Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes ?- Denver, Southeast , Cal-State Fullerton (3/10/06) Missouri
What’s on Tap: The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (5-9) will host No. 19 Denver (13-4),
Watch it Live: ArizonaAthletics.com will provide live statistics and a live video webcast of the event (video is mostly of Wildcat gymnasts only). As always, the live stats are free, while the live webcast this week will be available to All-Access subscribers only. Links will be provided in this article prior to the meet beginning on Friday. For more information, please log onto ArizonaAthletics.com.
The Rankings: Despite posting a season-high team score last week,
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 9-15. From Jan. 16-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Arizona Head Coach: Bill Ryden is in his eighth season at the helm of the
Scouting the Pioneers:
Scouting the Redhawks:
Scouting the Titans: Cal-State Fullerton enters the week unranked and coming off a home loss to then-No. 12 Stanford, 194.675-191.175. The Cardinal swept the top three spots in every event except the floor exercise, where Melissa Schafer recorded a 9.650 to place third for the Titans. On the season, the Titans are 0-5 against Pac-10 opponents, including losses to UCLA (twice),
Senior Send-off: Following the meet this Friday, the school will honor two seniors who will be appearing in McKale for the final time in their careers, Erin Muirhead and Jessamyn Salter. Muirhead, the team’s captain, has been a consistent member of the Wildcats’ beam and floor lineups this season. Throughout her career, Muirhead has set career-highs of 9.850 on vault, 9.750 on beam and 9.825 on floor, with the latter two each being set this season. Salter has served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the past two seasons for the Wildcats.
Looking for Payback: The Wildcats and Pioneers will be squaring off for the second time this season after
Terrific Trio: Through the first six meets of the year, 106 of
Nice Company: With her first-place score of 9.925 on the vault last week, junior Jamie Holton has etched her name in the school’s all-time record book. The mark, which shattered her previous career-high of 9.825 set just two weeks prior, ranks tied for 10th all time in the event at Arizona. The score also ties for fourth highest in the Pac-10 this season.
Streak Snapped: Last week, sophomore Danielle Hicks was held out of the vault lineup for the first time since Feb. 4, 2005, ending her streak of all-around appearances at 14. Even so, the
Home Again: For the third straight week, the Wildcats will compete at home.
Target 196: After posting five team scores of 195 or better, the Wildcats finally broke the 196-mark last Friday night. In the early part of the season, the 195-mark was a good measuring stick as to how the team was developing. Before doing so, the last time the Wildcats scored a 196 or better was on Senior Night a year ago when the team earned a total of 196.375, while picking up victories over Cal-State Fullerton, Texas Women’s and Ball State.
Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week X 2: Jamie Holton was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Feb. 20-26 for her performances against UCLA. Holton, a 5-5 junior, was instrumental in the Wildcats’ upset over Pac-10 leading and then-No. 6 UCLA, 195.350-194.700, on Feb. 24. Competing in three events for only the second time in her career, she set a new career-high on the balance beam and matched her career-best on floor as
Earlier this season, Junior Aubrey Taylor was named the Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 24-30. The 5-2 native of
Steady Improvement: The Wildcats got off to a shaky start on the beam this season, but have since found some consistency in their young lineup. After posting a season-low 47.350 in the second meet of the year at
She’s Back: Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week three weeks ago, Aubrey Taylor has re-emerged as an all-arounder this season, returning to the vault lineup, the one event she didn’t compete in a year ago. The 5-2 junior missed competing in the vault lineup on Feb. 24, for the first time this season, but returned to the vault lineup last week.
Star in the Making: Freshman Alexis Greene has wasted no time in making a significant impact in the Wildcat lineup. The 5-5 native of
Beamer on Beam: Freshman Briana Bergeson, known better by her teammates as ?'Beamer,’ has quickly become the Wildcats’ top scorer on the balance beam. In six of the last seven meets, she has scored a 9.8 or better. In three consecutive meets, she bested her career-high and has placed no lower than second in those meets. At
Workman-like Vaulter: Freshman Bree Workman has become one of the Wildcats’ top vaulters this season. She ranks second on the team behind junior Jamie Holton with an average of 9.764. Against
Instant Impact: The Wildcats have called upon five freshmen to play integral roles this season. Alexis Greene has been a regular in three events and has won three floor titles. Briana Bergeson holds a team-best 9.900 on beam and has won two titles in the event. On Jan. 27, Bree Workman claimed her first career vault title. Sarah Parsons, who has a season-high 9.825 on bars, joins Bergeson and Greene as regulars in the bars rotation. Against
Facing the Best:
Stacked Pac: Once again, the Pac-10 is one of the toughest conferences in the country. Five teams are ranked after the first nine weeks of competition. Stanford leads the way at No. 8, followed by No. 10 UCLA, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 15 Arizona and No. 17 Oregon State. The same five teams plus Washington had been ranked in the first two polls of the season.
The Lone Senior: When a team graduates six seniors in one class, it usually means that the following year they will rely on a number of underclassmen. That certainly is the case this year for the Wildcats, but don’t tell that to senior team captain Erin Muirhead. Coming off of a foot injury that cut short her season last year, Muirhead earned marks of 9.600 on beam and 9.675 on floor in
Junior Duo: The Wildcats have also turned to the leadership of a pair of juniors, Aubrey Taylor and Jamie Holton, both of whom have earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week awards. Taylor has emerged as an all-arounder for the first time since 2004, scored a season-best 39.250 against Oregon State and and has captured two all-around titles. Holton has also had some of her best meets the last few weeks, as she has been inserted into the vault lineup in addition to her regular duties on beam and floor. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week two weeks ago as she helped
Super Soph’s: Danielle Hicks, Karin Wurm and Rachelle Silberg all played vital roles on the Wildcat squad as freshmen. Now as sophomores, each are playing a prominent role in the
A Look Back: No. 14
The Wildcats and Gators battled neck and neck through the first three rotations before
The Wildcats got off to a fast on the event, shattering their previous season-high of 48.975 with a new high score of 49.225. Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her performance a week ago, junior Jamie Holton showed no signs of a letdown, sharing first place with a new career-high mark of 9.925, which ties for 10th highest in school history. Freshman Bree Workman also set a new career-high score with a 9.875, while sophomore Rachelle Silberg matched her season-best score of 9.825. Alexis Greene and Karin Wurm added scores of 9.8, respectively.
In the second rotation, the Wildcats scored a 49.075 on bars to mark the first time this season the club has scored a 49.0 or better on vault and bars in the same meet. Aubrey Taylor paced
The Wildcats turned in a season-high 49.200 on floor as Taylor (9.9) and Wurm (9.875) claimed the top two spots in the event. Hicks also added a 9.85, while Muirhead and Holton chipped in marks of 9.8 and 9.775, respectively.
In the all-around,
Future Cats: Last November, Head Coach Bill Ryden announced the signing of three student-athletes who inked their names to National Letters of Intent to come to
Looking ahead: The Wildcats will hit the road for their final regular season meet as they travel to