Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Fifth-Ranked Cats Head to Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011

What's Up:

Arizona jumps into the post season ranked No. 24 nationally, and No. 5 in the conference as they head to Los Angeles, Calif. to compete in the 2011 Pac-10 Championships. The UCLA hosted meet will be held on Saturday, March 19 beginning at 4 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

The Wildcats are slated to begin the meet with a bye, and then rotate to bars for their first event competition. The full schedule is as follows at the end of the article.

Live stats will be available for the meet; however, there will be no live video as the event will be broadcasted by FSN.

The Wildcats are competing for a definite spot in one of the 2011 NCAA Regional Championships.

Last Week:

 Arizona finished out the regular season with a bang, earning first place in the last home meet of the season. The Cats earned a season high 195.625, followed by then No. 28 BYU with a 195.300, No. 32 University of New Hampshire with a 194.625, and DII No. 1 Texas Women's with a 191.475.

The Cats made a strong showing on the first and last events posting two scores of 49 or better. The vault team, led by Deanna Graham with a career high 9.925, earned a 49.125. The floor team, also led by Graham with a 9.875, posted a total of 49.150.

The meet concluded with a ceremony celebrating senior Miranda Russell's five year career with the Wildcats.


 Cats in the Pac:

 This week yet another Arizona gymnast has been recognized for weekly honors by the Pacific 10 Conference.

Junior Deanna Graham was named Gymnast of the Week (the week of Mar. 7 - 13) for her all-around performance in last week's home meet. Graham posted a total score of 39.350 - just 0.05 shy of her career best. Graham's scores also contributed to the Arizona's defeat of three other teams.

Other Wildcats who have been recognized this season: junior Katie Matusik (Special Performance of the Week Feb. 21 - 27) junior Deanna Graham  (Gymnast of the Week Feb. 7 - 13), sophomore  Aubree Cristello(Gymnast of the Week Jan. 31-Feb.6), and senior Miranda Russell (Special Performance of the Week Jan. 24-30).

 Questions for Coach:

Each week, head gymnastics coach  Bill Ryden sits down to talk with us to analyze the previous week's meet. This Coach's Show is available for free via the All-Access tab on the website. 

 This season Ryden is entertaining questions from the public. If you have any questions you would like to ask Coach Ryden - from the type of grips the girl's like to use to different coaching decisions - e-mail them to the gymnastics SID Valery Meusburger at Then, watch for your questions in the weekly Coach's Show!

2010 Review:

The Wildcats completed the 2010 season with an overall record of 12-12 and were able to make their 24th consecutive NCAA post-season appearance. Finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, and third at the NCAA Regional Championships, Arizona completed the season ranked No. 20 in the nation. Then sophomore  Deanna Graham stepped up throughout the season to be a major contributor to the team, as well as the lone Wildcat to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Graham also earned 1st team All-Conference Honors in the all-around for her performances.

 Other break out performances included then freshmen  Aubree Cristello and Molly Quirk.

 Cristello earned her place as one of the Wildcats' most consistent gymnasts; competing 12 out of 13 meets in the all-around, and hitting 49 of 51 total routines. Cristello also earned Pac-10 1st team All-Conference Honors for the all-around, with a career best score of 39.175.

Quirk rose to the challenge of becoming beam star, earning a score of 9.90 against Washington, and posting seven scores of 9.80 or above on the event. Hitting 51 of 52 routines competed as well as a high all-around score of 39.100, Quirk was yet another Wildcat to be honored with a spot on the Pac-10 All-Conference 1st team.

Look Out for New GymCats:

Arizona added a number of new faces this season, including  Barbara Donaldson out of Bakersfield, Calif., Chelsea Perna hailing from Middletown, Del., Phoenix native Shana Sangston, Ali Stakem from Gaithersburg, Md., and  Jordan Williams from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Pre-season Rankings:

 The Arizona Gymcats head into the season ranked No. 19 in the 2010 Women's Pre-Season Coaches poll. They are one of six Pac-10 schools to be rated. The others include No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 21 Washington, and No. 25 Arizona State.

Stacked Schedule:

Arizona faces a stacked schedule this season, competing against six schools ranked in the pre-season poll. This includes some tough meets early on, including opening the season against a powerfully ranked Pac-10, and meeting up with these teams to conclude the regular season in the Pac-10 Championships. Other ranked meets include facing No. 25 Arizona State early on in the season, and a dual meet against No. 18 Boise State. The Gymcats must also go head to head with No. 1 UCLA, and No. 6 Stanford.

Ryden's Record:

Head Coach Bill Ryden earned a total record of 173-167-3 after the quad meet last week.

What's Coming Up:

 The Wildcats have a chance to earn a spot at the NCAA Regional Championships, depending on their performance this week at the Pac-10 Championships.



Bye Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor
Rotation 1 Oregon St Cal Arizona Stanford UCLA Washington Arizona St
Rotation 2 Arizona St Oregon St Cal Arizona Stanford UCLA Washington
Rotation 3 Washington Arizona St Oregon St Cal Arizona Stanford UCLA
Rotation 4 UCLA Washington Arizona St Oregon St Cal Arizona Stanford
Rotation 5 Stanford UCLA Washington Arizona St Oregon St Cal Arizona
Rotation 6 Arizona Stanford UCLA Washington Arizona St Oregon St Cal
Rotation 7 Cal Arizona Stanford UCLA Washington Arizona St Oregon St
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