What’s on Tap: The No. 10 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (1-7) will host the Washington Huskies (3-6) this Friday, Feb. 3, in a Pac-10 Conference dual-meet at 7:30 p.m. in
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A Look Back: The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (195.875) set a new season-high, and Aubrey Taylor won the first all-around title of her career as the Wildcats earned their first victory of the season over
Looking to improve upon their season-best performance from the week prior, the Wildcats wasted no time in getting off to a solid start in the first rotation on the vault. Sophomore Karin Wurm matched her career-high with a mark of 9.825 to share the individual title with teammate Bree Workman. Freshman Alexis Greene added a 9.800, and
Coming off a season-high performance the week before on the balance beam,
The Wildcats closed the meet in style, earning a season-high team score of 49.050 on floor.
The Rankings: The Wildcats jumped into a tie for 10th-place in the nation with UCLA following their performance last week. As a team, the Wildcats rank in the Top 25 in all four individual events, including No. 6 in the floor exercise, No. 21 on the beam, No. 3 on the uneven bars and No. 14 on the vault. Individually, Aubrey Taylor and Karin Wurm are No. 10 and No. 14 on the bars, respectively. The Wildcats began the year ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches’ poll.
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 9-15. From Jan. 16-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Arizona Head Coach: Bill Ryden is in his eighth season at the helm of the
Scouting the Huskies: The Huskies enter the week unranked after beginning the season ranked No. 18.
Top 10 Cats: The Wildcats moved into the Top 10 this week for the first time in nearly two years. The last time the program cracked the Top 10 was during the week of March 1, 2004, when the team was ranked No. 9. The Wildcats had been ranked as high as No. 6 earlier in the season before falling out of the Top 10. The club finished the season ranked No. 14 that year. This year, the Wildcats began the season tabbed as the No. 17 team in the nation in the Gym Info Preseason Coaches Poll.
Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week: Junior Aubrey Taylor was named the Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 24-30. The 5-2 native of
Throw the Records Out, For Now: While it took four meets to do it,
One Meet at a Time: Expanding on the notes from above,
Terrific Trio: Through the first four meets of the year, 48 of
Home Sweet Home: The Wildcats will get to perform in front of the
Target 196: In the early part of the season, the 195-mark is a good measuring stick as to how a team is developing. The Wildcats have reached that benchmark each of the last two weeks and thus have found themselves in the Top 10. Now, after scoring a 195.875 last week,
Leader of the Pac: The Wildcats are tied with defending Pac-10 champion UCLA at No. 10 in the nation and tops in the Pac-10 this week with a scoring average of 194.575.
She’s Back: Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week Aubrey Taylor has re-emerged as an all-arounder this season, returning to the vault lineup, the one event she didn’t compete in a year ago. Over the last three meets,
Sensational Sophomore: Karin Wurm has quickly emerged as one of
Star in the Making: Freshman Alexis Greene has wasted no time in making a significant impact in the Wildcat lineup this season. The 5-5 native of
Back to Form: Despite being a freshman a year ago, Danielle Hicks became one of the Wildcats’ most consistent performers at the end of last season, competing as an all-around in the final six meets of the season. Hicks got off to a bit of a slow start this year, however, seeing both Karin Wurm and Aubrey Taylor earn more consistent all-around totals early in the year. That changed last week when Hicks scored a 39.150 and placed second in the all-around, a total much more reminiscent of the scores she earned as a freshman. Against
Beamer on Beam: Freshman Briana Bergeson, known better by her teammates as ?'Beamer’, has quickly become the Wildcats’ top scorer the last two weeks on the balance beam. Last week, with a mark of 9.850, Bergeson bested her career-high and captured her first career individual title. The week prior, Bergeson scored a 9.800 to claim second place at
Workman-like Performance: Freshman Bree Workman stuck her vault last Friday, earning a 9.825, good enough to claim her first-ever vault title. The 5-5 native of
Instant Impact: The Wildcats have called upon four freshmen to play key roles in various lineups this season. In fact, the freshmen’s most significant contributions have come on one of the team’s highest scoring events, the bars. Briana Bergeson, (9.750), Alexis Greene (9.850) and Sarah Parsons (9.825) all gave tremendous routines on the bars to close out the meet at Penn State on Jan. 14 and help the Wildcats post their highest score in the event (49.300) since 2004. Last week, Bergeson captured her first career beam title. Greene has also claimed at least a share of two floor titles this season, while Workman shared the vault title last week with Karin Wurm. The freshmen hold three of the team’s top individual event scores, including Green on the vault (9.875) and floor (9.825), and Bergeson on the beam (9.850). Workman also has the second highest vault score (9.850). Sarah Parsons has also earned a 9.825 this year on bars, the fifth highest on the team. In all, seven of the team’s 24 routines have been performed by freshmen in each meet this season.
Facing the Best:
Stacked Pac: Once again, the Pac-10 will be one of the toughest conferences in the country. Five teams are ranked after the first four weeks of competition.
The Lone Senior: When a team graduates six seniors in one class, it usually means that the following year they will rely on a number of underclassmen. That certainly is the case this year for the Wildcats, but don’t tell that to senior Erin Muirhead. Muirhead, the team captain, looks to provide veteran leadership as she returns for her final season as a Wildcat. Coming off of a foot injury that cut short her season last year, Muirhead earned marks of 9.600 on beam and 9.675 on floor in
Junior Duo: The Wildcats also turn to the leadership of a pair of juniors, Aubrey Taylor and Jamie Holton.
Super Soph’s: Danielle Hicks, Karin Wurm and Rachelle Silberg all played vital roles on the Wildcat squad as freshmen. Now as sophomores, each are playing a prominent role in the
Future Cats: Last November, Head Coach Bill Ryden announced the signing of three student-athletes who inked their names to National Letters of Intent to come to
Looking ahead: After two consecutive home meets, the Wildcats will hit the road again as the team travels to