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No. 15 Gymnastics Places Fifth at Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2006
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 15 Arizona gymnastics team (193.750) finished in fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday night.


No. 10 Stanford (197.100) captured the conference championship, followed by No. 11 UCLA (196.800), No. 17 Oregon State (196.400), No. 9 Arizona State (193.900), Arizona, Washington (192.750) and California (192.725).


“All three of them (Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State) looked great,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “I don’t know what it was with us. We just were not sharp.”


The Wildcats began the meet on bars, and posted a score of 48.300. Taylor led the way, capping the Wildcats’ rotation with a 9.775. Karin Wurm tallied a 9.7, while Alexis Greene added a 9.625. Suzanne Alvey, Briana Bergeson and Danielle Hicks each received 9.6s.


“I thought we started off great on bars,” Ryden said. “We went six-for-six and did everything we could do. The scoring was tight early, but we started off looking good.”


Arizona then moved to the balance beam and scored a 48.425, led by 9.825s from Wurm, Hicks and Jamie Holton. Taylor was the team’s next highest scorer, adding a 9.650.


The Wildcats then had a bye for the third rotation, before moving to the floor. Wurm was the squad’s top performer, notching a 9.775 to lead Arizona to a team score of 48.225. Jamie Holton also turned in a solid performance, scoring a 9.750. Greene recorded a 9.625, while Hicks posted a 9.550.


“We had two count two falls on beam,” Ryden said. “On floor, we just couldn’t land anything. We didn’t have any consistency tonight.”


Arizona received its second bye during the fifth rotation, before moving to the vault for the sixth rotation. The Wildcats finished the meet with its best rotation of the night, scoring a 48.800. Holton led the way, scoring a 9.850, good enough to tie for eighth overall. Wurm tallied a 9.800, while Taylor and Rachelle Silberg added marks of 9.725. Hicks earned a 9.700.


In the all-around, Wurm was the top performer for the Wildcats. Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week last week, Wurm placed ninth in the all-around, totaling a 39.100. Hicks (38.675) and Taylor (38.275) also competed in all four events, placing 13th and 16th, respectively.


“Karin and Jamie had great meets tonight,” Ryden said. “They did everything they could do. They just didn’t get much help from anyone else.”


Arizona will learn its postseason fate on Monday, March 27. The Wildcats have advanced to 19-consecutive NCAA Regional Championships.


Pac-10 Awards:

Gymnast of the Year ?- Kate Richardson, UCLA

Co-Freshmen of the Year ?- Ariana Berlin, UCLA & Jami Lanz, Oregon State

Co-Coaches of the Year ?- Kristen Smyth, Stanford & John Spini, Arizona State

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