Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Gymnastics Hosts No. 20 Oregon State and No. 24 Denver in Friday Tri-Meet
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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    What's Coming Up - The Arizona women's gymnastics team (2-8, 0-2 Pac-10) closes out a two-meet homestand this week, as the Wildcats are set to square off against No. 20 Oregon State and No. 24 Denver on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (MST), in McKale Center... Arizona is looking for its first win in three meets and its first Pac-10 victory of the season... This week's competition marks UA's only triangular meet of the season... UA opened the year on the road for the first three weeks of the season and competed in three straight quadrangular meets... The Wildcats fell to fourth-ranked Utah, 193.925-196.400, last weekend in Arizona's first dual meet of the year... Oregon State (1-3, 1-1 Pac-10) and Denver (4-2) are the fifth and sixth ranked opponents that Arizona has faced so far this season... The Beavers are in search of their second straight victory, while Denver is hoping to rebound from a loss against LSU last weekend... Oregon State opened the season with three losses before defeating California last weekend... The Pioneers opened the season with three consecutive wins over Washington, Maryland and California.

    Ryden's Weekly Analysis - "From our standpoint, our focus is to continue to grow and fix the mistakes from our past competitions. We just want to keep getting better and better every week. We are going to face two very good programs this weekend, and it is going to be a great competition. It was great that Randi (Liljenquist) hit her first complete meet of the season last week (against Utah), and I expect both Randi and Kara (Fry) to have strong meets against Denver and Oregon State."

    Arizona's Last Time Out - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to fourth-ranked Utah, 193.925-196.400, on Jan. 26, in front of a crowd of 708, in McKale Center. Arizona set a season-high 48.825 on beam, and the Wildcats posted their top overall team score (193.925) for the season. Arizona dropped to 2-8 on the year, while Utah improved to 3-1 overall.

    Arizona (2-8, 0-2 Pac-10) trailed Utah for the entire meet and entered the final rotation on floor behind Utah by a score of 144.900-146.850. UA scored a 49.025 on floor, but the Wildcats could not overcome the deficit. The Utes' Shannon Bowles scored a perfect 10.000 on beam in the final rotation to seal the win for Utah. Six Arizona gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Lindsay Compitello, Kara Fry, Sheehan Lemley, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - set or tied season-high and career-high marks in the meet.

    Utah, who won each of the four team events, swept the top individual event honors on vault (Veronique Leclerc - 9.875), bars (Theresa Kulikowski - 9.900), beam (Shannon Bowles - 10.000) and in the all-around (Deidra Graham - 39.325). Arizona's Randi Liljenquist and Utah's Deidra Graham shared top honors on floor (9.900).

    Individually for the Wildcats, junior Randi Liljenquist was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around, ending the meet in second place after setting a new season-high 39.225. Liljenquist tied for top honors on floor, as she tied a season-high 9.900. She landed in second place on vault (9.725) and tied for fourth on bars with a new season-high 9.800 in the event.

    Senior Kara Fry tied for fourth place on beam and tied a season-high 9.850 for the third consecutive meet. Fry also finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.425. Sophomore Nikki Beyschau finished fifth on vault (9.675) and posted a sixth-place finish on bars (9.750). Beyschau also scored a season-high 9.775 in the floor event. Senior Mary Reiss tied for fourth place on floor with a 9.850.

    Junior Lindsay Compitello set a career-high 9.475 on bars and posted a career-high 9.750 on beam. Freshman Sheehan Lemley tied a career-high 9.725 on beam, while fellow freshman Andi McCabe set a career-high 9.750 on floor.

    Scouting Oregon State - The No. 20 Oregon State Beavers (1-3, 1-1 Pac-10) are coming off a 195.575-195.000 win over the California Golden Bears on Jan. 28... The Beavers earned their first win of the season last weekend after falling to Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona State in the first three meets of the year... Oregon State scored a season-high 195.575 in the meet, and senior Katrina Severin won top honors in all three of her events for the second week in a row... Severin scored a career-high 9.925 on floor and a career-high 9.900 on beam, and she added a season-high 9.925 on vault... The Beavers have been riddled with injuries this season... The team lost Jerra Lopez during the Cal meet after she suffered an achilles tendon injury during her final tumbling pass on floor, and Lopez will undergo surgery on Feb. 1... The squad also lost All-American Tanya Ricioli for the season after she suffered a ruptured achilles tendon in the first meet of the season... The Beavers opened the 2001 season ranked No. 12 in the preseason coaches' poll... Oregon State head coach Tanya Chaplin (UCLA, '90) is in her fourth year at the helm of the Beaver program and holds a 54-32 overall career and school record... Last season, Oregon State defeated Arizona, 196.275-193.450, in Corvallis, Ore., on Feb. 11, 2000... The Beavers also finished second at the Pac-10 Championship meet on March 18, 2000.

    Scouting Denver - The 24th-ranked Denver Pioneers (4-2) enter this week's competition after falling to Louisiana State, 195.450-194.275, on Jan. 27... Denver set a season-high team total (194.275) against the Tigers... Freshman Ashley Shible won the vault and all-around titles last weekend, while senior All-American Jenny Ebdon took top honors on beam... Denver posted its best rotation of the season on beam, and the Pioneers took four of the top-five individual spots in the event... The Pioneers opened the season with early wins over the Pac-10's Washington and California... The Pioneers entered the 2001 season ranked No. 13 in the preseason coaches' poll... Denver head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart is in her third season with the Pioneer program and holds a 46-15 overall career and school record... Last season, Denver defeated Arizona, 194.375-192.900, in a tri-meet with Minnesota on Jan. 30, 2000, in Denver, Colo.

    Wildcats in the Rankings - After beginning the 2001 season ranked No. 20 in the preseason coaches' poll, Arizona has since dropped out of the top-25 rankings... This week, 10 of Arizona's 2001 opponents - UCLA, Utah, Stanford, Oklahoma, Washington, Minnesota, California, Oregon State, North Carolina State and Denver - are ranked in the Jan. 29 national gymnastics poll... UA is ranked No. 12 nationally on floor and No. 16 on beam... Junior Randi Liljenquist is ranked No. 17 nationally in both the beam and floor events this week... Senior Kara Fry is listed at No. 23 on beam... In terms of schedule strength, 10 of Arizona's 2001 opponents were ranked in the preseason coaches' poll... Six Pac-10 teams - UCLA (1), Stanford (7), Arizona State (11), Oregon State (12), Washington (16) and Arizona (20) - were ranked in the preseason poll... Arizona closed out the 2000 season ranked No. 20 in the nation after the team finished fourth at the NCAA regional meet on April 7, 2000... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Monday at:

    Cat Scratches - Arizona head coach Bill Ryden is in his third year at the helm of the program (11th overall at Arizona) and holds a 23-37-1 career and school record... Arizona notched two victories over North Carolina State and James Madison on the road in the first meet of the 2001 season... UA is 1-5 in neutral contests, 1-2 in away meets and 0-1 at home this season... Six of Arizona's eight freshman have competed in the first four meets of the season... So far this year, 13 Wildcat gymnasts have set or tied season-high and career-high marks after four meets... Senior Kara Fry and junior Randi Liljenquist each lead the team with four individual event titles... Liljenquist has 12 top-five finishes, while Fry has 11 top-five finishes... Freshman Aimee Estella has a vault title and two top-five finishes... Senior Mary Reiss and sophomore Nikki Beyschau have posted two top-five finishes... Senior Heather Straccia and freshman Cori Messina each have one top-five finish entering this weekend's meet.

    A Look Ahead - After a two-meet homestand, Arizona hits the road to the "City of Angels" next weekend to compete in its fourth and final quad meet of the season... The Wildcats are set to battle top-ranked UCLA, No. 12 Washington and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. PST (3 p.m. MST)... Arizona then closes out a two-meet road swing on Feb. 18 when the Wildcats travel to Seattle, Wash., to face the Washington Huskies for the second time this season, at 2 p.m. PST (3 p.m. MST).

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