Dear Friends, Alumni & Boosters,
Welcome Back After a long summer, everyone is back and getting ready for a new season. The team is really looking pretty good after a month of voluntary workouts followed by official practice. The team is definitely ahead of where we have been in the past at this time of the year. Let me introduce you to this year’s team:
Jamie Holton: Jamie is an
Aubrey Kelly: It is kind of weird for me to type the name Kelly. Aubrey spent her summer training, working, having voluntary ankle surgery and getting married! No disrespect to Jesse but she will always be
Danielle Hicks: Danielle, a junior from
Rachelle Silberg: Rachelle is a junior and calls
Melanie Weiser: Melanie is also a junior and came west to the U of A from
Karin Wurm: Karin is from
Suzanne Alvey: Suzanne calls
Erica Anderson: Erica came to us from
Briana Bergeson: Briana, or “Beamer” as her teammates and the GymCat faithful know her, traveled the shortest distance to join the program. She hails from
Alexis Greene: Alexis is another “East Coaster” on the team and calls
Bree Workman: Bree calls
Sarah Specht: Sarah comes to the U of A from
Jamie Custer: Jamie is also from
Brittney Morgan: Brittney comes from the same gym as former GymCat, Jamie Schell ?- Hill’s Gymnastics in
Miranda Russell: Miranda decided she was ready for warmth as she headed south from
Colleen Johnson: Colleen is in her third year with the program and is from
Matt Radelet: This is Matt’s fifth year “officially” as our trainer but has been involved with the program for many years. He has been at
Neil Willey: Neil is our strength coach and plays a big part in the physical preparation of the team to be able to perform very difficult skills on a weekly basis. I have come to rely heavily on Neil as I prepare the team. As an adult gymnast, there is only so much abuse their bodies can take at this stage of their careers. Add to that the fact that NCAA gymnastics forces them to perform more high level gymnastics during a season than they have ever done before. The use of strength training is vital to keep them prepared while letting them recover from the ballistics of the gym.
Brina Weissman: This is Brina’s second full year as the Team Manager. The team will be the first to tell you that Brina plays a very important role within the program. Besides the normal duties helping the coaching staff with team functions, Brina serves as a floor manager during meets, making sure mats and equipment are set correctly for each gymnast as well as making sure that each routine is being videotaped. She also handles equipment issues in workout as well as running our performance analysis software as needed. She absolutely makes my life easier and I wouldn’t want to go out on the floor at a competition without her.
I very happy to let everyone know that on Friday, November 10th, Kristi Gunning will the latest GymCat to be inducted in the University of Arizona Hall-of-Fame. Kristi competed from 1991-1994 and was one of the top team performers during her time here and finished her career listed on the Top-10 performers list on all five events (V, UB, BB, FX, AA). In Kristi’s era, teams were required to compete two all-arounders of which she was one and, along with fellow Arizona Hall-of-Fame member Stacy Fowlkes, led the team in one of the most prolific times in program history. Her accomplishments include: 4x All-Conference, 2x All-Am
If you are interested in attending, the ceremony will be at 4:00 pm on November 10th. For more information and reservations, call the Office of Special Events at 520-621-2331.
Along the same lines of GymCats and university honors, the banners signifying that Monica Bisordi and Katie Johnson are members of the Gymnastics Ring-of-Fame went up in
The first intrasquad is tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 1st and the second intrasquad is scheduled for Friday, December 15th. They will begin at 3:00 and they are held in our practice facility and the public is welcome. As most of you know, the gym doesn’t really have seating but I a sure we can find room if you would like to watch. Keep an eye on the newsletter about time or date changes. I try to schedule as best I can but a lot of factors determine when these events can occur.
Last year, I erroneously listed both NCAA Regionals and Nationals on the wrong weekends. They are correctly listed on the schedule at the end of this newsletter. I hope that this does not cause anyone any problems. Please take special note of the date for Regionals, April 14, 2007.
It was a busy summer on the Alumni front. At the beginning of the summer, I was able to attend Kristin McDermott’s wedding in
We are also updating a “Where are they now?” database for our alumni. We use this information on our recruiting webpage but it is also just nice to have. So if you get a chance, just email me with the info at firstname.lastname@example.org or just return the information sheet.
Make sure to check out the schedule at the end of the newsletter. There have been a few minor changes from the one published last spring. I wouldn’t want there to be any reason for anyone to not be at a meet!
As always, we really want to thank all of the Boosters who have helped our program over the years. A program like ours uses donations to directly affect the athletes. I hope that you can find it to continue your support. If you would like to donate, just send a check made out to “University
There are some great photos of the team out there on the web. A fan/supporter of the team has been photographing us for a few years now and the quality is excellent. His name is Stoddard Reynolds and the URL is http://www.pbase.com/stod45/u_of_a . You can leave a comment or contact him about getting actual prints.
You can keep up on important information on the team at the Official University of Arizona Athletics Website (www.arizonaathletics.com). This year, I still plan to have the newsletter on the website. The archives of the old newsletters reside at (www.u.arizona.edu/~ryden/gym.html). In fact there is an entire segment of GymCat supporters who receive this newsletter electronically. Please contact me if you would like to be put on that list.
Until next time...