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Gymnastics Shines in Home Opener, Upsets OSU With Season-High 196.325
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 27, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 16 Arizona women’s gymnastic team earned a convincing victory in its home opener, upsetting No. 13 Oregon State by a score of 196.325-194.600 on Friday night in front 1,376 fans in McKale Center. Led by junior Karin Wurm’s all-around total of 39.300, Wildcat gymnasts swept the individual event titles.


After a disappointing outing last week at UCLA, Arizona (2-1, 1-1) looked to bounce back strong against the Beavers (1-2, 1-1) in its home opener. The Wildcats did just that, recording season highs on bars (49.100), beam (49.075) and floor (49.150), en route to their season best team total.


“I’m very pleased with the score,” ninth-year head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “I am more pleased, however, with the level of gymnastics we showed. That is the level we see every day in practice, and it was nice to put it on display in front of our fans.”


Not only did the Wildcats turn in a redeeming performance, they also overcame an ominous beginning to the meet in warm-ups. Senior all-arounder Aubrey Kelly injured her right ankle in a vault warmup, which forced her to be scratched from all but the bars lineup.


Arizona put the loss of Kelly behind them quickly on vault, as the Wildcats notched a 49.000 mark. After Rachelle Silberg’s 9.750 score, freshman Brittney Morgan turned in the best performance of her young collegiate career with a 9.900, claiming the individual title. Junior Karin Wurm posted a 9.800 to place fourth, while Danielle Hicks and Jamie Holton each received marks of 9.775. Hicks’ vault was the first of the season as she filled in for the absence of Kelly.


Over on bars in the first rotation, Oregon State posted its own team score of 49.000 to keep the meet tied. Tasha Smith and Mandi Rodriguez earned scores of 9.875 and 9.850, respectively, to led the Beavers.


In the second rotation, Arizona began to take control of the meet with a season high score of 49.100 on bars. Freshman Miranda Russell recorded her career best score with a 9.775. Sophomore Briana Bergeson and Morgan each set new season highs, tallying marks of 9.850 and 9.800, respectively. In the fifth lineup spot, Wurm turned in a career-high 9.925 to claim the individual title. To cap of the event, Kelly scored a 9.750 while nursing the injured ankle.


On vault, Oregon State scored a 48.525. Smith posted a second-place mark of 9.875 to lead the Beavers.


Leading by 0.575 points going to beam for the third rotation, the Wildcats extended their lead with a season-best 49.075, paced by Hicks’ career-high and event-winning score of 9.900. Bergeson and Holton added marks of 9.850 and 9.825, to place second and third respectively. Wurm and Morgan added scores of 9.750.


On floor, Kera Bolen and Lanz posted marks of 9.875 to lead the Beavers to a 48.650.


The Wildcats closed the meet in impressive style, tallying a team score of 49.150, led by Holton’s career high 9.900, which won her the individual title. Russell turned in the best floor performance of her freshman campaign with a 9.800. Wurm chipped in a 9.825, while Hicks shared second-place honors with a 9.875.


Wurm won the all-around title with the second highest total of her career, 39.300. Lanz placed second with a 39.275. Rodriguez claimed third overall with a 39.200.


“Tonight was a big learning experience for our freshman and sophomores,” Ryden said. “This gives me a really good feeling of what this team can do the rest of the season.”


The announced attendance of 1,376 was the largest regular season crowd in McKale Center since March 20, 2004, when 2,031 fans attended the Arizona-Arizona State meet.


The Wildcats will be back in action at McKale Center next Friday night, Feb. 2, to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. (MST).


Team Results by Rotation


Rotation I


UA on vault: 49.000

OSU on bars: 49.000


Rotation II


UA on bars: 49.100 ; Running total: 98.100

OSUon vault: 48.525 ; Running total: 97.525


Rotation III


UA on beam: 49.075; Running total: 147.175

OSU on floor: 48.650; Running total: 146.175


Rotation IV


UA on floor: 49.150 ; Final total: 196.325

OSU on beam: 48.425; Final total: 194.600






















Individual Results by Event



1. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.900                              

2. Tasha Smith (OSU) 9.875

3. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.850



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.925

2. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.875

3. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.850

3. Jami Lanz (OSU) 9.850



1. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.900

2. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.850

3. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.825

3. Brooke Barclay (OSU) 9.825

3. Jamie Lanz (OSU) 9.825



1. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.900

2. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.875

2. Kera Bolen (OSU) 9.875

2. Jami Lanz (UA) 9.875



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 39.300

2. Jami Lanz(OSU) 39.275

3. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 39.200



















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