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Arizona to Retire Heidi Hornbeek?s Leotard
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/12/2007
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On Friday, March 16, the University of Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Arizona women’s gymnastics program will retire the leotard worn by former gymnast Heidi Hornbeek.

The ceremony will take place 10 minutes prior to Arizona’s quadrangular meet, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., in McKale Center. Hornebeek, who currently is a surgical intern in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be unable to attend the ceremony due to professional commitments, but she will be represented by her parents, David and Kathy.

The dedication will be the first of its kind for an Arizona gymnast. Her leotard will be framed and displayed in McKale Center, joining similar dedications to former Arizona men’s basketball players Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Mike Bibby and Jason Gardner, as well as former women’s basketball player Shawntinice Polk.

During her career from 1996-2000, Hornbeek established herself as one of the most decorated gymnasts in Arizona history. She is the only gymnast to receive the AAI American Award, honoring the top senior gymnast in the nation each year. In her freshman season, Hornbeek captured the NCAA floor championship, joining Anna Basaldua as the only Wildcats to win individual national titles.

A six-time All-America selection, Hornbeek was also a seven-time All-Pac-10 honoree. In 1996, she became the first Arizona gymnast to win a Pac-10 all-around championship, and in 1997, she brought home both the beam and floor titles. Her three conference titles are the most of any Wildcat, and her career-bests still rank in the Top 3 at Arizona in each event, including all-around. Hornbeek is one of 12 All-American gymnasts that head coach Bill Ryden has trained in his tenure at Arizona.

 

In November of 2005, Hornbeek was inducted to the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Along with her athletic accomplishments, Hornbeek also garnered national attention for her efforts in the classroom. She was twice named an Academic All-American by the Coaches’ Association, and in 2000 she was selected to the GTE Academic All-America second team.

 

Following Friday’s meet with Penn State, Kentucky and Texas Women’s University, Arizona will honor seniors Aubrey Kelly and Jamie Holton. As a part of Senior Night festivities, the first 500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a free Arizona Gymnastics jump rope.

 

Hornbeek’s Career Honors

 

  • 2000     AAI American Award (top senior gymnast)
  • 2000     GTE Academic All-America (second team)
  • 2000     GTE Academic All District VII team
  • 2000     Pacific-10 All-Academic (first team)
  • 1999     All-American (uneven bars, balance beam, all-around)
  • 1999     Academic All-American (Coaches’ Association)
  • 1999     All-Pacific-10 (vault)
  • 1999     Pacific-10 All-Academic (first team)
  • 1999     GTE Academic All-District VII team
  • 1997     All-Pacific-10 (balance beam, floor exercise, all-around)
  • 1997     Pacific-10 All-Academic (first team)
  • 1997     GTE Academic All-District VII team
  • 1997     Pacific-10 Floor and Beam Champion
  • 1996     All-American (uneven bars, floor exercise, all-around)
  • 1996     NCAA Floor Champion
  • 1996     Academic All-American (Coaches’ Association)
  • 1996     Pacific-10 All-Around Champion
  • 1996     All-Pacific-10 (uneven bars, floor exercise, all-around)

Hornbeek’s Career Bests

 

Vault:    10.000*

Bars:    9.950

Beam:   9.950

Floor:    10.000*

AA:       39.700

 

*Ties School Record

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