March 17, 2010
No. 20 Arizona heads to Colorado to compete against No. 19 Denver and the University of California. The meet will take place in Hamilton Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard time. The Wildcats look to earn their fourth consecutive win against the Pioneers and Golden Bears. Live stats will be available via the University of Denver’s website: www.denverpioneers.com
Arizona finished up its home season with a win and a season high score of 196.175 over then No. 24 Minnesota (193.700).
The Wildcats started the meet out strong, earning a team total vault score of 49.050 and took the podium with sophomore Deanna Graham in first (9.90), senior Sarah Tomczyk in second (9.85) and junior Colleen Fisher in third (9.800).
Other highlights of the meet came on beam and floor.
On the beam, the team scored a season high total of 49.150. Freshman Molly Quirk won the meet with a career high score of 9.90, followed by sophomore Katie Matusik with a 9.875 and Deanna Graham with a 9.850.
On the floor the GymCats earned their second score of 49 or above on the event, posting a team total of 49.200. The team was led by Sarah Tomczyk, who earned a career high floor score of 9.95, and Deanna Graham with a 9.90.
Arizona honored senior Sarah Tomczyk following of the conclusion of this week’s meet, as it was her last regular season home meet of her career. Tomczyk has been an incredible asset to the Arizona, accumulating over 1,474.275 points in her career. She has earned career highs of 39.45 all-around, 9.925 on vault, 9.90 on bars, 9.775 on beam and most recently a 9.95 on the floor. Tomczyk also owns several titles, including Scholastic All-American (2008-09), Academic All-Conference (2008-09), and 1st Team All- Conference on floor.
“I am so proud and so thankful to have had Sarah on my team. She didn’t have to come back this year, and I’m so glad she did. She has been such an asset to this team and such a great leader; what a great way to end a great career.” Ryden said.
Scouting the Opposition:
Throughout the second half of the season, No. 20 Arizona and No. 19 Denver have been switching places in the National rankings. Last week, the Pioneers earned a season high score of 196.075 against the University of Illinois-Chicago. Highlights included a season high bar total of 49.175 led by sophomore Brianna Artemev who posted a 9.875 as well as senior Kelly Hennigan taking first place all-around with a score of 39.125.
What’s Coming Up:
The GymCats head into post season, hosting the Pac-10 Championships on Friday, March 27. The meet will be held in the McKale Center at 4 p.m.
The Wildcats completed the 2009 season with an overall record of 12-12 and were able to make their 23rd consecutive NCAA post-season appearance. Thanks to a pristine floor exercise performance, then Junior Sarah Tomcyzk was able to take it one step further and competed floor at the NCAA National Championships. In addition, three Gymcats earned All-Conference accolades, including freshman Deanna Graham (2nd Team Vault), freshman Rebecca Cardenas (2nd Team Floor), and redshirt junior Sarah Tomczyk (1st Team Floor).
Look Out for New Gymcats:
Arizona bolsters a fairly young team, including four fresh new faces. These include: Aubree Cristello from Glenville, NY, Mykle Douglas from Plano, TX, Ellen Pitluck from Chicago, IL, and Molly Quirk from Glenmont, NY.
The Arizona Gymcats head into the season ranked No. 20 in the 2010 Women’s Pre-Season Coaches poll. They are one of only five Pac-10 schools to be rated. The others include No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No 10 Oregon State, and No. 25 Washington. Arizona State was listed as another team receiving votes for consideration.
Arizona faces an extremely stacked schedule this season, competing against nine schools ranked in the pre-season poll. This includes some tough meets early on, including opening the season against No. 8 Arkansas, then No. 7 Stanford immediately after. The Gymcats must also take on No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 3 Alabama, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 21 West Virginia, No. 22 Minnesota, and No. 25 Washington.
Head Coach Bill Ryden earned his 150th win last season, totaling his career and school record to become 156-157-3 with the victory over the Gophers.
Pac-10 Championships in the Desert:
Arizona will have the honor of hosting the Pac-10 Championships on March 27 at 4 p.m. The last time the Wildcats hosted the championships was in 2004. Tickets are available for purchase through the McKale Center Ticket Office.