Jan. 24, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Women's Gymnastics team pulled out its first victory of the season over the Arizona State Sun Devils 195.675 to 194.900. Not only was this their first win, the Gymcats improved their overall team score by one point from the last meet as well as scored a point for the University of Arizona in the State Farm Territorial Cup.
Another highlight of the meet was the heart that the team showed throughout the competition. Due to injury and illness, the Wildcats were not yielding a full squad. In fact, on three out of four events the team only put up five athletes instead of the usual allotted six.
"This meet was definitely one that will stay in my memory forever." Said Head Coach Bill Ryden, "Given our unique situation and lack of athletes we certainly rose to the occasion."
As the away team, Arizona began on bars and earned five excellent scores totaling a team score of 48.975. Senior Sarah Tomczyk finished off the line-up with an amazing performance that earned her her career high of a 9.90. This score also earned her second place in the meet.
"Sarah's routine was absolutely amazing. She has really matured as a bar worker over the years, and it is great to be able to see her as a senior performing so well." Ryden said.
The Gymcats didn't stop on bars, however, and the high scores continued to come on vault. Freshmen Molly Quirk and Aubree Cristello earned new career high scores of 9.8, and 9.85, and Sarah Tomczyk won the event with a new career high of 9.925. The team also improved its total score with a 49.125.
"Everyone did as well as we expected them to on vault, but Sarah nailing her vault was really something. It was by far the best vault she has ever done." Ryden said.
Sarah Tomczyk led the team on the floor as well, earning a 9.85 and winning first place on the event.
The Gymcats dominated the podium on beam as well, with Aubree Cristello and Britnie Jones tying for second with a 9.80, and Molly Quirk taking first on the event with a 9.85. Sophomore Talyn Curry stepped up in the lineup as well, earning a 9.775 to help the Gymcats total a season high of 49.00.
"I know we have had amazing potential as a beam team this entire season, and I am confident that from here we will just keep improving." Said Ryden, "I was very impressed with our performance today, and mostly I am impressed with Talyn Curry who really stepped up and nailed her beam routine."
The Gymcats had three all-around performances this week, including Molly Quirk, who earned a career high of 39.050, Aubree Cristello who took second in the meet with a career high of 39.175, and Sarah Tomczyk who also earned a career high of 39.450 and tied for first overall.
For the Sundevils, Mary Atkinson tied for first all-around and earned career high scores on vault (9.9), bars (9.95 taking first on the event) and floor (9.825).
"Overall I was really proud today. We are a very young team and we really have begun to grow together and have confidence in one another." Said Ryden, "We only put up 21 routines and we hit 21 routines which really speaks to our growth as a team."
From here the Gymcats hope to carry the momentum to their first home meet against California this Friday, January 29.