Feb. 13, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 21 Arizona Women’s Gymnastics team fell to the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers 196.725 to 194.675. Despite the loss, the Wildcats improved their team score by over eight tenths from their previous meet.
The Gymcats scored consistent team totals on each event, with a 48.700 on vault, a 48.700 on bars, 48.575 on beam, and a 48.700 on floor.
“We definately improved on our overall performance from last week. As a team the intensity and effort was impressive this week, and with such a young team we are continuing to grow in the right direction.” Head Coach Bill Ryden said.
One of the highlights included Sophomore Katie Matusik returning to the lineup to perform exhibition routines on bars and beam.
“It was great to see Katie back out on the events. She will definitely be moving into the lineup on beam in the next meet.” Ryden said.
Freshman Molly Quirk returned to the podium again this week on beam with her score of a 9.825 to earn her second place on the event.
“Molly is really coming into the role of top beam worker.” Ryden said, “She truly is a competitor, and it is nice to see her having success.”
Another Gymcat to have success tonight was Senior Sarah Tomczyk, who led the team on floor with a 9.875. This score was also the 3rd highest score of the meet. Tomczyk also had the highest score for the team on bars with a 9.800, and earned 3rd all-around with a score of 39.125.
“Sarah is really returning to her true form as a competitor. She stepped it back up tonight on bars and floor and made huge improvements from last week.” Ryden said.
For the Beavers, Senior Mandi Rodriguez led the team earning first place with an all-around score of 39.550. Rodriguez also took first on vault with a 9.950, tied for first on floor with a 9.950, and second on bars with a 9.850. Oregon State also earned their season high overall team total at tonight’s meet.
“This meet was definately a step in the right direction. Our improvements definitely showed tonight, and will hopefully help make us stronger in future weeks.” Ryden said.
Next week the Wildcats spend another one on the road, taking on No. 2 Alabama.