TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 14 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (196.300) gave No. 2 Florida a major scare (196.625), while holding off Brigham Young (194.575) Friday night before a season-high 1,096 fans in McKale Center.
“We certainly would have loved to have won the meet,” head coach Bill Ryden said following the meet. “But to come within three-tenths of a point to the No. 2 team in the country is something to be very proud of.
The Wildcats and Gators battled neck and neck through the first three rotations before
The Wildcats got off to a fast in the first rotation, shattering their previous season-high of 48.975 with a new high score of 49.225. Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her performance a week ago, junior Jamie Holton showed no signs of a let down, sharing first place with a new career-high mark of 9.925, which ties for 10th highest in school history. Freshman Bree Workman also set a new career-high score with a 9.875, while sophomore Rachelle Silberg matched her season-best score of 9.825. Alexis Greene and Karin Wurm added scores of 9.8, respectively.
“Jamie’s vault certainly set the tone and got us the momentum from the get-go,” Ryden said of Holton’s vault, which is a new team-high for the season.
Also in the first rotation,
In the second rotation, the Wildcats scored a 49.075 on bars to mark the first time this season the club has scored a 49.0 or better on vault and bars in the same meet. Aubrey Taylor paced
“I think the big plus of the night for us is the fact that we had a fall to start both bars and beam, but then the last five girls stepped it up and hit,” Ryden said. “Of course, we don’t want any falls, but it shows the character of the girls.”
The Wildcats turned in a season-high 49.200 on floor as Taylor (9.9) and Wurm (9.875) claimed the top two spots in the event. Hicks also added a 9.85, while Muirhead and Holton chipped in marks of 9.8 and 9.775, respectively.
The Gators would not let the Wildcats get any closer, however, as
In the all-round, UF’s Hartung (39.425) and Reed (39.300) claimed the top two spots. UA’s Wurm matched her career-high with a 39.250 to place third. For BYU, Capra totaled a 38.975 to finish just ahead of UA’s Taylor (38.950), who returned to the all-around after not competing on vault a week ago.
“The 196 will definitely help us,” Ryden said. “But what I’m most proud of is that it reflects the level we’re at. It’s nice to be able to live up to the level we expect to be at. I’m confident we’re learning to stay loose and compete. This team is so young, but we’re starting to compete like an experienced squad.”