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20070428 Wurm Concludes Successful Run at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/28/2007
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SALT LAKE CITY ?C University of Arizona gymnast Karin Wurm concluded a highly successful appearance at the 2007 NCAA Championships this week by performing on the floor exercise in the individual event finals Saturday night in the Jon. M. Huntsman Center.

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The 5-4 junior represented Arizona in Flight 1 on floor, tallying a mark of 9.825 to place tied for 13th out of 18 competitors in the event. Morgan Dennis of Alabama claimed the NCAA floor title with a score of 9.9625.

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ˇ?It was a good set for her,ˇ± head coach Bill Ryden said of Wurmˇ?s floor routine. ˇ?She was a little off on landings and at this level there is not any room for even the tiniest mistakes. This competition was full of amazing performances and I think Karin represented herself extremely well.ˇ±

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On Thursday night in Session 2 of preliminary competition, Wurm shared third-place honors on floor with a score of 9.850 to earn a berth in the event finals. Her mark also earned her recognition as a first team All-American on floor. Additionally, she garnered second team All-American status as an all-arounder.

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Her performances on Thursday helped her become the programˇ?s first All-American all-arounder since Randi Liljenquist in 2000 and previously Heidi Hornbeek ?C the programˇ?s most accomplished gymnast and a six-time All-American ?C who earned the accolade in 1999 along with honors on bars and beam. Wurm also became the first Wildcat gymnast to earn any such All-American recognition since Monica Bisordi ?C the programˇ?s all-time leading scorer ?C did so in 2004, having been named a second team All-American on floor.

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"She certainly showed this weekend why she has been one of the top gymnasts in the country all year long,ˇ± Ryden added. ˇ?She legitimized herself as a national all-around contender, if she hadnˇ?t already done so.ˇ±

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ˇ?I see only bright things in future for her,ˇ± Ryden commented. ˇ?She still has room for improvement on all four events and we have already talked about adding some things in her routines for next year. She is such a hard worker that I fully expect her to eclipse the marks and standards that she has already set for herself.ˇ±

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Wurm was joined by teammates Jamie Holton and Brittney Morgan in preliminary competition, but neither Holton nor Morgan qualified for Saturdayˇ?s event finals. Arizonaˇ?s three individual competitors were the most of any program not competing in the team championships.

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Arizona finished the season with an 18-9 record and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the national championships as a team by a 0.050 margin, after placing third behind Oregon State at the South Central Regional Championships held in McKale Center on April 14. The Wildcatsˇ? score of 196.025 was the highest of any non-advancing team from each of the regionals. The mark was also higher than the scores of four advancing teamˇ?s from other regionals, including both UCLA and LSU from the Southeast Regional.

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