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Arizona's Gymnasts Stumble at Pac-10s; Wildcats tie season-high on vault
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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    TEMPE, Ariz.-The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (5-16, 1-11 Pac-10) finished in seventh place with a score of 192.950 at the Pacific-10 Championships Friday night in front of a crowd of 1, 728, in Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena. Defending conference champion UCLA won the title with a score of 197.700, followed by Oregon State in second (196.575), Washington in third (195.900), Arizona State in fourth (195.875), California in fifth (194.675), and Stanford in sixth (193.850).

    UCLA swept all four team events, and the Bruins now have won the Pac-10 title a record nine times in the conference's 13-year history. Arizona's seventh-place showing is its lowest Pac-10 finish in the program's history and the lowest since 1998 when the Wildcats finished sixth at the championships.

    Two Wildcat gymnasts-Emily Peterman and Heather Straccia-posted career-high marks at the meet. Arizona tied a season-high 49.150 vault team score, and the Wildcats finished second on vault behind UCLA (49.500). UCLA gymnasts took the top individual spots on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around, while an Arizona State gymnast won the top individual spot on floor.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist ended the meet as Arizona's top performer after a third-place finish in the all-around with a 39.425--her second-highest score this season. Liljenquist finished 10th on bars (9.850), and she tied for fifth on both beam (9.850) and floor (9.900).

    Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied for second place on vault with a 9.925, while junior Heather Straccia, freshman Nikki Beyschau, and Liljenquist tied for 13th place, each posting a 9.825 in the event. Junior Kara Fry tied for ninth in the all-around with a 39.050--her third-highest score this season. Sophomore Emily Peterman set a career-high 9.775 on bars, while Straccia scored a career-high 9.825 on vault.

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