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No. 13 Gymnastics Knocks Off Rival ASU
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 24, 2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No 13 Arizona women’s gymnastics team defeated rival Arizona State by a score of 195.000-193.975 on Friday night before a crowd of 1,365 in McKale Center. The victory was the first for the Wildcats over their intra-state rival since the NCAA South Central Championships in 2005.


“It’s nice to get the win, but what is even better is how we got the win,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “After two bad events for us on bars and beam, we had to pull together. We didn’t give up. That is what I like better than the win itself.”


Arizona started the meet with an impressive rotation on vault, totaling a 49.025. After not competing on vault the previous two weeks, senior Jamie Holton started the event off with a 9.825. Sarah Specht followed with a 9.725, before Bree Workman tallied an event high 9.875 to win the individual title. Freshmen Miranda Russell and Brittney Morgan then recorded scores of 9.700 and 9.775, respectively. Junior Karin Wurm closed out the rotation with a 9.825, which earned her a share of second place with Holton and ASU’s April Boone.


The Wildcats moved to bars for the second rotation, and had to rally back to post a 48.675 after a fall by freshman Suzanne Alvey to begin the rotation. Russell followed with a 9.700 and Morgan turned in a 9.650. Bergeson then notched a third-place score of 9.800 and Karin Wurm added a 9.825 to place second. Anchoring the rotation was Specht, competing on bars for only the third time in her career. She set a new career high with a 9.750, allowing the Wildcats to escape the event without having to count a fall.


However, for a second straight week, the Wildcats struggled on beam. Classmates Morgan and Russell turned in back-to-back 9.750s. Then, in the third spot, Wurm had difficulty with her mount and received a 9.175. Bergeson responded to get the Wildcats back on track with a third-place mark of 9.800. She was followed by Holton, who had a fall, and received a 9.300. Hicks answered and posted a 9.775 to boost UA’s team score to a 48.375.


Needing a solid rotation to close out the visiting Sun Devils, Arizona totaled a 48.925 on floor. Morgan and Workman began the rotation posting scores of 9.600 and 9.550, respectively. Russell then stepped up and turned in an impressive 9.800 performance, before Wurm received 9.850. Hicks followed with a 9.825, and Holton capped the rotation with a 9.850, earning her a share of the individual title with Wurm and ASU’s Cassandra Jusino.


For the second straight meet, both Russell and Morgan competed in the all-around for Arizona. Russell totaled a 38.950 to place third behind ASU’s Nicole Harris (39.150) and Jussino (39.000). Morgan placed fourth with a 38.775. Wurm placed fifth overall with a total of 38.675.


With the win, the Wildcats improve to 5-2 on the season and 3-2 in Pac-10 competition.


“We were sharp enough to win tonight, but we weren’t sharp enough to please ourselves,” Ryden said. “I think this is another example of how we can’t lose our focus at any point.”


The Wildcats will hit the road for the next two weeks. Arizona will travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on the California Golden Bears next Friday, March 2.




Team Results by Rotation


Rotation I


UA on vault: 49.025

ASU on bars: 48.225


Rotation II


UA on bars: 48.675 ; Running total: 97.700

ASU on vault: 48.725; Running total: 96.950


Rotation III


UA on beam: 48.375; Running total: 146.075

ASU on floor: 48.200; Running total: 145.150


Rotation IV


UA on floor: 48.925; Final total: 195.000

ASU on beam: 48.825; Final total: 193.975



























Individual Results by Event



1. Bree Workman (UA) 9.875                              

2. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.825

2. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.825

2. April Boone (ASU) 9.825



1. Nicole Harris (ASU) 9.850

2. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.825

3. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.750

3. Sarah Specht (UA) 9.750

3. Tiana Jean (ASU) 9.750



1. Ashlee Hinkle (ASU) 9.875

2. Nicole Harris (ASU) 9.850

3. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.800




1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.850

1. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.850

1. Cassandra Jusino  (ASU) 9.850



1. Nicole Harris (ASU) 39.125

2. Cassandra Jusino (Stan) 39.00

3. Miranda Russell (UA) 38.950



















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