SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the Washington Huskies, 195.500-195.575, on Sunday, in front of a crowd of 814, in Washington's Bank of America Arena. Although Arizona lost by only .075, the Wildcats posted a season-high team total (195.500) that now ranks as the seventh-highest team score in school history. Arizona dropped to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-10 Conference, while Washington improved to 8-5 on the season and 3-4 in the conference.
In addition to its season-high team total, Arizona also set a season-high 48.900 on vault and tied a season-high 48.700 on bars. UA's floor score of 49.175 is the squad's second-highest floor rotation mark of the season. Eight Wildcat gymnasts - Lindsay Compitello, Nicci Filchner, Kara Fry, Randi Liljenquist, Andi McCabe, Cori Messina, Mary Reiss and Heather Straccia - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in today's meet.
Arizona won the team vault event and tied Washington for the team beam event title. Washington won the team bars and floor events. The Wildcats swept top individual event honors on vault and beam, while the Huskies took top individual event honors on bars and floor. Arizona's Randi Liljenquist and Washington's Lanna Apisukh tied for first place in the all-around.
Individually for the Wildcats, junior All-American Randi Liljenquist won the beam title and set a season-high 9.900 in the event. Liljenquist also tied for first-place honors in the all-around with a 39.275 - her second-highest mark of the season. She tied for fifth on vault (9.750), landed in fifth on bars (9.775) and tied for fourth on floor (9.850). Liljenquist now holds eight individual event titles and 23 top-five performances for the season.
Senior Kara Fry set a career-high 9.850 on vault and tied for first-place honors in the event. Fry also tied for fourth on floor (9.850) and finished fifth overall in the all-around (38.900). Fry now holds six individual event titles and 18 top-five performances for the year.
Freshman Andi McCabe earned a share of first-place honors on vault, as she posted a career-high 9.850 in her third collegiate vault competition. McCabe also set a career-high 9.825 on beam and finished fifth in the event. Senior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.725 on bars and landed in third place on floor with a career-high 9.875. Senior Mary Reiss matched a career-high 9.750 on beam and tied for fourth on floor with a 9.850.
Senior Nicci Filchner tied for third on bars after posting a season-high 9.800 in her only event of the afternoon. Sophomore Nikki Beyschau tied for fifth on vault with a 9.750, while junior Lindsay Compitello set a career-high 9.775 on beam. Freshman Cori Messina posted a career-high 9.750 on floor.
Arizona returns to McKale Center next week, as the Wildcats prepare to battle the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. (MST).
University of Arizona Gymnastics Arizona @ Washington Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash. February 18, 2001 Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals 1. Washington 48.625 49.000 48.725 49.225 195.575 2. ARIZONA 48.900 48.700 48.725 49.175 195.500 Individual Scores Vault 1. Kara Fry Arizona 9.850 1. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.850 3. Jessica Schedler Washington 9.825 4. Mandi Klug Washington 9.775 5. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.750 5. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.750 5. Stacy Wong Washington 9.750 Uneven Bars 1. Stacy Wong Washington 9.925 2. Emily Pritchard Washington 9.875 3. Nicci Filchner Arizona 9.800 3. Lanna Apisukh Washington 9.800 5. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.775 Balance Beam 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.900 2. Mandi Klug Washington 9.875 3. Lanna Apisukh Washington 9.850 3. Emily Pritchard Washington 9.850 5. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.825 Floor Exercise 1. Lanna Apisukh Washington 9.975 2. Stacy Wong Washington 9.900 3. Heather Straccia Arizona 9.875 4. Kara Fry Arizona 9.850 4. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.850 4. Mary Reiss Arizona 9.850 All-Around 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.275 1. Lanna Apisukh Washington 39.275 3. Emily Pritchard Washington 39.175 4. Stacy Wong Washington 38.925 5. Kara Fry Arizona 38.900