Feb. 28, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Arizona earned second place overall at the Master’s Classic with a final score 194.750 beating out No. 18 Denver with a 194.175 and No. 25 West Virginia with a 192.975. No. 11 Nebraska won the meet with a 196.425.
“I was really happy about taking second place, with a victory over two nationally ranked teams.” Head Coach Bill Ryden said, “I think we definitely represented the Pac-10 very well in today’s meet, and proved we are ready to compete at a national level.”
The GymCats had a little bit of a rough start to the meet, beginning with the floor exercise. The team was led by senior Sarah Tomczyk and freshman Aubree Cristello, who earned twin scores of 9.775. Following closely behind was sophomore Talyn Curry, who scored a 9.725. Despite averaging slightly lower scores than usual, the team left the event with a consistent score of 48.600.
From there, the Wildcats competed their two strongest events of the night – vault and bars.
The vault team was led by senior Sarah Tomczyk with a 9.850 who tied for first on the event. The GymCats also had three strong performances earning a score of 9.800 by Aubree Cristello, Colleen Fisher, and Deanna Graham.
The momentum continued on the bars, with Tomczyk leading for the second event straight with a score of 9.850, allowing her to tie for first once again. Close behind her was sophomore Britnie Jones, who posted a score of 9.825 and taking third on the event.
“Britnie placing on bars was great. It was awesome to see her have success on the event, especially after we’ve been working hard for two years on the event.” Ryden said.
Arizona then traveled to beam, where they had a very successful beginning. According to Coach Ryden, “The first three routines were stellar, they were absolutely great.” Those routines were performed by Aubree Cristello who earned a 9.725, Sarah Tomczyk who earned a 9.775 and Katie Matusik who scored the team high of a 9.8. This score also allowed her to tie for third on the event.
“Katie looked really really good on beam today.” Ryden said, “This performance really showed she is getting back into her true form on the event.”
Unfortunately after the first three routines the Wildcats had a few hiccups, counting a fall to earn a team total score of 48.350.
“I think we competed very well in this meet overall. We had a great effort on vault and bars, and overcame some tight – but fair – judging. At this point we just need to learn to finish our meets strong.” Ryden said.
Next week Arizona returns home to host a meet against the University of Washington. The meet will take place at 7 p.m. on March 5th in the McKale Center.