Jan. 23, 2009
"This is the level of scoring I expect them to reach every week," Arizona head coach Bill Ryden said. "The first two weeks were an aberration and this is definitely where and I and everyone else should expect them to be."
The Wildcats improved their previous high team score by almost two points in their first meet of the season in McKale.
Arizona met several marks in their third loss to a top-25 team in as many weeks. The Wildcats recorded a 49.00 in team bar, for the first time all season and sophomore Colleen Fisher broke the 39-point barrier in the all-around with a 39.050.
"The girls every week are fighting for spots and that makes it difficult for them sometimes," said Ryden. "But they are learning how to compete and that's what makes me happiest right now."
For the first time in 2009, the Wildcats posted an event score at 49.00. This meet it happened in the bars, with every Arizona gymnast scoring a 9.725 or higher and Senior Briana Bergeson tying a career-high with a 9.875.
Arizona also had a solid score on the floor lead by junior Sarah Tomczyk's 9.875 to close the meet. As a team, the Wildcats recorded a 48.850 on the floor compared to the Beavers 49.05.
Oregon State recorded higher than a 49 in each team event and were led by Mandi Rodriquez who won the all-around with a 39.425 followed closely by Jami Lanz with a 39.375.
Heading into the final rotation, the Wildcats trailed the Beavers 147.200 - 146.400 after scoring a 48.675 on the beam. Bergeson and freshman Katie Matusik were the high scorers with a pair of 9.8's, which was a career-high for Matusik in just her third meet of the season.
"We have a very young team and as they get experienced they'll get better," said Ryden. "The freshmen just need to get a little more seasoned and the upper classmen just need to perform at a little higher level and we'll be fine"
For the third meet in a row, the Wildcats were led by Workman, who scored a 9.85 on the vault on the team's way to a 48.725, which was a season-high, but still fell behind the Beavers 49.075. Graham also had an impressive showing with a 9.8 to close out Arizona's vault score.
Arizona is back at McKale next week when it hosts No. 7 Stanford Friday night at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth week in a row, the Wildcats have faced off against a top-25 team.
"We're still growing but tonight was definitely a great step," said Ryden. "Obviously, we still have our issues but we'll correct that next week."