Jan. 27, 2010
No. 20 Arizona looks to continue its momentum in its first home meet of the season against the University of California. The meet will take place this Friday, January 29 in the McKale Center. Tickets are available for purchase through the McKale Center Ticket Office. The meet will also be available via live coverage from CBS College Sports All-Access.
The Gymcats took the competition up the road to battle in-state rival ASU in the State Farm Territorial Cup. Earning their first win of the season, Arizona beat the Sun Devils 195.675 to 194.900. Arizona improved its overall team score by one point from the last meet as well as scored a point for the University of Arizona in the State Farm Territorial Cup.
The meet against ASU had many memorable moments, including winning against odds. Due to injury and illness, the Arizona Gymnastics team was only able to compete five gymnasts on three out of four events putting them at a disadvantage to ASU. Despite this, the Gymcats rose to the occasion and hit 21 out of 21 routines, enabling the team to score season high totals on vault with a 49.125, bars with a 48.925, and beam with a 49.000.
There were individual highlights as well, as senior Sarah Tomczyk scored career high scores on vault and bars with a 9.925 and 9.9 respectively. She also earned an all-around score of 39.45, allowing her to tie for first place overall, as well as first place on vault and floor. Accolades can also be given to Freshman Molly Quirk who earned first place on beam. Quirk also earned a career high all-around score of 39.050 to take third, behind teammate Aubree Cristello with a 39.175 and Tomczyk.
"Overall I was really proud of this meet. We are a very young team and we really have begun to grow together and have confidence in one another." Said Ryden, "We only put up 21 routines and we hit 21 routines which really speaks to our growth as a team."
Scouting the Opposition:
The California Golden Bears are coming off of a second place finish with a 191.50 in their second meet against the season against UCLA and San Jose State. Senior Sophia Hocini excelled for the Bears, earning a team high score of 9.8 on floor. This weekend's meet will be California's first road meet of the season.
There were quite a few Wildcat Fans in the audience in Tempe this past weekend including a large number of alumni. Some of the alumni spotted were: Karin Wurm, Beamer Bergeson, Alexis Greene, Erica Anderson, Jamie Custer, Kristen Schmieder, Jillian O'Neal, Danyra Varela, Amanda (Goins) Dziawura, Randi (Liljenquist) Acosta, Lindsay (Compitello) Hendrickson, Stacey (Walski) Van Dyke, Nancy (Altmann) Jones, Stacy (Fowlkes) Huguez, Kristin (Powers) Holford, Jamie (Jones) Carr, Tania (Schneider) Schue, Jamie Holton, Brina Weissman, and Matt Radelet. Thanks for your support!
Vaulting to the top:
Arizona only continues to improve upon its vaulting scores. Despite the absence of top vaulter sophomore Deanna Graham, the Gymcats managed a new season high score on vault of 49.125. Highlights included Tomczyk's 9.925, as well as Aubree Cristello earning a 9.85, Molly Quirk and Colleen Fisher each earning a score of 9.80, and Talyn Curry posting a 9.750.
Curry Rising to the Occasion:
Sophomore Talyn Curry stepped up in the competition this weekend to be an important contributor to the team score. Curry earned a 9.75 on vault, a 9.775 on beam to tie her career high and a 9.6 on the floor exercise.
"I was very impressed with Talyn Curry. She really rose to the occasion and nailed all of her routines after being thrown into the lineup." Coach Ryden said.
What's Coming Up:
The No. 20 Gymcats will spend another weekend at home, hosting the No. 7 UCLA Bruins. The meet will take place at 5 p.m. on February 5.
The Wildcats completed the 2009 season with an overall record of 12-12 and were able to make their 23rd consecutive NCAA post-season appearance. Thanks to a pristine floor exercise performance, then Junior Sarah Tomcyzk was able to take it one step further and competed floor at the NCAA National Championships. In addition, three Gymcats earned All-Conference accolades, including freshman Deanna Graham (2nd Team Vault), freshman Rebecca Cardenas (2nd Team Floor), and redshirt junior Sarah Tomczyk (1st Team Floor).
Look Out for New Gymcats:
Arizona bolsters a fairly young team, including four fresh new faces. These include: Aubree Cristello from Glenville, NY, Mykle Douglas from Plano, TX, Ellen Pitluck from Chicago, IL, and Molly Quirk from Glenmont, NY.
The Arizona Gymcats head into the season ranked No. 20 in the 2010 Women's Pre-Season Coaches poll. They are one of only five Pac-10 schools to be rated. The others include No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No 10 Oregon State, and No. 25 Washington. Arizona State was listed as another team receiving votes for consideration.
Arizona faces an extremely stacked schedule this season, competing against nine schools ranked in the pre-season poll. This includes some tough meets early on, including opening the season against No. 8 Arkansas, then No. 7 Stanford immediately after. The Gymcats must also take on No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 3 Alabama, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 21 West Virginia, No. 22 Minnesota, and No. 25 Washington.
Head Coach Bill Ryden earned his 150th win last season, totaling his career and school record to become 151-153-3 with the win in the State Farm Territorial Cup.
Pac-10 Championships in the Desert:
Arizona will have the honor of hosting the Pac-10 Championships on March 27 at 4 p.m. The last time the Wildcats hosted the championships was in 2004. Tickets are available for purchase through the McKale Center Ticket Office.