Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes ?- (2/10/06) Oregon State
What’s on Tap: The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (2-7) will travel to
The Rankings: The Wildcats fell to No. 14 in the nation this week after entering the Top 10 a week ago. As a team, the Wildcats rank in the Top 20 in all four individual events, including No. 6 in the floor exercise, No. 18 on the beam, No. 4 on the uneven bars and No. 17 on the vault. Individually, Aubrey Taylor is ranked No. 10 on the bars with an average of 9.860. 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 Beavers:
A Tale of Two Seasons: Now five meets into the 2006 season, the Wildcats have an overall record of 2-7 with the two wins coming in the last two dual-meets. By comparison, the 2005 squad had earned a record of 9-4 through the first five meets. The difference is that this year’s squad is ranked No. 14 in the nation whereas the 2005 club was ranked No. 20 at the same point of the season. Additionally, the Wildcats were ranked No. 10 a week ago, a feat last year’s team did not accomplish the entire season.
Terrific Trio: Through the first five meets of the year, 60 of
On the Road Again: After picking up a pair of dual-meet victories at home in McKale Center over the last two weeks, the Wildcats will hit the road again, something they got very used to early in the season. The Wildcats opened up 2006 in
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 in each of the last three meets. Now,
Leader of the Pac: As a team,
Steady Improvement: The Wildcats got off to a shaky start on the beam this season, but have since found some consistency in their young lineup. After posting a season-low 47.350 in the second meet of the year at
She’s Back: Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week two weeks ago, 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,
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 and capturing two titles. 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 two weeks ago 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. She bested that total a week ago and claimed her first all-around title of 2006 with a score of 39.175.
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
Beamer on Beam: Freshman Briana Bergeson, known better by her teammates as ?'Beamer’, has quickly become the Wildcats’ top scorer the last three weeks on the balance beam. She has bested her career-high each of the last three weeks and has placed no lower than second in those meets. At
Workman-like Vaulter: Freshman Bree Workman has become one of the Wildcats’ top vaulters this season. She ranks second on the team behind classmate Alexis Greene with an average of 9.750 this season. Against
Instant Impact: The Wildcats have called upon five freshmen to play integral roles this season. Alexis Greene has been a regular in three events and has won three-consecutive floor titles. Briana Bergeson holds a team-best 9.900 on beam and has won two-straight titles in the event. Two weeks ago, Bree Workman claimed her first-career vault title. Sarah Parsons, who has a season-high 9.825 on bars, joins Bergeson and Greene as regulars in the bars rotation. Last week, filling in for Greene, Suzanne Alvey made her Wildcat debut and scored a 9.675 on vault. 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 five 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 have also turned 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
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
A Look Back: The No. 10 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (195.325) picked up its second-consecutive victory as it knocked off
Led by Danielle Hicks’ first all-around title of the season, the Wildcats turned in four solid rotations to post their third total of 195.150 or better in as many weeks.
The Wildcats opened the meet on the vault posting a team total of 48.625. Bree Workman earned a third-place finish to lead the Wildcats with a mark of 9.775. Karin Wurm added a 9.750, while Hicks and Taylor chipped in scores of 9.725 and 9.700, respectively. Ashley Houghting (9.900) and Chelsea Bakken (9.800) earned the top two spots in the event. Freshman Suzanne Alvey made her official
Leading 48.625-47.000 heading to the bars, an event the team ranked No. 3 nationally coming into the meet,
The Wildcats wrapped up the meet on floor, led by Greene’s second-straight floor title with a mark of 9.875, which equaled her career-high. Hicks (9.800) claimed second-place with
Hicks claimed the third all-around title of her career with a season-high 39.175.
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: The Wildcats will remain on the road for another week as the club takes on Stanford on Feb. 17 in