March 8, 2011
No. 24 Arizona hosts its last home gymnastics meet of the season in its annual “Senior Meet”. The Wildcats welcome No. 28 BYU, No. 32 New Hampshire, and No. 1 (Division II) Texas Women’s.
The meet will take place this Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the
The Cats had a difficult first three events, but ended the meet on a high note – posting a new season high vault team score of 49.300. Sophomore Molly Quirk started the rotation off with a strong 9.850, followed by freshman Jordan Williams with a 9.825. Sophomore Mykle Douglas then posted a career high 9.875. Sophomore Aubree Cristello earned a 9.850, and RS senior Miranda Russell scored a 9.775.
The highlight of vault went to Deanna Graham, who earned a score of 9.90 to wrap up the lineup, and secure the vault score. This score was Graham’s fourth score of 9.90 on the event in her career, and her third score of 9.90 total this season.
Cats in the Pac:
Last week yet another
Junior Katie Matusik was named Special Performance of the Week (the week of Feb. 21 – 27) for her beam performance against BYU. Matusik posted a career high score of 9.925 to earn the honor, as well as secure
Matusik joins three other Wildcats in her recognition this season: junior Deanna Graham (Gymnast of the Week Feb. 7 – 13), sophomore Aubree Cristello (Gymnast of the Week Jan. 31-Feb.6), and senior Miranda Russell (Special Performance of the Week Jan. 24-30).
Questions for Coach:
Each week, head gymnastics coach Bill Ryden sits down to talk with us to analyze the previous week's meet. This Coach's Show is available for free via the All-Access tab on the website.
This season Ryden is entertaining questions from the public. If you have any questions you would like to ask Coach Ryden - from the type of grips the girl's like to use to different coaching decisions - e-mail them to the gymnastics SID Valery Meusburger at email@example.com. Then, watch for your questions in the weekly Coach's Show!
Scouting the Opposition:
No. 28 BYU had a difficult loss last week, taking third place with a 194.250 to Southern Utah (195.475) and
No. 32 New Hampshire earned a season high team total of 195.225 to take second place in their last home meet against Central Michigan and
No. 1 Texas Women’s earned fourth place this past weekend in a quad meet against then No. 7 Oklahoma (197.050), No. 13 Ohio State (196.100), and No. 18 Illinois (195.400). The team posted its season high score of 193.425 thanks to sophomores Brittany Johnson and Amy Winczura. Johnson took third place all-around in the meet, earning a score of 39.150. Winczura competed all-around as well, tallying a score of 38.800.
The Wildcats completed the 2010 season with an overall record of 12-12 and were able to make their 24th consecutive NCAA post-season appearance. Finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, and third at the NCAA Regional Championships,
Cristello earned her place as one of the Wildcats' most consistent gymnasts; competing 12 out of 13 meets in the all-around, and hitting 49 of 51 total routines. Cristello also earned Pac-10 1st team All-Conference Honors for the all-around, with a career best score of 39.175.
Quirk rose to the challenge of becoming beam star, earning a score of 9.90 against Washington, and posting seven scores of 9.80 or above on the event. Hitting 51 of 52 routines competed as well as a high all-around score of 39.100, Quirk was yet another Wildcat to be honored with a spot on the Pac-10 All-Conference 1st team.
Look Out for New GymCats:
Arizona added a number of new faces this season, including Barbara Donaldson out of Bakersfield, Calif., Chelsea Perna hailing from Middletown, Del., Phoenix native Shana Sangston, Ali Stakem from Gaithersburg, Md., and Jordan Williams from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
The Arizona Gymcats head into the season ranked No. 19 in the 2010 Women's Pre-Season Coaches poll. They are one of six Pac-10 schools to be rated. The others include No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 21 Washington, and No. 25 Arizona State.
Head Coach Bill Ryden earned a total record of 170-167-3 after meeting Georgia and UCLA.
What's Coming Up:
The Wildcats head into the post season, travelling once again to