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Gymnastics Routs No. 23 BYU, TWU; Scores 196.575
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 19, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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DENTON, Texas ?- Karin Wurm shattered her previous career-high in the all-around as the No. 15 Arizona gymnastics team (196.575) blew past No. 23 Brigham Young (193.725) and host Texas Women’s University (191.425) on Saturday night.


Arizona set three new season-high team marks, while Wildcat gymnasts won all four individual events and took the top two all-around spots.


“This was a very good meet for us,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “It was a nice way to end the regular season. It’s good to end on a high note and gain some momentum heading into the postseason.”


The Wildcats began the night on the uneven parallel bars, scoring a 48.875. Aubrey Taylor paced the squad, notching a 9.850 to claim the top spot in the event. Wurm tallied a 9.8 to place second, while Danielle Hicks and Suzanne Alvey each earned marks of 9.75. Alexis Greene added a 9.725.


The Wildcats then moved to the balance beam and posted a season-high 49.125. Taylor again led the Wildcats, recording a 9.9 to claim her second individual title on the night. Hicks tallied third-place mark of 9.825, while Wurm, Jamie Holton and Briana Bergeson each scored 9.8s to share fifth-place honors.


On the floor, Arizona tied its season0high team score with a 49.250. Wurm broke her career-high of 9.875 with a new personal-best of 9.9 as she captured the individual title. Hicks, Greene and Erin Muirhead shared second-place honors with marks of 9.850. Taylor added a 9.9.775.


Arizona again set a season-high on the vault, totaling a 49.350. All six Wildcats scored a 9.825 or better. Wurm surpassed her previous career-high of 9.825, while Bree Workman bested her previous personal-high of 9.875, as each received 9.9s to share the individual title. Holton added a 9.875 to place third, while Greene earned a fourth-place finish with a score of 9.850. Hicks and Rachelle Silberg each tallied 9.825s.


“We had falls on bars and beam, but the team fought back and didn’t let it get to them,” Ryden said. “Otherwise, we went 22-24. We stayed focused and really had some great routines.”


Wurm shattered her previous career-high of 39.25 in the all-around with a 39.4 to lead all gymnasts. Hicks also set a new career-high as she totaled a 39.250 to place second.


“She had a great, great meet,” Ryden said of Wurm, who has competed in the all-around in all 11 meets this season. “She was really on tonight. I’m very happy for her. We had seen this meet coming from her for a while now.”


With the two victories, Arizona improves to 10-9. The team will next be in action at the Pac-10 Championships next Saturday, March 25, in Corvallis, Ore.

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