March 19, 2011
“We really looked good. Our bobbles cost us two positions in the team results. We would have finished third, except for the floor routines. It just goes to show you what we’re capable of, even with those mistakes,” head coach Bill Ryden.
After a bye, the Wildcats had a solid start on bars with a 48.850. All of the contributors earned scores of 9.700 or better – much better than
“I made some drastic changes to the bar lineup due to some issues within the past few weeks. We even warmed up seven people – I had two girls ready to go by the fourth person in the lineup, and I was so proud of how the girls stayed on their feet,” Ryden said.
Once again, senior Miranda Russell was the top scorer for the Cats, posting a score of 9.850 to tie for third. Junior Deanna Graham was next for
“Miranda did great on bars. She did her job, as well as the rest of the bar team, which was great for all of us,” Ryden said.
The team immediately rotated to beam, and used the momentum to post the second highest beam total of the season. Junior Katie Matusik was a star once again for the Wildcats, posting her third score of 9.90 (or better) of her career, and tying for second on the event.
“Katie’s beam was spectacular. The routine definitely deserved the score it got. I think that Katie is going to go down as one of the best beam workers to wear an
“Molly got hurt on beam so we had to pull her from the meet. Mykle did a great job stepping into that role last minute. She started us off strong, and then Becca did her job. Katie had a pretty solid routine, and then we had some issues with steps, bobbles, and going out of bounds,” Ryden said.
The Wildcats made up for floor in the final event, totaling a season high vault score of 49.200. Graham was the team’s top scorer of the night, earning a 9.875 to earn third overall. Behind her was sophomore Mykle Douglas, and Russell with twin scores of 9.850. Cristello earned a 9.825, and Williams posted a 9.800.
“Going into vault we were a little ticked off about floor, so we came into the event with a vendetta. Everyone did solid vaults, and it was a fantastic way to finish,” Ryden said.
“It was great to get the score we did, it will help our RQS. It’s a little bittersweet; we had three phenomenal events, and one that wasn’t so great. We’re a good complete team, but we are a great team on three events,” Ryden said. “Now we can just look forward to finding out about the rest of the post season.”