Jan. 24, 2011
No. 31 Arizona welcomes the No. 14 Boise State Broncos to compete at the McKale Center. The meet will take place on Friday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
The Cats hosted in-state rival Arizona State University for a point in the State Farm Territorial Cup series. With their win of 193.625 over ASU (192.050), the team tied the series 3-3.
Despite mistakes here and there, Arizona had a pretty successful meet, as well as a great start to the home season.
Highlights of the meet included scoring a season team high beam score of 48.800, and sophomore Mykle Douglas coming through in the clutch to finish out the floor rotation with a 9.700 (tied with sophomore Molly Quirk, and second only to sophomore Aubree Cristello with a 9.800).
The shining moment of the meet, however, came at the end of the second rotation for the Cats. After a rough start on vault, senior Miranda Russell hit an amazing bar set for a career high (and meet winning score) of 9.90.
“We’ve been training Miranda for that bar set for five years now. Her routine has been a combination of years of different skills and sets, and I think we’ve finally perfected it. I am so proud of her and happy for her that she hit it – though I have to say I know she’s been capable of this the whole time,” head coach Bill Ryden said.
Questions for Coach:
Each week, head gymnastics coach Bill Ryden sits down to talk with us to analyze the previous week’s meet. This Coach’s Show is available for free via the All-Access tab on the website.
This season Ryden is entertaining questions from the public. If you have any questions you would like to ask Coach Ryden – from the type of grips the girl’s like to use to different coaching decisions – e-mail them to the gymnastics SID Valery Meusburger at email@example.com. Then, watch for your questions in the weekly Coach’s Show!
Scouting the Opposition:
Last week the No. 14 Broncos competed against No. 11 Alabama. The team took second, however they totaled a score of 195.000. The team also posted 14 season high scores throughout the meet.
Standouts for Boise State included RS junior Amy Glass and senior Hannah Redmon.
Glass won the all-around with a new career high of 39.375, and was named as the WAC All-Around Gymnast of the Week.
Redmon scored a season best bar score of 9.875 to three-way tie for first.
The Wildcats completed the 2010 season with an overall record of 12-12 and were able to make their 24th consecutive NCAA post-season appearance. Finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, and third at the NCAA Regional Championships, Arizona completed the season ranked No. 20 in the nation. Then sophomore Deanna Graham stepped up throughout the season to be a major contributor to the team, as well as the lone Wildcat to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Graham also earned 1st team All-Conference Honors in the all-around for her performances.
Cristello earned her place as one of the Wildcats’ most consistent gymnasts; competing 12 out of 13 meets in the all-around, and hitting 49 of 51 total routines. Cristello also earned Pac-10 1st team All-Conference Honors for the all-around, with a career best score of 39.175.
Quirk rose to the challenge of becoming beam star, earning a score of 9.90 against Washington, and posting seven scores of 9.80 or above on the event. Hitting 51 of 52 routines competed as well as a high all-around score of 39.100, Quirk was yet another Wildcat to be honored with a spot on the Pac-10 All-Conference 1st team.
Look Out for New GymCats:
Arizona added a number of new faces this season, including Barbara Donaldson out of Bakersfield, Calif., Chelsea Perna hailing from Middletown, Del., Phoenix native Shana Sangston, Ali Stakem from Gaithersburg, Md., and Jordan Williams from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
The Arizona Gymcats head into the season ranked No. 19 in the 2010 Women’s Pre-Season Coaches poll. They are one of six Pac-10 schools to be rated. The others include No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 21 Washington, and No. 25 Arizona State.
Arizona faces a stacked schedule this season, competing against six schools ranked in the pre-season poll. This includes some tough meets early on, including opening the season against a powerfully ranked Pac-10, and meeting up with these teams to conclude the regular season in the Pac-10 Championships. Other ranked meets include facing No. 25 Arizona State early on in the season, and a dual meet against No. 18 Boise State. The Gymcats must also go head to head with No. 1 UCLA, and No. 6 Stanford.
Head Coach Bill Ryden earned a total record of 165-164-3 after the dual meet with the Sun Devils.
What’s Coming Up:
The Cats compete once more at home, going head to head with The University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday, February 4. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the meet will begin at 7 p.m.