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Arizona Gymnastics Set to Host First Home Meet
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/14/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes:

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 21 Arizona women’s gymnastics team will host their first home meet of the season at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan.14, in McKale Center. The Wildcats are hosting No. 6 Michigan State, No. 23 Missouri, and Illinois-Chicago. The meet will be shown live on arizonaathletics.com for All-Access members.

 

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The Rankings: Arizona dropped to No. 21 this week in the rankings after a low-scoring performance at last week’s Super Six Challenge. Despite the low score, the Wildcats did well enough to place fourth among six nationally-ranked teams. This week the Wildcats will look to improve against tough competition once again, as No. 6 Michigan State and No. 23 Missouri come to town along with Illinois-Chicago.

 

After the first week of competition, the Wildcats are ranked 20th in the floor exercise (48.600), on the beam (47.975) and on the bars (48.350) as a team. The Wildcats came in at No. 19 on the vault (48.500). Individually, sophomore Aubrey Taylor sits tied for 11th on the bars after her 9.850 performance.

 

Rank

Team Name

Ave

1

Utah

197.675

2

UCLA

197.300

3

Oklahoma

195.900

-

Michigan

195.900

5

Arizona State

195.700

6

Michigan State

195.475

7

Auburn

195.325

8

Oregon State

195.200

9

Iowa State

194.925

10

Georgia

194.850

11

Washington

194.625

12

Florida

194.450

13

Arkansas

194.250

14

Nebraska

194.200

15

Maryland

193.975

16

Alabama

193.875

-

Denver

193.875

18

Illinois

193.825

19

Minnesota

193.800

20

L.S.U.

193.725

21

Arizona

193.425

22

Cal State-Fullerton

193.225

23

Missouri

193.050

24

Central Michigan

192.350

25

Sacramento State

192.275

Bold Indicates Arizona Opponents

 

About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes.  Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone.  Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 10-17.  From Jan. 24-Feb. 14, teams will be ranked by their season average.  Starting Feb. 21, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).  An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. 

 

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden: Is in his seventh season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program, owning a school and career record of 71-95-3.  Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at the NCAA Championships in 2002, the program’s first appearance since 1996.  In 2002, Ryden also earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first head coach in Arizona history to have earned Regional Coach of the Year honors.

 

About the Flames: The Illinois-Chicago Flames are coming off a season-opening loss to Northern Illinois 191.925-190.325. Despite the loss, the Flames captured two individual event titles as Veronqiue Meunier placed first on vault (9.850)  and Jessie Jaworowicz and Stacey Magiera shared the honors on balance beam (9.800). The Flames are coached by Peter Jansson (176-160-1) and Mary Jansson. Peter is in his 14th year as a head coach and Mary is now in her fourth year as a co-head coach. Last season, the Wildcats topped the Flames in Chicago 196.525-194.450.

 

About the Spartans: The Spartans are coming off an impressive first-place finish last week as the knocked off Denver, then-No. 8 Louisiana State, and Ball State. The Spartans team total of 195.475 was good enough to land the No. 6 ranking nationally this week. The Wildcats visited Michigan State last season for the season opener and took first place ahead of Lousiana State, the Spartans and Western Michigan. The Spartans are coached by Kathie Klagges who is in her 15th season in East Lansing. Klagges owns a school and career record of 237-112-3. The Spartans are led by Sarah Alexander, who is currently tied for ninth nationally on the beam (9.875) and 15th in the all-around (39.150).

 

About the Tigers: The Tigers are on the road for the second week in a row as they try to rebound from a 194.925-193.050 loss at Iowa State last week to begin the season. The Tigers were led by freshman Ashley Khederian who took second in the all-around (38.575). The team performance was good enough to land a spot at No. 23 in this week’s rankings with an RQS of 193.050. Head Coach Rob Drass is in his fifth year holding a school record of 45-40-0. The Tigers are returning 12 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished ranked No. 29.

 

Not so Super Six?:  Last weeks Super Six Challenge showcased some of the traditionally strong programs in the country. Georgia was the 2004 national runner-up, while Florida and Alabama both finished in the top six. All three were again picked in the top six in this year’s Preseason Coaches Poll, but now only Georgia remains in the Top 10 coming in at 10th. The Wildcats fell from their No. 13 ranking all the way down to No. 21.

 

National TV: Last week’s Super Six Challenge was taped by an ESPN crew and will be broadcast nationally by the network at 12:30 p.m. (MST), Sunday, Jan. 16.

 

Stacked Pac: Once again the Pac-10 will be one of the toughest conferences in the country. For the second consecutive season, all seven programs in the Pac-10 were ranked in the preseason Coaches Poll. After one week of competition, two-time defending national champion UCLA sits at No. 2, followed by No. 5 ASU, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 11 Washington and No. 21 Arizona. The other two conference teams, Stanford and California, have yet to begin their seasons and are not ranked this week.

 

Looking ahead: The Wildcats will stay home for one more week and begin conference play as they host rival Arizona State next Friday, Jan. 21, in McKale Center. The Sun Devils opened their season with a victory at the Maui Invitational over Maryland, Alaska-Anchorage and Boise State. The Devils begin conference this week as they host Washington.

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