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No. 15 Gymnastics Vaults Past No. 22 N.C. State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 10, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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RALEIGH, N.C. ?- The No 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics posted the fifth-best team score in program history on vault in the final rotation to overcome No. 22 North Carolina State, 196.150-196.125, in dramatic fashion on Friday night in front of 1,221 fans in Reynolds Coliseum. Brittney Morgan led all gymnasts with a career-high 39.350 in the all-around, including a 9.975 on vault to pace the Wildcats to their highest road score of the season.


The Wildcats bested their 196.100 road score from a week ago at California, picking up three victories in the meet to improve to 9-2 on the season. Along with the Wolfpack (196.125), Arizona defeated William & Mary (189.650) and James Madison (186.200).


“This was a really great performance by our team,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “N.C. State had their best meet of the year, by far. We just wanted to focus on our team and performing at the level we know we are capable of. We did that tonight.”


Arizona dug itself a hole in the first rotation, totaling a 48.650 on bars, while the Wolfpack posted a 49.000 on vault. For the Wildcats, Wurm claimed her sixth individual title of the season with a 9.875. Morgan and Russell added scores of 9.775 and 9.750, respectively, while Briana Bergeson and Suzanne Alvey earned marks of 9.675 and 9.575, respectively.


“After bars, we pulled ourselves together,” Ryden said. “What we told ourselves was, ?'We don’t care about what the other teams are doing. Let’s just focus on our gymnastics and perform at a high level.’”


The Wildcats began to make up ground in the second rotation on beam, tallying a team score of 48.900. Morgan and Holton each notched 9.825s to share second place overall in the event. Danielle Hicks, Wurm and Russell each received 9.750s for the Wildcats, who did not record a fall for the second straight week.


Over on bars, N.C. State maintained its lead with a season-high 48.825, but saw its lead shrink slightly to 0.275.


In the third rotation, the Wildcats displayed their talents on floor, scoring a 49.150. Wurm matched her season high in the event with a 9.875, to share the individual title with N.C. State’s Rachel Katz. Hicks and Holton turned in two of their best performances of the season, with each earning a 9.850. Sarah Specht added a 9.800 and Morgan tallied a 9.775.


Despite their efforts, the Wildcats were unable to cut into the N.C. State lead, as the Wolfpack recorded a season-high 49.150 on beam, surpassing its previous high of 48.650.


On floor, the Wolfpack showed no signs of letting up as it put together its most complete meet of the season. After previously setting new season highs on bars and beam, N.C. State posted its second-highest score of the year on floor, with a 49.150. However, it was not enough to hold off the resilient Wildcats, who overcame the late deficit.


Arizona trailed the Wolfpack by 0.275 points heading into the final rotation, and needed every bit of its 49.450 team score, the fifth-highest in program history, to rally past N.C. State. All six Wildcat vaulters earned a 9.825 or better, led by Morgan’s near-perfect 9.975 as she won the individual title. Jamie Holton and Bree Workman added 9.900s to share second place honors, while Silberg notched a season-best 9.850. Karin Wurm and Miranda Russell also added 9.825s.


“The thing that pleased me the most was that we improved on every event throughout the meet,” Ryden said. “We kept rolling and rolling and it was great to see.”


“We finally lived up to our own expectations on vault, so the scores don’t surprise me at all,” Ryden added. “We have some great vaulters and it was just a matter of time before we put it all together in the same meet.”


Morgan captured her first career all-around title with a total of 39.350, edging her teammate Wurm, who totaled a personal season-best 39.325. N.C. State gymnasts Taylor Seaman (39.275), Heather Zolton (39.175) and Heather Lee (39.100) placed third through fifth. UA’s Russell placed sixth with a personal best 39.025.


The Wildcats will return home for their final regular season home meet, next Friday, March 16, to host Penn State, Kentucky and Texas Women’s University. The program will honor seniors Aubrey Kelly and Holton following the meet.




-        Arizona’s team score of 49.450 on vault was the fifth highest in program history and the highest since 2004. Below are the four highest scores:


1.      49.550 (at Pac-10 Championships on March 23, 2002)

2.      49.500 (vs. Oklahoma on March 10, 2002)

3.      49.475 (vs. Arizona State on March 1, 2002)

49.475 (vs. Arkansas on March 12, 2004)


-        Brittney Morgan’s 9.975 on vault ranks fifth all-time at Arizona. Four other Wildcat gymnasts have scored a 10.000 in the event, including Anna Basaldua, Abby Pearson, Heidi Hornbeek and Andi McCabe.

-        With a 9.825 on beam, Morgan earned the second highest score of her career in the event.

-        UA’s 9-2 start to season is best start for a Wildcat squad since the 1997 season, when it also began the year 9-2. However, the ’97 squad amassed the record by Feb. 8 due to multiple quad-meets early in the season. This year’s two losses are the fewest for a Wildcat team this late in the season since the 1996 team, which finished the regular season with a 20-2 record en route to a berth in the NCAA Championships later in the season.

-        Miranda Russell’s 9.750 on beam matched her career high score in the event. She also set a career high in the all-around, breaking the 39.0 mark for the first time with a 39.075.

-        Jamie Holton matched her season-high score on vault with a 9.900 tally. Additionally, with scores of 9.850 on floor and 9.825 on beam, Holton totaled 29.575 points over three events, the highest three-event total of her career.

-        Karin Wurm matched season highs on vault (9.825) and floor (9.875), as well as totaling a season-high 39.250 in the all-around.

-        Additionally, Wurm won her sixth bars title of the season. She has captured the six titles over the course of the last seven meets.

-        Rachelle Silberg’s 9.850 on vault was a new season high.

-        Bree Workman matched her season and career high on vault with a mark of 9.900.

-        Former Arizona head coach Jim Gault, the school’s all-time wins leader, was in attendance, as was former Wildcat Jamie Schell, who competed at Arizona from 2002-2005.


Team Results


1.      Arizona                    196.150

2.      N.C. State                196.125

3.      William & Mary        189.650

4.      James Madison       186.200


Rotation I


NCSU on vault: 49.900

UA on bars: 48.650

W&M on beam: 46.800

JMU on floor: 45.875


Rotation II


NCSU on bars: 48.825; Running total: 97.825

UA on beam: 48.900; Running total: 97.550

W&M on floor: 47.050; Running total: 93.850

JMU on vault: 46.950; Running total: 92.825


Rotation III


NCSU on beam: 49.150; Running total: 146.975

UA on floor: 49.150; Running total: 146.700

W&M on vault: 47.900; Running total: 141.750

JMU on bars: 45.050; Running total: 138.400


Rotation IV


NCSU on floor: 49.150; Final total: 196.125

UA on vault: 49.450; Final total: 196.150

W&M on bars: 47.900; Final total: 189.650

JMU on beam: 47.800; Final total: 186.200



























Individual Results by Event



1. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.975                            

2. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.900

2. Bree Workman (UA) 9.900

4. Leigha Hancock (NCSU) 9.875

5. Rachelle Silberg (UA) 9.850



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.875

2. Amanda Jones (NCSU) 9.825

2. Stevie Waldman (W&M) 9.825

4. Taylor Seaman (NCSU) 9.800

5. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.775

5. Heather Zolton (NCSU) 9.775



1. Leigha Hancock (NCSU) 9.900

2. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.825

2. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.825

2. Kelsey Lee (UA) 9.825

2. Taylor Seaman (UA) 9.825



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.875

1. Rachel katz (NCSU) 9.875

3. Danielle Hicks  (UA) 9.850

3. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.850

3. Kelsey Lee (NCSU) 9.850



1. Brittney Morgan (UA) 39.350

2. Karin Wurm (UA) 39.325

3. Taylor Seaman (NCSU) 39.275

4. Heather Zolton (NCSU) 39.175

5. Kelsey Lee (NCSU) 39.100

6. Miranda Russell (UA) 39.075

























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