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Recap - Jan 11 meet
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/11/2007
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????????????TUCSON, Ariz. ?C?The Arizona gymnastics team was thrown to the wolves to open the 2008 season and yet the 12th-ranked Wildcats emerged unscathed with a pair of wins over visiting No. 25 NC State and Alaska Anchorage in McKale Center on Friday.

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The Cats (2-0) won the meet with a final score of 194.100, with the Wolfpack (1-1) placing second at 192.350 and the Seawolves (0-2) third at 187.725. UAˇ?s Alexis Greene won the all-around title for the night with a final score of 38.800.

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ˇ?Weˇ?re very glad to finally be competing after training so hard leading up to this,ˇ± Arizona head coach Bill Ryden said. ˇ?To start with a win is a step in the right direction, but we definitely have some things we can work on.

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ˇ?I thought we came out very strong in our first two events (vault and bars), but we tightened up on the final two (beam and floor), but overall it was a good team effort. Itˇ?s the first step and weˇ?re going to get better as the year progresses.ˇ±

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The Wildcats opened their first rotation of the season with a 48.875 team mark on the vault. Junior Breanne Workman led the way individually for Arizona with a 9.85, followed by an impressive 9.80 by freshman Colleen Fisher on her first collegiate vault. Seniors Rachelle Silberg and Greene chipped in with matching 9.75s, while sophomore Miranda Russell added a 9.725.

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In the second rotation of the night the Cats posted a 48.925 on the bars. Senior Karen Wurm opened her final season at UA with a meet-best 9.875, while Greene followed close behind and added to her all-around total with a 9.85. Russell finished with a 9.825, junior Sarah Specht a 9.775 and freshman Kristen Schmieder a 9.60 in her first collegiate action.

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The beam proved to be a trouble spot for all three teams on the night, but the Wildcats overcame a pair of falls to post a meet-high 47.775 in their third rotation of the night. Schmieder started the Wildcats out strong with an opening 9.650, but junior Briana Bergeson and senior Danielle Hicks had to rally the Cats in the final two slots of the rotation, posting a 9.80 and a 9.625, respectively, to help keep pace.

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The Wildcats wrapped up the night on the floor with a team score of 48.525. Wurm led the way with a 9.80, followed by Workman at 9.75, Greene at 9.70 and Russell at 9.675.

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ˇ?Iˇ?m really happy with the way our two freshman (Schmieder and Fisher) performed and for Alexis to win the overall after coming back from an injury last year was very nice to see,ˇ± said Ryden. ˇ?Danielle and Karin picked us up in the final two events and the seniors really came through when we needed them to.ˇ±

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Arizona will return to action on Jan. 20 when it opens Pac-10 action against Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., at 2 p.m.

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Team Results

Rotation I

UA on Vault ?C 48.875

NCSU on Bars ?C 48.550

UAA on Beam ?C 47.325

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Rotation II

UA on Bars ?C 48.925 Running Score 97.800

NCSU on Beam ?C 46.600 Running Score 95.150

UAA on Floor ?C 45.825 Running Score 93.150

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Rotation III

UA on Beam ?C 47.775 Running Score 145.575

NCSU Floor ?C 48.200 Running Score 143.350

UAA on Vault ?C 47.725 Running Score 140.875

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Rotation IV

UA on Floor ?C 48.525 Running Score 194.100

NCSU on Vault ?C 49.00 Running Score 192.350

UAA on Bars ?C 46.850 Running Score 187.725

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