April 2, 2009
The No. 25 Arizona gymnastics squad (10-10) competes in its 23rd straight postseason when it heads to Fayetteville, Ark. for the South Central Regional Sat., April 4, hosted by Arkansas. The Wildcats will compete with Stanford, Arkansas, Michigan, Southern Utah and Arizona State for a spot in the national meet.
The Wildcats finished fifth in the Pac-10 meet, struggling on the bars and beam and posting solid scores on floor and vault.
Vault: On their final event, Arizona scored a 48.925 on the vault behind freshman Deanna Graham’s team-high 9.85.
Bars: The Wildcats were forced to count a fall on their way to a 48.025 on bars. Senior Briana Bergeson posted the team’s best score with a 9.8.
Beam: Arizona also had to count a fall on the beam, posting a 48.175 on beam with Bergeson scoring a team-high 9.85
Floor: Arizona just missed winning the team floor with a 49.200 behind both junior Sarah Tomczyk’s 9.875 and Graham’s and senior Bree Workman’s 9.85.
All-Around: Sophomore Colleen Fisher was the only Wildcat to compete in the all-around, scoring a 38.475 with 9.8’s on vault, beam and floor, but was hurt by a 9.075 on bars.
Scouting the Opposition:
The South Central Region- The South Central Region is one of the toughest regions in the country. Arizona will face off against No. 4 Stanford, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 16 Michigan, No. 27 Southern Utah and No. 31 Arizona State. The Wildcats are 2-2 against those five teams, only having faced ASU and Stanford once each in the regular season and once in the Pac-10 meet. Arizona beat ASU in both and lost to Stanford in both.
Arizona’s Regional Rotation:
Rotation 1: Bye Rotation 2: Bars Rotation 3: Beam Rotation 4: Bye Rotation 5: Floor Rotation 6: Bye Rotation 7: Vault. This was the exact same rotation the Wildcats had at the Pac-10 Championships.
Past Regional Performances:
The Wildcats have six gymnasts on their roster who have competed in Regional meets , but only five that will be available for this season’s meet. Junior Miranda Russell, who competed in the all-around in 2008 and bars and beam in 2007, hurt her leg and was lost for the season. Senior Briana Bergeson has competed on bars and beam in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with both her high scores coming in 2007 with a 9.775 on bars and a 9.9 on beam. Sophomore Colleen Fisher competed in last season’s Regional recording a 9.675 on vault and a 9.55 on beam. Senior Alexis Greene has competed two seasons (2006, 2008, missed 2007 due to injury) at the Regions. She competed on bars in 2006 and bars and beam in 2008. Junior Sarah Tomczyk competed in 2007 and 2008 at the Regionals in the vault, bars and floor. Her vault high was a 9.75, bars at 9.75 and floor a 9.85. Senior Bree Workman has three years experience at the Regional Championships. She competed in the vault in 2006 and 2007 with a high score of 9.85 and competed on the floor in 2008 with a 9.75.
Arizona head coach Bill Ryden picked up his 150th career head coaching win with the Wildcats wins over Yale and Maryland in Maryland. Ryden is in his 10th seacon at Arizona with an overall record of 152-148-3.
The Wildcats placed five gymnasts on the all-conference team. Workman and Tomczyk were named first team on the floor, while Bergeson, Graham and Cardenas all earned second team honors. Bergeson on beam, Graham on vault and Cardenas on floor.
Arizona had four members on the all-academic team. Greene and Russell were named to the All-Academic first team, while Workman and Tomczyk were on the second team.
Saluting the Seniors:
During the Wildcats; annual Senior Night, Arizona’s four senior responded with some solid routines. The class held the team-high scores in each event except vault where they finished a close second. Bree Workman registered two 9.875’s, on each vault and floor. Briana Bergeson posted a 9.825 on beam to pace the team and Alexis Greene put up a 9.85 to lead the team on bars. Also Erica Anderson performed two exhibition routines, on bars and for the first time in her career on floor.
What’s Coming Up:
If Arizona can finish in the top two in Arkansas, they will advance to the National meet in Lincoln, Neb. April 16-18.
Arizona debuted five freshmen in its season-opening meet at Minnesota Rebecca Cardenas competed in bars (9.700) and floor (9.625). Talyn Curry and Deanna Graham competed in vault and scored 9.625 and 9.800 respectively. On the bars, Britnie Jones and Katie Matusik also made their debuts scoring 9.150 and 9.175 respectively.
The Wildcats finished the year 14-11 and competed in the postseason for the 22nd consecutive season. One of the season highlights came in Tempe, Ariz., where for the first time since 1987, Arizona beat rival ASU in a dual/away meet. Arizona had beat ASU in unbiased meets in the Pac-10s and Regionals, but in Tempe during the regular season since 1987.
Meet the newcomers:
The Arizona roster features six freshman including Rebecca Cardenas from Honolulu, HI, Talyn Curry from Westborough, Mass., Deanna Graham from Tucson, Ariz., Britnie Jones from Phoenix, Ariz., Katie Matusik from McKinney Tx., and Jillian O’Neal from Fountain Hills, Ariz.
The Wildcats opened the season with a No. 18 national ranking and are one of five Pac-10 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll. UCLA leads the way at No. 4, including gathering four firs t place votes. Stanford ended up right behind the Bruins at No. 5, Oregon State came in at No. 9, Arizona was No. 18 and Arizona State fell in at No. 24. Washington and Cal fell under the Other Teams Receiving Votes category.
Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2009. The Wildcats compete against six teams in the preseason top-25, including opening the season with four straight weeks against top-25 opponents including No. 22 Minnesota, No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford. The other two ranked opponents Arizona faces are No. 14 Denver and No. 13 Penn State.