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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 27, 2006
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January 22, 2006


Hello everyone!  I first want to fill everyone in on where we stand so far this season. We are steadily improving each and every week and moving up in the national rankings. We are currently ranked #1 in the Pac-10 on both the uneven bars and the floor exercise, and 14th nationally as a team. Unlike most other collegiate sports, collegiate gymnastics is not based on wins and losses, it is based solely on our scores. Each team competes almost every weekend, and the scores are compared nationally, so technically, we are always competing against every school in the country! We feel good about where we stand right now, but know we still have room to improve. We have already competed against many top-10 schools, as well as the defending national champion, and a handful of Olympians. Although it’s early in the season, we have already gained a lot of experience and confidence as individuals, and more importantly, as a team. 


We’re coming off a great meet at ASU this past Sunday, and earned great away score and a season high for us (195. 15). Although it was an away meet, it was definitely not a typical one since we drove up to Tempe, competed, and came back Tucson all in one day! And we had so many Arizona fans up there it almost seemed like we were at home! Beamer had her own, huge cheering section made up of her family and old club teammates who all displayed numerous signs for her and the team.  I also had my old club teammates there supporting me, and I saw a lot of GymCat alumni as well! We love having that support!


            As for the meet, we started out on bars, which was highlighted by Aubrey’s 9.9, her new career high!  Way to go Aub!  Vault was next, and we had some huge vaults, led by Karin’s 9.825.  Then we went to floor and put on a great performance!  I must say that I liked Alexis’s double back that she did on her last tumbling pass!  She literally only took 2 steps into it!  Good thing she has those powerful legs!  Our high score on floor was a 9.8 by Karin and Alexis.  Our last event was beam, and we finally put together the beam team we know we are capable of. We were solid and earned our highest beam team score so far this season.  Some of the highlights were Beamer’s 9.8 (maybe that’s why that’s her nickname!) and Sarah Parsons’ exhibition routine that she changed just the day before!  Our final team score was 8 tenths higher than our score the week before at Penn State, and it was the first time we scored over 195 this season. With the rules being stricter and a young new team, we feel that is a good accomplishment for us! 


                        And finally, we are competing at home this Friday! After starting out the season with 3 weeks on the road, we are definitely ready to compete in front of our home crowd! We are doing an autograph session after the meet, so hopefully we’ll see all of you in the crowd while your #14 GymCats compete against the Cal Berkeley Bears this Friday at 7:30 pm!  GO CATS!

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