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Cat Scratches Gymnastics Newsletter - January 2007
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/01/2007
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Jan 2007

Vol. 9, #3


The Newsletter of The University of Arizona GymCats

 

         

 

I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  The team returned to Tucson right after Christmas to begin the final preparations for the 2007 season.  With 10 practices before the first competition, we had little time to make any last minute changes.  The team did a good job keeping their fitness up and for the most part, all of the workouts went well.  We had a mock meet where we didn’t count a fall and along with a workout on our competition equipment in McKale, there wasn’t a lot of pre-season preparation left.  After four months of solid training, we were all ready to get on with it.

 

          January 12          We left the sun of the desert and headed for the Midwest for our first competition of the year.  We still had a few line-up questions but I felt we had a pretty strong team for the first meet.  We have a lot of depth on vault and floor so whoever was out there, those events would score.  Beam and bars are a little different, fewer questions, fewer possible answers but still very good.  Karin had not quite yet recovered from all of her various injuries so I decided to scale back her usual responsibilities.  Aubrey was also a little dinged but good to go.  Everyone else was pretty healthy (a couple of bum shoulders aside) and eager to go.

          As the visiting team in a dual competition, our first event was bars.  The line-up for this event was: Brittney, Miranda, Beamer, Karin, Alexis, Aubrey and then Sarah and Suzanne in exhibition.  Before I finalized the order, I asked Brittney how she felt about pressure.  She responded that she absolutely had no problem with it.  It was what I needed to hear to put a freshman at the first spot in the line-up that is also the first routine of the meet and the year.  She was good to her word as our first routine of the season returned a 9.75.  Miranda didn’t have quite the same start.  She missed a skill in her routine but refused to come off.  She fought her way to her dismount and a 9.575.  Beamer then hit her new routine but a few handstand errors kept the score at a 9.65.  Both Karin and Alexis had really uncharacteristic errors and score 9.675 and 9.65 respectively.  Aubrey finally broke the miscues with an excellent set for a 9.85.  Sarah was up for her first competitive bar routine after coming back from an elbow injury almost two years ago.  She did a great job and scored a 9.675.  Suzanne finished up our bars with a hit routine that she had to fight through like some of her teammates.  She refused to come off and received a 9.575 from the judges.  Our event score was a 48.575 and a very lukewarm start to our meet.  I was proud that the team refused to fall but the entire bar squad was disappointed that we had definitely performed under our own expectations.  We came together as a team and really decided to get on getting back to what we expect of ourselves.  The running meet score was MSU: 48.9, UA: 48.575.

          We rotated to vault and our line-up for this meet would be: Rachelle, Sarah, Bree, Aubrey, Jamie, and Brittney.  Rachelle got us off to a good start with a good vault and a 9.7.  Sarah followed with an excellent 9.8 and then Bree tied a career high with a 9.9.  Aubrey followed with a 9.775 and then Jamie scored our second 9.9.  Brittney really tried hard to stick her vault but maybe tried a little too hard and received a 9.675.  Our event score was a 49.075.  The vault team did a good job of regrouping.  The running meet score was MSU: 98.225, UA: 97.65.

          We rotated to floor with a definite sense of purpose.  The line-up for this meet was: Miranda, Alexis, Karin, Aubrey, Danielle, Jamie and Sarah in exhibition.  Miranda gave us a great start with a 9.775.  Alexis and Karin continued the trend of avenging bars with two excellent sets and scores of 9.825 and 9.8.  Aubrey had a little trouble on her last tumbling pass and scored a 9.675, but Danielle and Jamie both had excellent efforts and were rewarded with 9.8 and 9.875 respectively.  Sarah finished up our night on floor and a 9.475 on her set.  It was a great floor effort to follow the vault effort.  Our event score was another 49.075 and the running meet score had closed a bit to MSU: 147.125, UA: 146.725.  We had put ourselves in a hole that we still hadn’t been able to dig our way out of.  As I gathered the team for our final event, all that we could really focus on was finishing the meet with a great effort and good team score.

          Our beam lineup would be: Brittney, Miranda, Jamie, Aubrey, Beamer, Danielle with Alexis and Bree performing in exhibition.  Brittney finished off her impressive first meet with her third hit in a row and her second 9.75 for the evening.  Miranda had a problem with her mount, but otherwise a good set and received a 9.15.  The pressure was now on and Jamie got the team back on track with a nice routine and a 9.775.  Aubrey was impressive fighting to stay on, on a crooked series.  Her score of 9.7 was good considering how close she was to coming off.  Unfortunately Beamer wasn’t able to pull off the same trick as she fell on her series.  She scored a 9.175 and we were going to count as least one fall.  Danielle came back with a dynamite set in the clutch and a 9.85.  Alexis then made a rare appearance on the beam.  Upon arriving in Tucson last year, she informed us that she could not hit in a meet on beam.  She has made a ton of improvement since then and hit her first collegiate beam routine for a 9.675.  She might even get to like this beam thing.  Bree finished up our meet with a hard fought effort and a 9.3.  Our event score was a 48.25.

          The team really focused after bars and even though there were a few miscues, the effort was great.  The team completely forgot about the other team and started competing against our own standards.  For a surprise at the end of the meet, we had in fact come back to win by .5, UA: 194.975, MSU: 194.925.  It was the final of several lessons we would definitely take back with us to Tucson.  Individually there were a number if highlights.  Jamie and Bree tied for the vault title.  Jamie also tied for the floor title.  Brittney had an amazing debut and both Miranda and Sarah had successful first meets.  Overall I am happy with the meet; I might grade it at a B.  I guess my proudest moment was the fact that the team wasn’t overjoyed with the victory although it was nice.  They knew that we were better and would need to be to meet our goals. 

 

 

 

 

Arizona @ Michigan St.

 

Bars

Vault

Floor

Beam

Suzanne

9.575

 

 

 

Beamer

9.65

 

 

9.175

Alexis

9.675

 

9.825

9.675

Danielle

 

 

9.8

9.85

Jamie H.

 

9.9

9.875

9.775

Aubrey

9.85

9.775

9.675

9.7

Brittney

9.75

9.675

 

9.75

Miranda

9.575

 

9.775

9.15

Rachelle

 

9.7

 

 

Sarah

9.675

9.8

9.475

 

Bree

 

9.9

 

9.3

Karin

9.65

 

9.8

 

 

 

January 21          Our second meet of the season was also the second road trip of the year.  We were traveling for a Sunday meet against UCLA.  The team was hoping to build off the positives from Lansing but on the Thursday before the meet, the team was dealt a blow.  Alexis Greene ruptured her Achilles tendon while practicing her floor routine.  Alexis was a big contributor to the team both on and off the competitive floor.  The team will miss her out there but Alexis herself will be the biggest cheerleader for whoever takes over her spots.  We are all behind Alexis as she rehabilitates from surgery and gets ready for her return to the competition arena next year. 

Just like the previous week, our competition order was Bars, Vault, Floor, and Beam.  Without Alexis, the reworked Bar line-up would be: Suzanne, Sarah, Brittney, Beamer, Karin, and Aubrey with Miranda in exhibition.  Suzanne did a good job opening up for the team with a 9.65.  Up next was Sarah and she had some difficulties.  A fall combined other execution errors resulted in an 8.75.  The pressure was on the team early.  Brittney unfortunately had a fall on her routine with a score of 8.875.  Beamer made it a disaster trifecta when she went over on a cast handstand and scored a 9.1.  I have to give a lot of credit to both Karin and Aubrey as they showed their competitive moxy by stopping the train wreck and scoring 9.75 and 9.85 respectively.  Without the support of the routines in front of them, the scores were probably the best we could expect.  Miranda finished off with a good routine and a 9.525.  After an evaluation at the end of the meet, I was able to get the bar panel to realize that Miranda’s 9.9 SV should have indeed been a 10.0 so her score would have been .1 higher.  I didn’t want to inquire an exhibition routine and waste the judge’s time but it was good to get it squared away.  Counting two falls was disappointing to say the least.  The team had encountered a big blow and the meet was 10 minutes old.  This was not indicative of the quality of bar work I expect from our team.  The event score was a woeful 47.2.  My best hope was that we could rebound and perform well on the remaining three events.

We rotated to vault and during one-touch it was obvious Bree wasn’t going to be able to go.  So the line-up was quickly reworked to: Rachelle, Sarah, Brittney, Aubrey, Karin, and Jamie H.  Even without Bree, this was a pretty potent line-up.  Rachelle proved that opinion with a 9.825 on the first vault.  Sarah followed her with a 9.775 and Brittney then put up our second 9.825.  Aubrey received a 9.65 on her vault with some huge steps on her landing.  Karin then received a 9.8 on her first competitive vault of the season.  Jamie finished up the vault effort with the only vault that we really wished we could have back.  She was trying hard to stick her landing and came up a little short on rotation.  She quickly back peddled to avoid a fall and scored a 9.45.  Overall it was a good effort especially coming off the bar score.  Our event score was a 48.875 and it was a good comeback by the team. 

We had to rework the floor line-up after losing Alexis.  There were a few different options but I decided on Miranda, Brittney, Karin, Aubrey, Danielle and Jamie H.  Miranda did a good job leading off and scored a 9.725 on a nice routine.  This was Brittney’s first time in the floor line-up but had a fall on her first tumbling pass and recovered to receive a 9.0 from the judges.  Karin had a pretty good routine going initially but had a few problems on her last two passes and scored a 9.6.  Aubrey really had a good routine but landing deductions resulted in a 9.675.  Danielle’s routine was definitely a quality set with a few execution errors that scored a 9.75.  Jamie finished up with a nice 9.8.  The event score of 48.55 was a little below the true ability of the floor team.  Brittney’s floor debut didn’t go exactly as she wanted but she will be performing quality floor work very soon.  A number of weak tumbling passes had brought the score down a bit as well.  The only thing left was to hit our final event of the day.

The beam team for this meet was: Brittney, Karin, Jamie H., Aubrey, Beamer, and Danielle with Miranda in exhibition.  Brittney quickly put the troubles of her floor routine behind her with a nice 9.725 on the first routine up.  Karin had trouble with a new mount and her first beam routine of the year had a fall.  She received a 9.225 from the judges.  Jamie got the team back on track with a hit and a 9.725.  Aubrey hit a great set which received a 9.85.  Beamer unfortunately had a fall on her acro series and scored a 9.325.  Danielle came back with an excellent routine and a 9.825.  Miranda finished up our competition with a great set and a 9.

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