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Arizona Gymnast Kara Fry Earns All-Conference Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pacific-10 Conference announced Friday that senior Kara Fry has been named to the 2001 All-Pac-10 team in the all-around. Fry is the only Wildcat gymnast to earn all-conference honors this season, and she is one of six gymnasts selected to the all-conference team in the all-around. Fry has earned all-conference honors for the second time in her career. She was named to the All-Pac-10 team in the all-around following her freshman season in 1998.

The two-time All-Pac-10 honoree competed in all 13 meets for the Wildcats this season as an all-around performer. She has won 12 individual event championships this year, including four all-around titles. Fry also has tallied 32 top-five performances after competing in a total of 52 routines so far this year.

The 5-5 senior from Nazareth, Pa., earned a berth to the NCAA Championship after finishing third at the regional championship on April 7. Fry enters the national championship meet as the No. 3 at-large seed in the all-around and will compete in the afternoon session of the all-around finals on Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. MST. Fry will rotate with the Denver Pioneers throughout the session.


Fry was named 2001 South Central Regional Gymnast of the Year following the regional championship. She earned her second trip to the national championship as the No. 3 at-large seed after posting a third-place finish in the all-around (39.275) at the regional competition. Fry also tied for ninth on vault (9.825), tied for sixth on bars (9.825), tied for ninth on beam (9.775) and tied for 11th on floor (9.850) at the regional championship.

"Kara has had a phenomenal season, and she definitely has earned the honor of being named to the all-conference team in the all-around. She has never missed a meet, and she really has set herself apart from the rest this season. She has performed at such a high level all year long, and she has accomplished so much in her final season as a Wildcat," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden.

Fry has scored over the 39.000 mark in nine out of 13 meets this year. She holds Arizona's top individual scores for 2001 on bars (9.950) and beam (9.900). Fry's career-high marks in all four events and in the all-around have earned her a place in the Arizona record books. Her career-high 39.525 is the third-best all-time individual all-around score, and her career-high 9.950 on bars is No. 3 on the all-time top-10 performers' list. Fry's career-high 9.850 on vault is No. 10 on the all-time list, her career-high 9.900 on floor is the No. 7 score, and her career-high 9.900 on beam is the No. 6 all-time mark.

Fry, who earned her first trip to the NCAA Championship as a freshman in 1998, has competed in 50 consecutive meets dating back to the first competition of her freshman season. She also has proven her reliability and consistency in the all-around, competing in the all-around for the last 49 consecutive meets. Overall, Fry has competed in a grand total of 197 events in four years.

In other Arizona gymnastics news, junior Lindsay Compitello and senior Mary Reiss were named to the Pac-10 Conference's all-academic teams today. Both gymnasts received the honor for the first time. Compitello earned first-team all-academic honors, while Reiss was an honorable mention all-academic selection.

Compitello, a 5-1 junior from Downingtown, Pa., competed on beam in 12 meets for the Wildcats in 2001. She recorded a career-high 9.775 on beam against Washington and Stanford. Reiss, a 5-5 senior from Corcoran, Minn., closed out her Wildcat career with a productive year after battling injuries during the previous two seasons. She took the floor in all 13 meets and tallied seven top-five finishes in 2001. Reiss, who competed on both beam and floor, also broke into the Arizona record books for the first time in her career. She posted a career-high 9.925 on floor in the Arizona State meet, and the score tied the third-best all-time individual Arizona floor mark.

In order to be eligible for selection to the conference's academic teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average.

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