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Arizona's Gymnasts Set to Battle Utah Friday
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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What's Coming Up
After a 195.800-195.600 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, the No. 23 Arizona gymnastics team (5-7, 1-4 Pac-10) hits the road for a dual meet when the Wildcats take the floor against the fifth-ranked Utah Utes (5-4) in the Downtown Malls Shootout on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., in Utah's Huntsman Center. Arizona scored season highs against Minnesota on vault (48.875), bars (49.200) and floor (49.375), and the Cats also posted the season's highest team total (195.600), which ranks as the fourth-highest score in UA gymnastics history. The UA's bars score is No. 5 on the all-time top-10 list, while the floor score is the highest floor mark in school history. The UA once again will look to senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek, junior Kara Fry and sophomore Randi Liljenquist to provide solid leadership and experience in all four events and the all-around. Hornbeek won the vault and bars title in the Minnesota meet, and Fry took first-place honors on beam and finished second in the all-around. Liljenquist won the floor title, and she won the all-around crown for the fourth time this season. On the opponent side, No. 5 Utah finished fourth at the Arizona State Invitational behind Arizona State, Alabama and Minnesota last Friday. The Wildcats are looking for their first road win this season, while the Utes, who are 4-0 at home this year, have won 155 straight regular season home meets in almost 21 years. Utah defeated Arizona, 193.625-193.250, last season on Feb. 12, 1999, in the McKale Center, and the teams last met in Salt Lake City on Jan. 16, 1998 with Utah winning, 194.700-188.850.

Head Coach Bill Ryden on Arizona's last time out
We looked like a much better team Sunday than we did Friday night. I wish we could have won, but it was a positive meet because we scored well, we competed better, and we were more confident. Beam ended up costing us the meet, but it was the best our beam team has looked all year. Heidi (Hornbeek) and Randi (Liljenquist) really came through for us even though they were not 100 percent healthy, and Kara (Fry) had an incredible meet. Now, we just have to get everyone healthy and keep improving as a team.

Ryden on the Utah meet
Utah is a great place to compete, and they have a first-class program. They are dealing with some devastating injury problems, but they have an impressive depth of talent that will make the meet a very challenging one. We hope to feed off of what we did Sunday by competing well and continuing to work towards achieving our team goals.

Arizona's Last Action
The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored season highs on vault, bars and floor and a season-high team total, but the Wildcats fell to the No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 195.800-195.600, Sunday in front of a crowd of 375, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-7 overall, while Minnesota improved to 9-5 on the season.

Arizona trailed Minnesota, 49.050-48.875, after scoring a season-high 48.875 on vault in the team's first event. The Wildcats came back with a season-high 49.200 on bars and tied the score heading into the third rotation. Although the UA had to count two falls on beam, the Cats fell behind by only one point heading into the final rotation. Arizona bounced back with a season-high 49.375 on floor, but Minnesota's beam score of 48.475 in the final event was enough to give the Golden Gophers the win.

The UA's score of 49.200 on bars ties the No. 5 score on the all-time top-10 list, and the floor score of 49.375 is the highest floor mark in Arizona history. Arizona's season-high team total of 195.600 is the No. 4 score on the top-10 list. Seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona swept the top individual honors in all four events and the all-around. Minnesota and Arizona split the team events, with Minnesota taking the vault and beam events, while the UA won the bars and floor events.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.950 on floor and won the event title, and she took the all-around crown with a career-high 39.425. She also set a career-high 9.750 on vault, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title and tied a season-high 9.875 in the event, and she also took first on bars for the fifth time in six meets with a season-high 9.925. Hornbeek, who is battling a nagging ankle injury, tied a season-high 9.900 on floor and finished in third place, and she scored a 39.100 in the all-around to end the meet in fourth place.

Junior Kara Fry, a 1998 All-Pac-10 selection, won the beam title with a 9.875 and finished second in the all-around with a career-high 39.325. She tied a career-high 9.875 on bars and tied for second in the event and tied a career-high 9.725 on vault. Fry also tied for fifth on floor with a 9.850. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a career-high 9.800 on vault and tied for third place, and she tied a career-high 9.825 on floor. Senior Kiernan Andrews tied a career-high 9.850 on floor and tied for fifth, while fellow senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.725 on vault and a season-high 9.700 on beam. Junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.700 on vault and a season-high 9.825 on floor.

About the Utah Utes
The fourth-ranked Utah Utes finished fourth at the ASU Uno's Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, where Utah scored a season-low 194.675. Arizona State (195.850) won the meet, while Alabama (195.300) and Minnesota (195.150) finished in second and third, respectively. Utah's fourth-place finish is its worse since 1979, and the Utes experienced three falls on beam, its first event of the meet. Utah won the floor (49.100) and bars events (49.475). Senior Denise Jones finished second in the all-around at ASU with a 39.150, and senior Jenny Schmidt won bars with a career-high 9.950.

Utah head coach Greg Marsden is in his 25th year at the helm of the Ute program, and he holds a school and career record of 703-105-3 (all meets). Marsden is 353-48-1 during the regular season and has coached 10 national championship teams, with four titles coming in the 1990s. He is also a seven-time national coach of the year selection. Marsden's 1999 team was 12-1 during the regular season, finished second in NCAA Region I and ended in seventh place at the NCAA Championships. Utah's 2000 squad includes four returning All-AmericansShannon Bowles, Theresa Kulikowski, Denise Jones and Deidra Graham. Utah, however, has lost Kulikowski and Bowles for the season. Kulikowski is out for the season after tearing her ACL on Jan. 28 at LSU, while Bowles will redshirt after fracturing a cervical vertebrae on Nov. 22.

Liljenquist's Leadership
Sophomore sensation Randi Liljenquist has paced Arizona with consistent performances during the season. She underwent voluntary elbow surgery last summer because she wanted a chance to compete on vault and in the all-around. Liljenquist has won 12 first-place titles, including four career all-around titles, and she has posted a total of 27 top-five finishes so far this season. She holds Arizona's top scores on bars, beam and floor. On Sunday against Minnesota, Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.950 on floor and won the event title, and she took the all-around crown with a career-high 39.425. She also set a career-high 9.750 on vault, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Two nights before, Liljenquist tied for first place on bars with a career-high 9.900, and she tied a career-high 9.925 on floor, taking the event title against Washington. She finished fifth on beam with a 9.750, tied a career-high 9.700 on vault and tied for third in the all-around with a 39.275her second-highest all-around score of the year. On Friday, Feb. 11 at Oregon State, Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished in fourth in the all-around (39.075). She led the Wildcat charge on Feb. 4 against California and Southern Utah with a career-high 39.350 and first-place in the all-around. She tied for fourth on vault with a career-high 9.700 and tied for second on bars with a 9.800. Liljenquist posted scores of 9.925 on beam and floorboth career-high marksand won first-place honors in both events. Against Denver and Minnesota on Jan. 30, Liljenquist tied a career-high 9.650 on vault, and she tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.800. Liljenquist scored a career-high 39.125 in the all-around on Jan. 28 against San Jose State, winning the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. She scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). Liljenquist took the beam title with a 9.750 and closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first place finish--giving her the sixth event title of her career. At Stanford on Jan. 21, she scored a 38.825 in the all-around and won her first all-around competition, tied her season-high 9.800 on beam for a second-place finish, and she landed in third place on floor with a 9.750. Liljenquist hit a 9.600 in her collegiate debut on vault against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa (1/14), and she shared first-place honors on floor with senior Kiernan Andrews, each scoring a 9.850.

All-American Heidi Hornbeek
Senior Heidi Hornbeek is back for her fifth year to help lead the team to its first NCAA Championship berth in four years. Hornbeek was restricted to bars for the first four weeks of the season due to a nagging ankle injury but competed on three eventsvault, bars and floorfor the first time against California and Southern Utah. Hornbeek currently has 17 top-five finishes and seven event titles for the season, and she holds Arizona's top individual scores on vault and bars. Against Minnesota on Sunday, Hornbeek won the vault title and tied a season-high 9.875 in the event, and she took first on bars for the fifth time in six meets with a season-high 9.925. She also tied a season-high 9.900 on floor and finished in third place, and Hornbeek scored a 39.100 in the all-around to end the meet in fourth place. Hornbeek competed in all four events for only the second time this season on Feb. 18 against Washington, and she tied for top honors on bars with a season-high 9.900, tied for second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775. Hornbeek finished second in the all-around with a 39.300 and ended the meet as Arizona's top finisher in the event. Against Oregon State on Feb. 11, Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time in 2000 and made her season debut in the all-around, winning the title with a season-high 39.375. Although she continued to battle the pain, she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850. She tied a season-high 9.850 on bars and won the event title for the third-consecutive meet against California and Southern Utah (2/4). In her first meet competing on vault and floor, she set a season-high 9.700 on vault and finished in second place on floor with a season-high 9.900. Against Denver and Minnesota, Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in the event, winning her second bars title of the season for the second consecutive meet. In her only event of the evening against San Jose State (1/28), Hornbeek returned to action, taking the bars event title with a season-high 9.850. The fifth-year senior did not compete at Stanford (1/21) the week before, and she also saw limited action against UCLA (1/14) where she scored a 9.700 on bars in her only event of the meet. Hornbeek, a six-time All-America selection and a seven-time All-Pac-10 honoree, returned to the Arizona lineup in 1999 after undergoing major shoulder surgery and racked up 32 impressive top-five finishes, including 12 first-place titles. She competed in 10 meets as an all-around performer and was the only Wildcat gymnast to reach the NCAA Championships after qualifying as the top at-large seed in the all-around. Hornbeek received All-America honors in the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around events at the 1999 NCAA Championships.

Junior Kara Fry Sets Career High in All-Around
1998 All-Pac-10 selection Kara Fry set a career-high 39.325 in the all-around against Minnesota on Sunday and finished second in the event. She won the beam title with a 9.875, tied a career-high 9.875 on bars (tied for second), tied a career-high 9.725 on vault and tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.850. Fry has won two event titles (floor and beam) so far this season, and she has posted 10 of her 19 top-five finishes in the last three meets alone. She scored a season-high 9.900 on floor against Washington (2/18) and finished in second place. She tied for third on beam with a 9.775 and placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.900. Fry scored a career-high 9.900 on beam at Oregon State (2/11) and took the beam title, winning her first event title of the season. She also scored a season-high 39.150 in the all-around and tied for second, surpassing her previous season high of 38.975. She tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.800 and set a season-high 9.675 on vault in the same meet. In the California and Southern Utah meet (2/4), Fry scored a 38.975 in the all-around and tied for second place in the event, and she landed in third place on beam with a season-high 9.800. She tied a season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place) and tied a season-high 9.800 on floor (fifth place) in the same meet. Fry was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around at the Denver meet (1/30), finishing in fifth place with a 38.775. She recorded four top-five finishes in the San Jose State meet (1/28). Fry finished in fourth on bars and tied a season-high 9.775 in the event, and she scored a 9.625 on beam for a third-place finish. Fry also tied a season-high 9.800 on floor and landed in third place, and she posted a 38.750 in the all-around, finishing in third place against the Spartans.

Fabulous Freshman
Arizona's lone freshman Nikki Beyschau has lifted the Wildcats' team performance with consistent scores in each event, and she shares Arizona's top individual score on bars with a career-high 9.900. Beyschau has posted 14 top-five finishes, including one bars event title. On Sunday against Minnesota, Beyschau scored a career-high 9.800 on vault and tied for third place, and she tied a career-high 9.825 on floor. She finished in fourth place on vault with a 9.750 on vault against Washington (2/18). Beyschau tied a career-high 9.775 on vault and finished in fifth place at Oregon State (2/11). In the Denver and Minnesota meet on Jan. 30, Beyschau tied for fourth place on bars with a 9.775. She scored a career-high 9.700 on beam (second place) and a career-high 9.825 on floor (second place) against San Jose State (1/28). She also set a career-high 39.000 in the all-around for another second-place finish. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and finished in third on bars (9.800). Against Stanford (1/21), Beyschau scored a career-high 9.900 on bars and tied for top honors in the event, winning her first event title. In her collegiate debut against UCLA (1/14), Beyschau tied for fifth place on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around with a 38.425.

Arizona in the Rankings
Arizona jumped two spots to No. 23 in the Feb. 22 national poll... The Wildcats are No. 19 on bars and No. 18 on floor... Heidi Hornbeek and Randi Liljenquist are the only Wildcats ranked nationally... Hornbeek is No. 10 in the all-around, tied for No. 15 on floor, No. 20 on bars and No. 25 on vault... Liljenquist is No. 10 on floor... The UA remains in the No. 4 spot in Region III, which consists of 11 teams... The Cats are No. 3 on vault, No. 4 on bars, No. 7 on beam and No. 3 on floor in the region... Heidi Hornbeek is No. 3 on vault, No. 2 on bars, No. 2 on floor and No. 1 (out of 33 gymnasts) in the all-around in the regional rankings... Randi Liljenquist is No. 1 on floor, No. 4 on beam and No. 6 in the all-around... Kara Fry is No. 7 on bars, No. 12 on floor and No. 8 in the all-around, while Nikki Beyschau is No. 12 on vault and No. 15 in the all-around... The Wildcats have been ranked in the top-25 poll for the last three weeks of competition... Arizona began its second-straight season ranked No. 16 in the women's gymnastics preseason coaches' poll... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Tuesday evening at: www.troester.com/gym/WRankings.

Cat Scratches
Arizona is 5-3 in home meets, but the Cats are winless (0-4) on the road after three away meets... Six gymnasts have battled the flu in the last two meetsHeidi Hornbeek, Randi Liljenquist, Kiernan Andrews, Heather Straccia, Nikki Beyschau and Emily Peterman... The Wildcats have faced six ranked opponents and will battle three top-25 teams in the last three meets of the regular season... Randi Liljenquist is tied for first place on beam (9.925) and tied for second on floor (9.950) in the Pac-10 rankings, while Heidi Hornbeek is tied for sixth on bars (9.925) as of Feb. 22... Head coach Bill Ryden has a 19-17-1 career and school record... At least four Wildcat gymnasts have set or tied season-high and career-high marks in the last five meets... The 2000 season marked the first time the Cats opened the conference with an 0-2 record since 1998 when Arizona started the year 0-3 in the Pac-10... It is the second year in a row that the Cats have opened competition against a Pac-10 opponent... Arizona has six home meets, and the Wildcats only have to leave the state four times during the regular season... Eight UA opponents (Michigan, UCLA, Utah, Stanford, Denver, Washington, Arizona State and Minnesota) are ranked in the Feb. 22 national poll... Nine UA opponents (UCLA, Michigan, Utah, Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon State, Minnesota, Denver, Washington) began the season ranked in the women's gymnastics preseason top-25 poll.

A Look at the 2000 Season

Feb. 18 vs. Washington
The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 49.150 on floor, but the Wildcats fell to the No. 15 Washington Huskies, 195.075-193.975, Friday night in front of a crowd of 467, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-6 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while Washington improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

Washington never trailed during the meet, and the UA fell almost two points behind the Huskies heading into the final rotation. Arizona captured individual first-place honors on bars and floor, and the Cats took the floor event. Four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and the overall team score of 193.975 is the third-highest mark of the season. Washington gymnasts took top honors on vault, beam and in the all-around, and the Huskies swept the vault, bars and beam events.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for only the second time this season and tied for top honors on bars with a season-high 9.900. Although she continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, she tied for second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, finished second in the all-around with a 39.300 and ended the meet as Arizona's top finisher in the event.

Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for first place on bars with a career-high 9.900, and she tied a career-high 9.925 on floor, taking the event title. She finished fifth on beam with a 9.750, tied a career-high 9.700 on vault and tied for third in the all-around with a 39.275. Freshman Nikki Beyschau landed in fourth on vault with a 9.750, and junior Nicci Filchner set a career-high 9.825 on bars for a fifth-place finish. Junior Kara Fry tied for third on beam with a 9.775, finished second on floor with a career-high 9.900, and she placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.900.

Feb. 11 at Oregon State
The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set season highs on vault (48.675) and beam (48.400), but the Wildcats fell to Oregon State, 196.275-193.450, on Feb. 11 in front of a crowd of 3,542, in OSU's Gill Coliseum. The Wildcats dropped to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 6-2 and 3-1 in the conference.

Arizona scored the third-highest meet total of the season. The UA captured individual first-place honors on beam and in the all-around, and four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. Oregon State took top honors on vault, bars and floor, and the Beavers swept the four team events.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time this season and won the all-around title with a season-high 39.375Arizona's top individual all-around mark. She continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, but she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, also tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850.

Junior Kara Fry tied for second place in the all-around with a season-high 39.150, and she scored a career-high 9.900 on beam, taking top honors in the event. Fry also tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.800, and she set a season-high 9.675 on vault. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished fourth in the all-around (39.075). Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied a career-high 9.775 on vault for a fourth-place finish, while senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.700 on vault.

Feb. 4 vs. California, Southern Utah
The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set a season-high team total 194.250, defeating California (193.225) and Southern Utah (191.650), on Friday, Feb. 4 in front of a crowd of 725 in the McKale Center. The Wildcats (5-4 overall and 1-2 Pac-10) scored season highs on vault (48.325) and floor (49.125) in their first Pac-10 win this season. California dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Southern Utah fell to 1-4 overall.

Arizona captured individual first-place honors on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around, and seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. The UA won the bars (48.800) and floor (49.125) events, California took the beam (48.475), and Southern Utah won the vault (48.400).

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge with a career-high 39.350 and first-place in the all-around. She tied for fourth on vault with a career-high 9.700 and tied for second on bars with a 9.800. Liljenquist posted scores of 9.925 on beam and floorboth career-high marksand won first-place honors in both events.

Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and took the bars title for the third week in a row. Hornbeek, who returned to vault for the first time this season, scored a season-high 9.700 and finished in a fourth-place tie. She also made her season debut on floor and posted a season-high 9.900, finishing in second place. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, continues to battle a nagging ankle injury.

Junior Kara Fry tied for second in the all-around with a season-high 38.975 and landed in third place on beam with a season-high 9.800. Fry tied a season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place) and tied a season-high 9.800 on floor (fifth place). Sophomore Lindsay Compitello set a career-high 9.575 on beam, while senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.600 on vault and tied a season-high 9.650 on beam. Junior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.675 on bars, and fellow junior Heather Straccia set a career-high 9.675 on vault and tied for fifth on floor with a season-high 9.800.

Jan. 30 at Denver and Minnesota
The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in third place with a score of 192.900 behind No. 15 Minnesota (194.525) and No. 12 Denver (194.375), Sunday in front of a crowd of 900, in Denver's Hamilton Gymnasium. Arizona dropped to 3-4 overall, remaining winless on the road, while Denver improved to 5-2, and Minnesota upped its record to 3-2 on the season.

The Wildcats (3-4 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) set a season-high 48.125 on vault, and senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied for first place on bars for her second-consecutive bars title. Seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks.

Individually for the Wildcats, All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in her only event of the meet. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 selection, won her second bars title for the second-consecutive meet after taking first place Friday night against San Jose State.

Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.575 on vault and a season-high 9.650 on beam (tied for ninth place), while junior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.675 on bars. Junior Kara Fry, Arizona's top finisher in the all-around, set a season-high 9.725 on beam (tied for sixth place), and she also set a season-high 38.775 for a fifth-place finish in the all-around.

Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied a career-high 9.650 on vault and tied for ninth place, and she tied for fifth on floor with a 9.800. Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775, while sophomore Emily Peterman scored a season-high 9.650 on beam (tied for ninth place). Junior Heather Straccia recorded a career-high 9.650 on vault and tied for ninth in the event.

Jan. 28 vs. San Jose State
The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated San Jose State, 194.025-188.100, Friday night in front of a crowd of 975, in the McKale Center. The UA set a season-high total (194.025), and the Cats also posted season-high scores in all four events. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge, winning the second-consecutive all-around title of her career. Arizona improved to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while San Jose State dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Arizona never trailed during the meet, and the Cats scored a season-high team score of 48.075 on vault, a 48.900 on bars, a 48.025 on beam and a 49.025 on floorthe new No. 9 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Four Wildcat gymnasts set career-high scores during the meet, and Arizona swept the top-three individual spots on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a new career-high 39.125 in the all-around, giving her the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). She also took the beam title with a 9.750, and she closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first-place finish.

Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for the Cats, setting three career highs for the meet. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and took third on bars (9.800). Beyschau scored a career-high 9.700 on beam for second place, recorded a career-high 9.825 on floor for another second-place finish, and she took second in the all-around with a new career-high 39.000.

In her only event of the evening, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek returned to lineup after sitting out the last meet with an ankle injury and took the bars title with a season-high 9.850. Junior Kara Fry tied her season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place), scored a season-high 9.625 on beam (third place), tied her season-high 9.800 on floor (third place), and she scored a season-high 38.750 in all-around (third place).

Junior Nicci Filchner scored a season-high 9.650 on vault, while fellow junior Mary Reiss tied for second on vault with a season-high 9.675. Reiss set a career-high 9.775 on floor and tied for fourth place. Junior Heather Straccia set a career-best 9.525 on vault, and senior Kiernan Andrews landed in fifth place on beam with a 9.550.

Jan. 21 at Stanford
The No. 23 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal, 194.275-191.275, on Jan. 21 in front of a crowd of 500, in Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. Arizona dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Stanford grabbed its first conference win and upped its record to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.

Arizona scored a season-high team score of 48.675 on bars and a season-high 47.550 on beam, while five UA gymnasts set new career-high marks during the meet. Arizona took the top individual spots on bars and in the all-around, while Stanford swept the team events and the top individual spots in the four events.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge once again with a new career-high 38.825 in the all-around, giving her the first all-around title of her career. Liljenquist set a season-high 9.725 on bars, tied her season-high 9.800 on beam for a third-place finish, and she also took third place on floor with a 9.750. Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for a second consecutive week, scoring a career-high 9.900 on bars for a tie for first place. She also set career-high scores on beam (9.300), floor (9.700) and in the all-around (38.525).

Senior Kiernan Andrews lifted the Wildcats on beam with a new career-high 9.750 and third place in the event. Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.550 on vault.

Junior Kara Fry set a season-high 9.775 on bars and a season-high 9.275 on beam, while fellow junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.475 on vault. Sophomore Lindsay Compitello made her official collegiate debut in the meet, posting a 9.200 on beam and a 9.050 on floor.

Jan. 14 vs. UCLA, Central Michigan, Iowa
The 16th-ranked University of Arizona women's gymnastics team topped Central Michigan and Iowa, finishing in second place in its 2000 season home-opener on Jan. 14 in front of a crowd of 720, in the McKale Center. Arizona (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) scored a 192.675, while Central Michigan (4-2 overall, 1-0 Mid-American) recorded a 191.850, and Iowa (0-3 overall, 0-0 Big 10) ended the meet with a 190.775. Third-ranked UCLA (4-4 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) took the meet title with a score of 196.300, sweeping all four events and the all-around.

Arizona trailed UCLA and Iowa for three rotations, and the Cats were in third place with a score of 143.750 heading into the final rotation. Although Arizona experienced some falls on beam, the Cats roared back in the final rotation on floor with a team score of 48.925, which tied the 10th-highest floor score in Arizona history. Five UA gymnasts set or tied new career-high marks during the meet. UCLA gymnasts captured the top individual spots in all four events and the all-around, while two Arizona gymnasts tied for top honors on floor.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist lifted the Cats on beam with a third-place score of 9.800, and she also tied senior Kiernan Andrews for first-place honors on floor, each with a score of 9.850. Liljenquist tied her career-high 9.850 on floor, while Andrews set a new career-high mark in the same event. Andrews also set a career-high 9.675 on beam. The meet also marked Liljenquist's collegiate debut on vault, scoring a 9.600 in the event, and she ended the meet with a new career-best 38.400 in the all-around.

In her official collegiate debut, freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fifth on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was the highest UA finisher in the all-around with a score of 38.425. Beyschau also scored a career-high 9.250 on beam and a career-high 9.650 on floor. Senior Lisa Heckel set a career-high 9.725 on bars, and junior Heather Straccia competed on vault for the first time in her career, scoring a 9.350.

Prowlin' With the Wildcats
Here's the upcoming broadcast schedule for Fox Sports Net Arizona's bi-weekly magazine show about University of Arizona athletics Prowlin' with the Wildcats... Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9 p.m./Friday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. (replay); Wed., Mar. 8, 7 p.m.; Wed., Mar. 22, 5 p.m./Fri., Mar. 24, 7 p.m. (replay); Wednesday, April 5, 3:30 p.m./Saturday, April 8, 5 p.m. (replay); /Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m./Saturday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. (replay).

A Look Ahead
Arizona returns to the McKale Center on Friday, March 3 when the Wildcats square off against the Michigan Wolverines, at 7:30 p.m., in the UA's final home meet of the season.

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