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Gymnastics Tops North Carolina State and James Madison
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2001) -- The No. 20 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened the 2001 season with two wins over 19th-ranked North Carolina State and James Madison on Sunday, January 14, in front of a crowd of 1,800, in North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum. Arizona scored a 193.450 and finished the quadrangular meet in second place behind New Hampshire's score of 193.800. North Carolina State (193.375) and James Madison (188.725) rounded out the field in third and fourth place, respectively. Arizona is 2-1 overall, while New Hampshire improves to 4-0 on the season. North Carolina State has a 1-2 record, and James Madison drops to 0-3.

Arizona took the team vault title with a score of 48.650, edging New Hampshire by .325, and the Wildcats scored a 49.050 on floor to finish second behind North Carolina State (49.150) in the event. North Carolina State scored a 48.575 to win the bars event, while New Hampshire topped the field with a 48.425 on beam. Seven Wildcat gymnasts - Lindsay Compitello, Aimee Estella, Meagan Killpack, Sheehan Lemley, Cori Messina, Andi McCabe and Mary Reiss - each set career-high marks, and Arizona took top individual honors on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around.


Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry scored a 39.050 to win the all-around title, and she took first place on bars with a 9.800. Fry also finished in sixth place on beam with a 9.750. Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist scored a 9.850 on beam and tied for first-place honors in the event. Liljenquist landed in second on vault with a 9.750, and she ended the meet with third-place finishes on floor (9.875) and in the all-around (38.975).

Senior Mary Reiss helped pace the Arizona lineup on floor, as she set a career-high 9.900 and took second place in the event. Senior Heather Straccia closed out meet with a third-place showing on vault (9.725), and sophomore Nikki Beyschau tied for second place on bars (9.775). Junior Lindsay Compitello posted a career-high 9.675 on beam, and she competed on bars for the first time in her career, setting a career-high 9.100 in the event. Junior Nicci Filchner tied for ninth on bars with a 9.650.

Five Arizona freshmen - Aimee Estella, Meagan Killpack, Sheehan Lemley, Andi McCabe and Cori Messina - made their official collegiate debut in today's meet for the Wildcats. Estella led the Wildcats to a team victory on vault after winning the individual vault title with a career-high 9.800. Estella also set a career-high 9.200 in her first beam competition. Killpack scored a career-high 9.150 on floor, while Lemley ended the meet with a career-high 9.100 on beam. McCabe posted a career-high 9.625 on floor, and Messina tied for fifth place on vault with a career-high 9.700.

Arizona travels to San Jose, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 19, when the Cats will battle San Jose State, Pac-10 foe California and Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. (PST) in its second of four quadrangular meet this the season. The UA concludes its three-meet roadswing on Sunday, Jan. 21, as the Wildcats are set to square off against California, Oklahoma and Utah State, in Berkeley, Calif.

Team Scores		Vault   Bars    Beam    Floor   Totals
1.  New Hampshire       48.325  48.200  48.425  48.850  193.800
2.  ARIZONA     	48.650  48.175  47.575  49.050  193.450
3.  North Carolina St.  47.450  48.575  48.200  49.150  193.375
4.  James Madison       47.350  45.925  47.975  47.475  188.725

Individual Scores
1. Aimee Estella   	Arizona 	9.800
2. Randi Liljenquist    Arizona         9.750
3. Allison Bundy   	NC State    	9.725
3. Heather Straccia     Arizona 	9.725
5. Cori Messina    	Arizona 	9.700
5. Michelle Harley 	New Hampshire   9.700
5. Bethany Wagner  	New Hampshire   9.700

Uneven Bars
1. Kara Fry        	Arizona 	9.800
2. Kelli Brown     	NC State    	9.775
2. Nikki Beyschau  	Arizona 	9.775
4. Kara Charles    	NC State    	9.750
4. Angie Welch     	NC State    	9.750
4. Wendy Wheaton   	New Hampshire   9.750

Balance Beam
1. Randi Liljenquist    Arizona 	9.850
1. Monica Berry    	NC State    	9.850
3. Erin Fitzgerald 	James Madison   9.825
4. Kelli Brown     	NC State    	9.800
5. Janelle DiOrio  	James Madison   9.775

Floor Exercise
1. Kelli Brown     	NC State    	9.925
2. Mary Reiss      	Arizona 	9.900
3. Randi Liljenquist    Arizona         9.875
4. Adina Stock     	NC State    	9.850
4. Allison Bundy   	NC State    	9.850
4. Rose Kosowski   	New Hampshire   9.850

1. Kara Fry        	Arizona 	39.050
2. Kelli Brown     	NC State    	39.025
3. Randi Liljenquist    Arizona 	38.975
4. Rose Kosowski   	New Hampshire   38.875
5. Suzanne Poretz  	New Hampshire   38.575
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