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What’s on Tap: The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (4-8) will host No. 2 Florida (11-2) and unranked Brigham Young (3-5) this Friday, March 3. The interconference triangular meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in
Watch it Live: ArizonaAthletics.com will provide live statistics and a live video webcast of the event (video is mostly of Wildcat gymnasts only). As always, the live stats are free, while the live webcast this week will be available to All-Access subscribers only. Links will be provided in this article prior to the meet beginning on Friday. For more information, please log onto ArizonaAthletics.com.
The Rankings: The Wildcats remained at No. 14 in the nation this week as their RQS rose to 195.170. As a team, the Wildcats rank in the Top 20 in all four individual events, including No. 14 in the floor exercise, No. 13 on the beam, No. 7 on the uneven bars and No. 19 on the vault. Individually, Briana Bergeson is ranked No. 24 in the nation on beam, while Aubrey taylor and Karin Wurm are ranked No. 8 and No. 24, respectively, on bars. The Wildcats began the year ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches’ poll, and were ranked as high as No. 10 for the week of Jan. 30.
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 9-15. From Jan. 16-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Arizona Head Coach: Bill Ryden is in his eighth season at the helm of the
Scouting the Gators:
Scouting the Cougars: BYU enters the week unranked, but is coming off its season-best performance against
Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week X 2: Jamie Holton was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week last week for her performances against UCLA. Holton, a 5-5 junior, was instrumental in the Wildcats’ upset over Pac-10 leading and then-No. 6 UCLA, 195.350-194.700, on Feb. 24. Competing in three events for only the second time in her career, she set a new career-high on the balance beam and matched her career-best on floor as
Earlier this season, Junior Aubrey Taylor was named the Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 24-30. The 5-2 native of
Terrific Trio: Through the first six meets of the year, 95 of
Home Again: For the second straight week, the Wildcats will compete at home.
Target 196: In the early part of the season, the 195-mark was a good measuring stick as to how the team was developing. The Wildcats have reached that benchmark five times this season, but they are now looking to break 196. The last time the Wildcats scored a 196 or better was on Senior Night last year when the team earned a total of 196.375, while picking up victories over Cal-State Fullerton, Texas Women’s and Ball State. Additionally, Arizona’s season-high score of 195.875 is the highest the team has scored since the Pac-10 Championships last year, when the club captured second-place with a 195.925.
Steady Improvement: The Wildcats got off to a shaky start on the beam this season, but have since found some consistency in their young lineup. After posting a season-low 47.350 in the second meet of the year at
She’s Back: Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week three weeks ago, Aubrey Taylor has re-emerged as an all-arounder this season, returning to the vault lineup, the one event she didn’t compete in a year ago. The 5-2 junior did, however, miss competing in the vault lineup last week for the first time this season. Even so,
Star in the Making: Freshman Alexis Greene has wasted no time in making a significant impact in the Wildcat lineup. The 5-5 native of
Beamer on Beam: Freshman Briana Bergeson, known better by her teammates as ?'Beamer,’ has quickly become the Wildcats’ top scorer on the balance beam. In five of the last six meets, she has scored a 9.8 or better. In three consecutive meets, she bested her career-high and has placed no lower than second in those meets. At
Workman-like Vaulter: Freshman Bree Workman has become one of the Wildcats’ top vaulters this season. She ranks first on the team behind classmate Alexis Greene with an average of 9.850. Against
Instant Impact: The Wildcats have called upon five freshmen to play integral roles this season. Alexis Greene has been a regular in three events and has won three floor titles. Briana Bergeson holds a team-best 9.900 on beam and has won two titles in the event. On Jan. 27, Bree Workman claimed her first-career vault title. Sarah Parsons, who has a season-high 9.825 on bars, joins Bergeson and Greene as regulars in the bars rotation. Against
Facing the Best:
Stacked Pac: Once again, the Pac-10 will be one of the toughest conferences in the country. Five teams are ranked after the first seven weeks of competition. UCLA leads the way at No. 8, followed by No. 12 Stanford, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 16 Oregon State. The same five teams plus Washington had been ranked in the first two polls of the season.
The Lone Senior: When a team graduates six seniors in one class, it usually means that the following year they will rely on a number of underclassmen. That certainly is the case this year for the Wildcats, but don’t tell that to senior team captain Erin Muirhead. Coming off of a foot injury that cut short her season last year, Muirhead earned marks of 9.600 on beam and 9.675 on floor in
Junior Duo: The Wildcats have also turned to the leadership of a pair of juniors, Aubrey Taylor and Jamie Holton, both of whom have earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week awards. Taylor has emerged as an all-arounder for the first time since 2004, scored a season-best 39.250 against Oregon State and and has captured two all-around titles. Holton has also had some of her best meets the last few weeks, as she has been inserted into the vault lineup in addition to her regular duties on beam and floor. She was named Pac-10 gymnast of the Week last week as she helped
Super Soph’s: Danielle Hicks, Karin Wurm and Rachelle Silberg all played vital roles on the Wildcat squad as freshmen. Now as sophomores, each are playing a prominent role in the
A Look Back: The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team raced out to an early advantage over the visiting No. 6 UCLA Bruins and held on for the upset, 195.350-194.700, in front of 1,011 fans in
The Wildcats got off to a fast start in the first rotation on the vault as the team earned its highest score since Jan. 27 against
Leading 48.800-47.900 heading to the second rotation, the Wildcats extended their lead despite the Bruins overcoming a tough first rotation on bars with a 49.025 on vault. For
UCLA cut into the Wildcats’ lead in the third rotation as the Bruins posted a 48.825 on floor to
Holding onto a 146.265-145.750 lead entering the final rotation, the Wildcats closed the meet out in style on floor. Wurm and Taylor shared second-place honors as each tied their career-high score of 9.875. Holton also tied her career-best score with a score of 9.800 to share fifth place with Greene.
In the all-around, UCLA’s Kate Richardson totaled a 39.500 to lead all gymnasts. Karin Wurm tallied a 39.025 to place third behind UCLA’s Ariana
With the win, the Wildcats finished Pac-10 competition with a 4-2 record and improved their overall record to 4-8. The win also marked
Future Cats: Last November, Head Coach Bill Ryden announced the signing of three student-athletes who inked their names to National Letters of Intent to come to
Looking ahead: The Wildcats will host their final home meet of the season next Friday, March 10.