March 11, 2012
DURHAM, New Hampshire – The Arizona women’s gymnastics team posted the season's second highest score of 196.150 to defeat the University of New Hampshire (195.200).
“It was great to have a complete meet on the road and look like ourselves. We competed a lot better than last week, and we were able to really come together as a team. Given that we were on the road and we were far from home and were able to have so much success this feels great from a coaching standpoint,” head coach Bill Ryden said.
In the first half of the meet the Cats scored matching scores of 49.075 on bars and vault to get the ball rolling.
The Cats began the afternoon on bars, led by senior Rebecca Cardenas who took first overall with a 9.850. Junior Aubree Cristello and senior Katie Matusik tied for silver with a 9.825, and freshman Allison Flores returned to the lineup to tie for third with a 9.800. Junior Molly Quirk also contributed with a 9.775.
“We were looking for a big start on bars and having senior leadership from Britnie in the leadoff position really helped the team gain momentum.” Ryden said, “It was nice to have Allie back in the lineup, and Becca’s win was incredibly well deserved.”
For a second week straight Cristello led the vault team with a near perfect score of 9.90 to take first place. Junior Mykle Douglas and sophomore Jordan Williams tied for third with twin scores of 9.825. Quirk earned a 9.800 and sophomore Shana Sangston rounded out the lineup with a 9.725.
“We had been stressed this week about vault regarding the lineup. We went in to the meet not knowing who was going to compete, and I feel like today everyone stepped up. Mykle really rose to occasion and competed beautifully. I think this was one of better vault performances, and it helped us to get closer to coming to terms and finding that magical combination of vaulters since Deanna has been gone,” Ryden said.
The Cats continued on the up and up, posting a score of 49.125. Freshman Kristin Klarenbech was the leader for the team, posting a new career high 9.875 to take first in the meet.
“Kristin’s floor was great. She not only grilled her first double pike – she almost floated to the floor she had so much control. Her floor was almost absolutely perfect. This win was
Right behind her was Cristello with a 9.850 for second. With matching scores of 9.825 Cardenas and Matusik tied for third and Quirk and Sangston both posted scores of 9.750.
The Cats finished up the meet with a 48.875 on beam. Flores returned to the beam lineup to start the team with a 9.675, followed by Cristello who posted a 9.800 to tie for second with Matusik. Also on the podium was senior Britnie Jones in third with a 9.775, and first place went to Quirk who posted a 9.825.
“We were on a roll going into beam, and the team worked hard to complete the meet. We fought through a couple of bobbles. Was it their very best? Not necessarily, but it was really nice to see the beam team come together and felt like the beam team was going to find a way to get it done and not count a fall.
In the all-around competition Cristello posted a 39.375 to take first place, and in second place was Quirk with a 39.150.
Next week the Cats return home for the final home meet of the season. The meet will feature Air Force, Bridgeport and Utah State in addition to a special ceremony honoring the seniors.