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20070312 Arizona to Retire Heidi Hornbeek?s Leotard
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Release: 03/12/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On Friday, March 16, the University of Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women&rsquo;s gymnastics program will retire the leotard worn by former gymnast Heidi Hornbeek. </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The ceremony will take place 10 minutes prior to <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s quadrangular meet, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Hornebeek, who currently is a surgical intern in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">West Palm Beach</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Fla.</st1:State></st1:place>, will be unable to attend the ceremony due to professional commitments, but she will be represented by her parents, David and Kathy. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The dedication will be the first of its kind for an <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> gymnast. Her leotard will be framed and displayed in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType>, joining similar dedications to former <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> men&rsquo;s basketball players Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Mike Bibby and Jason Gardner, as well as former women&rsquo;s basketball player Shawntinice Polk.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">During her career from 1996-2000, Hornbeek established herself as one of the most decorated gymnasts in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> history. She is the only gymnast to receive the AAI American Award, honoring the top senior gymnast in the nation each year. In her freshman season, Hornbeek captured the NCAA floor championship, joining Anna Basaldua as the only Wildcats to win individual national titles. <SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">A six-time All-America selection, Hornbeek was also a seven-time All-Pac-10 honoree. In 1996, she became the first <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> gymnast to win a Pac-10 all-around championship, and in 1997, she brought home both the beam and floor titles. Her three conference titles are the most of any Wildcat, and her career-bests still rank in the Top 3 at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> in each event, including all-around. Hornbeek is one of 12 All-American gymnasts that head coach Bill Ryden has trained in his tenure at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black">.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In November of 2005, Hornbeek was inducted to the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona Sports Hall of Fame</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>.</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Along with her athletic accomplishments, Hornbeek also garnered national attention for her efforts in the classroom. She was twice named an Academic All-American by the Coaches&rsquo; Association, and in 2000 she was selected to the GTE Academic All-America second team. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Following Friday&rsquo;s meet with <st1:City w:st="on">Penn State</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Kentucky</st1:State> and Texas Women&rsquo;s University, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will honor seniors Aubrey Kelly and Jamie Holton. As a part of Senior Night festivities, the first 500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a free Arizona Gymnastics jump rope. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><STRONG><U><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hornbeek&rsquo;s Career Honors</SPAN></U></STRONG><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <UL style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in" type=disc> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">2000<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>AAI American Award (top senior gymnast)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">2000<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>GTE Academic All-America (second team)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">2000<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>GTE Academic All District VII team</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">2000<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pacific-10 All-Academic (first team)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1999<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>All-American (uneven bars, balance beam, all-around)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1999<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Academic All-American (Coaches&rsquo; Association)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1999<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>All-Pacific-10 (vault)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1999<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pacific-10 All-Academic (first team)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1999<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>GTE Academic All-District VII team</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1997<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>All-Pacific-10 (balance beam, floor exercise, all-around)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1997<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pacific-10 All-Academic (first team)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1997<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>GTE Academic All-District VII team</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1997<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pacific-10 Floor and Beam Champion</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1996<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>All-American (uneven bars, floor exercise, all-around)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1996<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>NCAA Floor Champion</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1996<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Academic All-American (Coaches&rsquo; Association)</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1996<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pacific-10 All-Around Champion</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></LI> <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">1996<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>All-Pacific-10 (uneven bars, floor exercise, all-around)</SPAN></LI></UL> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: list .5in"><STRONG><U><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hornbeek&rsquo;s Career Bests</SPAN></U></STRONG><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Vault:<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>10.000*<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Bars:<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>9.950<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Beam:<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>9.950<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Floor:<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>10.000*<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">AA:<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>39.700<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">*<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ties</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> Record</SPAN></P>
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