The Wildcats were able to pull out the victory despite having to overcome strong second and third rotations from the host Beavers, who set new team season-high’s on both the bars and beam. Wildcat gymnasts won individual titles in three of the four events, while junior Aubrey Taylor captured her second all-around title in three weeks.
“I am so proud of the team,” Ryden said following the meet. “This was not easy. I thought the scoring was very tight in spots. Our girls hung in there and kept fighting. This is a great away score, especially in this meet where we always have troubles.”
The Wildcats opened the meet on the uneven parallel bars and recorded a team score of 48.975, to take an early lead on the Beavers who scored a 48.100 on the vault. Aubrey Taylor led the
For the second rotation, the Wildcats moved to the vault and notched a team score of 48.625. OSU, however, made up ground on the bars, posting a season-high team score of 49.025, paced by Jami Lanz who tied
On the vault,
Leading 97.600-97.125 heading to the third rotation, the Wildcats moved to the floor exercise and scored a 48.975. On the beam, the Beavers chipped away at the lead, again scoring a season-high 49.075. For the Wildcats, Taylor and Wurm closed out the rotation in style, each earning a 9.875 from the judges to share the individual title. Jamie Holton matched her season-high for the third straight-week, tallying a 9.775. Hicks and Greene added scores of 9.750 and 9.700, respectively.
Holding onto 146.575-146.200 lead,
For the fourth-consecutive meet, two Wildcats scored a 39.0 or better in the all-around. With her 39.250,
“Aubrey was simply unbelievable tonight,” said Ryden of the 5-2 native of
The win marks the first time since 1997 that
Only three current gymnasts ?- Muirhead, Taylor and Holton ?- have previously competed at OSU.
“This team is so young that I don’t think they can realize the history of our troubles up here,” said Ryden. “This is a very satisfying win.”
Arizona (3-7) will remain on the road next week as it takes on Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 17.