Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes ?- at Texas Women’s Unversity, No. 23 BYU (3/18/06)
What’s on Tap: The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (8-9) will travel to
The Rankings: The Wildcats remained ranked No. 15 in this week’s Gym Info rankings with an RQS of 195.280. As a team, the Wildcats rank in the Top 20 in all four individual events, including No. 15 in the floor exercise, No. 15 on the beam, No. 8 on the uneven bars and No. 20 on the vault. Individually, Aubrey Taylor and Karin Wurm are ranked No. 7 and No. 25, respectively, on bars. The Wildcats began the year ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches’ poll, and were ranked as high as No. 10 for the week of Jan. 30.
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 9-15. From Jan. 16-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Arizona Head Coach: Bill Ryden is in his eighth season at the helm of the
Scouting the Pioneers:
Scouting the Cougars: Brigham Young enters the week ranked No. 23 in the nation after scoring a then-season-best 194.850 against
On the Road Again: After a three-week home stand, the Wildcats will be on the road again for the sixth time this season.
Century Mark: With the Wildcats’ three team victories last week,
Twice Would Be Nice: The Wildcats and Cougars will be squaring off for the second time in three weeks.
Terrific Trio: Through the first six meets of the year, 117 of
Small Change, Big Difference : Looking to create a spark in the team’s vault lineup, head coach Bill Ryden inserted Jamie Holton into the vault lineup for the first time this season at Stanford on Feb. 17. The 5-5 junior turned in a then-career high 9.825, but shattered that record two weeks later with a 9.925. In four vault appearances this year, Holton has yet to score below a 9.75, and leads the squad with a 9.831 average in the event. Since Holton’s emergence in the vault lineup, the Wildcats have averaged a team score of 48.906 over the last four meets. In the previous six meets, the club averaged 48.679 in the event.
Nice Company: With her first-place score of 9.925 on the vault on March 3, junior Jamie Holton has etched her name in the school’s all-time record book. The mark, which shattered her previous career-high of 9.825 set just two weeks prior, ranks tied for 10th all time in the event at Arizona. The score also ties for fourth highest in the Pac-10 this season.
Streak Snapped: On March 3, sophomore Danielle Hicks was held out of the vault lineup for the first time since Feb. 4, 2005, ending her streak of all-around appearances at 14. Hicks again missed out on the all-around last week, but did score a 9.825 on floor to help Arizona to its season-high in the event (49.225). Even so, the
Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week X 2: Jamie Holton was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 20-26 for her performances against UCLA. 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
Earlier this season, Junior Aubrey Taylor was named the Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 24-30. The 5-2 native of
Steady Improvement: The Wildcats got off to a shaky start on the beam this season, but have since found some consistency in their young lineup. After posting a season-low 47.350 in the second meet of the year at Penn State and falling out of the national Top 25 in the event, Arizona has since climbed all the way up to No. 15 in the event. The Wildcats are now averaging 48.400, but have a team RQS of 48.770. The team has scored a 48.8 or better in five of the last eight meets.
She’s Back: Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week three weeks ago, Aubrey Taylor has re-emerged as an all-arounder this season, returning to the vault lineup, the one event she didn’t compete in a year ago. The 5-2 junior missed competing in the vault lineup on Feb. 24, for the first time this season, but returned to the vault lineup the following week.
Star in the Making: Freshman Alexis Greene has wasted no time in making a significant impact in the Wildcat lineup. The 5-5 native of
Beamer on Beam: Freshman Briana Bergeson, known better by her teammates as ?'Beamer,’ has quickly become the Wildcats’ top scorer on the balance beam. In six of the last eight meets, she has scored a 9.8 or better. In three consecutive meets, she bested her career-high and has placed no lower than second in those meets. At
Workman-like Vaulter: Freshman Bree Workman has become one of the Wildcats’ top vaulters this season. She ranks second on the team behind junior Jamie Holton with an average of 9.775. Against
Instant Impact: The Wildcats have called upon five freshmen to play integral roles this season. Alexis Greene has been a regular in three events and has won three floor titles. Briana Bergeson holds a team-best 9.900 on beam and has won two titles in the event. On Jan. 27, Bree Workman claimed her first career vault title. Sarah Parsons, who has a season-high 9.825 on bars, joins Bergeson and Greene as regulars in the bars rotation. Against
Facing the Best:
Stacked Pac: Once again, the Pac-10 is one of the toughest conferences in the country. Five teams are ranked after the first nine weeks of competition. Stanford leads the way at No. 7, followed by No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 15 Arizona and No. 17 Oregon State. The same five teams plus Washington had been ranked in the first two polls of the season.
The Lone Senior: When a team graduates six seniors in one class, it usually means that the following year they will rely on a number of underclassmen. That certainly is the case this year for the Wildcats, but don’t tell that to senior team captain Erin Muirhead. Coming off of a foot injury that cut short her season last year, Muirhead earned marks of 9.600 on beam and 9.675 on floor in
Junior Duo: The Wildcats have also turned to the leadership of a pair of juniors, Aubrey Taylor and Jamie Holton, both of whom have earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week awards. Taylor has emerged as an all-arounder for the first time since 2004, scored a season-best 39.250 against Oregon State and and has captured two all-around titles. Holton has also had some of her best meets the last few weeks, as she has been inserted into the vault lineup in addition to her regular duties on beam and floor. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week three weeks ago as she helped
Super Soph’s: Danielle Hicks, Karin Wurm and Rachelle Silberg all played vital roles on the Wildcat squad as freshmen. Now as sophomores, each are playing a prominent role in the
A Look Back: The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.725) used a season-best performance on floor to close out the final home meet of the year as the Wildcats defeated No. 19 Denver (194.300), Cal-State Fullerton (193.000) and Southeast Missouri State (190.500) last Friday night in McKale Center before a Senior Night crowd of 860 fans.
The Wildcats started the night off strong on vault, and held a near one point lead after two rotations, but the Pioneers fought back with an impressive rotation on floor to overtake the Wildcats through three rotations and claim a 145.550-145.500 lead.
A week after setting a season-high team score on vault, the Wildcats had another strong showing in the event, posting a 48.925 to open the meet.
Holding a comfortable lead heading into the second rotation,
The Wildcats moved to the beam for the third rotation, but saw their lead turn into a slight advantage for
In the final rotation, Holton got the Wildcats back on track as she recorded the first of four 9.825 marks for the Wildcats on floor. Muirhead capped her home-career with a career-high tying performance of 9.825. Greene then matched her career-high with a 9.875 mark as she captured a share of the individual title with Wurm, who also matched her personal-best.Taylor added a 9.825 to close out the meet and secure Arizona its highest total in the event this year, 49.225.
Following the meet, the program honored Muirhead and undergraduate assistant coach Jessamyn Salter in a Senior Night ceremony.
With the three victories,
Future Cats: Last November, Head Coach Bill Ryden announced the signing of three student-athletes who inked their names to National Letters of Intent to come to
Looking ahead: The Wildcats will gear up for the Pac-10 Championships to be held in