TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 14 Arizona gymnastics team could not overcome an early deficit to No. 17 Arizona State, falling 195.300-195.150 on Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The crowd of 1,095 included supporters of two Wildcat gymnasts from the Phoenix-area who saw
Needing to make up three-quarters of a point heading into the final rotation,
“This was a very solid meet for us,” said Head Coach Bill Ryden following the meet. “It wasn’t a great meet, but it was just a solid all-around meet for us.”
Trailing 49.175-48.825 entering the second rotation,
“It’s a shame we stumbled a bit on vault and bars to start off,” Ryden said. “I was certainly pleased with our beam effort. We really needed that. Our girls never quit and really performed solidly.”
The Wildcats moved to the floor for the third rotation, tallying a season-best 48.875. Wurm again led the way for
For the third time this season, Wurm, Taylor and Hicks each competed in all four events. Wurm claimed second overall, totaling a 39.250.
Arizona broke the 195-barrier for the first time this season, a feat they didn't accomplish until the sixth meet of the season in 2005, even with a much more experienced squad. While the Wildcats have yet to pick up a victory this season, their average score could move them even higher in the rankings which will be released Monday. The Wildcats' average score heading into Sunday's meet was 193.638, and increased to 194.142 after the performance at Arizona State, a number that would have placed them in the Top 8 nationally last week.
“We’re getting better,” Ryden added. “That’s what I like to see. With such a young squad, we really just need to keep seeing improvement. This was easily our best performance of the season.”
The Wildcats (0-7) will return to