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Gymnastics Scores 195.150, Falls at ASU
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 23, 2006
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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 Arizona earn its highest team score this year.


Needing to make up three-quarters of a point heading into the final rotation, Arizona’s young and inexperienced beam team responded with its season-best score of 48.675, however, it was not enough to overtake the Sun Devils. Briana Bergeson tallied a career-best 9.800 to claim second place in the event. Sophomore Karin Wurm (9.775) and Junior Jamie Holton (9.700) each established new personal-best marks.


“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.” 


Arizona opened the meet on the uneven parallel bars and posted a team score of 48.825. Junior Aubrey Taylor established a new career-high with a 9.900 to share first place honors in the event.  Wurm matched her career-best set a week ago of 9.875, while classmate Danielle Hicks earned a 9.750. Competing in front a large gathering of family members and former teammates from Arizona Dynamics gymnastics, Bergeson, a native of Gilbert, Ariz., turned in a 9.725 to open the meet for the Wildcats. Alexis Greene also added a 9.575.


Trailing 49.175-48.825 entering the second rotation, Arizona scored a team total of 48.775 on the vault. Wurm paced the Wildcats with a 9.825, setting a season high while also matching her career-high. Greene earned a 9.755, while fellow freshman Bree Workman scored a 9.750. Hicks chipped in a 9.725, while Taylor earned a 9.700.


“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 Arizona posting a 9.800, matching teammate Greene for the top floor score overall. Senior Erin Muirhead recorded a 9.775, as did Taylor. Holton, a Phoenix native, turned in a solid 9.725 in front of her hometown fans.


For the third time this season, Wurm, Taylor and Hicks each competed in all four events. Wurm claimed second overall, totaling a 39.250. Taylor scored a season-high 39.075, while Hicks added a 37.800.


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 Tucson for their home opener against Claifornia next Friday night in McKale Center.


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