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20070416 Three Wildcats to Compete Individually at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/16/2007
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Karin Wurm
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Jamie Holton
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Brittney Morgan

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TUCSON, Ariz. ?C University of Arizona gymnasts Karin Wurm, Brittney Morgan and Jamie Holton will each travel to Salt Lake City??to compete individually at the NCAA Championships on April 26. All three will compete during Session 2, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. (MDT) in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the NCAA announced on Monday.

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Wurm, a 5-4 junior, will rotate with LSU and will be appearing as an all-around competitor for the second straight year, after placing second in the all-around with a total of 39.425 at the South Central Championships last Saturday in McKale Center. In individual events, Wurm placed second on bars (9.875), fifth on floor (9.9.850, eighth on vault (9.800). In addition, she set a new career high on beam as she shared second place honors with a 9.900. On the year, Wurm won seven bars titles, three floor titles and five all-around titles. Last season, she placed 16th overall during Session 1 at the NCAA Championships, withy a total of 39.025.

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Morgan, a 5-2 freshman, will make her NCAA Championships debut after qualifying as an all-arounder and will rotate with UCLA. In the South central Regional Championships, Morgan recorded a score of 39.275 to place tied for fourth overall. In individual events, she tied for second place on vault with a score of 9.800 and on beam with a 9.900. She shared ninth place on bars with a 9.775 and added a 9.750 on floor. On the season, Morgan won three vault titles, one beam title and one all-around title.

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Holton, a 5-5 senior, is one of three individual event specialists who will compete at the NCAA Championships. She will participate in the third rotation with Washington's Chelsea Bakken and after Denver's beam event. She qualified individually on the balance beam for her career-best performance of 9.925 at the South Central Region Championships, which earned her the first individual beam title of her career. She is one of three individual event specialists that will compete at the NCAA Championships. On the season, Holton scored a 9.800 or higher in the event eight times, with eight Top-5 finishes. She was named to the All-Pac-10 on the balance beam and floor.

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?As a team, Arizona missed out on qualifying for the NCAA Championships by a 0.050 margin, placing third behind Stanford and Oregon State. Arizonaˇ?s score of 196.025 was the highest of any non-advancing team from each of the regionals. The score was also higher than the scores of four advancing teamˇ?s from other regionals, including both UCLA and LSU from the Southeast Regional.

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