taking a .325 point lead after the first rotation and extending the lead to .575 after the second rotation. A solid third rotation on floor put the Wildcats within reach and cut the deficit to .400 points. However, both teams struggled in their final rotations, with the Wildcats posting a 48.250 on beam to the Spartans 47.800 on floor. The .450 difference was enough for UA to overtake MSU and capture its sixth victory over the Spartans in as many competitions.  

"I'm proud of the girls," ninth-year head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. "They aren't exactly happy that they just won because they know there are some things they can do so much better. But, I think they really realize that this could be something really special this year."

The Spartans began the meet on vault and jumped out ahead of the Wildcats, who began on bars. Paced by scores of 9.825 from Kelly Moffitt, Kristen Coleman and Chayla Hill, MSU posted a 48.900 to Arizona’s 48.575. On bars for the Wildcats, senior Aubrey Kelly shared third-place honors with a score of 9.850. In her collegiate debut, freshman Brittney Morgan chipped in a 9.750, while Karin Wurm added a 9.675. Sophomores Briana Bergeson and Alexis Greene each earned 9.650 marks, while freshman Miranda Russell scored a 9.575 in her first meet as a Wildcat.


"We just stubbed our toe litterally and figuratively on bars," Ryden said. "We did not do bars the way we normally do. This is the first meet of the year, though, so we know what level we have to get to."


In the second rotation, the Spartans extended their lead on bars (49.325) despite a solid rotation by the Wildcats on vault (49.075). Coleman captured the bars title with a 9.925, while freshman teammate Nicole Curler claimed second with a 9.900. For the Wildcats on vault, senior Jamie Holton and sophomore Bree Workman, in front of many friends and family in her hometown, tallied scores of 9.900 to share the vault title. Redshirt freshman Sarah Specht, competing officially for the first time in her UA career, earned a 9.800. Kelly added a 9.775, while Rachelle Silberg and Morgan earned scores of 9.700 and 9.675, respectively.


"It was really neat for Bree to come out and win an event in her homecoming," Ryden said. "She looked really good and I'm very happy for her."


The Wildcats made up some ground in the third rotation on floor (49.075), but MSU was still strong on beam (48.900). For the Spartans, Curler led all gymnasts with a 9.925, while Coleman added a 9.900. Arizona was led by Holton, who notched a 9.875 on floor to share her second individual title of the evening. Greene tallied a 9.825, while Danielle Hicks and Wurm added marks of 9.800. Russell (9.775) and Kelly (9.675) also turned in solid performances.


In the final rotation, Arizona had to overcome two falls, but Hicks turned in an outstanding beam routine to earn second-place honors with a 9.850 to lead the Wildcats to a 48.250. Holton performed her third solid routine of the meet, earning a 9.775, while Kelly and Morgan added scores of 9.750 and 9.700, respectively. Bergeson and Russell received scores of 9.175 and 9.150, respectively.


"Danielle is just Danielle," Ryden said. "She went out and did exactly what I expected her to."


The Spartans, however, could not hold on for the victory. Despite Curler and Coleman’s marks of 9.875 and 9.850, respectively, on floor, no other MSU gymnast scored higher than a 9.575 as the team totaled a 47.800.


"Jamie is a rock star," Ryden added, referring to Holton's consistency and leadership to go along with her three solid events. "She came through tonight with three great events. She was fantastic. She was without a doubt our competitive leader."


In the all-around, Curler and Coleman shared the title for MSU with a score of 39.400, while Kelly totaled a 39.000 for the Wildcats.


"I think the girls know that we weren't at our best tonight," Ryden said. "But we were still able to score really well. I think this only adds fuel to the fire for next week."


Arizona will be back in action on Sunday, January 19, when it travels to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins.

Team Results by Rotation


Rotation I


MSU on vault: 48.900

UA on bars: 48.575


Rotation II


MSU on bars: 49.325; Running total: 98.225

UA on vault: 49.075; Running total: 97.650


Rotation III


MSU on beam: 48.900: Running total: 147.125

UA on floor: 49.075; Running total: 146.725


Rotation IV


MSU on floor: 47.800; Final total: 194.925

UA on beam: 48.250; Final total: 194.975
















Individual Results by Event



1. Bree Workman (UA) 9.900                              

1. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.900

3. Kristen Coleman (MSU) 9.825

3. Chayla Hill (MSU) 9.825

3. Kelly Moffitt (MSU) 9.825



1. Kristen Coleman (MSU) 9.925

2. Nicole Curler (MSU) 9.900

3. Megan Bergland (MSU) 9.850

3. Rochelle Robinson (MSU) 9.850

3. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 9.850



1. Nicole Curler (MSU) 9.925

2. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.850

3. Kristen Coleman (MSU) 9.800



1. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.875

1. Nicole Curler (MSU) 9.875

2. Kristen Coleman (MSU) 9.850



1. Kristen Coleman (MSU) 39.400

1. Nicole Curler (MSU) 39.400

3. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 39.00







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