Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 16 Arizona Heads to the Bay Area This Weekend
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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 2000 Arizona Gymnastics Schedule
ALL TIMES MST UNLESS NOTED (subject to change)

Date		Opponent	     		Result/Time	
Jan. 14		UCLA*			L	196.300
		ARIZONA				192.675
		Central Michigan 	W	191.850
		Iowa			W	190.775
Jan. 21		at Stanford*			7:30 p.m. PST
Jan. 28		San Jose State			7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30		at Denver			2 p.m.
Feb. 4		California*, Southern Utah	7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11		at Oregon State*		7 p.m. PST
Feb. 18		Washington*			7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20		Minnesota			2 p.m.
Feb. 25		at Utah				7:30 p.m..
March 3		Michigan 			7:30 p.m.
March 10	at Arizona State*		7:30 p.m.
March 18	% Pacific-10 Championships	6 p.m. PST
April 1		$ NCAA Region III Championships	6 p.m.
April 13-15	# NCAA Championships		
April 13	Team Prelims/ All-Around Finals	1/7 p.m. MDT
April 14	Super Six (Team Finals)	7 p.m. MDT
April 15	Individual Event Finals	7 p.m. MDT

(%-Pac-10 Championships at Arizona State/Tempe, Ariz.; 
$-Regionals/Tucson, Ariz.; #-NCAA Championships at Boise State/Boise, Idaho.)

All home meets in McKale Center. HOME MEETS IN BOLD CAPS. 
* Indicates Pacific-10 Conference contest.
All times local to site.

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No. 16 Arizona Heads to the Bay Area This Weekend
Wildcat gymnasts look for first Pac-10 win at No. 11 Stanford

What's Coming Up: The 16th-ranked Arizona women's gymnastics team travels to the Bay Area this week to battle the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal in a dual meet on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. (PST), in Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. Coming off two wins over Iowa and Central Michigan and a loss against third-ranked UCLA in their season home opener last weekend, the Wildcats (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) are looking for their first Pac-10 win of the year. After opening the season on the road, Stanford (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) returns home this week for its season home opener and is also in search of its first conference win. Arizona will face nine opponents this season that are ranked in the preseason top-25 poll.

Head Coach Bill Ryden Says: "We are experiencing a few growing pains right now, but we are just going to keep training and getting better week by week. Stanford has a very good program, and we really want to make strides against them this week."

About the Stanford Cardinal: Head coach Mark Cook is in this third year at the helm of the Cardinal program and has a career and school record of 35-19-2. His 1999 team closed out the season with an 18-13-2 record and a tie with Arizona for fourth place in the conference. The Cardinal also finished first at NCAA Regionals, and Stanford closed out the year ranked No. 10 nationally. Stanford returns three out of four All-Americans from 1999 and nine out of 12 letterwinners from last year's team.

Stanford opened the 2000 season last weekend with a second-place finish behind seventh-ranked Arizona State on Jan. 14, and the Cardinal also posted two wins over No. 18 Maryland and No. 20 Ohio State. ASU led the way with a score of 194.700, Stanford followed with a 193.275, and Ohio State took third with a 192.000, while Maryland rounded out the field with a 191.950. Individually for the Cardinal, senior Jen Exaltacion took second place in the all-around (38.875), and sophomore Katy Herbert took third (38.550). Senior Sarah Harding was the top finisher on floor, landing in second place with a 9.900, while Exaltacion took third on beam with a 9.875. On vault, senior Larissa Fontaine and junior Jenny Wilson tied for second, each with a score of 9.725.

Arizona-Stanford History: Arizona upset ninth-ranked Stanford, 194.050-193.425, at home on Feb. 26, 1999, in the McKale Center. The Wildcats swept the vault, bars and beam events, while the Cardinal took the floor event. Almost one month later on March 20 at the Pac-10 Championships, Arizona landed in a fourth-place tie with defending conference champion Stanford, finishing the meet with a score of 195.150-the team's third-highest meet total of the season and the second-highest Pac-10 score in UA history. The UA also recorded its highest Pac-10 finish in three years.

Arizona's Last Action: 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.

Arizona's 2000 Individual Event Top Scores

Event	Wildcat	Score	Meet
Vault:	Kara Fry	9.625	UCLA/C. Mich./Iowa
Bars:	Nikki Beyschau	9.750	UCLA/C. Mich./Iowa
Beam:	Randi Liljenquist	9.800	UCLA/C. Mich./Iowa
Floor:	Randi Liljenquist	9.850	UCLA/C. Mich./Iowa
	Kiernan Andrews	9.850	UCLA/C. Mich./Iowa
All-Around:	Nikki Beyschau	38.425 	UCLA/C. Mich./Iowa

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 set a career-high 9.700 in the same event.

"The meet was a very good starting point for us as a team," Arizona head coach Bill Ryden said. "We had some uncharacteristic falls on beam, and we still have some changes to make in each event. Some of the gymnasts who had never been tested really came through for us tonight. But, we really need to make some strides and improve on tonight's overall performance."

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. The fifth-year senior saw limited action in last Friday's meet due to a nagging ankle injury, but she scored a 9.700 on bars in her only event of the evening. 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.

2000 Arizona Gymnastics Collegiate Bests

Gymnast			Vault	Bars	Beam	Floor	All-Around
Kiernan Andrews		9.925	-------	9.200	9.850	-------	
Nikki Beyschau		9.775	9.750	9.250	9.650	38.425
Lindsay Compitello	-------	-------	-------	-------	-------
Gretchen Diaz		9.800	-------	9.725	9.250	-------
Nicci Filchner		-------	9.675	-------	-------	-------
Kara Fry		9.725	9.875	9.875	9.850	39.250
Lisa Heckel		-------	9.725	-------	-------	-------
Heidi Hornbeek		10.000	9.950	9.950	10.000	39.700
Randi Liljenquist	9.600	9.825	9.875	9.850	38.400
Emily Peterman		-------	9.675	9.700	-------	-------
Mary Reiss		9.750	-------	-------	9.575	-------
Brooke Stan		9.775	-------	9.700	9.850	-------
Heather Straccia	-------	9.700	-------	9.850	-------

 Women's Gymnastics Preseason Top-25 Coaches' Poll January 1, 2000

Rank	Team			Points	1st Place Votes
1	Georgia			854		17
2	Alabama			825		7
3	UCLA			816		6
4	Michigan		806		5
5	Utah			770		1
6	Nebraska		680	
7	Arizona State		644
8	Penn State		590
9	Florida			584
10	Louisiana State		584
11	Stanford		577
12	Oregon State		431
13	North Carolina State	354
14	Minnesota		345
15	Denver			315
16	ARIZONA			283
17	West Virginia		276
18	Maryland-College Park	264
19	Washington		250
20	Ohio State		245
21	Utah State		241
22	Iowa State		189
23	Brigham Young		108
24	Auburn			97
25	Oklahoma		70

Cat Scratches: Sophomore Randi Liljenquist's tie for first place on floor is her second career event title... Liljenquist underwent voluntary elbow surgery during the summer and has now added vault to her regimen, allowing her to compete as an all-arounder... She scored a 9.600 in her collegiate debut on vault, and she also competed in the all-around for the first time in her Arizona career, posting a new career-best 38.400... It is the second year in a row that that the Cats have opened competition against a Pac-10 opponent... Arizona has six home meets, but the Wildcats only have to leave the state four times during the regular season.

Arizona in the Rankings: The Wildcats began their second-straight season ranked No. 16 in the women's gymnastics preseason poll... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Tuesday evening at:

1999 Season Review: The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team experienced adversity during the 1999 campaign, but the Wildcats turned the season around and finished ranked No. 20 in the nation. Arizona closed out the year with a 14-10-1 overall record and a 6-5-1 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Cats ended the regular season with a fourth-place finish in the region and qualified for the NCAA Region III Championships in Lincoln, Neb., where the Wildcats concluded postseason action with an impressive third-place score of 193.625, finishing behind Michigan and Nebraska. Arizona improved upon its 1998 fourth-place regional finish, and the UA scored its highest regional finish since 1996 when the Cats finished second and qualified for the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats also made their 13th-consecutive trip to the postseason.

Arizona faced a ranked opponent in 10 out of 12 meets, including postseason action, and the Wildcats scored seven impressive upset wins over top-25 teams Oregon State, Washington, Nebraska, Florida, Stanford, Oklahoma and Arizona State. Head coach Bill Ryden led the Wildcats to their first winning record since 1997 in his first year at the helm of the program.

The UA also recorded its highest finish in three years at the Pacific-10 Championships after landing in a fourth-place tie with defending conference champion Stanford with a score of 195.150--the team's third-highest meet total of the season and the second-highest Pac-10 meet score in UA history. The Cats set a school record against Pac-10 rival Arizona State in the final meet of the regular season with a team score of 196.300, and the UA also posted four season-high event scores that rank in the top five on the UA's all-time top-10 performance list.

The Wildcats had a rocky start in January after scoring a season-low 188.600 in a triangular meet at Boise State with Cal State Fullerton, but the UA bounced back to record the season's three highest scores of 196.300 (Arizona State), 195.575 (Oklahoma) and 195.150 (Pac-10 Championships) that rank as the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 9 scores on the UA's all-time top-10 performance list.

Although the UA just missed qualifying for one of the two regional team berths to the NCAA Championships, All-American Heidi Hornbeek qualified as the No. 1 at-large seed in the all-around at the championships. Hornbeek received All-America honors in the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around events, making her the most highly decorated Arizona gymnast with a career total of six All-America selections. Under Ryden's guidance, Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 selection, also received all-conference honors on vault. Senior Kristin McDermott was named to the All-Pac-10 team in the all-around for the second time in her gymnastics career. Arizona has had at least one gymnast named to the All-Pac-10 team for each year since 1990.

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"... Thursday., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m./Saturday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. (replay); Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m./Friday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m. (replay); Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9 p.m./Friday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. (replay).

A Look Ahead Arizona returns to the McKale Center for a dual meet on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m., when the Cats square off against the San Jose State Spartans.

Name			Event	Ht.	Year	Exp.	DOB		Hometown/Last School
Kiernan Andrews		AA	4-11	Sr.	3L	8/30/78		Rocklin, Calif./Del Oro HS		
Nikki Beyschau		AA	5-1	Fr.	HS	5/9/81		Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge HS
Lindsay Compitello	AA	5-2	So.	EX%	4/29/80		Downingtown, Pa./Conestoga HS
Gretchen Diaz		AA	4-8	Sr.	3L	4/28/78		San Juan, Puerto Rico/Westfield HS
Nicci Filchner		AA	5-4	Jr.	1L	12/12/78	Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area HS
Kara Fry		AA	5-5	Jr.	2L	10/28/78	Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area HS
Lisa Heckel		AA	5-3	Sr.	1L	8/18/76		Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS
Heidi Hornbeek		AA	5-3	Sr.*	3L	3/1/77		Glendale, Ariz./Ironwood HS
Randi Liljenquist	AA	5-2	So.	1L	2/28/79		Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro
Emily Peterman		AA	5-3	So.	1L	8/26/80		Berthoud, Colo./Loveland HS
Mary Reiss		AA	5-4	Jr.	2L	10/27/78	Corcoran, Minn./Orono HS
Brooke Stan		AA	5-3	So.	1L	9/27/80		Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School
Heather Straccia	AA	5-2	Jr.	2L	9/27/79		Easton, Pa./Easton Area HS
* has used redshirt year, % exhibition performer
Head Coach: Bill Ryden (Arizona State, '830), second year
Assistant Coach: John Court (Johnson & Wales, '93), second year 
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