Jan. 11, 2011
The Wildcats head to
Meet highs came from Russell, who was able to post twin scores of 9.85 on vault and floor. Sophomore Deanna Graham was a major contributor for the Wildcats as well, leading the bar team with a score of 9.75, as well as topping the floor and vault teams with scores of 9.90 and 9.875 respectively. Molly Quirk was the queen of the beam for the Cats, posting a score of 9.800.
“Looking back at the meet, it was a solid start that answered more questions than it raised. This is always a good thing coming into a season from a coaching standpoint. These results bode well for the future, because they show what we’re capable of this early into a season,” said head Coach Bill Ryden. “I have good feelings about the potential of this year.”
Exercising Floor Excellence:
The Wildcats picked up right where they left off last season on floor, scoring an event total of 49.025 at the Pac-10 Showcase. Floor was one of the Wildcats’ strongest events this past season, and it looks be another great year for the Cats. Their performance earned them the No. 5 spot in the nation on the event.
Scouting the Opposition:
BYU took second place in their season opener, finishing in front of the
The Wildcats completed the 2010 season with an overall record of 12-12 and were able to make their 24th consecutive NCAA post-season appearance. Finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, and third at the NCAA Regional Championships,
Cristello earned her place as one of the Wildcats’ most consistent gymnasts; competing 12 out of 13 meets in the all-around, and hitting 49 of 51 total routines. Cristello also earned Pac-10 1st team All-Conference Honors for the all-around, with a career best score of 39.175.
Quirk rose to the challenge of becoming beam star, earning a score of 9.90 against Washington, and posting seven scores of 9.80 or above on the event. Hitting 51 of 52 routines competed as well as a high all-around score of 39.100, Quirk was yet another Wildcat to be honored with a spot on the Pac-10 All-Conference 1st team.
Look Out for New GymCats:
Arizona added a number of new faces this season, including Barbara Donaldson out of Bakersfield, Calif., Chelsea Perna hailing from Middletown, Del., Phoenix native Shana Sangston, Ali Stakem from Gaithersburg, Md., and Jordan Williams from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
The Arizona Gymcats head into the season ranked No. 19 in the 2010 Women’s Pre-Season Coaches poll. They are one of six Pac-10 schools to be rated. The others include No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 21 Washington, and No. 25 Arizona State.
What’s Coming Up:
The Wildcats host their first home meet of the season, taking on in-state rival