WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Jamie Holton has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 20-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Holton, a 5-5 junior, was instrumental in the Wildcats’ upset over Pac-10 leading and then-No. 6 UCLA, 195.350-194.700, on Feb. 24. Competing in three events for only the second time in her career, she set a new career-high on the balance beam and matched her career-best on floor as Arizona defeated UCLA for only the fourth time in the program’s history.
“Jamie Holton was unbelievable tonight,” Ryden said following the meet last Friday night. “She has been working on a new vault and a new beam series, and she was fantastic. When that girl gets in the spotlight, she rises to the occasion.”
Holton started the night off scoring a 9.750 on vault to help Arizona to a team score of 48.800, its highest mark in three meets. The outing marked Holton's second vault performance on the year, as she made her season-debut on Feb. 17 at Stanford, setting a career-high 9.825. Against the Bruins, she filled in for classmate Aubrey Taylor who was held out of the vault lineup for the first time this season.
On beam, Holton, a Phoenix native, made up for an otherwise sub-par event for the Wildcats as she led the team with a 9.825. Holton, who entered the beam lineup this season for the first time in her career, boosted the Wildcats' team score to 48.375. The mark, which was well above her season average of 9.622, shattered her previous career-best of 9.725, as she placed fourth overall in the event.
On the floor exercise, Holton led off a solid rotation as the Wildcats closed out the defending Pac-10 champions. Holton paced the Wildcats by tying her career-high score of 9.800 on floor. The fifth-place mark helped Arizona to a team score of 49.075.
Holton, a member of the 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team, becomes the second Wildcat to earn the weekly honor this season. Taylor received recognition for the week of Jan. 24-30 after she won her first career all-around title against California.
The Wildcats will be in action again this Friday, March 3, as No. 2 Florida and BYU visit McKale Center. The meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. (MST).