TUCSON, Ariz.-The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated San Jose State, 194.025-188.100, Friday night in front of a crowd of 975, in the McKale Center. The UA set a season-high total (194.025), and the Cats also posted season-high scores in all four events. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge, winning the second-consecutive all-around title of her career. Arizona improved to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while San Jose State dropped to 0-2 on the season.
Arizona never trailed during the meet, and the Cats scored a season-high team score of 48.075 on vault, a 48.900 on bars, a 48.025 on beam and a 49.025 on floor--the new No. 9 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Four Wildcat gymnasts set career-high scores during the meet, and Arizona swept the top-three individual spots on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a new career-high 39.125 in the all-around, giving her the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). She also took the beam title with a 9.750, and she closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first-place finish.
Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for the Cats, setting three career highs for the meet. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and took third on bars (9.800). Beyschau scored a career-high 9.700 on beam for second place, recorded a career-high 9.825 on floor for another second-place finish, and she took second in the all-around with a new career-high 39.000.
In her only event of the evening, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek returned to lineup after sitting out the last meet with an ankle injury and took the bars title with a season-high 9.850. Junior Kara Fry tied her season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place), scored a season-high 9.625 on beam (third place), tied her season-high 9.800 on floor (third place), and she scored a season-high 38.750 in all-around (third place).
Junior Nicci Filchner scored a season-high 9.650 on vault, while fellow junior Mary Reiss tied for second on vault with a season-high 9.675. Reiss set a career-high 9.775 on floor and tied for fourth place. Junior Heather Straccia set a career-best 9.525 on vault, and senior Kiernan Andrews landed in fifth place on beam with a 9.550.
Arizona heads to Denver, Colo., for a "Super Bowl Sunday tri-meet when the Wildcats battle the No. 12 Denver Pioneers and the No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. The UA returns to the McKale Center for a tri-meet on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., when the Wildcats square off against the California Golden Bears and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
Arizona Gymnastics Arizona vs. San Jose State McKale Center January 28, 2000 Team Scores Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Totals ARIZONA 48.075 48.900 48.025 49.025 194.025 San Jose State 47.450 45.925 46.750 47.975 188.100 Top scorers Vault 1. Danielle Albright San Jose State 9.750 2. Mary Reiss Arizona 9.675 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.675 Uneven Bars 1. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.850 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.825 3. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.800 Balance Beam 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.750 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.700 3. Kara Fry Arizona 9.625 Floor Exercise 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.900 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.825 3. Kara Fry Arizona 9.800 All-Around 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.125 2. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 39.000 3. Kara Fry Arizona 38.750