March 21, 2009
The Arizona gymnastics team finished fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference's Championship meet Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif.
The No. 19 Wildcats posted a team score of 194.325, beating Arizona State and California.
"It was not our night," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden. "All we can really do is regroup and move on."
Senior Briana Bergeson had the best meet of any Wildcat, posting team-highs on bars and beam in the team's last meet before regionals in two weeks.
Arizona opened the meet on bars and recorded a team score of 48.025. Bergeson posted the highest score with 9.8 and finished 11th in the meet. Freshman Rebecca Cardenas, competing in her first Pac-10 Championship, and junior Sarah Tomczyk both posted 9.75's. Four gymnasts tied for the conference title with 9.9's and Stanford had the highest team score with a 49.275.
The Wildcats moved to the beam and posted a 48.175 behind Bergeson again. She scored a 9.85 to finish tied for seventh in the meet. Making her conference meet debut, freshman Katie Matusik finished with a 9.825 to finish tenth. Stanford's Carly Janiga won the league title with a 9.95 while UCLA posted the high team score with a 49.325.
Arizona had it's best team score on the floor, which has been it's most consistent event all season, posting 49.200 for the second best score. Tomczyk had the highest Wildcat score with a 9.875 to finish third in the meet. Four other Arizona gymnasts scored a 9.8 or higher. Oregon State's Mandi Rodriguez and Stanford's Nicole Ourada tied for the individual title with a pair of 9.9's and the Beavers scored the team high with a 49.225.
Closing the meet, the Wildcats just missed a 49, with a 48.925 led by freshman Deanna Graham. Graham scored a 9.85 followed closely by Tomczyk's 9.825. OSU's Rodriguez won her second title with a 9.95 and Stanford scored the meet's high score with a 49.350.
Sophomore Colleen Fisher was the only Wildcat to compete in the all-around posting a 38.475 with three 9.8's on vault, beam and floor with a low score of 9.075 on bars. Janiga won the conference all-around with a 39.575, edging OSU's Rodriguez's 39.575.
The Wildcats now have two weeks before competing in the postseason for the 23rd straight season. They should find out their post season fate.
"It's more of a mental issue with us," Ryden said. "Most of the girls are fine, we just don't have the depth to have one or two slip up."