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No. 14 Gymnastics Cruises Past Washington
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 10, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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SEATTLE ?- The No 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (4-1, 2-1) used its season-best road score to easily defeat host Washington, 195.300-193.925, on Friday night in Bank of America Arena. Junior Karin Wurm won both the all-around and bars titles for a third consecutive week.


“We knew we needed to come up here and do well on the road,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “We came out and focused on making sure that happened.”


Arizona began the meet on bars, posting the second highest team score of the season, a 48.875. Every Wildcat earned at least a 9.700, led by Wurm’s 9.875, which won her the individual bars title for a third consecutive week. Senior Aubrey Kelly turned in a solid bar set, and received a 9.825 to share second-place honors. Freshman Miranda Russell scored a 9.775, while Briana Bergeson, Suzanne Alvey and Brittney Morgan each added 9.700s.


On vault during the first rotation, Washington (1-4, 0-3) earned its second highest score of the season in the event to take an early lead, 48.950-48.875. Ashley Houghting led the Huskies with a 9.850 to share the individual title with UA’s Morgan.


The Wildcats began to take control of the meet in the second rotation on vault behind the effort of Morgan. The Charlottesville, Va., native notched the second highest score of her freshman campaign, a 9.850, to share the second vault title of her career. Wurm turned in a third-place mark of 9.825, while junior Rachelle Silberg chipped in a 9.800.


Over on bars, the Huskies scored a 48.600, but fell behind the Wildcats, who led 97.850-97.550 through two rotations.


Arizona moved to floor for the third rotation and scored a 48.550. Kelly and Russell paced the Wildcats, with each earning a 9.750 to earn a share of second-place honors. Wurm posted a 9.725, while Holton added a 9.675.


The Huskies struggled to a score of 47.900 on beam, giving the Wildcats a comfortable lead at 146.400-145.450.


The Wildcats finished the meet with a very impressive rotation on beam, which earned them a 48.900. Hicks capped the rotation with a meet-best 9.850, marking the second beam title of the season for the junior from Oshawa, Ontario. Bergeson and Holton each tallied 9.800s to share second place. Morgan and Wurm added 9.725s.


“It was very nice to see us finish up so strongly on beam,” Ryden said. “We really hung tough and battled after floor, where we just were a little bit off. I am definitely proud of the team for the way they finished the meet.”


Washington finished up on floor, posting a team score of 48.475, led by Houghting’s 9.825, which won the individual floor title.


Wurm won the all-around with a 39.150, her second highest total of the year. UW’s Houghting claimed second place with a 38.975. UA’s Kelly returned to the all-around for the first time in three weeks, and totaled a 38.950 to place third.


The Wildcats will return home next week to host No. 5 Stanford on Friday, Feb. 16. The Pac-10 conference dual meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in McKale Center.



Team Results by Rotation


Rotation I


UW on vault: 48.950

UA on bars: 48.875


Rotation II


UW on bars: 48.600; Running total: 97.550

UA on vault: 48.975; Running total: 97.850


Rotation III


UW on beam: 47.900; Running total: 145.450

UA on floor: 48.550; Running total: 146.400


Rotation IV


UW on floor: 48.475; Final total: 193.925

UA on beam: 48.900; Final total: 195.300



























Individual Results by Event



1. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.850                              

1. Ashley Houghting (UW) 9.850

3. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.825

3. Kristen Omori (UW) 9.825



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.875

2. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 9.825

2. Nikki Waiss (UW) 9.825

4. Miranda Russell (UA) 9.775



1. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.850

2. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.800

2. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.800

4. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.725

4. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.725

4. Kelly Gilbert (UW) 9.725



1. Ashley Houghting (UW) 9.825

2. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 9.750

2. Miranda Russell  (UA) 9.750

2. Kelly Gilbert (UW) 9.750

2. Natlie Gillan (UW) 9.750



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 39.150

2. Ashley Houghting (UW) 38.975

3. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 38.950

4. Natalie Gillan (UW) 38.125



















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