Feb. 5, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 18 Arizona lost to No. 6 UCLA in their second home meet of the season 193.800 to 196.725. Despite having a few hiccups at the start of the meet, the Gymcats rallied in the last two rotations, enabling them to end the meet on a positive note.
“Today we had kind of a rough beginning to the meet. We made a few mistakes that we don’t usually make, but we did a good job of turning it around and finishing strong.” Head Coach Bill Ryden said.
The first two events proved to be a little bit difficult overall for the team. On vault, the team earned a 48.000, with Sophomore Deanna Graham earning a 9.80, greatly improving her score from the last meet.
“I think one of the highlights of the beam was Deanna’s comeback. I was really proud of her returning to past form after two weeks of illness, which was one of the biggest plus points of the meet.” Ryden said.
On bars the Gymcats had to count one fall, however, Sophomore Britnie Jones performed a beautiful set earning a 9.775 to lead the team.
“It was kind of an off day on bars, but Britnie had a great set. She always swings so well, and had a very clean routine tonight.” Ryden said.
The team made a comeback on beam, earning an overall score of 48.575. Highlights came from a solid set by Britnie Jones, who led the team with a 9.775. Close behind her were Junior Colleen Fisher and Freshman Molly Quirk with twin scores of a 9.750.
“Beam was a good turn around. The team kept fighting, and I really think it helped us mentally going into floor.” Ryden said.
Floor turned out to be the best team floor performance of the year so far, with a season high total of 49.025. Freshmen Molly Quirk and Aubree Cristello both earned scores of 9.800, Sophomore Deanna Graham earned a 9.850, and Senior Sarah Tomczyk earned a 9.875, allowing the Gymcats to end the meet on a high note.
“I was very proud of our floor performance. Not only was it the best of the season so far, but it also showed the fight in the team.” Ryden said, “It was a good way to finish.”
UCLA earned a season high team score of 196.725, with a stellar all-around performance from Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa, who won the meet with a 39.675.
Next week the Wildcats hit the road again, traveling north to take on the Oregon State Beavers.