Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes ?- (2/17/06) Stanford
What’s on Tap: The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (3-7) will travel to
The Rankings: The Wildcats remained at No. 14 in the nation this week following their third-consecutive Pac-10 victory and fourth-straight team total of 195.0 or better. The Wildcats have competed in six meets, meeting the standards to achieve a Regional Qualifying Score.
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 9-15. From Jan. 16-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Arizona Head Coach: Bill Ryden is in his eighth season at the helm of the
Scouting the Cardinal: Stanford enters the week ranked No. 10 in the county following back-to-back Pac-10 victories over
Familiar Faces: This week’s matchup will mark the second time the Wildcats and Cardinal have met. The teams squared off earlier this year at the Cancun Gymnastics Classic on Jan. 6. In that meet, the Cardinal outscored
Terrific Trio: Through the first six meets of the year, 72 of
On the Road Again:
Target 196: In the early part of the season, the 195-mark was a good measuring stick as to how a team was developing. The Wildcats have reached that benchmark in each of the last four meets. Now,
Leader of the Pac: As a team,
Steady Improvement: The Wildcats got off to a shaky start on the beam this season, but have since found some consistency in their young lineup. After posting a season-low 47.350 in the second meet of the year at
She’s Back: Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week three weeks ago, Aubrey Taylor has re-emerged as an all-arounder this season, returning to the vault lineup, the one event she didn’t compete in a year ago. Over the last four meets,
Back to Form: Despite being a freshman a year ago, Danielle Hicks became one of the Wildcats’ most consistent performers at the end of last season, competing as an all-around in the final six meets of the season and capturing two titles. Hicks got off to a bit of a slow start this year, however, seeing both Karin Wurm and Aubrey Taylor earn more consistent all-around totals early in the year. That changed three weeks ago when Hicks scored a 39.150 and placed second in the all-around, a total much more reminiscent of the scores she earned as a freshman. She bested that total two weeks ago and claimed her first all-around title of 2006 with a score of 39.175 against
Star in the Making: Freshman Alexis Greene has wasted no time in making a significant impact in the Wildcat lineup this season. The 5-5 native of
Beamer on Beam: Freshman Briana Bergeson, known better by her teammates as ?'Beamer,’ has quickly become the Wildcats’ top scorer the last four weeks on the balance beam. In three consecutive meets, she bested her career-high and has placed no lower than second in those meets. At
Workman-like Vaulter: Freshman Bree Workman has become one of the Wildcats’ top vaulters this season. She ranks second on the team behind classmate Alexis Greene with an average of 9.729 this season. Against
Instant Impact: The Wildcats have called upon five freshmen to play integral roles this season. Alexis Greene has been a regular in three events and has won three floor titles. Briana Bergeson holds a team-best 9.900 on beam and has won two titles in the event. Three weeks ago, Bree Workman claimed her first-career vault title. Sarah Parsons, who has a season-high 9.825 on bars, joins Bergeson and Greene as regulars in the bars rotation. Against
Facing the Best:
Stacked Pac: Once again, the Pac-10 will be one of the toughest conferences in the country. Five teams are ranked after the first five weeks of competition. UCLA leads the way at No. 9, followed by No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 Arizona and No. 19 Oregon State. The same five teams plus Washington had been ranked in the first two polls of the season.
The Lone Senior: When a team graduates six seniors in one class, it usually means that the following year they will rely on a number of underclassmen. That certainly is the case this year for the Wildcats, but don’t tell that to senior Erin Muirhead. Muirhead, the team captain, looks to provide veteran leadership as she returns for her final season as a Wildcat. Coming off of a foot injury that cut short her season last year, Muirhead earned marks of 9.600 on beam and 9.675 on floor in
Junior Duo: The Wildcats have also turned to the leadership of a pair of juniors, Aubrey Taylor and Jamie Holton.
Super Soph’s: Danielle Hicks, Karin Wurm and Rachelle Silberg all played vital roles on the Wildcat squad as freshmen. Now as sophomores, each are playing a prominent role in the
Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week: Junior Aubrey Taylor was named the Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 24-30. The 5-2 native of
A Look Back: The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team used strong performances early and late to outlast the No. 19 Oregon State Beavers, 195.400-194.925, last Friday night in Gill Coliseum before 3,537 fans.
The Wildcats, who last won in
The Wildcats opened the meet on the uneven parallel bars and recorded a team score of 48.975, to take an early lead on the Beavers who scored a 48.100 on the vault.
For the second rotation, the Wildcats moved to the vault and notched a team score of 48.625. OSU, however, made up ground on the bars, posting a season-high team score of 49.025, paced by Jami Lanz who tied
On the vault,
Leading 97.600-97.125 heading to the third rotation, the Wildcats moved to the floor exercise and scored a 48.975. On the beam, the Beavers chipped away at the lead, scoring a season-high 49.075. For the Wildcats, Taylor and Wurm closed out the rotation in style, each earning a 9.875 from the judges to share the individual title. Jamie Holton matched her season-high for the third straight-week, tallying a 9.775. Hicks and Greene added scores of 9.750 and 9.700, respectively.
Holding onto 146.575-146.200 lead,
For the fourth-consecutive meet, two Wildcats scored a 39.0 or better in the all-around. With her 39.250,
The win marked the first time since 1997 that
Only three current gymnasts ?- Muirhead, Taylor and Holton ?- had previously competed at OSU.
Future Cats: Last November, Head Coach Bill Ryden announced the signing of three student-athletes who inked their names to National Letters of Intent to come to
Looking ahead: The Wildcats will return home for the first of three consecutive meets in