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Arizona's Gymnasts Look for First-Ever Regional Title Saturday in McKale Center
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Release: 06/22/2004
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What's Coming Up After a week off from competition, the Arizona Wildcats return to the sweet confines of the McKale Center on Saturday, April 1 for the NCAA Region III Championships. Arizona is the host institution for the regional meet, and the Wildcats welcome five of the nation's top gymnastics programs. Arizona is in search of the first regional title in the program's history, and the Wildcats will square off against fifth-ranked Nebraska (25-5), seventh-ranked Louisiana State (15-4-1), No. 17 Arizona State (16-7), Missouri (8-13) and Illinois-Chicago (13-10), at 6 p.m. The top two teams and the all-around winner, who is not on a qualifying team, from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships on April 13-15 in Boise, Idaho. The individual event winners at the regional championships who score a 9.800 or better in each event will qualify for the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifier(s). Nebraska and LSU are the top-two seeds in the regional meet. Nebraska is looking to capture its first regional title since 1983 and the third in school history, while LSU is hoping to advance to the NCAA Championships for the fourth-consecutive year. Arizona State has not won a regional title in 13 years, Missouri received its first regional bid since 1994, and Illinois-Chicago earned a regional berth for the second year in a row.

        NCAA Region III Championships (listed by seed)
        Seed    Team                    Regional Qualifying Score
        1       Nebraska                196.675
        2       Louisiana State         196.390 
        3       Arizona State           195.280
        4       ARIZONA                 194.395
        5       Missouri                194.185
        6       Illinois-Chicago        194.160

Arizona's Regional Championship History The fourth-seeded Wildcats have qualified for the regional championships every year since 1987, and the UA is in search of a berth to the NCAA Championships for the first time in four years. Last season, the Wildcats (193.625) placed third at the 1999 Region III Championships in Lincoln, Neb., finishing behind Michigan and runner-up Nebraska. Arizona's highest regional finish came in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996 when the Wildcats finished in second place, each time qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The UA posted its highest regional meet score of 195.750 during the 1996 season, and the mark still ranks as the third-highest meet total in school history.

Head Coach Bill Ryden on Arizona's Postseason Berth I am very happy that we made it to regionals, and although our record may not reflect it, we are a much better team this year overall. Our whole focus is on team effort, and the gymnasts have made a lot of progress, and they have fought through a lot of adversity to get to this point. We lost a lot of close meets that really could have gone either way. I am just glad to be one of the 36 teams left in the country.

Ryden on the Regional Field of Teams We are really going to face some difficult competition on Saturday, but we are fortunate that we are hosting the regional. We definitely cannot take any team lightly, and we are going to have to put together a complete team effort in every single event in order for us to have a chance to do well and keep our postseason hopes alive.

Arizona's Last Action The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (5-16, 1-5 Pac-10) finished in seventh place with a score of 192.950 at the Pacific-10 Championships Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,728, in Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena. Defending conference champion UCLA won the title with a score of 197.700, followed by Oregon State in second (196.575), Washington in third (195.900), Arizona State in fourth (195.875), California in fifth (194.675), and Stanford in sixth (193.850).

UCLA swept all four team events, and the Bruins now have won the Pac-10 title a record nine times in the conference's 13-year history. Arizona's seventh-place showing is its lowest Pac-10 finish in the program's history and the lowest since 1998 when the Wildcats finished sixth at the championships.

Two Wildcat gymnastsEmily Peterman and Heather Stracciaposted career-high marks at the meet. Arizona tied a season-high 49.150 vault team score, and the Wildcats finished second on vault behind UCLA (49.500). UCLA gymnasts took the top individual spots on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around, while an Arizona State gymnast won the top individual spot on floor.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist ended the meet as Arizona's top performer after a third-place finish in the all-around with a 39.425her second-highest score this season. Liljenquist finished 10th on bars (9.850), and she tied for fifth on both beam (9.850) and floor (9.900).

Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied for second place on vault with a 9.925, while junior Heather Straccia, freshman Nikki Beyschau, and Liljenquist tied for 13th place, each posting a 9.825 in the event. Junior Kara Fry tied for ninth in the all-around with a 39.050her third-highest score this season. Sophomore Emily Peterman set a career-high 9.775 on bars, while Straccia scored a career-high 9.825 on vault.

Liljenquist's Leadership Sophomore sensation Randi Liljenquist has paced Arizona with consistent performances during the season. She underwent voluntary elbow surgery last summer because she wanted a chance to compete on vault and in the all-around. Liljenquist has won 16 first-place titles, including six career all-around titles, and she has posted a total of 38 top-five finishes so far this season. She holds Arizona's top scores on beam (9.925), floor (10.000) and in the all-around (39.525) and is tied with Heidi Hornbeek for the top score on bars (9.925). Liljenquist, Arizona's top performer at the Pac-10 Championships (3/18), place third in the all-around with a 39.425her second-highest score this season. She also finished 10th on bars (9.850) and tied for fifth on both beam (9.850) and floor (9.900).

Liljenquist tied for second on vault after setting a career-high 9.850 in the event at Arizona State (3/10), tied for second on beam with a 9.850, and she finished third on floor with a 9.875. Liljenquist also led the four Wildcat all-arounders, finishing in the top spot with a 39.375her third-highest all-around score this season. Liljenquist scored a perfect 10.000 on floor against Michigan on March 3 and is only the fifth Arizona gymnast to score a 10.000 in school history. Liljenquist's floor score is the first 10.000 scored in four years, and it ties Hornbeek for the school record in the floor event. Along with her career-high 10.000 on floor and a first-place finish, Liljenquist set a career-high 9.925 on bars and tied for second. She grabbed the beam title with a 9.900 and set a career-high 39.525 in the all-around, ending the meet with three individual titles. In the Minnesota meet (2/20), Liljenquist scored a 9.950 on floor and won the event title, and she took the all-around crown with a 39.425her second-highest season mark. She also scored a 9.750 on vault, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Two nights before, Liljenquist tied for first place on bars with a 9.900, and she scored a 9.925 on floor, taking the event title against Washington (2/18). She finished fifth on beam with a 9.750, posted a 9.700 on vault and tied for third in the all-around with a 39.275. At Oregon State (2/11), Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished in fourth in the all-around (39.075). She led the Wildcat charge against California and Southern Utah (2/4) with a 39.350her third-highest all-around scoreand first-place in the all-around. She tied for fourth on vault with a 9.700 and tied for second on bars with a 9.800. Liljenquist posted a career-high 9.925 on beam and a 9.925 on floor and won first-place honors in both events. Against Denver and Minnesota (1/30), Liljenquist scored a 9.650 on vault, and she tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.800. Liljenquist scored a 39.125 in the all-around against San Jose State (1/28), winning the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. She posted a 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she recorded a 9.825 on bars (second place). Liljenquist took the beam title with a 9.750 and closed out the meet with a first-place 9.900 on floorgiving her the sixth event title of her career. At Stanford (1/21), she scored a 38.825 in the all-around and won her first all-around competition, scored a 9.800 on beam for a second-place finish, and she landed in third place on floor with a 9.750. Liljenquist hit a 9.600 in her collegiate debut on vault against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa (1/14), and she shared first-place honors on floor with senior Kiernan Andrews, each scoring a 9.850.

All-American Heidi Hornbeek Senior Heidi Hornbeek is preparing to close out her career as a Wildcat, but not before she helps lead the team to its first NCAA Championship berth in four years. Although Hornbeek has been diagnosed with a bulging disk in her back and is questionable for Saturday's meet, Ryden is hopeful she will take the floor one last time in McKale Center. Hornbeek was restricted to bars for the first four weeks of the season due to a nagging ankle injury but competed on three eventsvault, bars and floorfor the first time against California and Southern Utah (2/4). Hornbeek currently has 31 top-five finishes and nine event titles for the season, and she holds Arizona's top individual scores on vault (9.950) and bars (9.925). Hornbeek has competed in the all-around in six out of the last seven meets, and she has scored over the 39.000 mark in five of the meets.

Hornbeek tied for second place on vault with a 9.925 at the Pac-10 Championships (3/18). At the Arizona State meet (3/3), Hornbeek suffered a devastating fall on her first vault attempt after her hands missed the vault completely, and she landed on her knees. She exhibited strength and resiliency and returned for her second vault, posting a 9.925 to win the vault title. Hornbeek was Arizona's top finisher on bars, landing in a tie for fourth with a 9.825, and she finished third in the all-around with a 38.800her only score below a 39.000 this season.

On March 3 against Michigan, Hornbeek finished second on vault with a season-high 9.950, and she tied her season-high 9.925 on bars and tied for second in the event. Hornbeek tied a season-high 9.850 on beam and landed in third place, and she finished third in the all-around with a 39.350her second-highest score of the season. In the Utah meet (2/25), Hornbeek scored a 9.875 on vault and won the event title for the second meet in a row. She ended the Utah meet as Arizona's highest finisher in all four events and in the all-around. Although she is battling a nagging ankle injury, she finished third in the all-around with a 39.325, tied for third on bars with a 9.875, tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825 and tied for fourth on floor with a 9.750. Hornbeek won the vault title and scored a 9.875 in the event against Minnesota (2/20), and she took first on bars for the fifth time in six meets with a season-high 9.925. She also tied a season-high 9.900 on floor and finished in third place, and Hornbeek scored a 39.100 in the all-around to end the meet in fourth place. Hornbeek competed in all four events for only the second time this season against Washington (2/18), and she tied for top honors on bars with a 9.900, tied for second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775. Hornbeek finished second in the all-around with a 39.300 and ended the meet as Arizona's top finisher in the event. Against Oregon State (2/11), Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time in 2000 and made her season debut in the all-around, winning the title with a season-high 39.375. Although she continued to battle the pain, she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850. She scored a 9.850 on bars and won the event title for the third-consecutive meet against California and Southern Utah (2/4). In her first meet competing on vault and floor, she scored a 9.700 on vault and finished in second place on floor with a season-high 9.900. Against Denver and Minnesota (1/30), Hornbeek posted a 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in the event, winning her second bars title of the season for the second consecutive meet. In her only event of the evening against San Jose State (1/28), Hornbeek returned to action, taking the bars event title with a 9.850. The fifth-year senior did not compete at Stanford (1/21) the week before, and she also saw limited action against UCLA (1/14) where she scored a 9.700 on bars in her only event of the meet. Hornbeek, a six-time All-America selection and a seven-time All-Pac-10 honoree, returned to the Arizona lineup in 1999 after undergoing major shoulder surgery in November 1997 and racked up 32 impressive top-five finishes, including 12 first-place titles. She competed in 10 meets as an all-around performer and was the only Wildcat gymnast to reach the NCAA Championships after qualifying as the top at-large seed in the all-around. Hornbeek received All-America honors in the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around events at the 1999 NCAA Championships.

Junior Kara Fry Back on Track 1998 All-Pac-10 selection Kara Fry tied for ninth place in the all-around with a 39.050her third-highest score this seasonat the Pac-10 meet (3/18), and the week before, Fry tied four fourth place on beam with a 9.825 against Arizona State (3/10). She set a career-high 39.325 in the all-around against Minnesota (2/20) and finished second in the event. She won the beam title with a 9.875, tied a career-high 9.875 on bars (tied for second), tied a career-high 9.725 on vault and tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.850 in the same meet. Fry has won two event titles (floor and beam) so far this season, and she has posted 15 of her 24 top-five finishes in the last six meets. She scored a season-high 9.900 on floor against Washington (2/18) and finished in second place, and she tied for third on beam with a 9.775 and placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.900. Fry scored a career-high 9.900 on beam at Oregon State (2/11) and took the beam title, winning her first event title of the season. She also scored a 39.150her second-highest score of the seasonin the all-around and tied for second, surpassing her previous score of 38.975. She tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and scored a 9.675 on vault in the same meet. In the California and Southern Utah meet (2/4), Fry scored a 38.975 in the all-around and tied for second place in the event, and she landed in third place on beam with a 9.800. She posted a 9.775 on bars (fourth place) and a 9.800 on floor (fifth place) in the same meet. Fry was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around at the Denver meet (1/30), finishing in fifth place with a 38.775. She recorded four top-five finishes in the San Jose State meet (1/28). Fry finished in fourth on bars with a 9.775 in the event, and she scored a 9.625 on beam for a third-place finish. Fry also scored a 9.800 on floor and landed in third place, and she posted a 38.750 in the all-around, finishing in third place against the Spartans.

Fabulous Freshman Arizona's lone freshman Nikki Beyschau has lifted the Wildcats' team performance with consistent scores in each event, and Beyschau has posted 21 top-five finishes, including one bars event title. Beyschau tied for 13th on vault with a 9.825, which tied her career-high mark in the event. At the ASU meet (3/10), Beyschau scored a career-high 9.825 on vault and tied for fourth in the event, and she set a career-high 9.775 on beam. She scored a career-high 9.800 on vault and finished fifth on bars with a 9.875 against Michigan (3/3). Beyschau posted a 9.700 on beam, and she set a career-high 9.875 on floor, landing in a tie for fifth place. She also set a career-high 39.250 in the all-around to end the meet in fourth place. In the Minnesota meet (2/20), Beyschau scored a 9.800 on vault and tied for third place, and she tied a career-high 9.825 on floor. She finished in fourth place on vault with a 9.750 against Washington (2/18). Beyschau scored a 9.775 on vault and finished in fifth place at Oregon State (2/11). In the Denver and Minnesota meet on Jan. 30, Beyschau tied for fourth place on bars with a 9.775. She scored a 9.700 on beam (second place) and a 9.825 on floor (second place) against San Jose State (1/28). She also scored a 39.000 in the all-around for another second-place finish. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and finished in third on bars (9.800). Against Stanford (1/21), Beyschau scored a career-high 9.900 on bars and tied for top honors in the event, winning her first event title. In her collegiate debut against UCLA (1/14), Beyschau tied for fifth place on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around with a 38.425.

A Look at the Regional Field 1Nebraska (25-5 record, 196.675 RQS) closed out the regular season ranked fifth in the nation, and the Cornhuskers enter tonight's meet as the top seed in the region. Nebraska, under head coach Dan Kendig's guidance, looks to qualify for a berth to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in the past six seasons. The Cornhuskers, who are coming off a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships on March 18, are in search of their first regional title since 1983 and the third in school history. Nebraska finished in second place behind Michigan at the 1999 regional championships in Lincoln, Neb. The Cornhuskers are led by two regional championsseniors Heather Brink and Nicole Wilkinsonwho will look to make a run in each event. Brink, a six-time All-America selection, was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, and she has won eight conference titles in her career. This season, she recorded five of the top 10 all-around totals in Nebraska history, and she is ranked fifth nationally in the all-around with a regional qualifying score of 39.505. Nebraska's second-place showing at the conference championships marked the first time since 1993 that the Cornhuskers did not win the Big 12 crown. Brink won the vault title with a Big 12 Championship record of 9.975, and she also took first-place honors on floor with a 9.950, which tied Nebraska's school record in the event. Freshman Julie Houk claimed her first conference title, finishing in a four-way tie for first on bars with a 9.925. Five Nebraska gymnastsBrink, Houk, Wilkinson, sophomore Laura Goss and freshman A.J. Lambearned All-Big-12 honors. Nebraska is ranked in the top 10 in all four events, and the Cornhuskers are 2-0 against the regional field, posting a pair of wins over Big 12 rival Missouri this season.

2Louisiana State (15-4-1 record, 196.390 RQS) is coming off a second-place tie at the Southeastern Conference Championships on March 18, where the Tigers tied third-ranked Georgia and posted their highest total ever at an SEC Championship meet and the fourth-best score in school history. LSU, ranked seventh in the nation, is looking for its fourth-straight berth to the NCAA Championships. The Tigers, who finished second behind Stanford at the 1999 NCAA Region IV Championships, are led by All-Americans Abbey Burns, Colleen Barger and Stacey Wegener. LSU also looks for sophomores Nicki Arnstad and Shanyn MacEachern to have a strong meet after impressive performances at the SEC Championships. Head coach D-D Breaux has guided LSU to 16 top-12 finishes over the last 22 seasons, and the Tigers have reached the NCAA Championships for three consecutive years. LSU, ranked in the top 11 in all four events, also boasts two gymnasts who are ranked nationally in the top 25. Burns is No. 20 on beam, and sophomore Beth Boudreaux is No. 23 on bars. LSU won the regional title in 1996, and the Tigers have not finished lower than third since 1992. Although LSU entered the 2000 season having never beaten a No. 1-ranked team, LSU defeated both then-top-ranked Utah and then-top-ranked Alabama. Illinois-Chicago is the only regional opponent LSU faced this season, with the Tigers topping the Flames at the Texas Woman's four-way meet on Feb. 12. LSU finished second, while Illinois-Chicago landed in fourth.

3Arizona State (16-7 record, 195.280 RQS) closed out the regular season ranked No. 17 in the nation after a fourth-place showing at the Pacific-10 Championships on March 18. The Sun Devils faced the Arizona Wildcats earlier this year, with ASU topping Arizona, 195.800-195.200, on March 10 in the final meet of the regular season. ASU also finished three spots ahead of Arizona at the Pac-10 Championships. The Sun Devils are ranked nationally on bars and beam, and senior Elizabeth McNabb is tied for No. 12 on floor, while sophomore Lea Carver is tied for 12th on beam. ASU Head coach John Spini will look to both McNabb, a two-time All-America honoree in the floor exercise event, and senior All-American Elizabeth Reid to lead the Sun Devils to their first regional title in 13 years. At the Pac-10 Championships, McNabb and Carver landed in a four-way tie for top honors in the floor exercise, giving ASU its first individual conference champions since the 1996 season. Last season, the Sun Devils finished in second place behind Penn State at the 1999 Region V Championships on April 10.

4Arizona (5-16 record, 194.395 RQS) is ranked 31st nationally and enters the meet as the No. 4 seed. The Wildcats are coming off a seventh-place finish at the Pacific-10 Championships on March 18, where the UA tied a season-high team total (49.150) on vault, which equals the second-highest vault score in Arizona history. Arizona is ranked No. 14 nationally on vault, while sophomore Randi Liljenquist is No. 14 in the all-around and senior Heidi Hornbeek is No. 10 on vault. Liljenquist ended the Pac-10 meet as Arizona's top performer after a third-place finish in the all-around and a tie for fifth on both beam and floor. Liljenquist has posted 38 top-five finishes and 16 first-place titles, including six all-around titles, and she holds Arizona's top individual scores on bars (9.925), beam (9.925), floor (10.000) and in the all-around (39.525). Liljenquist scored a perfect 10.000 on floor against Michigan on March 3 and became only the fifth Arizona gymnast to post a perfect score in school history. Her 10.000 on floor was the first of its kind in four years, and it ties All-American Heidi Hornbeek for the school record in the floor event. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, has been plagued by injuries this season, but she has been a force for the Wildcats, posting 31 top-five finishes and nine individual event titles. Hornbeek, who holds Arizona's top scores on vault (9.950) and bars (9.925), has competed in the all-around in six out of the last seven meets, and she has surpassed the 39.000 mark in five of the meets. Under second-year head coach Bill Ryden's guidance, the Wildcats have set season-high marks in all four events and the overall team score this year that rank on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Arizona's team total of 195.675 scored against Michigan and its 49.375 on floor in the Minnesota meet are both school records. The Wildcats will also look to junior Kara Fry and freshman Nikki Beyschau to help lead Arizona to its first-ever regional title. Arizona finished third at the 1999 NCAA Region III Championships behind Michigan and Nebraska.

5Missouri (8-13 record, 194.185 RQS) received its first regional bid since 1994 under first-year head coach Rob Drass. The Tigers, No. 35 in the nation, closed out the regular season with a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Conference Championships for the sixth-consecutive season. Missouri scored a 194.375, which is the team's second-highest score at a conference meet. Senior Shannon Brown placed fifth on vault with a 9.900 to end the meet as Missouri's top finisher, and the Tigers scored a 49.000 on bars for the team's highest bars score in a conference competition. Missouri, ranked No. 22 nationally on beam, has faced Nebraska twice this season, with the Cornhuskers topping the Tigers in both meets. Missouri will look to Brown and freshmen Laura Anson and Jacqueline Coatsworth to lead the team to its first regional title since 1981.

6Illniois-Chicago (13-10 record, 194.160 RQS) is ranked No. 36 in the nation, and the UIC Flames are coming off an impressive first-place finish at the Midwest Independent Championships. The Flames, ranked No. 25 on bars and No. 23 on beam nationally, have not faced any of the teams in the regional field. Head coach Peter Jansson, now in his 10th year at the helm of the program, will look to seniors Kim Ball and Gabriella Brunn, sophomores Amy August and Jaclyn Messerges, and juniors Sara Casica and Cheryl Rubinger to lead the sixth-seeded Flames in their bid for a regional title and a trip to the NCAA Championships. Ball won the Midwest Independent championship in the floor exercise event, while Brunn finished in second place. August and Messerges tied for top honors on bars, while Casica and Rubinger tied for third. All six Illinois-Chicago gymnasts earned all-conference honors based on their performance in the meet.

Honored, I'm Sure Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek and sophomore Brooke Stan were named to the Pacific-10 Conference's all-academic teams on March 15. Hornbeek received first-team honors for the third time in her career (2000, 1999 and 1997), and Stan was an honorable mention selection, receiving all-academic accolades for the first time in her career. Hornbeek was also named to the 2000 GTE Fall/Winter Women's At-Large Academic All-American team for District VIII. This is the third time in her career that she has been selected to the GTE Academic All-District VIII team after previously receiving the honor in 1999 and 1997.

Arizona Finds a Balance The Wildcats scored a season-high 49.000 against Michigan on March 3, improving upon their lowest score of 47.475 by 1.5 points. The UA's season high score is the fifth-highest beam score in school history. Arizona struggled to find a solid beam lineup this season, but the Wildcats appear to be on track, with their current season high is the third mark above 48.500. The UA scored a 47.475 in the first meet of the year against UCLA, Iowa and Central Michigan, and the Cats improved to a mark of 48.650 against Utah eight weeks later. Although the Wildcats hit a bump in the road at the Pac-10 meet, scoring a season-low 47.325, the team's impressive score against Michigan is the seventh beam score over a 48.000 this season.

High Marks for the Wildcats Arizona's season highs in all four events and the team total currently rank on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Arizona's season-high 195.675 (vs. Michigan) ranks as the fourth-highest meet total in school history. The Wildcats' score of 49.150 on vault (vs. Arizona State; Pac-10s) is the second-highest vault mark in Arizona history. The Wildcats scored a season-high 49.200 against Minnesota (2/20) on bars and tied the No. 5 score on the all-time list. Arizona's season-high 49.375 on floorscored in the Minnesota meetis an all-time team record.

Arizona Gymnasts in the Record Books Randi Liljenquist's score of 39.525 (3/3) tied the No. 2 all-around score in school history, and her career-high 10.000 on floor (3/3) tied Heidi Hornbeek for the school record in that event. Liljenquist's career-high 9.925 on beam (2/4) has moved Liljenquist into a tie for the third-highest beam score in the Arizona record books, and her career-high 9.925 on bars (3/3) tied the No. 5 score in UA history. Liljenquist's career-high 9.850 on vault (3/10) has moved her into a tie for the eighth-best Arizona vault score, and all five of her scores have given her a permanent place in the Arizona record books. Kara Fry's career-high 9.900 on beam (2/11) has moved her into a tie for the No. 5 beam score in Arizona gymnastics history, and her career-high 9.900 on floor (2/18) puts her in a tie for the fifth-highest UA floor score. Fry's new career-high 39.325 in the all-around (2/20) has pushed her up in the record books after posting Arizona's sixth-highest all-around score. Nikki Beyschau has found a place in Arizona's record books after scoring a career-high 9.900 on bars (1/21), which ties the No. 7 bars mark, and she is tied for the No. 8 all-around score after posting a career-high 39.250 against Michigan (3/3). Heidi Hornbeek's career-high marks of 39.700 in the all-around, a 10.000 on vault, a 9.950 on beam and a 10.000 on floor are the top scores in Arizona history, while her career-high 9.950 on bars is the third-best UA gymnastics score.

Arizona in the Rankings Arizona dropped three spots to No. 31 in the final regular-season national gymnastics poll on March 21... The Wildcats are ranked No. 14 in the nation on vault... Randi Liljenquist and Heidi Hornbeek are the only Wildcats ranked in the national polls... Liljenquist is No. 14 in the all-around, tied for No. 24 on beam and tied for No. 20 on floor... Hornbeek is No. 10 on vault... The UA closed out the regular season as the No. 4 team in Region III, which consists of 11 teams... The Cats are listed at No. 3 on vault, No. 5 on bars, No. 8 on beam and No. 5 on floor in the region... Heidi Hornbeek is No. 2 on vault, No. 5 on bars and No. 6 in the all-around... Randi Liljenquist is tied for No. 22 on vault, tied for No. 15 on bars, tied for No. 3 on beam, No. 4 on floor and No. 2 in the all-around... Nikki Beyschau is No. 13 on vault, No. 19 on bars and No. 13 in the all-around... Kara Fry is No. 26 on bars, tied for No. 8 on beam, tied for No. 22 on floor and No. 10 in the all-around... Heather Straccia is the fifth Wildcat gymnast in the regional rankings, coming in at No. 20 on vault... The Wildcats were ranked in the top 30 for the last seven weeks of competition... Arizona began its second-straight season ranked No. 16 in the women's gymnastics preseason coaches' poll... Women's gymnastics rankings are posted every Tuesday evening at: www.troester.com/gym/WRankings.

Cat Scratches Arizona is 5-4 in home meets... The UA ended the regular season without any road victories (0-12) after six away meets... The Wildcats have faced 10 ranked opponents so far this season... Randi Liljenquist, Kara Fry and Heidi Hornbeek are the only Wildcats listed in the Pac-10 rankings as of March 21... Liljenquist is tied for No. 6 in the all-around (39.525), tied for sixth on vault, tied for No. 8 on bars (9.925), tied for third on beam (9.925) and tied for first on floor (10.000)... Hornbeek is tied for 10th in the all-around (39.375), ninth on vault (9.950) and tied for eighth on bars (9.925)... Fry is tied for 10th on beam (9.900)... Liljenquist is one of only three Pac-10 gymnasts to score a perfect 10.000 on floor this season... Head coach Bill Ryden has a 19-26-1 career and school record... At least two Wildcat gymnasts have set or tied season-high and career-high marks in the last seven meets... The 2000 season marked the first time the Cats opened the conference with an 0-2 record since 1998 when Arizona started the year 0-3 in the Pac-10... It is the second year in a row that the Cats have opened competition against a Pac-10 opponent... Arizona had six regular-season home meets, and the Wildcats only had to leave the state four times during the regular season... 11 UA opponents (Michigan, UCLA, Utah, Nebraska, LSU, Stanford, Minnesota, Arizona State, Washington, Denver and Oregon State) are ranked in the March 21 national poll... 11 UA opponents (Michigan, UCLA, Utah, Nebraska, LSU, Stanford, Minnesota, Arizona State, Washington, Denver and Oregon State) began the season ranked in the women's gymnastics preseason top-25 poll.

Prowlin' With the Wildcats Here's the upcoming broadcast schedule for Fox Sports Net Arizona's bi-weekly magazine show about University of Arizona athletics Prowlin' with the Wildcats... Wednesday, April 5, 3:30 p.m./Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m. (replay); /Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m./Saturday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. (replay)/Sunday, April 23, 3:30 a.m. (replay).

 
 

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