SEATTLE, Wash. The No. 24 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in sixth place at the 2001 Pac-10 Championship meet in Washington's Bank of America Arena, in front of a crowd of 3,094, Saturday night. Arizona scored a 195.525, its third-best team total of the season, en route to the team's sixth-place showing and a win over California.
Sixth-ranked Stanford won the program's second conference championship in school history with a 197.850, narrowly defeating No. 1 UCLA, who came in second with a 197.800. No. 16 Washington landed in third (197.475), No. 13 Oregon State finished fourth (196.550), and eighth-ranked Arizona State ended the meet in fifth (195.725). UA defeated No. 25 California for the first time this season, as the Golden Bears rounded out the field in seventh place (193.750).
Arizona's team total of 195.525 is the new No. 9 score on the all-time top-10 scoring list. The Wildcats, who finished the regular season 5-15 overall and 1-7 in the conference, also scored a 49.250 on floor in their final event of the meet. The score now ranks as the seventh-best floor rotation mark in school history.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Kara Fry led the Arizona charge, finishing the Pac-10 meet in ninth place in the overall all-around standings (39.300). Fry tied for 15th on floor, as she tied a career-high 9.900 in the event for the third time this season. Her career-high floor mark remains tied for the seventh-best all-time individual score. She tied for 10th place on bars with a 9.900 and tied for 17th on beam with a 9.800.
Junior All-American Randi Liljenquist continued to battle an ankle injury that she suffered two weeks ago in the Minnesota meet. Nevertheless, Liljenquist ended the meet as Arizona's top performer on beam and floor. She tied for 15th on beam (9.825) and tied for eighth place on floor (9.925). Liljenquist also tied for 11th in the all-around with a 39.175 and tied for 22nd on bars with a 9.850.
Sophomore Nikki Beyschau was UA's top vault performer, ending the competition tied for ninth place (9.875). Beyschau also tied for 18th on bars (9.875). Freshman Andi McCabe finished 17th in the all-around (38.350) and tied for 19th on vault (9.800).
"We had a good meet, and we are pretty happy with tonight's score. We raised our RQS (regional qualifying score) quite a bit, and we had one of our better competitions at Pac-10s than we have had in recent years. We had to count a few problems on beam, but it was a step up from some of our recent beam performances. We didn't do as well on vault and floor as I would have expected, but now we just have to wait for the regional seedings to come out," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden.
Arizona prepares to learn its postseason fate, as the Wildcats hope to earn their 15th consecutive berth to the NCAA Regional Championship on April 7. Regional seedings will be released Monday.
University of Arizona Gymnastics Pac-10 Championship Meet Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash. March 24, 2001
Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals 1. Stanford 49.375 49.300 49.575 49.600 197.850 2. UCLA 49.300 49.650 49.125 49.725 197.800 3. Washington 49.275 49.550 49.150 49.500 197.475 4. Oregon St 48.375 49.475 49.400 49.300 196.550 5. Arizona St 48.775 49.100 48.375 49.475 195.725 6. ARIZONA 48.750 49.150 48.375 49.250 195.525 7. California 49.125 47.350 47.900 49.375 193.750
Individual Scores Vault 1. Carolina Fluhrer Stanford 9.975 1. Mohini Bhardwaj UCLA 9.975 3. Stacy Wong Washington 9.950 3. Katrina Severin Oregon State 9.950 5. Jamie Dantzscher UCLA 9.925 9. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.875
Uneven Bars 1. Stacy Wong Washington 9.975 2. Stephanie Bychowski Oregon State 9.950 2. Jamie Dantzscher UCLA 9.950 2. Mohini Bhardwaj UCLA 9.950 5. Emily Pritchard Washington 9.925 5. Elizabeth Jillson Oregon State 9.925 5. Robin Phelps Stanford 9.925 5. Onnie Willis UCLA 9.925 5. Doni Thompson UCLA 9.925 10. Kara Fry Arizona 9.900
Balance Beam 1. Lise Leveille Stanford 9.975 1. Lindsay Wing Stanford 9.975 3. Katrina Severin Oregon State 9.950 4. Annie Campbell Oregon State 9.925 4. Mohini Bhardwaj UCLA 9.925 15. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.825
Floor Exercise 1. Jamie Dantzscher UCLA 10.000 2. Lanna Apisukh Washington 9.950 2. Mandi Klug Washington 9.950 2. Cassidy Vreeke Arizona State 9.950 2. Lise Leveille Stanford 9.950 2. Mohini Bhardwaj UCLA 9.950 2. Kristen Maloney UCLA 9.950 8. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.925
All-Around 1. Mohini Bhardwaj UCLA 39.800 2. Stacy Wong Washington 39.725 3. Lindsay Wing Stanford 39.625 4. Robin Phelps Stanford 39.550 4. Caroline Fluhrer Stanford 39.550 9. Kara Fry Arizona 39.300 11. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.175 17. Andi McCabe Arizona 38.350