Feb. 5, 2009
The No. 21 Arizona gymnastics squad (0-4) heads on the road looking for its first win of the season when it takes on Washington in Seattle Saturday night in the Bank of America Arena.
For the third week in a row, the Wildcats lost, but improved it’s average score and ranking with a 195.175 compared to No. 4 Stanford’s 195.575.
Vault: Arizona scored a season-high 49.200 on the vault compared to the Cardinal’s 49.350. The Wildcats were led by freshman Deanna Graham, who posted a career-best 9.9.
Bars: Arizona struggled on the bars, scoring a 48.025 compared to Stanford’s 48.825. Freshman Rebecca Cardenas was a bright spot for Arizona, recording a career-best 9.825.
Beam: Arizona had another season high on the beam, where Brianna Bergeson earned a 9.9 for the first time in 2009, leading the Wildcats to a 48.725 team score, while Stanford posted a 48.450.
Floor: Arizona posted a single event season-high on the floor with a 49.225 compared to the Cardinal’s 48.950. The Wildcats had four gymnasts score above an 8.5, including another career-high from Cardenas (9.875) and junior Sarah Tomczyk’s 9.875.
All-Around: For the fourth straight meet, Sophomore Colleen Fisher led the Wildcats in the all-around. She recorded a 38.975 and finished second in the meet to Stanford’s Carly Jangia.
Scouting the Opposition:
Washington- The Huskies are coming off a season-high 194.400 in a win over California and Illinois State last weekend. Hutsune Akaogi was the only Husky to compete in the all-around and the team Ashley Houghting, who recorded a 9.95 and 9.925 on the vault and floor respectively.
Freshmen Deanna Graham and Rebecca Cardenas both had stellar performances for the Wildcats against Stanford. Graham recorded a career-high 9.9 on the vault and a solid 9.850 on the floor. Cardenas was equally impressive with career-highs in both the bars, 9.825 and the floor, 9.875.
Senior Briana Bergeson has put together two impressive meets in a row. Bergeson, aka Beamer, scored a season-high 9.9 on the beam against Stanford after recording a career-high tying 9.875 on the bars the week before against Oregon State.
In just her third meet, freshman Katie Matusik scored a 9.800 on the beam, in the meet against the Beavers. That sets a career-best for the freshman.
More than just standing on the shore:
Sophomore Colleen Fisher recorded her first ever all-around score above a 39 against Oregon State. Fisher had improved her all-around every week until last week when she fell just short of the 39 against the Cardinal with a 38.9725
The Work Horse:
Senior Bree Workman has been one of the most consistent Gymcats this season. Workman has been the leading scorer in several events this season, but has really paced the Wildcats on the vault and on the floor.
New Name, New Game:
Junior Sarah Tomczyk, who was married over the summer, continues to pace the Gymcats on the floor. Tomczyk, formally Spect, scored a team-hgih 9.875 on the floor last week against Stanford.
The Gymcats suffered a tough loss when junior Miranda Russell injured her knee and was lost for the season during the meet against Oregon State. The Gymcats did however return the services of Freshman Britnie Jones, who scored a 9.875 on beam in her first action since the week one loss to Minnesota.
The Pac-10 has five teams ranked in the nation’s top-23. UCLA leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 21 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State.
What’s Coming Up:
The Wildcats return home to face Brown and Wisconsin-Stout on Friday, February 13th in the McKale Center at 7:00 p.m.
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.
McKale continues to be a difficult place to compete for visiting teams. In 2008, the Wildcats were 6-1 in home meets including wins over Pac-10 foes Washington and Cal. Over the last two seasons, Arizona is 11-3 in home meets and 26-5 since the start of the 2005 season.
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.
Head coach Bill Ryden holds a career and school record of 142-142-3 in his ten years at Arizona. Ryden should get to his 150th career win in 2009.