Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes ?- NCAA Championships April 20-22
What’s on Tap: Arizona gymnasts Karin Wurm and Aubrey Taylor will compete at the 2006 NCAA Championships April 20-22 in Corvallis, Ore. Wurm, a sophomore, earned a birth as an all-arounder following her third-place finish at the NCAA North Central Regional Championship on April 8 in Ames, Iowa. Taylor, a sophomore, qualified individually on the uneven parallel bars as she shared the individual title at the regional. Wurm will rotate with Oklahoma in the first session, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (PT). Taylor will compete in the third rotation of the evening session, which is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Meet Coverage: Live scoring will be provided on the NCAA official site (www.ncaasports.com). The meet will also be televised by CBS on a tape-delay basis on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 1 p.m. (ET). Tim Brando and Amanda Borden will call the action.
Competition Format: The NCAA Championship competition will begin on Thursday, April 20, with two sessions of preliminary team competition (1 p.m. and 7 p.m.). The top three qualifying teams from each session will advance to the Super Six team finals on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. The individual event championships will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The all-around champion and event finalists will be determined during the preliminary competition. Individuals qualify for event finals by placing in the top four in an event during the preliminary session.
The Championship Field:
Session I (1 p.m.): Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Utah, Michigan and Nebraska
Session II (7 p.m.): Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida, Oregon State and Iowa State
Session I Individual Competitors:
All-Around (Team gymnast will compete with): Karin Wurm ?- Arizona (Oklahoma), Adrianne Perry ?- Missouri (Nebraska), Julie Dwyer ?- Auburn (Michigan), Kristen Coleman ?- Michigan State (Utah), Laura Johnson ?- Minnesota (LSU), Christine Robella ?- North Carolina (Alabama)
Individual Events: (Team gymnast will compete with, rotation):
Vault: Lindsey Puckett ?- Auburn (LSU, 3rd), Krystle Cook ?- Kentucky (Utah, 4)
Floor: Leigha Hancock ?- N.C. State (Utah, 3)
Session II Individual Competitors:
All-Around (Team gymnast will compete with): Jennifer Orlando ?- Penn State (Georgia), Kristina Comforte ?- UCLA (Iowa State), Kate Richardson ?- UCLA (Oregon State), Natalie Foley ?- Stanford (Florida), Tabitha Yim ?- Stanford (Arizona State), Amanda Hall ?- New Hampshire (Arkansas)
Individual Events: (Team gymnast will compete with, rotation):
Vault: Casey Dobyns ?- Denver (Arizona State, 3), Tasha Schwikert ?- UCLA (Florida, 4)
Bars: Aubrey Taylor ?- Arizona (Georgia, 3)
Wurm’s Rotation Order (With Oklahoma):
|Sophomore Karin Wurm|
Rotation I ?- Vault
Rotation II ?- Bye
Rotation III ?- Bars
Rotation IV ?- Beam
Rotation V ?- Bye
Rotation VI ?- Floor
Taylor’s Rotation Order (With Georgia and Penn State’s Jennifer Orlando):
Rotation III ?- Bars
Arizona at the NCAA Championships: Head coach Bill Ryden has trained 12 All-Americans and 18 All-Pac-10 gymnasts at Arizona. In the past 22 seasons, 15 Arizona gymnasts have earned All-America honors, the last being Monica Bisordi (floor) in 2004. The program has produced two individual NCAA champions, Anna Basaldua, who won the national vault championship in 1991, and Heidi Hornbeek, who claimed a share of title on floor in 1996. Arizona’s last individual competitors at the NCAA Championships were Monica Bisordi and Andi McCabe in 2004. The Wildcats last competed as a team at the NCAA Championships in 2002, when they finished 11th in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
About Wurm: Sophomore Karin Wurm will be making her first ever appearance at the NCAA Championships. Wurm qualified as an all-arounder for the national championships by sharing third-place honors at the North Central Regional Championships. She was the highest-scoring all-arounder not from one of the advancing teams (Arizona State and Iowa State). The 5-4 native of Landenberg, Pa., totaled a 39.300, the second highest all-around tally of her career. She finished tied for sixth place on both bars (9.850) and floor (9.850), while also posting impressive 9.800 marks on both vault and beam. On the season, the all-arounder recorded 32 Top-5 finishes, second only to Aubrey Taylor. Along the way, she captured three vault titles, one on bars, four on floor and one in the all-around. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week March 13-19, as she earned a career-high in the all-around (39.4), earning her first career all-around title as well as placing first on vault and floor. Additionally, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team, the first such honor of her career.
About Taylor: Junior Aubrey Taylor will be making her first ever NCAA Championships appearance. Taylor qualified for the national championships by earning a share of the bars title with a score of 9.900, a mark that matched her career-high for the sixth time this season. The 5-2 junior also totaled a 38.925 in the all-around to place ninth overall. In addition to her bar set, she earned scores of 9.425 on vault, 9.825 on beam and 9.775 on floor at the regional in Ames, Iowa. On the season, the 5-2 native of Burlington, Ontario, earned 33 Top-5 finishes, tops on the team. She also claimed three all-around titles, and six on bars, one on beam and two on floor. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 24-30, as she captured the all-around title with a season-high 39.250, while leading the team to a home victory over California. In addition to her hard work in the gym, Taylor also received honorable mention recognition to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.
|Junior Aubrey Taylor|
A Look Back: The No. 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team placed third at the NCAA North Central Regional Championship in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, April 8, before 3,214 fans in Hilton Coliseum. While the finish brought the team’s season to a close, Aubrey Taylor and Karin Wurm each qualified individually to advance to the NCAA Championships.
No. 11 Arizona State (196.675) captured the regional title, while No. 4 Iowa State (195.725) edged out the Wildcats (195.400) for the second NCAA Championships berth. Arizona, which last advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2002, finished ahead of No. 19 Denver (195.250), No. 21 Minnesota (194.675) and No. 24 Brigham Young (192.125).
The host Cyclones started off the meet on floor and looked like the team to beat, scoring a 49.350. The Sun Devils also looked sharp, recording a 49.125 on vault. The Wildcats, meanwhile, sat and watched while having a bye before starting the competition on floor.
Arizona answered with a strong performance of its own, scoring a 49.000. The score kept the team within striking distance of the top two seeds, but Arizona State slowly pulled away from the pack. Paced by four team scores of 49.125 or better, Arizona State left the Wildcats and Cyclones to battle for the final spot.
Despite the early lead, Iowa State struggled to hold off the Wildcats, but two misses on vault and two sub-par bar performances seemed to leave the Wildcats out of the hunt.
However, the Cyclones left the door open for the Wildcats as they faltered on beam to finish their meet in the fifth rotation. With Iowa State sitting out the final rotation, the Wildcats moved to beam to close the meet, trailing the Cyclones by 49.250 for second place overall in the competition. Arizona scored a 48.925 to lock up third place.
Arizona opened the meet in the second rotation on floor as it posted a 49.000 team score. Jamie Holton got the Wildcats off to a solid start, tallying a 9.800. Erin Muirhead then received a 9.750, before Briana Bergeson notched a 9.775 in the first official floor routine of her career. Danielle Hicks then scored a 9.800, before Wurm received the top score for the Wildcats with a 9.850, good enough for sixth place in the event. Taylor closed out the rotation, scoring a 9.775.
The Wildcats scored a 48.700 as they continued on to vault for the third rotation. Rachelle Silberg and Hicks each posted 9.750s to start the rotation. Wurm recorded a 9.800, before Holton tallied a 9.850 to lead the club and tie for fourth overall. Bree Workman then scored a 9.550 to finish out the rotation.
After a bye, Arizona continued on bars for the fifth rotation as it scored a 48.775. Bergeson received a 9.675, while Hicks added a 9.550. Wurm scored a 9.850 to earn a sixth-place finish, while Greene chipped in a 9.800. Taylor then closed the rotation out, tallying a 9.900, earning her a share of first place in the event. The finish qualified Taylor for a berth at the NCAA Championships.
Muirhead started off the final beam rotation, scoring a 9.725. After a fall by Holton, Wurm got the club back on track with a 9.800. Taylor then added a 9.825 to tie for sixth overall, and Bergeson chipped in a 9.725. Hicks wrapped up the rotation and the competition, posting a 9.850.
Wurm finished tied for third in the all-around with a total of 39.300, the second-highest score of her career. The 5-5 sophomore earned a berth to the NCAA Championships as an all-around qualifier, since she was one of the top two finishers who was not a member of a qualifying team.
Hicks and Taylor also competed in the all-around, scoring totals of 38.950 and 38.925, respectively.