CORVALLIS, Ore. ?- Arizona sophomore Karin Wurm and junior Aubrey Taylor finished up their preliminary competitions on Thursday at the 2006 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Despite solid performances by both, neither gymnast qualified individually to advance to the individual event finals to be held on Saturday.
Wurm, a 5-4 native of Landenberg, Pa., totaled a score of 39.025 in the all-around, to finish tied for 16th-place during Session I. On beam, Wurm earned a 9.800, to finish tied for ninth overall. Her top score came on floor, where she tallied a 9.825 to share 17th-place. Wurm also turned in an impressive bar set, posting a 9.775 to tie for 19th. She began the meet on vault, where she scored a 9.625.
“She went four-for-four, so you can’t ask for anything more,” head coach Bill Ryden said of Wurm, who made her debut at the NCAA Championships. “She did Arizona proud. This was her first competition at this level, and she hit four great routines.”
Taylor, a 5-2 native of Burlington, Ontario, competed in the evening session on the uneven parallel bars, turning in a 9.800, good enough to place tied for 17th overall.
“Aubrey had a great bar routine, but she took a step, which is the difference between a 9.8 and going to the finals,” Ryden said of Taylor, who also made her debut at the NCAA Championships.
“Karin and Aubrey came here and hit five great routines,” Ryden added. “They represented the program well. I’m proud of each of them.”
Wurm and Taylor became the first Wildcats to compete at the NCAA Championships since Monica Bisordi and Andi McCabe represented the program in 2004.
“Both of them learned quite a bit,” Ryden commented on Wurm and Taylor. “It was a good learning experience for both of them. Both are in good spirits, but they are so competitive that they are not satisfied with what they did. They both want to get back in the gym and start working for next year. We hope to have the whole team here next year.”
The Arizona gymnastics team placed third at the North Central Regional in Ames, Iowa, on April 8, with a team score of 195.4, the highest score of any team in the nation which did not advance to the National Championships. Wurm and Taylor will both be back next year to lead a Wildcat team which loses only one gymnast from this past season, senior team captain Erin Muirhead.