March 25, 2010
With an impressive second half of the season, the No. 23 Arizona Wildcats should be a definite contender to do well at the Pac-10 Championships overall. With an RQS score of 194.843 and a team high score of 196.175, anything can happen for the GymCats.
One particular event that Arizona has a history for success is vault - the team’s first event of the evening. So far this season, Arizona has earned five scores of 49 or better on the event, placing them 18th best in the nation. The Wildcats have an extremely talented vault team, all with career highs over 9.775. GymCats to watch include senior Sarah Tomczyk and sophomore Deanna Graham. Both Tomczyk and Graham have season and career high scores of 9.9 or better and are more than capable of earning these marks again.
The Wildcats’ second event of the meet will be bars. Top scorers on the event include sophomore Britnie Jones, senior Sarah Tomczyk and junior Miranda Russell. All of these athletes have scored 9.850 or better on the event, and should provide strength for the Wildcats’ team score.
As far as beam is concerned, Arizona should have a good chance of having a solid event total. When the Wildcats are on they are capable of scoring totals of 49 or better - and have done so twice this season. The Cats are led by freshman Molly Quirk, who has earned several first place titles on the event and owns a career high score of 9.9. Other historically strong beam workers include sophomores Britnie Jones who returns to the lineup after a two-week break and Katie Matusik; both of whom have proven to be consistent high scorers for the team.
The GymCats end the meet on the floor, which can be considered Arizona’s most improved event this season. After a bit of a rough start the first couple of meets, the Wildcats’ lineup has clicked into place, earning them four scores of 49 or higher on the event, and two come-from-behind team victories. If the GymCats are close to passing another team in the rankings this Saturday, floor will definitely be the event that will allow them to secure the win. Wildcats to watch include freshman Aubree Cristello, who’s explosive tumbling allows her to earn consistent scores, sophomore Deanna Graham who has two season high scores of 9.9 or better, and senior Sarah Tomczyk who won the event at NCAA regionals last year and has earned scores of 9.9 or better in the last three meets in a row.
The Wildcats couldn’t have a better rotation order for the meet, and if they show the emotion and fight that they have exhibited the last few meets they should be set up to have a highly successful Pac-10 Championships.
What: The Pac-10 Women’s Gymnastics Championships
Where: The McKale Center
When: Saturday, March 27 at 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 general admission, $6 seniors and youth