20070401 No. 15 Gymnastics Scores 196.0 to Place Fourth at Pac-10 Championships - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site

 
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20070401 No. 15 Gymnastics Scores 196.0 to Place Fourth at Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/01/2007
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<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TEMPE</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> ? The No. 15 University of Arizona women&rsquo;s gymnastics team (196.00) finished in fourth place at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships on Saturday evening in Wells Fargo Arena. No. 8 UCLA (197.200) claimed the title, while No. 5 Stanford (196.950) and No. 9 Oregon State (196.300) claimed second and third place, respectively. The Wildcats placed ahead of Washington (194.775), host <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (194.550) and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> (193.650), which finished fifth through seventh, respectively.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&rsquo;s team score of 196.00 is its highest at the Pac-10 Championships since 2004, when it also finished in fourth place. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats began the meet on vault, scoring a 49.150, their second-highest score in the event this season. Rachelle Silberg started the rotation with a solid 9.800 vault, while Miranda Russell followed with a 9.750. Bree Workman then earned a 9.850, as did Brittney Morgan in the fifth spot. Karin Wurm anchored the rotation, tallying a 9.900 to share seventh place.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">After a bye during the third rotation, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> moved to the uneven parallel bars for the team&rsquo;s second event in the fourth rotation. Classmates Russell and Morgan turned in matching 9.675s to start the event. After a Briana Bergeson fall off a release, Aubrey Kelly made her first official appearance since February 9, earning a 9.800. In the fifth slot, Wurm notched a 9.925, good enough to earn a share of second place. Sarah Specht wrapped up the rotation with a 9.750, boosting UA&rsquo;s event score to 48.825.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats moved directly to beam for the fifth rotation, totaling a 49.025 team score. Morgan recorded a solid 9.80 to begin the rotation, and was followed by Russell and Wurm who each chipped in 9.775s. Jamie Holton then stepped up and posted a 9.850, before Bergeson received a 9.825. Uncharacteristically, Danielle Hicks fell during her series, but still received a 9.325.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> finished the meet on floor following a bye in the sixth rotation. Morgan started the UA rotation with a 9.700, and was followed by Russell, who struggled to a score of 8.700 after injuring her knee on her first tumbling pass. Specht got the Wildcats back on track with a 9.750, before Wurm turned in a 9.825. Hicks then followed with 9.850, and Holton, a <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Phoenix</st1:place></st1:City> native, turned in a fifth-place mark of 9.875, to lead UA to a 49.00 in the event.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wurm, who matched her career high in the all-around with a total of 39.425, narrowly missed out on a share of third place overall. Her total was 0.025 points behind the scores of UCLA&rsquo;s Anna Li, ASU&rsquo;s Nicole Harris and OSU&rsquo;s Jamie Lanz, who each earned 39.450s. UCLA&rsquo;s Tasha Schwikert won the all-around with a 39.750, while OSU Tasha Smith scored a 39.475.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats will have a week off before hosting the South Central Region Championships on April 14 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> will be joined by five other qualifying teams, which will be announced on Monday, April 2.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Kristen Smyth, Stanford; Joanne Bowers, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Freshman of the Year:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Carly Janiga, Stanford<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Tasha Schwikert, UCLA<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></SPAN></st1:City></st1:place></P>
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