Feb. 1, 2011
This week, No. 29 Arizona hosts its annual Flipping for the Fight meet in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The meet will take place Friday, February 4 at 7 p.m. against the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Each gymnast will wear a special pink leotard in honor of Breast Cancer victims and survivors, as well as to promote awareness of the life threatening illness. Fans may show their support as well, by wearing pink and receiving $1 off of admission.
The Wildcats scored a season high total of 195.375 to beat the Boise State Broncos (194.400).
The Cats began the meet on vault, earning a score of 48.825 despite the absence of scores from their top two vaulters. The team’s score allowed them to pull ahead after the first rotation by 0.275.
On bars the team continued to hold strong, earning a score of 48.775. Senior Miranda Russell led the team for the second week straight, winning the meet with a score of 9.825. Junior Deanna Graham followed with a 9.800. Sophomore Molly Quirk continued to prove herself on the event as well, tying her career high of 9.775.
Katie Matusik was the highlight for the Cats on beam, earning a meet high score of 9.850 to contribute to the team total of 48.725. This score enabled
The Cats sealed the win on floor, however, returning to true form with a total of 49.050. This was
Questions for Coach:
Each week, head gymnastics coach 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. Bill Ryden
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:
Last week the UIC Flames competed in a quad meet against then No. 8 Michigan, No. 11 Kent State and the
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 out of Bakersfield, Calif., hailing from Middletown, Del., Phoenix native , Ali Stakem from Gaithersburg, Md., and from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.Jordan WilliamsShana SangstonChelsea PernaBarbara Donaldson
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 earned a total record of 166-164-3 after the dual meet against
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