The Wildcats started the night off strong on vault, and held a near one point lead after two rotations, but the Pioneers fought back with an impressive rotation on floor to overtake the Wildcats through three rotations and claim a 145.550-145.500 lead.
“I was very proud of our vault and floor teams,” Ryden said following the meet. “We had just sub-par performances on bars and beam. We needed to come back on floor. But it wasn’t about winning and losing at that point. It was about us redeeming ourselves to our fans and performing like ?'
A week after setting a season-high team score on vault, the Wildcats had another strong showing in the event, posting a 48.925 to open the meet.
Also in the first rotation,
Holding a comfortable lead heading into the second rotation,
Despite the season-low score on bars, the Wildcats were able to extend their lead as neither
The Wildcats moved to the beam for the third rotation, but saw their lead turn into a slight advantage for
On floor, the Pioneers made a strong claim to upset the Wildcats as the team scored a 49.075, led by four scores of 9.8 or better. Casey Dobyns and Katie Andrews each earned 9.85s to share third place in the event, while Gretchen Goerlitz and Sasha Sullivan each tallied 9.825 marks for the Titans.
In the final rotation, Holton got the Wildcats back on track as she recorded the first of four 9.825 marks for the Wildcats on floor. Muirhead capped her home-career with a career-high tying performance of 9.825. Greene then matched her career-high with a 9.875 mark as she captured a share of the individual title with Wurm, who also matched her personal-best.Taylor added a 9.825 to close out the meet and secure Arizona its highest total in the event this year, 49.225.
“I am so proud of her,” said Ryden of Muirhead who closed out her home career on floor. “To go out with a victory on Senior Night and to hit both of her events, that is all you can ask for. It’s a great way to go out in front of her own fans.”
On vault, the Pioneers gave a solid effort, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Wildcats. Paced by Dobyns’ 9.825,
On beam, the Titans, who finished in third place, ended with two solid performances on beam as Nicole Yim and Brittany Evans received scores of 9.825 and 9.775, respectively, to prevent UA’s
“I’ve very proud of Aubrey,” said Ryden. “It was her second time out trying a brand new vault. That girl is just so competitive. She answered the call tonight.”
Following the meet, the program honored Muirhead and undergraduate assistant coach Jessamyn Salter in a Senior Night ceremony.
“I want to thank you both for all that you have given,” Ryden said to the two seniors as he spoke before the crowd. “It has been an up and down ride, but you never gave up. This program is better because of that. As your coach, I just want to thank you for everything.”
With the three victories,