Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Crush Cal With Top Road Score
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 03, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Berkeley, Calif. ?- The No 17 Arizona women’s gymnastics team totaled a season-high road score, as it easily defeated California, 196.100-193.750, on Friday night in Hass Pavilion. Karin Wurm matched her season-high all-around total with a 39.300, as Wildcat gymnasts claimed three of the four individual event titles.


The Wildcats began the meet on bars and wasted no time asserting themselves as the team to beat, posting a team score of 48.950. Wurm notched a 9.900 to pace Arizona, as she won the individual title outright. Freshman Brittney Morgan set a new career high with a 9.825, and sophomore Briana Bergeson earned a 9.800. Miranda Russell and Suzanne Alvey added marks of 9.775 and 9.650, respectively.  


Holding a 48.950-48.825 lead heading to vault, Arizona distanced itself from the host Golden Bears in the second rotation, tallying a team score of 48.925. Morgan led the Wildcats and placed second in the event with a 9.850. Sarah Specht and Wurm chipped in 9.825s, while Rachelle Silberg and Bree Workman turned in scores of 9.775 and 9.650, respectively.


After California struggled on bars, the Wildcats took a comfortable 1.275 point lead to floor for the third rotation. Specht, a redshirt freshman, made her collegiate debut in the event, earning a 9.850 to share the individual title with Hicks, and a pair of California gymnasts, Isabel Garcia and Jessica Kelley. Also turning in impressive floor performances for the Wildcats were Wurm and Holton, who shared fifth place with 9.800 marks. Morgan and Russell each tallied 9.775s.


After counting a fall in each of the last two meets, Arizona was nearly flawless on beam to close out the meet, earning a season high team total in the event with a 49.150. Bergeson led all gymnasts with a near perfect 9.950, as she established a new career high. Hicks posted a third-place mark of 9.850, while senior Holton added a 9.825. Wurm posted a season-high 9.775, and classmates Morgan and Russell chipped in a pair of 9.775s to round out the scoring.


Wurm won her fourth all-around title of the season, matching her season-best score of 39.300. Morgan totaled the second highest score of her young Wildcat career, with a 39.200 to place second. Russell also competed in all four events (38.900), placing fourth behind California’s Siobhdan Luce (39.075).


With the victory, Arizona improves to 6-2 on the season, and wraps up regular season Pac-10 competition with a 4-2 record.


The Wildcats will remain on the road next week as they travel to Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, March 9, to compete in the first quadrangular meet on the 2007 slate. Arizona will compete against host North Carolina State, William & Mary and James Madison.




-          UA’s team score of 196.100 was its highest road score of the season.

-          UA’s team score on beam (49.150) was its highest of the season.

-          Sarah Specht competed in three events for the first time in her collegiate career. In her Wildcat debut on floor, she notched a 9.850 on floor to share the individual title. She also set a new career on vault, with a 9.825.

-          Karin Wurm won her fourth all-around title of the season and the fifth of her career. Her total of 39.300 matched her season high and is the second-highest mark of her career.

-          Wurm also won the bars title with 9.900. It was her fourth score of 9.900 or better in 2007. Additionally, she set a new season high on beam, scoring a 9.775, and matched her season high on vault with a 9.825.

-          Briana Bergeson set a new career high with a 9.95 on beam, picking up her first beam title of 2007. It marked the fourth straight meet in which she tallied a 9.800 or better in the event.

-          Miranda Russell matched her season and career high score on beam with a 9.750. She also totaled the second-highest all-around score of career with a 38.900.

-          Brittney Morgan turned in her second-highest all-around total with a 39.200. In doing so, she set a new career high on bars with a 9.825.

-          With its 196.100 road score, UA will be able to drop its road score from the UCLA meet on Jan. 21 (193.075) in next week’s RQS rankings. UA’s RQS will rise to 195.430, up from this past week’s 194.825, which placed the Wildcats 17th in the nation.

-          Former Arizona gymnast Monica Bisordi, the program’s all-time leading scorer, was on hand to cheer on the Wildcats.




Team Results by Rotation


Rotation I


Cal on vault: 48.825

UA on bars: 48.950


Rotation II


Cal on bars: 47.775 ; Running total: 96.600

UA on vault: 48.925; Running total: 97.875


Rotation III


Cal on beam: 48.325; Running total: 144.925

UA on floor: 49.075; Running total: 146.950


Rotation IV


Cal on floor: 48.825; Final total: 193.750

UA on beam: 49.150; Final total: 196.100



























Individual Results by Event



1. Bridgette Glass (Cal) 9.875                              

2. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.850

3. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.825

3. Sarah Specht (UA) 9.825



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.900

2. Lydia Williams (Cal) 9.850

3. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.825

4. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.800



1. Briana Bergeson (UA) 9.950

2. Bridgette Glass (Cal) 9.900

3. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.850

4. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.825




1. Sarah Specht (UA) 9.850

1. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.850

1. Isabel Garcia  (Cal) 9.850

1. Jessica Kelley (Cal) 9.850

5. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.800

5. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.800



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 39.300

2. Brittney Morgan (UA)) 39.200

3. Siobhan Luce (Cal) 39.075

4. Miranda Russell (UA) 38.900



















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