NCAA Women’s Gymnastics
South Central Regional Championships
Hosted by the University of Arizona
Tucson, Ariz. - McKale Center
April 14, 2007
Bittersweet Outcome For No. 15 Wildcats
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team staked itself to a slim, but early lead over Oregon State for a run at second place in the South Central Region, but even the program’s second-highest beam score in history was not enough to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. Even so, three Wildcats qualified individuall for the NCAA Championships.
Stanford built an early lead over the rest of the field, and did not look back, recording a team score of 196.600. Oregon State (196.075), Arizona (196.025), Illinois (194.625) and Illinois-Chicago (190.925) rounded out the field.
Trailing OSU by a 0.200-point margin heading to beam in the final rotation, the Wildcats were on a mission to close the meet strong and looked poised to overtake Oregon State for second place ?- the final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships, to be held in Salt Lake City on April 26-28. Arizona posted a 49.425 on beam ?- the second highest all-time at UA ?- led by four scores of 9.900 or better. Jamie Holton’s 9.925 was not only a career high, it also earned her an individual berth to the NCAA Championships as she won the individual beam title. Teammates Briana Bergeson, Karin Wurm and Brittney Morgan each shared second-place honors in the event, as UA then waited for the Beavers to finish up on floor.
Oregon State had solid, yet unspectacular performances from its first two competitors, which seemed to give life to the possibility of UA claiming second place. But, Mandi Rodriguez and Kera Bolen each tallied marks of 9.850, before Jami Lanz turned in a 9.875 performance. Needing a 9.875 to boost Oregon State into a tie with Arizona, Tasha Smith chipped in one of her most outstanding floor routines of her career, earning a 9.925 to win the individual title and seal second place for the Beavers.
Despite the third place finish, the Wildcats qualified three individuals for the NCAA Championships. Wurm placed second in the all-around with a total of 39.425, while Morgan scored a 39.275. The all-around scores were tops among gymnasts not from a qualifying team, thus earning each a chance to compete in the National Championships. Also headed to Salt Lake City will be Holton, who extended her collegiate career by winning the beam title.
The Wildcats began the meet with a bye in the first rotation, before starting on floor in the second rotation with a team score of 48.725. Brittney Morgan tallied a 9.750 to lead off the event, while Bree Workman followed to score a 9.575, held down by a 0.100 deduction for stepping out of bounds. Sarah Specht then turned in a 9.800, before Wurm recorded a 9.850 to lead the Wildcats. Jamie Holton anchored the rotation, receiving a 9.675.
Arizona moved to vault for its second event in the third rotation, recording a 49.000 team score. In her typical lead-off spot, Rachelle Silberg got UA off to a solid start with a 9.750 and was followed by Sarah Specht, who received a 9.725. Workman then turned in an impressive 9.850 vault, while Holton received a 9.750. Morgan and Wurm rounded out the rotation, earning marks of 9.850 and 9.800, respectively.
Through two rotations, the Wildcats held a narrow 0.025-point lead, 97.725-97.700, over Oregon State in the battle for second place.
Oregon State performed on beam during its third event rotation, while the Wildcats had a bye before bars. The Beavers totaled a 49.100 score as a team.
For the Wildcats’ third rotation, the moved to bars, posting a 48.875 team mark. Competing in her first event of the night, freshman Miranda Russell started UA off with a 9.700. Morgan and Briana Bergeson followed with matching 9.775s, before Aubrey Kelly tallied a 9.750. Wurm then stepped up and turned in an impressive bar set, earning a 9.875 to place second overall in the meet.
Arizona’s score of 196.025 was the highest of any non-advancing team from each of the regionals. The score was also higher than the scores of four advancing team’s from other regionals, including both UCLA and LSU from the Southeast Regional.
1. Stanford (196.600)
2. Oregon State (196.075)
3. Arizona (196.025)
4. Illinois (194.625)
5. Arizona State (194.375)
6. Illinois-Chicago (190.925)
Individual Event Winners
1. Liz Tricase, Stanford (9.900)
2. Bree Workman, Arizona (9.850)
2. Brittney Morgan, Arizona (9.850)
2. Tasha Smith, Oregon State (9.850)
2. Jami Lanz, Oregon State (9.850)
2. Michelle McGrady, Illinois (9.850)
1. Tabitha Yim, Stanford (9.900)
2. Karin Wurm, Arizona (9.875)
3. Nicole Harris, Arizona State (9.850)
1. Jamie Holton, Arizona (9.925)
2. Brittney Morgan, Arizona (9.900)
2. Karin Wurm, Arizona (9.900)
2. Briana Bergeson, Arizona (9.900)
2. Brooke Barclay, Oregon State (9.900)
2. Tabitha Yim, Stanford (9.900)
2. Kelly Fee, Stanford (9.900)
1. Tasha Smith, Oregon State (9.925)
2. Carly Janiga, Stanford (9.900)
3. Jami Lanz, Oregon State, (9.875)
3. Tabitha Yim, Stanford (9.875)
1. Tabitha Yim, Stanford (39.475)
2. Karin Wurm, Arizona (39.425)
3. Tasha Smith, Oregon State (39.350)