TUCSON ?- The University of Arizona women’s gymnastics program has tentatively announced its 2008 schedule. The slate includes five regular season home meets, six away competitions, as well as the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA postseason competitions.
All dates, times, opponents and locations are subject to change. A final schedule will be confirmed and announced closer to the start of the 2008 season.
As always, the Wildcats will face one of the most difficult schedules in the country. Of the 12 opponents currently on the schedule, 11 earned a NCAA Regional berth in 2007, with seven of the teams finishing in the Top 25. UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and Denver advanced to the NCAA Championships, with the Bruins and Cardinal appearing in the Super Six.
Arizona will host North Carolina State on Friday, January 11, to open the 2008 slate. The home season-opener will be a rare one for the Wildcats, as they have started each of the previous seven seasons on the road.
Other teams visiting McKale Center will include California, UCLA, Washington, Brigham Young and Cal-State Fullerton. This past season, the Wildcats drew an average of 1,263 fans per meet, the second highest season average in program history.
Arizona will venture to five states for its six road meets. The Wildcats will compete at Stanford, Oregon State, Illinois-Chicago, Arizona State, Kentucky and Denver. Additionally, UA will participate at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle on Saturday, March 29.
The Wildcats will be looking to qualify for their 22nd consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, which would be held at a site to be determined on Saturday, April 12. Should the Wildcats place in the top two at the regional, they would advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., on April 24-26.
This past season, Arizona narrowly missed out on the NCAA Championships by 0.050 points, but finished No. 13 in the nation with a record of 18-9. Three Wildcats qualified individually for the NCAA Championships, including senior-to-be Karin Wurm, who earned first team All-America honors on floor, in addition to being named a second team All-American as an all-arounder.