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No. 15 Wildcats Claw Back, Hold Off Minnesota
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 03, 2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No 15 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (3-1) needed a season-best performance on floor in the final rotation to hold off surprising Minnesota (0-4), 195.400-195.125, in front of 1,045 fans on Friday night inside McKale Center in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. Karin Wurm captured her second straight all-around title, while claiming at least a share of the bars and floor titles to lead the Wildcats to a second straight home victory.


“Overall, I am pleased with the victory,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “Of course, in our sport it’s the score that really matters. This score will help us, but it could have been better and our team knows that.”


After leading through the first two rotations, Arizona surrendered a 0.400 point lead in the third rotation with a team score of 48.400 on bars. Over on floor, the Golden Gophers tied a season-high score with a 48.925 to claim a 0.125 point lead heading to the final rotation.


The Wildcats answered with their best floor performance of the season in the final rotation, a 49.225, to overtake Minnesota, which scored a 48.825 on beam to close the meet. The fourth rotation difference of 0.400 was enough to give Arizona the home victory, despite the Golden Gophers’ highest team score of the season.


“I told the girls before we got to floor, ?'This is where you win the meet. This is where you show up,’” Ryden said. “And to their credit, they did. It was very nice to come out and hit the way we did on floor.”


Arizona began the meet on vault, posting a team score of 48.925. After solid vaults by Rachelle Silberg (9.625) and Sarah Specht (9.725), Brittney Morgan earned a 9.800. She was followed by Bree Workman, who turned in a meet-best 9.850 to claim the individual title. Karin Wurm (9.750) and Jamie Holton (9.800) rounded out the roation for the Wildcats, who took a narrow lead by 0.025 points following Minnesota’s season-best score on bars, 48.900.


In the second rotation, the Wildcats extended their lead with a 48.850 on bars to the Golden Gophers’ 48.475 on vault. Suzanne Alvey started the rotation with a 9.675 and was followed by Miranda Russell and Morgan, who turned in solid bar sets with scores of 9.700 and 9.775, respectively. After Briana Bergeson recorded a 9.575, Wurm turned in a 9.900 performance to earn her a share of her second consecutive bars title. She was followed by Aubrey Kelly, who chipped in a 9.850 to share second place honors with Minnesota’s Angela Walker.


The Wildcats lost their lead in the third rotation. After Morgan’s 9.700 to start on beam, Wurm’s uncharacteristic performance received a 9.350. Bergeson followed with a 9.750, but Holton’s fall after meant Arizona had to count Wurm’s score. Kelly got the Wildcats back on track with a 9.750, before Hicks finished the rotation off with a second-place mark of 9.850.


In the final rotation, the Wildcats closed the meet in style with their season-high team score on floor. Russell  and Workman started the rotation with a career high scores of 9.850 and 9.775, respectively. Kelly and Wurm then followed with outstanding routines, as each earned a 9.875 to share the floor title. Hicks followed and earned a second-place mark of 9.850, and Holton capped the rotation with a 9.750.


Wurm was the only Wildcat to compete in the all-around, totaling a 38.875 to win the all-around. It was her second straight all-around title and the third of her career. Minnesota’s Alexis Russell totaled a 38.550 to place second.


Coaches, student-athletes and support staff members from both teams wore pink during the 'Flipping for the Fight' Meet, a campaign sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women, which is sponsored by the in attempt to increase awareness for breast cancer


The Wildcats will hit the road to take on the Washington Huskies next Friday, Feb. 9, in Seattle.



Team Results by Rotation


Rotation I


UA on vault: 48.925

Minn on bars: 48.900


Rotation II


UA on bars: 48.850 ; Running total: 97.775

Minn on vault: 48.475 ; Running total: 97.375


Rotation III


UA on beam: 48.400; Running total: 146.175

Minn on floor: 48.925; Running total: 146.300


Rotation IV


UA on floor: 49.225 ; Final total: 195.400

Minn on beam: 48.825; Final total: 195.125



























Individual Results by Event



1. Bree Workman (UA) 9.850                              

2. Jamie Holton (UA) 9.800

2. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.800

4. Jade Beattie (Minn) 9.775



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.900

2. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 9.850

2. Angela Walker (Minn) 9.850

3. Brittney Morgan (UA) 9.775

3. Alexis Russell (Minn) 9.775

3. Stephanie Funk (Minn) 9.775



1. Ashley Stanton (Minn) 9.875

2. Danielle Hicks (UA) 9.850

3. Amanda Miles (Minn) 9.775



1. Aubrey Kelly (UA) 9.875

1. Karin Wurm (UA) 9.875

2. Danielle Hicks  (UA) 9.850

2. Miranda Russell (UA) 9.850



1. Karin Wurm (UA) 38.875

2. Alexis Russell (UA) 38.550



















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