Jan. 29, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona clinched its second victory for the season in its home territory, winning 194.700 to 189.375 against the California Golden Bears. The Gymcats entertained a packed house for their home opener, performing in front of an audience of 1,688.
“Going into the meet I knew it would still be a learning experience, especially competing in front of such a large crowd.” Head Coach Bill Ryden said, “Overall though, I think we started off in a good place.”
The Wildcats had a strong start to the home season, earning a solid team vault score of 48.675. Senior Sarah Tomczyk earned first overall on the event with a 9.85, with the two Freshman Aubree Cristello and Molly Quirk following close behind with scores of 9.725. Sophomore Deanna Graham also made an appearance on the event after her week sabbatical due to illness.
The team had pretty consistent bar scores as well, with Junior Miranda Russell earning a 9.850 to earn first place overall. In a tie for second place on the event was Sophomore Britnie Jones who earned a 9.775.
The Gymcats took the podium on beam again this week, with Britnie Jones and Aubree Cristello performing clean routines to tie for first with a 9.825. Colleen Fisher and Sarah Tomczyk tied for second with a 9.775.
One of the highlights of the meet came on the floor exercise, as Freshman Mykle Douglas ended the Gymcats’ lineup earning a career high of 9.775 and winning the event.
“Mykle is continually improving on her performance, I was really happy to see her do so well.” Ryden said, “This was her first time at a 10.0 start value, and she is constantly taking steps forward in the right direction.”
Another highlight came from Molly Quirk, who won the all-around with a 39.000. She posted consistent scores on each event, with a 9.725 on the vault, a 9.70 on the bars, a 9.825 on the beam and a 9.750 on the floor.
“Molly just continues to impress me. I don’t want to jinx her, but she is definitely in a groove with her gymnastics. She is very confident and always rises to the occasion. She is doing a great, great job.” Ryden said.
For the Golden Bears, Freshman Nikki Lew earned consistent scores including a 9.70 on the beam. Senior Sophia Hocini led the team on vault with a 9.825 but unfortunately was unable to finish the competition due to an injury.
“I think overall we could’ve been sharper in a few areas, and of course we have some things to improve on but I think we started off the home season pretty well.” Ryden said.
Next week the Gymcats take on No. 7 UCLA in their “Flip for the Fight” Breast Cancer Awareness meet at home. The meet will take place in the McKale Center at 7 p.m.