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Gymcat Corner: Jamie and the Cats are Determined for a Strong Regional Showing
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 12, 2007
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Hey GymCat Fans!


It’s that time of year... the POSTSEASON!  We are all working really hard on all the details because we know that every little bit counts, especially now! 


We competed at Pac-10’s at ASU at the end of March.  We did very well overall, but I think we just wish that we could get a few routines back to try again!  Too bad mulligans aren’t part of gymnastics!  We placed fourth behind UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon State.  Karin tied for second on bars and tied her career high in the all-around.  And another exciting part of the meet was Aubrey coming back to compete bars!  She had been out for awhile with her broken foot, but you never would have known that if you watched her routine!  She did awesome!  After the meet, we found out that Karin received All-Conference in the all-around and I received All-Conference on beam and floor!  This is the first time either of us has been nominated to the All-Conference team, and we felt very honored by it!  I know that I’m excited because this means we get our picture on the wall in our practice gym!  J


But now it’s time to get crackin’!  This is our slogan for the postseason this year.  As you should know by now, Arizona is hosting the South Central Regional Championships THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT 6PM IN MCKALE!  For those of you that may not know, every team is on a clean slate now.  There are six different regions competing on Saturday, and the top 2 teams at each Regional qualify on to Nationals, which are in 2 weeks in Utah.  We are currently a three-seed, so we have been working all season to get a good ranking to get into a good regional draw.  And we are EXCITED about who we are hosting!  We have #4 Stanford, #8 Oregon State, us, #20 Illinois, #26 ASU, and Illinois-Chicago.  So this will be a little rematch of Pac-10’s with four Pac-10 schools coming for Regionals!  We have been working on the little details this week, because we know that this meet will be really close... but we are DETERMINED to make it to Nationals!  So PLEASE come out and support us this Saturday!  We are really excited to be hosting so that we can have that “home crowd advantage” on our side.  We would LOVE our fans to FILL THE STANDS!!!  Make sure to wear your Arizona red and blue and cheer for your GymCats!  We wouldn’t be where we are now without the support of you fans!  This is your last chance this season to watch the team in action... so don’t miss it!  J


On a side note, I just want everyone to know how proud I am of this year’s team.  We have gone through a lot of rough times, a LOT of injuries, but yet we are still fighting through and doing incredible.  I think this is such a great attribute of our team.  We are NEVER going to give up.  No matter what happens, we are going to FIGHT until the day is done.  I think this is really going to help us this Saturday as we try to qualify to Nationals! 


Until next time... BEAR DOWN and GO GYMCATS!!!


Jamie Holton

Bear Down Challenge Gymnastics