TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona women’s gymnastics head coach Bill Ryden today announced the team’s finalized 2007 schedule.
On the slate are 11 regular season meets, five of which will be in McKale Center. Highlighting the schedule are contests with nine programs that finished in the Top 25 a year ago, four of which are Pacific-10 Conference foes. Additionally, Arizona will host the 2007 South Central Region Championships at the end of the season.
“I really like our schedule,” Ryden said. “Hosting regionals will be good for our team because the girls enjoy competing here and it will be good exposure.”
“We start the season a little bit later than we have in the past, so hopefully that will be to our advantage,” Ryden added. “I think we have a quality schedule that will allow our team to develop nicely over the course of the season.”
The Wildcats will begin the year on the road for the seventh consecutive year, with a showdown at Michigan State on Jan. 12. The meet will be a welcomed homecoming for sophomore Bree Workman, a native of Lansing, Mich.
Arizona will then trek back across the country the following week to open conference action against UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 21.
The Wildcats will make their 2007 home debut on Friday, Jan. 26, against Oregon State.
The club will be at home the following week, Feb. 2, to take on Minnesota. Arizona freshman Miranda Russell will reunite with her sister, Rehana, who is a junior on the Golden Gophers’ squad.
Arizona then faces the bulk of its Pac-10 schedule. After a trip to Washington on Feb. 9, the Wildcats will return to McKale Center to host defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford on Feb. 16. A week later, arch-rival Arizona State will travel down I-10 to face the Wildcats on Feb. 23. A trip to California on March 2 will round out Arizona’s conference slate.
Arizona then travels to Raleigh, N.C., on March 9, to take on North Carolina State, as well as James Madison and William and Mary. It will be third-year assistant coach Colleen Johnson’s first trip back to the school she began her coaching career at.
The Wildcats’ final home meet of the year will be on March 16, when Penn State, Kentucky and Texas Women’s University travel to Tucson. It will mark the last regular season home meet in the careers of seniors Aubrey Kelly and Jamie Holton.
Arizona will round out its regular season schedule with a contest at Brigham Young on March 23.
Post-season competition begins in Tempe, Ariz., with the Pac-10 Championships on March 31.
Should the Wildcats qualify for NCAA Regional competition for the 21st-consecutive year, Arizona will automatically be placed into the South Central Regional, which will be held in McKale Center on April 14. The NCAA Championships will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 26-28.