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No. 15 Gymnastics Hits Road for Quad Meet
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/08/2007
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

at N.C. State, James Madison, William & Mary

March 9, 2007

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (6-2) will travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on host No. 22 North Carolina State, James Madison and William and Mary. The non-conference quadrangular meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. (EST) in Reynolds Coliseum.

 

The Rankings: Arizona enters competition this week ranked No. 15 in the country, with a RQS of 195.430. In individual events, UA ranks tied for No. 10 on floor (49.015), No. 19 on beam (48.640), No. 18 on bars (48.885) and No. 16 on vault (48.980). The Wildcats were tabbed as the No. 16 team in the nation according to the preseason coaches’ poll. Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 in 81 of the last 82 polls, including 32 straight. Individually, Danielle Hicks ranks No. 13 on beam, with a RQS of 9.860, and Karin Wurm checks in at No. 16 on bars (9.865).

 

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.  From Jan. 15-Feb. 12, teams were ranked by their total season average.  Since Feb. 19, teams and gymnasts are being 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. 

 

This Week’s Rotations:

 

 

Rotation I

Rotation II

Rotation III

Rotation IV

N. C. State

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Arizona

Bars

Beam

Floor

Vault

William & Mary

Beam

Floor

Vault

Bars

James Madison

Floor

Vault

Bars

Beam

 

A Look at the Wolfpack: North Carolina State enters competition this week ranked No. 22 in the nation. The Wolfpack has become one of the nation’s most consistent scoring teams in recent weeks, having scored between a 193.975 and a 194.600 over the last five meets. Interestingly, N.C. State has posted a season high 194.625 at home this season and an additional pair of 194.600s in its three home meets to date. The Wolfpack is led individually by freshman Taylor Seaman, who has season highs of 9.825 or better on every event, including a season high 38.850 in the all-around. She was named EAGL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season for her three-event effort at No. 1 Florida a week ago. N.C. State is coached by Mark Stevenson, who is in his 27th year with the program.

 

A Look at the Dukes: James Madison is coming off a tri-meet competition with William and Mary and Towson, where the Dukes posted a season high 47.200 on bars. Nicole Simmons put up a season high individual score on uneven bars to lead the Dukes to a team high score of 47.200 in the event. Simmons posted a 9.575 on the bars to finish tenth in the event. JMU is coached by Roger Burke, who is in his 14th year in charge of the program.

 

A Look at the Tribe: William and Mary enters a busy stretch of competition, with three meets in seven days. The Tribe hosts Towson on Wednesday night before traveling to Raleigh, N.C. on Friday. Last week, William and Mary posted a score of 187.25 to place second in an ECAC tri-meet at Towson last Friday night. Keyed by three individual first-place finishes, the Tribe set season-highs in two different events, including on vault (47.550) and beam (47.750). The Tribe is coached by Mary Lewis, who is in her 11th season at the school.

 

Side-by-Side: Arizona and this week’s opponents event-by-event comparison based on 2007 season averages:

 

 

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Arizona

48.972

48.656

48.584

48.981

195.194

N.C. State

48.544

48.392

48.192

48.497

193.625

James Madison

46.853

44.819

46.319

47.075

185.066

William & Mary

46.788

46.500

46.513

45.679

185.479

 

Arizona and this week’s opponents event-by-event comparison by season high score:

 

 

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Arizona

49.075

49.100

49.150

49.300

196.325

N.C. State

49.075

48.725

48.650

49.250

194.625

James Madison

47.400

47.200

48.025

48.025

188.125

William & Mary

47.550

47.425

47.750

46.475

187.700

 

Arizona Head Coach: Bill Ryden is in his ninth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program, owning a school and career record of 114-120-3.  Last season, he joined Jim Gault as the second coach to surpass 100 career coaching victories at Arizona. Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at the NCAA Championships in 2002, the program’s first appearance since 1996.  In 2002, Ryden also earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first head coach in Arizona history to have earned Regional Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, Ryden has coached in 16 Pac-10 Championships, 14 NCAA Championships and 16 NCAA Regional meets. Ryden has also trained 12 All-Americans and 18 All-Pac-10 gymnasts in his tenure at Arizona.

 

A Historic Night For Beamer: Briana Bergeson, affectionately known as “Beamer”, etched her name in the all-time individual record books at Arizona with her performance on beam a week ago. Bergeson, a 5-2 sophomore, turned in a near flawless beam routine, earning a 9.95 score from each judge. In doing so, her score of 9.950 places her in a tie for third place all-time on beam at Arizona with Heidi Hornbeek and Tenli Poggemeyer. Only UA record-holder Randi Liljenquist (10.000) and Monica Bisordi (9.975) have scored higher.

 

Beamer on Beam: Bergeson’s performance last week was the latest in a six-meet stretch where the Gilbert, Ariz., native has helped carry the load on beam for the Wildcats. After struggling in the first two meets, Bergeson notched a 9.850 against Oregon State on Jan. 26. A week later, she posted a 9.750 against Minnesota. Since, she has not scored below a 9.800, capped by her career-best 9.950 last week at California. She currently boasts and average of 9.681 in the event, but over the last six meets the average baloons to a 9.825.

 

Back to Her Roots: Arizona assistant coach Colleen Johnson will be returning to the place where she began her coaching career eight years ago. A University of Florida graduate, Johnson began her coaching career at N.C. State under long-time head coach Mark Stevenson.  Johnson spent five seasons with the Wolfpack prior to coming to Arizona. In 2003, she was named Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

Karin Bounces Back: After seeing a personal four-meet stretch of capturing the individual bars title come to an end against Arizona State, junior Karin Wurm wasted no time trying to start a new streak. Last week at California, she scored a 9.900 in the event to claim the individual title. The score was the fourth 9.900 or better she has notched in the event this season. She has won five titles in 2007, and is currently ranked No. 18 in the nation with an RQS of 9.865, and an average score of 9.844.

 

More Karin: Last week, Wurm won her fourth all-around title of the year and the fifth of her career, as she matched her season high total with a 39.300. Additionally, she set a new season high on beam, scoring a 9.775, and matched her season high on vault with a 9.825. Earlier this year, beginning on Jan. 26, Wurm started a personal three-meet streak where she captured the all-around title. On the year, the 5-4 Landenberg, Pa., native is averaging a total of 38.839 in the all-around.

 

Specht-acular Debut on Floor: Sarah Specht has solidified herself in UA’s vault and bars lineups over the last few weeks, but if last week’s meet at California was any indication, the 5-3 redshirt freshman isn’t content with being a two-event performer. For the first time in her career, she competed in three events, making her debut on floor. All the Naperville, Ill., native did was post a 9.850 en route to earning a share of her first career individual title in any event. She became the eighth Wildcat gymnast (not including Alexis Greene’s 9.825 against Michigan State) to earn a 9.800 or better on floor this season, leaving the Wildcat coaching staff with a luxurious dilemma of who to march out on floor each week.

 

Varying Vault Lineups: Now eight meets into the year, the Wildcats are still trying to settle in with a vault lineup. Thus far, Arizona has marched out seven differ

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