Dear Friends, Alumni & Boosters,
Welcome Back After a long summer, everyone is back and getting ready for a new season. The team is really looking pretty good after a month of voluntary workouts followed by official practice. The team is definitely ahead of where we have been in the past at this time of the year. Let me introduce you to this year’s team:
Jamie Holton is an
Aubrey Kelly: It is kind of weird for me to type the name Kelly. Aubrey spent her summer training, working, having voluntary ankle surgery and getting married! No disrespect to Jesse but she will always be
Danielle Hicks, a junior from
Rachelle Silberg is a junior and calls
Melanie Weiser is also a junior and came west to the U of A from
Karin Wurm is from
Suzanne Alvey calls
Erica Anderson came to us from
Alexis Greene is another “East Coaster” on the team and calls
Bree Workman calls
Sarah Specht comes to the U of A from
Jamie Custer is also from
Brittney Morgan comes from the same gym as former GymCat, Jamie Schell ?- Hill’s Gymnastics in
Miranda Russell decided she was ready for warmth as she headed south from
Colleen Johnson Colleen is in her third year with the program and is from
Matt Radelet: This is Matt’s fifth year “officially” as our trainer but has been involved with the program for many years. He has been at
Neil Willey is our strength coach and plays a big part in the physical preparation of the team to be able to perform very difficult skills on a weekly basis. I have come to rely heavily on Neil as I prepare the team. As an adult gymnast, there is only so much abuse their bodies can take at this stage of their careers. Add to that the fact that NCAA gymnastics forces them to perform more high level gymnastics during a season than they have ever done before. The use of strength training is vital to keep them prepared while letting them recover from the ballistics of the gym.
Brina Weissman: This is Brina’s second full year as the Team Manager. The team will be the first to tell you that Brina plays a very important role within the program. Besides the normal duties helping the coaching staff with team functions, Brina serves as a floor manager during meets, making sure mats and equipment are set correctly for each gymnast as well as making sure that each routine is being videotaped. She also handles equipment issues in workout as well as running our performance analysis software as needed. She absolutely makes my life easier and I wouldn’t want to go out on the floor at a competition without her.
Hall-of-Fame I very happy to let everyone know that on Friday, November 10th, Kristi Gunning will the latest GymCat to be inducted in the
Kristi’s era, teams were required to compete two all-arounders of which she was one and, along with fellow Arizona Hall-of-Fame member Stacy Fowlkes, led the team in one of the most prolific times in program history. Her accomplishments include: 4x All-Conference, 2x All-America, 1993 Pac-10 Conference Champion on vault, and 1994 Team Captain. She was also a finalist for Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and one of six finalists for the “American Award” which honors the top gymnast in the country based on their entire collegiate career. She garnered team awards that included the "Kristen Weber Award" and team MVP, the "Golden A". In 1993, she was invited and competed in the World University Games Trials. In her final meet as a Wildcat, Kristi was determined to do everything in her power to compete for the team. She competed with a broken wrist. Performing on Vault, Beam & Floor with a cast on and using a fist instead of an open hand to block and tumble. She removed the cast for Bars and ignored the pain. She went four-for-four and was the teams’ highest scoring all-arounder. She is now married and currently lives with her husband and children in
If you are interested in attending, the ceremony will be at 4:00 pm on November 10th. For more information and reservations, call the Office of Special Events at 520-621-2331
Along the same lines of GymCats and university honors, the banners signifying that Monica Bisordi and Katie Johnson are members of the Gymnastics Ring-of-Fame went up in
Intrasquads The first intrasquad is tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 1st and the second intrasquad is scheduled for Friday, December 15th. They will begin at 3:00 and they are held in our practice facility and the public is welcome. As most of you know, the gym doesn’t really have seating but I a sure we can find room if you would like to watch. Keep an eye on the newsletter about time or date changes. I try to schedule as best I can but a lot of factors determine when these events can occur.
Schedule Changes Last year, I erroneously listed both NCAA Regionals and Nationals on the wrong weekends. They are correctly listed on the schedule at the end of this newsletter. I hope that this does not cause anyone any problems. Please take special note of the date for Regionals, April 14, 2007.
Alumni Sightings It was a busy summer on the Alumni front. At the beginning of the summer, I was able to attend Kristin McDermott’s wedding in
We are also updating a “Where are they now?” database for our alumni. We use this information on our recruiting webpage but it is also just nice to have. So if you get a chance, just email me with the info at firstname.lastname@example.org or just return the information sheet.
Schedule Make sure to check out the schedule at the end of the newsletter. There have been a few minor changes from the one published last spring. I wouldn’t want there to be any reason for anyone to not be at a meet!
Boosters As always, we really want to thank all of the Boosters who have helped our program over the years. A program like ours uses donations to directly affect the athletes. I hope that you can find it to continue your support. If you would like to donate, just send a check made out to “
Cyberspace There are some great photos of the team out there on the web. A fan/supporter of the team has been photographing us for a few years now and the quality is excellent. His name is Stoddard Reynolds and the URL is http://www.pbase.com/stod45/u_of_a . You can leave a comment or contact him about getting actual prints.
You can keep up on important information on the team at the Official University of Arizona Athletics Website (www.arizonaathletics.com). This year, I still plan to have the newsletter on the website. The archives of the old newsletters reside at (www.u.arizona.edu/~ryden/gym.html). In fact there is an entire segment of GymCat supporters who receive this newsletter electronically. Please contact me if you would like to be put on that list.
Until next time...