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Arizona Gymanstics 2000 Review
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Release: 06/22/2004
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Arizona's Gymnasts Make 14th-Consecutive Trip to the Postseason, Randi Liljenquist named second-team All-America at NCAA Championships, Heidi Hornbeek wins American Award

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    2000 Gymnastics Season Review Although the 2000 Arizona women's gymnastics team experienced a great deal of adversity and was plagued by injuries, the team made its 14th-consecutive trip to the postseason. Arizona (7-19 overall, 1-5 Pac-10) closed out the year ranked 20th in the nation after finishing fourth at the NCAA Region III Championships. The Wildcats just missed qualifying for one of the two regional team berths to the NCAA Championships, sophomore Randi Liljenquist qualified as the No. 4 seed in the all-around at the championships. Liljenquist competed at the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career, earning second-team All-America honors. As a team, the Wildcats set season-high marks in all four events that currently rank in the top five on the UA's all-time top-10 scoring list. Arizona's season-high team total of 195.675 is now the fourth-best score in school history. The Wildcats, who faced a ranked opponent in 11 out of 13 competitions, set a team record on floor in the Minnesota meet (2/20), scoring a season-high mark of 49.375. Arizona scored over the 195.000 mark in three meets against ranked opponents Michigan, Minnesota and Arizona State.
     
     

    Randi Liljenquist's perfect 10.000 on floor scored in the Minnesota meet proved to be one of the season's highlights. Liljenquist tied senior Heidi Hornbeek for the individual record in the event, becoming only the fifth gymnast in school history to score a 10.000 in any event. Liljenquist qualified as the fourth seed in the all-around after finishing third at the NCAA Region III Championships (April 1) with a score of 39.275.

    Liljenquist's all-around score was the fourth-highest regional qualifying score out of the 12 at-large competitors who were not members of one of the 12 teams that qualified to the championships. She finished 18th overall in the all-around finals at the national championships and earned second-team All-America honors in the all-around. Liljenquist was also named to the All-Pac-10 team for her performances on beam and in the all-around, marking the first time in her Wildcat career that she has received all-conference honors. Arizona's season-ending performance in the regional championship meet marked the final competition of All-American Heidi Hornbeek's stellar collegiate gymnastics career.

    Hornbeek, a six-time All-America and seven-time All-Pac-10 selection, qualified for the NCAA Championships as the top alternate in the all-around, but she was unable to make the trip due to a serious back injury. Hornbeek was named the winner of the AAI American Award, honoring the top senior gymnast in the nation for excellence in academics and athletics. Regarded as the most-highly decorated gymnast in Arizona history, Hornbeek has earned a place in the Arizona record books after setting four individual school records in the all-around, vault, balance beam and floor exercise events.

    Head Coach Bill Ryden Looks Back on the 2000 Season I am extremely pleased with this year's team for the way the gymnasts came back in the final stretch and finished in the top 20. I am very happy that we made it to the regional championships, and although our final record may not reflect it, we were a much better team this year overall. I was really proud of the team for the way we came back from sixth place after two events to finish the meet in fourth. I am very proud of the entire team because the gymnasts never gave up. Our whole focus this year was on team effort, and the gymnasts definitely made a lot of progress. We lost a lot of close meets that really could have gone either way during the regular season, and the gymnasts fought through a lot of adversity to get to the regional meet and continue Arizona's postseason streak.

    Ryden's Outlook for the 2001 Season I am excited about our prospects for next year. I expect Randi (Liljenquist), Kara (Fry) and Nikki (Beyschau) to lead the Arizona charge, and we just need everyone else to step up and face the challenge next year. We also have four incoming recruits who definitely will help us with the depth problems we had this last season. Next year really marks a whole new era for the program because we will have an infusion of talent and youth, and all of the gymnasts will have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the team's overall success.

    Arizona's Last Action The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished fourth with a score of 194.100 at the NCAA Region III Championships April 1 in front of a crowd of 1,009, in the McKale Center. The Wildcats made their 14th-consecutive trip to the postseason but missed qualifying for one of the two regional team berths to the NCAA Championships. Fifth-ranked Nebraska (30-5 overall) and seventh-ranked Louisiana State (19-5-1 overall) finished first and second, respectively, and qualified for the NCAA Championships.

    Nebraska led the field with a 196.875, LSU posted a 195.650, and No. 18 Arizona State landed in third with a 195.500. Illinois-Chicago (193.650) and Missouri (190.975) rounded out the regional field in fifth and sixth place. Top-seeded Nebraska won the vault and bars team events, and Cornhusker senior Heather Brink took the vault (10.000), bars (9.975) and all-around (39.700) titles. LSU, the regional's No. 2 seed, took the floor team event and tied Nebraska for team honors on beam. Tiger sophomore Nicki Arnstad won the floor crown with a 9.950.

    Fourth-seeded Arizona (7-19 overall) experienced some uncharacteristic falls on bars and beam, and the Wildcats found themselves in sixth place after two events. Following a bye during the third rotation, Arizona roared back on floor and vault in the fourth and fifth rotations. The UA scored a season-high 49.175 on vault in Arizona's last event of the meet, and the score is the second-highest mark in school history. Arizona's meet total of 194.100 is the fifth-highest team score of the season.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist won the beam title with a 9.900 and will advance to the NCAA Championships to compete in the event. Liljenquist was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around, ending the meet in third with a 39.275her ninth all-around score this season over 39.000. She tied a career-high 9.850 on vault and tied for sixth in the event, and she finished seventh on floor with a 9.825.

    Senior Heidi Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, competed in her last meet in McKale Center. Hornbeek finished second on vault with a 9.900, tied for 11th on bars with a 9.750, and closed out the meet tied for sixth in the all-around with a 39.050. Hornbeek has scored over the 39.000 mark in six out of the last seven competitions.

    Junior Kara Fry tied for sixth in the all-around (39.050) and finished fourth on beam (9.850). Fry tied a career-high 9.725 on vault and tied for 11th on bars with a 9.750. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a career-high 9.875 on vault and finished third in the event, and she tied for 11th in the all-around with a 38.475. Senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.775 on vault in the final meet of her Wildcat career.

    I am really happy with how we came back, said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden. Our four all-arounders (Beyschau, Fry, Hornbeek, Liljenquist) came out fighting, and Heidi (Hornbeek) should not have been competing at all. She has three bulging disks in her back and three permanent back fractures. But, regardless of whether this is Heidi's last meet, she showed why she has defined the sport at Arizona. I am very proud of the entire team because the gymnasts never gave up.

    Arizona's Regional Championship History The Wildcats qualified for the 2000 NCAA Region III Championships as the fourth-seeded team and finished fourth behind Nebraska, LSU and Arizona State. Arizona's score of 194.100the team's fifth-highest meet total this seasontied the Wildcats' third-best regional team total, which was first recorded in 1992. The UA made its 14th-consecutive trip to the postseason, and the Cats have qualified for the regional championships every year since 1987. Last season, the Wildcats (193.625) placed third at the 1999 Region III Championships in Lincoln, Neb., finishing behind Michigan and runner-up Nebraska. Arizona's highest regional finishes came in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996 when the Wildcats finished in second place, each time qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The UA posted its highest regional meet score of 195.750 during the 1996 season, and the mark still ranks as the third-highest meet total in school history.

    Liljenquist's Leadership Sophomore sensation Randi Liljenquist has paced Arizona with consistent performances throughout the 2000 season... She underwent voluntary elbow surgery last summer because she wanted a chance to compete on vault and in the all-around... Liljenquist won 17 first-place titles, including six career all-around titles, and she posted a total of 40 top-five finishes in only her second season... As a result of her performances this season, she was named to the All-Pac-10 team on beam and in the all-around... The two-time All-Pac-10 selection holds Arizona's top individual season scores on beam (9.925), floor (10.000) and in the all-around (39.525) and tied senior Heidi Hornbeek for the top score on bars (9.925)... Liljenquist participated in the all-around in 14 meets this season, and she scored over the 39.000 mark in 10 out of 14 competitions... She ended the year ranked No. 14 in the all-around, tied for 20th on floor and tied for 24th in the nation on beam... Liljenquist's set five career-high scores this season, and her career-high marks in all four events and in the all-around have earned her a place in the Arizona record books... Her career-high score of 39.525 in the all-around (3/3) tied the No. 2 score in school history, and her career-high 10.000 on floor tied Heidi Hornbeek for the school record in the event... Liljenquist's career-best 9.925 on beam places her in a tie for third-best UA beam score... Her career-high 9.925 on bars tied the fifth-highest score in Arizona history, and Liljenquist's career-high 9.850 on vault has moved her into a tie for the eighth-best Wildcat vault score... Liljenquist was the only Wildcat who qualified for the national championships, and she competed at NCAAs for the first time in her career.

    Liljenquist tied for 18th in the all-around finals at the NCAA Championships (4/13)... Her all-around score of 39.075 tied her seventh-best mark this season... Liljenquist also tied for 26th on both vault (9.750) and bars (9.725), and she tied for 13th in the beam (9.775) and floor (9.825) events in the national meet... Liljenquist was Arizona's top finisher at the NCAA Region III Championships, and she closed out the regional meet as the third-place finisher in the all-around with a 39.275her fifth-best mark this season... She also won the beam title with a 9.900, tied for sixth on vault with a career-high 9.850, tied for 20th on bars with a 9.700 and tied for seventh on floor with a 9.825 in the regional competition... Liljenquist was Arizona's top performer at the Pac-10 Championships (3/18)... She placed third in the all-around with a 39.425her second-highest score this season... She finished 10th on bars (9.850) and tied for fifth on both beam (9.850) and floor (9.900) at the conference meet... Liljenquist tied for second on vault at the Arizona State meet (3/10) after setting a career-high 9.850 in the event, tied for second on beam with a 9.850 and finished third on floor with a 9.875... She led the four Wildcat all-arounders in the meet, finishing in the top spot with a 39.375her third-highest all-around score this season... She scored a perfect 10.000 and a career high on floor against Michigan (3/3), becoming only the fifth Arizona gymnast to score a 10.000 in school history and won the floor title... Her floor score is the first 10.000 recorded by an Arizona gymnast in four years and ties Heidi Hornbeek for the school record in the floor event... She set a career-high 9.925 on bars and tied for second... She grabbed the beam title with a 9.900 and set a career-high 39.525 in the all-around for first place, ending the meet with three individual titles... Liljenquist scored a 9.950 on floor and won the event title in the Minnesota meet (2/20) and took the all-around crown with a 39.425her second-highest season mark... She tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850 in the same meet... She tied for first place on bars with a 9.900 in the Washington meet (2/18) and scored a 9.925 on floor, taking the event title... She finished fifth on beam with a 9.750 and tied for third in the all-around with a 39.275... Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875) at Oregon State (2/11), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished fourth in the all-around (39.075)... She led the Wildcat charge against California and Southern Utah (2/4) with a 39.350her fourth-highest all-around scoreand first-place in the all-around... She tied for fourth on vault (9.700) and tied for second on bars (9.800)... She posted a career-high 9.925 on beam and a 9.925 on floor and won first-place honors in both events... She tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.800 at the Denver-Minnesota meet (1/30)... She scored a 39.125 in the all-around against San Jose State (1/28), winning the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row... Liljenquist posted a 9.650 on vault (fourth place) and recorded a 9.825 on bars (second place)... She took the beam title with a 9.750 and closed out the meet with a first-place 9.900 on floorgiving her the sixth event title of her career... She scored a 38.825 in the all-around at Stanford (1/21) and won her first all-around competition... She scored a 9.800 on beam for a second-place finish and landed in third place on floor with a 9.750 in the same meet... Liljenquist hit a 9.600 in her collegiate debut on vault against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa (1/14) and shared first-place honors on floor with senior Kiernan Andrews, each scoring a 9.850.

    All-American Heidi Hornbeek Senior Heidi Hornbeek closed out her remarkable career as a Wildcat gymnast and will leave the program as the most-highly decorated Arizona gymnast in school history... Hornbeek posted 32 top-five finishes and won nine event titles during the season... She holds Arizona's top individual season scores on vault (9.950) and bars (9.925)... She competed in the all-around in seven out of the last eight meets of the year and scored over the 39.000 mark in six of the meets... The 5-3 native of Glendale, Ariz., ended the season ranked No. 10 nationally on vault... Hornbeek was restricted to uneven bars competition for the first four weeks of the season due to a nagging ankle injury... She competed on three eventsvault, bars and floorfor the first time against California and Southern Utah (2/4). Hornbeek's career-high marks of 39.700 in the all-around, a 10.000 on vault, a 9.950 on beam and a 10.000 on floor are the top individual event scores in Arizona history, while her career-high 9.950 on bars ranks as the third-best UA gymnastics score.

    Hornbeek competed in her last collegiate meet in the McKale Center during the NCAA Region III Championships (4/1)... She finished second on vault with a 9.900 and tied for sixth in the all-around with a 39.050her sixth score over the 39.000 mark this season... She tied for 11th on bars (9.750), tied for 28th on beam (9.650) and tied for 16th on floor (9.750) in the regional meet... She tied for second place on vault with a 9.925 at the Pac-10 Championships (3/18)... Hornbeek suffered a devastating fall on her first vault attempt at the Arizona State meet (3/3) after her hands missed the vault completely... She exhibited strength and resiliency and returned for a second vault, posting a 9.925 to win the vault title... Arizona's top finisher on bars, landing in a tie for fourth with a 9.825 and finished third in the all-around with a 38.800her only score below a 39.000 this season.... She finished second on vault with a season-high 9.950 against Michigan (3/3) and tied her season-high 9.925 on bars, landing in a tie for second... Hornbeek tied a season-high 9.850 on beam (third place) and finished third in the all-around with a 39.350her second-highest score of the season in the same meet... She scored a 9.875 on vault and won the event title for the second meet in a row at Utah (2/25)... She ended the Utah meet as Arizona's highest finisher in all four events and in the all-around... Hornbeek finished third in the all-around with a 39.325, tied for third on bars with a 9.875, tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825 and tied for fourth on floor with a 9.750... She won the vault title and scored a 9.875 in the event against Minnesota (2/20) and took first on bars for the fifth time in six meets with a season-high 9.925... She tied a season-high 9.900 on floor (third place) and scored a 39.100 in the all-around (fourth place) in the Minnesota meet... Hornbeek competed in all four events for only the second time this season against Washington (2/18) and tied for top honors on bars with a 9.900, tied for second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775... She closed out the Washington meet with a second-place finish in the all-around (39.300) and ended the meet as Arizona's top finisher in the event... She competed in all four events for the first time in 2000 at the Oregon State meet (2/11) and made her season debut in the all-around, winning the title with a season-high 39.375... She set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place), tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850 in the same meet... She recorded a 9.850 on bars and won the event title for the third-consecutive meet at home against California and Southern Utah (2/4)... Hornbeek also posted a 9.700 on vault and finished in second place on floor with a season-high 9.900 in her season debut on vault and floor in the same meet... She scored a 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in the event, winning her second bars title of the season for the second consecutive meet at the Denver and Minnesota meet (1/30)... Hornbeek returned to action on barsher only event of the eveningin the San Jose State meet (1/28), taking the bars event title with a 9.850... She did not compete at Stanford (1/21) the week before due to the ankle injury, and she saw limited action against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa (1/14) where she scored a 9.700 on bars in her only event of the meet.

    Hornbeek's NCAA History Hornbeek, a six-time All-America selection and a seven-time All-Pac-10 honoree, is certainly no stranger to the NCAA Championships... During a record-setting freshman season, Hornbeek scored a perfect 10.000 on floor exercise at the 1996 NCAA Championships, earning the national title in the event, and she also earned All-America honors that same year for her NCAA performances on bars, floor and in the all-around... Hornbeek's career-best score of 10.000 on floor ranks as the top mark in Arizona gymnastics history... In 1999, she returned to the Arizona lineup after undergoing major shoulder surgery in November 1997 and racked up 32 top-five finishes, including 12 first-place titles... She competed in 10 meets as an all-around performer and was the only Wildcat gymnast to reach the NCAA Championships after qualifying as the top at-large seed in the all-around... Hornbeek finished eighth overall in the all-around finals and received All-America honors in the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around events at the 1999 NCAA Championships.

    Junior Kara Fry Ends Season on a High Note Junior Kara Fry, a 1998 All-Pac-10 selection, finished the year on a high note after posting 25 top-five finishes, including two beam titles... Fry proved herself to be one of Arizona's most consistent performers in all four events for the third season in a row.... Her career-high 9.900 on beam (2/11) has moved her into a tie for the No. 5 beam score in Arizona gymnastics history, and her career-high 9.900 on floor (2/18) has put her in a tie for the fifth-best UA floor score... Fry's career-high 39.325 in the all-around (2/20) has pushed her up in the record books after posting Arizona's sixth-highest all-around score this season... Fry ended the season ranked No. 8 on beam in the region and No. 10 in the all-around... She was one of three Wildcat gymnasts listed in the Pac-10s season-ending top-10 list... Fry finished the season tied for 10th in the all-around.

    Fry tied teammate Heidi Hornbeek for sixth place in the all-around at the NCAA Region III Championships (4/1) with a score of 39.050her third-best all-around mark this season... She tied for ninth place in the all-around with a 39.050her third-highest score this seasonat the Pac-10 Championships (3/18) and tied for 16th on beam with a 9.775... She tied four fourth place on beam with a 9.825 and finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.725 at Arizona State (3/10)... She finished in the No. 5 spot in the all-around (38.450) in the Michigan meet (3/3)... She tied for fifth on beam (9.825) and finished fourth in the all-around (38.825) at the Utah meet (2/25)... Fry set a career-high 39.325 in the all-around against Minnesota (2/20) and finished second in the event... She won the beam title with a 9.875, tied a career-high 9.875 on bars (tied for second), tied a career-high 9.725 on vault and tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.850 in the same meet... She scored a season-high 9.900 on floor against Washington (2/18) and finished in second place... She tied for third on beam with a 9.775 and placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.900 in the same meet... She scored a career-high 9.900 on beam at Oregon State (2/11) and took the beam title, winning her first event title of the season... Fry recorded a 39.150her second-highest score of the seasonin the all-around and tied for second and tied for third on bars (9.800) in the same meet... She posted a 38.975 in the all-around and tied for second place in the event in the California-Southern Utah meet (2/4)... She landed in fourth place on bars (9.775), finished third on beam (9.800) and ended the meet tied for fifth on floor (9.800)... Fry was Arizona's top performer in the all-around at the Denver meet (1/30), finishing in fifth place with a 38.775... She recorded four top-five finishes in the San Jose State meet (1/28)... She finished in fourth on bars (9.775), third on beam (9.625), third on floor (9.800) and third in the all-around (38.750) against the Spartans.

    Fabulous Freshman Arizona's lone freshman Nikki Beyschau helped provide much-needed depth for the Wildcats, and she lifted Arizona's overall team performance with consistent scores in each event... Beyschau recorded 22 top-five finishes and won an uneven bars title during her rookie season... She capped off the season ranked No. 13 on vault in the region and 13th in the all-around... Her career-high 39.250 (3/3) put her into the Arizona record books, and she is tied for the eighth-highest all-around score in school history... Beyschau's career-high 9.900 on bars also placed her in a tie for the seventh-best Arizona bars score.

    Beyschau tied for third on vault with a career-high 9.875 at the NCAA Region III Championships (4/1)... She tied for 11th overall in the all-around (38.475), tied for 26th on bars (9.625), finished 32nd on beam and ended the regional meet in 30th place on floor (9.650)... Beyschau tied for 13th on vault with a 9.825 and tied her career-high mark in the event at the Pac-10 Championships (3/18)... She scored a career-high 9.825 on vault and tied for fourth in the event and set a career-high 9.775 on beam at the Arizona State meet (3/10)... She finished second in the all-around with a 39.125her second-highest score of the seasonand tied for fifth on floor with a 9.750 in the same meet... Beyschau finished fifth on bars with a 9.875, tied for fifth on floor with a career-high 9.875 and set a career-high 39.250 in the all-around to end the Michigan meet (3/3) in fourth place... She scored a 9.800 on vault and tied for third place in the Minnesota meet (2/20) and tied a career-high 9.825 on floor... Beyschau finished fourth on vault with a 9.750 in the Washington meet (2/18)... She scored a 9.775 on vault and finished in fifth place at Oregon State (2/11)... She tied for fourth place on bars with a 9.775 at the Denver-Minnesota meet (1/30)... The freshman gymnast recorded a 9.675 on vault and tied for second in the event against San Jose State (1/28)... She also posted a 9.700 on beam (second place), a 9.825 on floor (second place), a 9.800 on bars (third place) and scored a 39.000 in the all-around for another second-place finish... Beyschau set a career-high 9.900 on bars and tied for top honors in the event, winning her first event title at Stanford (1/21)... She tied for fifth place on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was Arizona's top finisher in the all-around with a 38.425 in her collegiate debut against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa (1/14) in the team's first meet of the season.

    Honored, I'm Sure Sophomore Randi Liljenquist earned second-team All-America honors in the all-around at the NCAA Championships April 13... Liljenquist was named to the All-Pac-10 team on beam and in the all-around April 10... Liljenquist, who earned her first all-conference honors this season, was one of only six Pac-10 gymnasts selected to the team in the all-around... Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the AAI American Award, honoring the top senior gymnast in the nation for excellence in academics and athletics... Hornbeek and sophomore Brooke Stan were named to the Pacific-10 Conference's all-academic teams March 15... Hornbeek received first-team honors for the third time in her career (2000, 1999 and 1997)... Stan was an honorable mention selection, receiving all-academic accolades for the first time in her career... Hornbeek was also named to the 2000 GTE Fall/Winter Women's At-Large Academic All-American team for District VIII... This is the third time in Hornbeek's career that she has been selected to the GTE Academic All-District VIII team after previously receiving the honor in 1999 and 1997.... Hornbeek ended the season as a second team GTE Academic All-America honoree.

    High Marks for the Wildcats Arizona's season highs in all four events and the team total currently rank in the top five on the UA's all-time top-10 scoring list... Arizona's season-high 195.675 (3/3) ranks as the fourth-highest meet total in school history... The Wildcats' score of 49.175 on vault (4/1) is the second-highest vault mark in Arizona history... The Wildcats scored a season-high 49.200 against Minnesota (2/20) on bars and tied the No. 5 score on the all-time list... The UA's season-high 49.000 on beam (3/3) also tied the fifth-best beam score... Arizona's season-high 49.375 on floor (2/20) is an all-time team record.

    Arizona Gymnasts Vault into the Record Books Randi Liljenquist's score of 39.525 (3/3) tied the second-highest all-around score in school history... Her career-high 10.000 on floor (3/3) tied Heidi Hornbeek for the school record in that event... Liljenquist's career-high 9.925 on beam (2/4) has moved the sophomore gymnast into a tie for the third-highest beam score in the Arizona record books... Her career-high 9.925 on bars (3/3) tied the No. 5 score in UA history... Liljenquist's career-high 9.850 on vault (3/10, 4/1) has moved her into a tie for the eighth-best Arizona vault score... Kara Fry's career-high 9.900 on beam (2/11) has moved her into a tie for the No. 5 beam score in Arizona gymnastics history, and her career-high 9.900 on floor (2/18) put her in a tie for the fifth-highest UA floor score... Fry's new career-high 39.325 in the all-around (2/20) has pushed her up in the books after posting Arizona's sixth-highest all-around score... In only her first season, Nikki Beyschau found a place in Arizona's record books after scoring a career-high 9.900 on bars (1/21) that tied the No. 7 bars mark... She is tied for the No. 8 all-around score after posting a career-high 39.250 (3/3)... Heidi Hornbeek's career-high marks of 39.700 in the all-around, a 10.000 on vault, a 9.950 on beam and a 10.000 on floor are school records, and her career-high 9.950 on bars is the third-best UA gymnastics score.

    A Fond Farewell Sophomore Brooke Stan retired following the end of the season due to chronic back pain... Stan, a 5-3 native of Greensboro, N.C., proved to be a solid competitor for the Wildcats throughout her freshman season on vault, beam and floor... She posted 10 top-five finishes in 1999 and won a floor event title in her collegiate debut against Oregon State on Jan. 15, 1999... Stan was unable to compete for the majority of the 2000 season due to the chronic back problems, but she participated in four vault exhibitions, scoring a 9.600 at the Arizona State meet (3/10)... Stan ends her career at Arizona with career-high marks of 9.775 on vault, 9.700 on beam and 9.850 on floor... Stan, a marketing major, was named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic team as an honorable mention selection and earned all-academic accolades for the first time in her career.

    A Look Back at the Pacific-10 Championships Defending conference champion UCLA won the title with a score of 197.700, followed by Oregon State in second (196.575), Washington in third (195.900), Arizona State in fourth (195.875), California in fifth (194.675), Stanford in sixth (193.850) and Arizona in seventh (192.950)... Arizona's seventh-place showing was its lowest Pac-10 finish in the program's history and the lowest since 1998 when the Wildcats finished sixth... Arizona's highest Pac-10 Championship finish came in 1992 when the Wildcats finished second... At the time of the conference championship meet, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford were each ranked in the national top-25 gymnastics poll... At the 1999 Pac-10 Championships on March 20, Arizona landed in a fourth-place tie with Stanford after posting a 195.150the second-highest Pac-10 meet score in UA history... Arizona's fourth-place tie last year was its highest finish since 1996 when the Cats placed third... The UCLA Bruins have won the Pac-10 title a record nine times in the conference's 13-year history, and UCLA took the title in 1999 with a Pac-10 Championship record of 197.775... Individually, Heidi Hornbeek was the last Wildcat gymnast to win a conference title, winning the 1996 all-around championship... She was the Pac-10 beam and floor champion in 1997... Eight Wildcat gymnasts have won individual Pac-10 titles since women's gymnastics became an official Pac-10 sport in 1987. By the Points During the regular season, Arizona's largest margin of victory, +6 points, came on Jan. 28 when the Wildcats defeated the San Jose State Spartans, 194.025-188.100... The Wildcats, however, lost by almost four points when the UA finished second behind UCLA in the first meet of the season (1/14), falling to the Bruins, 192.675-196.300... In postseason action, Arizona finished nearly five points behind first-place UCLA at the Pac-10 Championships (3/18)... The Wildcats ended the season in fourth at the regional championship meet (4/1), and the team finished almost three points behind first-place Nebraska.

    Cat Scratches Head coach Bill Ryden has had one gymnast qualify for the all-around finals in his two years at the helm of the program... Senior Heidi Hornbeek qualified as the No. 1 at-large seed in the all-around and earned a berth to the 1999 NCAA Championships where she received All-America accolades in the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around events... Arizona ended the season with a 5-4 regular season home meet record and a 7-7 overall home record (including the postseason)... The UA closed out the regular season without any road victories (0-12) after six away meets... Arizona has missed qualifying as a team for the NCAA Championships for the last four years... The Wildcats faced 11 opponents ranked in the top 25 this season... Randi Liljenquist, Kara Fry and Heidi Hornbeek are the only Wildcats listed in the final Pac-10 rankings as of April 18... Liljenquist tied for No. 6 in the all-around (39.525), tied for No. 8 on bars (9.925), tied for third on beam (9.925) and tied for first on floor (10.000)... Hornbeek ended the season tied for 10th in the all-around (39.375), tied for sixth on vault (9.950) and tied for eighth on bars (9.925)... Fry closed out the year tied for 10th on beam (9.900)... Liljenquist is one of only three Pac-10 gymnasts to score a perfect 10.000 on floor this season... Head coach Bill Ryden holds a 21-29-1 career and school record after two years... At least two Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks in the team's last eight competitions... The 2000 season marked the first time the Cats opened the conference with an 0-2 record since 1998 when Arizona started the year 0-3 in the Pac-10... For the second year in a row, the Cats opened competition against a Pac-10 opponent... Arizona had six regular-season home meets, and the Wildcats only had to leave the state four times during the regular season... 11 UA opponents (UCLA, Utah, Michigan, Nebraska, LSU, Stanford, Minnesota, Arizona State, Washington, Denver and Oregon State) were ranked in final women's gymnastics top-25 national poll... The same 11 teams began the season ranked in the women's gymnastics preseason top-25 poll.

    Arizona in the Rankings After a fourth-place showing in the NCAA Region III Championships, Arizona vaulted back into the top-25 poll, finishing the season ranked No. 20 in the nation... The Wildcats closed out the regular season ranked No. 14 in the nation on vault... Randi Liljenquist and Heidi Hornbeek were the only Wildcats ranked in the national polls heading into the regional competition... Liljenquist was listed at No. 14 in the all-around, tied for No. 24 on beam and tied for No. 20 on floor... Hornbeek was tied for No. 10 on vault... The UA closed out the regular season as the No. 4 team in Region III, which consists of 11 teams... The Cats were listed at No. 3 on vault, No. 5 on bars, No. 8 on beam and No. 5 on floor prior to the regional meet... Hornbeek was No. 2 on vault, No. 5 on bars and No. 6 in the all-around... Randi Liljenquist was tied for No. 22 on vault, tied for No. 15 on bars, tied for No. 3 on beam, No. 4 on floor and No. 2 in the all-around... Nikki Beyschau was No. 13 on vault, No. 19 on bars and No. 13 in the all-around... Kara Fry was No. 26 on bars, tied for No. 8 on beam, tied for No. 22 on floor and No. 10 in the all-around... Heather Straccia was the fifth Wildcat gymnast listed in the regional rankings, coming in at No. 20 on vault... The Wildcats were ranked in the top 30 for seven out of the last eight weeks of competition... Arizona began its second-straight season ranked No. 16 in the women's gymnastics preseason coaches' poll... Women's gymnastics rankings are available at: www.troester.com/gym/WRankings.

    Arizona Gymnastics Meet-by-Meet Recaps
    March 18 at Pacific-10 Championships The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (5-16, 1-5 Pac-10) finished in seventh place with a score of 192.950 at the Pacific-10 Championships on March 18 in front of a crowd of 1,728, in Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena. Defending conference champion UCLA won the title with a score of 197.700, followed by Oregon State in second (196.575), Washington in third (195.900), Arizona State in fourth (195.875), California in fifth (194.675), and Stanford in sixth (193.850). UCLA swept all four team events, and the Bruins now have won the Pac-10 title a record nine times in the conference's 13-year history. Arizona's seventh-place showing is its lowest Pac-10 finish in the program's history and the lowest since 1998 when the Wildcats finished sixth at the championships.

    Two Wildcat gymnastsEmily Peterman and Heather Stracciaposted career-high marks at the meet. Arizona tied a season-high 49.150 vault team score, and the Wildcats finished second on vault behind UCLA (49.500). UCLA gymnasts took the top individual spots on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around, while an Arizona State gymnast won the top individual spot on floor.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist ended the meet as Arizona's top performer after a third-place finish in the all-around with a 39.425her second-highest score this season. Liljenquist finished 10th on bars (9.850), and she tied for fifth on both beam (9.850) and floor (9.900).

    Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied for second place on vault with a 9.925, while junior Heather Straccia, freshman Nikki Beyschau, and Liljenquist tied for 13th place, each posting a 9.825 in the event. Junior Kara Fry tied for ninth in the all-around with a 39.050her third-highest score this season. Sophomore Emily Peterman set a career-high 9.775 on bars, while Straccia scored a career-high 9.825 on vault.

    March 10 at Arizona State The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils, 195.800-195.200, losing by only .600 last Friday night in front of a crowd of 666, in ASU's Wells Fargo Arena. The Wildcats set a season-high 49.150 on vault, and the team's total score is its top road mark and its third-highest score of the season. Arizona dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-10, while Arizona State upped its record to 13-4 and 4-2 in the conference.

    Arizona and Arizona State split the team events, with the Wildcats taking vault (49.150) and beam (48.950), and the Sun Devils won the bars (49.300) and floor (49.275) events. Arizona's vault score (49.150) is the new No. 2 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list, and the team total of 195.200 is the 10th-highest score in school history. Four Wildcat gymnastsNikki Beyschau, Gretchen Diaz, Randi Liljenquist and Emily Petermanset season-high and career-high marks, and at least one Arizona gymnast finished in the top five in each event. Arizona took top individual honors on vault and in the all-around.

    Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title with a 9.925 after experiencing a fall on her first vault attempt, and she was Arizona's top finisher on bars, landing in a tie for fourth place with a 9.825. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a career-high 9.825 on vault and tied for fourth in the event, and she set a career-high 9.775 on beam. Beyschau also tied for fifth place on floor with a 9.750.

    Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for second on vault with a career-high 9.850, tied for second on beam with a 9.850, and she finished third on floor with a 9.875. Junior Kara Fry tied for fourth on beam with a 9.825, while sophomore Emily Peterman posted a career-high 9.825 on beam and tied for fourth in the same event. Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.775 on vault for the meet.

    In the all-around, Liljenquist finished first (39.375), and Beyschau landed in second (39.125), while Hornbeek (38.800), and Fry (38.725) rounded out the field in third and fourth place, respectively. Arizona State did not have any gymnasts compete in each of the four individual events.

    March 3 vs. Michigan The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 195.675 overall team score, but the Wildcats fell to the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 197.450-195.675, on March 3 in front of a crowd of 475, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-9 overall, while Michigan improved to 12-4 on the season.

    Arizona trailed Michigan, 49.350-48.950, after scoring a season-high 48.950 on vault during the first rotation. The Wildcats were forced to count a fall on bars, and Michigan increased its lead by a point following the second rotation. Arizona came back with a season-high 49.000 on beam, but Michigan increased its lead by nearly two points heading into the final rotation. Although the UA scored a 49.200 on floorthe fifth-highest score in school historyMichigan's 49.050 on beam in the last event was enough to give the Wolverines the win.

    Five Wildcat gymnastsNikki Beyschau, Heather Straccia, Heidi Hornbeek, Randi Liljenquist and Emily Petermaneach set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona took top honors on beam, floor and in the all-around. Michigan swept all four team events, and the Wolverines took the vault and bars titles. Michigan's Sarah Cain tied a career-high 10.000 on vault. The UA's season-high beam score of 49.000 ties the fifth-highest mark in Arizona history, and the season-high 48.950 on vault ties the No. 8 score.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a perfect 10.000 on floor, marking the first time an Arizona gymnast has scored a 10.000 in four years. Senior Heidi Hornbeek scored a 10.000 at the 1996 NCAA Championships and won the national floor championship her freshman year. Liljenquist and Hornbeek are the only gymnasts in Arizona history to post a 10.000 in the floor exercise event. In addition to the floor title, Liljenquist finished first on beam with a 9.900, and she grabbed the all-around crown with a new career-high 39.525. Her all-around score ties the second-highest mark in UA history, and Liljenquist's 10.000 on floor ties Hornbeek for the top floor score in Arizona history. Liljenquist also tied for second on bars with a career-high 9.925. Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek scored a season-high 9.950 on vault and finished second, and she tied for second on bars with a season-high 9.925 in the event. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, tied a season-high 9.850 on beam for a third-place finish. Although she continues to battle an ankle injury, Hornbeek scored a 39.350her second-highest score this seasonin the all-around and ended the meet in third place.

    Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied a career-high 9.800 on vault and finished fifth on bars with a 9.875. Beyschau tied a career-high 9.700 on beam, and she set a career-high 9.875 on floor, landing in a tie for fifth place. She set a career-high 39.250 in the all-around and finished in fourth place. Sophomore Emily Peterman scored a career-high 9.775 on beam, while junior Heather Straccia posted a career-high 9.800 on vault and tied a season-high 9.825 on floor.

    Feb. 25 at Utah Wildcats fell to the fifth-ranked Utah Utes, 196.525-193.475, Friday night in front of a crowd of 9,780, in Utah's Huntsman Center. Arizona dropped to 5-8 overall, remaining winless on the road, while Utah improved to 6-4 after extending its home win streak to 156 consecutive regular season meets.

    Three Wildcat gymnastsHeidi Hornbeek, Emily Peterman and Heather Stracciaeach set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona took top honors on vault. Utah swept all four of the team events, and the Utes won individual titles on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.

    Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title for the second meet in a row and tied a season-high 9.875 in the event. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, ended the meet as Arizona's highest finisher in all four events and in the all-around. She finished third in the all-around with a 39.325. Although she is battling a nagging ankle injury, Hornbeek tied for third place on bars with a 9.875, tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825 and tied for fourth on floor with a 9.750.

    Junior Kara Fry tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825, and she finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.825. Sophomore Emily Peterman set a new career-high 9.750 on bars and tied for sixth place, while junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.750 on vault and finished in seventh place. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a 9.750 on bars and tied for sixth in the event, and sophomore Randi Liljenquist landed in sixth on floor with a 9.700.

    Feb. 20 vs. Minnesota The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored season highs on vault, bars and floor and a season-high team total, but the Wildcats fell to the No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 195.800-195.600, on Feb. 20 in front of a crowd of 375, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-7 overall, while Minnesota improved to 9-5 on the season.

    Arizona trailed Minnesota, 49.050-48.875, after scoring a season-high 48.875 on vault in the team's first event. The Wildcats came back with a season-high 49.200 on bars and tied the score heading into the third rotation. Although the UA had to count two falls on beam, the Cats fell behind by only one point heading into the final rotation. Arizona bounced back with a season-high 49.375 on floor, but Minnesota's beam score of 48.475 in the final event was enough to give the Golden Gophers the win.

    The UA's score of 49.200 on bars ties the No. 5 score on the all-time top-10 list, and the floor score of 49.375 is the highest floor mark in Arizona history. Arizona's season-high team total of 195.600 is the No. 4 score on the top-10 list. Seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and Arizona swept the top individual honors in all four events and the all-around. Minnesota and Arizona split the team events, with Minnesota taking the vault and beam events, while the UA won the bars and floor events.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.950 on floor and won the event title, and she took the all-around crown with a career-high 39.425. She also set a career-high 9.750 on vault, tied for second on bars with a 9.875 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek won the vault title and tied a season-high 9.875 in the event, and she also took first on bars for the fifth time in six meets with a season-high 9.925. Hornbeek, who is battling a nagging ankle injury, tied a season-high 9.900 on floor and finished in third place, and she scored a 39.100 in the all-around to end the meet in fourth place.

    Junior Kara Fry, a 1998 All-Pac-10 selection, won the beam title with a 9.875 and finished second in the all-around with a career-high 39.325. She tied a career-high 9.875 on bars and tied for second in the event and tied a career-high 9.725 on vault. Fry also tied for fifth on floor with a 9.850. Freshman Nikki Beyschau scored a career-high 9.800 on vault and tied for third place, and she tied a career-high 9.825 on floor. Senior Kiernan Andrews tied a career-high 9.850 on floor and tied for fifth, while fellow senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.725 on vault and a season-high 9.700 on beam. Junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.700 on vault and a season-high 9.825 on floor. Feb. 18 vs. Washington The No. 25 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team scored a season-high 49.150 on floor, but the Wildcats fell to the No. 15 Washington Huskies, 195.075-193.975, on Feb. 18 in front of a crowd of 467, in the McKale Center. Arizona dropped to 5-6 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while Washington improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

    Washington never trailed during the meet, and the UA fell almost two points behind the Huskies heading into the final rotation. Arizona captured individual first-place honors on bars and floor, and the Cats took the floor event. Four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks, and the overall team score of 193.975 is the third-highest mark of the season. Washington gymnasts took top honors on vault, beam and in the all-around, and the Huskies swept the vault, bars and beam events.

    Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for only the second time this season and tied for top honors on bars with a season-high 9.900. Although she continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, she tied for second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, finished second in the all-around with a 39.300 and ended the meet as Arizona's top finisher in the event.

    Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for first place on bars with a career-high 9.900, and she tied a career-high 9.925 on floor, taking the event title. She finished fifth on beam with a 9.750, tied a career-high 9.700 on vault and tied for third in the all-around with a 39.275. Freshman Nikki Beyschau landed in fourth on vault with a 9.750, and junior Nicci Filchner set a career-high 9.825 on bars for a fifth-place finish. Junior Kara Fry tied for third on beam with a 9.775, finished second on floor with a career-high 9.900, and she placed fifth in the all-around with a 38.900.

    Feb. 11 at Oregon State The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set season highs on vault (48.675) and beam (48.400), but the Wildcats fell to Oregon State, 196.275-193.450, on Feb. 11 in front of a crowd of 3,542, in OSU's Gill Coliseum. The Wildcats dropped to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 6-2 and 3-1 in the conference.

    Arizona scored the third-highest meet total of the season. The UA captured individual first-place honors on beam and in the all-around, and four Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. Oregon State took top honors on vault, bars and floor, and the Beavers swept the four team events.

    Individually for the Wildcats, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek competed in all four events for the first time this season and won the all-around title with a season-high 39.375Arizona's top individual all-around mark. She continued to battle a nagging ankle injury, but she set a season-high 9.875 on vault (fourth place) and scored a season-high 9.850 on beam (fourth place). Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, also tied for third on bars with a 9.800 and tied for third on floor with a 9.850.

    Junior Kara Fry tied for second place in the all-around with a season-high 39.150, and she scored a career-high 9.900 on beam, taking top honors in the event. Fry also tied for third on bars with a season-high 9.800, and she set a season-high 9.675 on vault. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for third on floor (9.850) and finished fourth in the all-around (39.075). Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied a career-high 9.775 on vault for a fourth-place finish, while senior Gretchen Diaz set a season-high 9.700 on vault.

    Feb. 4 vs. California & Southern Utah The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team set a season-high team total 194.250, defeating California (193.225) and Southern Utah (191.650), on Friday, Feb. 4 in front of a crowd of 725 in the McKale Center. The Wildcats (5-4 overall and 1-2 Pac-10) scored season highs on vault (48.325) and floor (49.125) in their first Pac-10 win this season. California dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Southern Utah fell to 1-4 overall.

    Arizona captured individual first-place honors on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around, and seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied season-high and career-high marks. The UA won the bars (48.800) and floor (49.125) events, California took the beam (48.475), and Southern Utah won the vault (48.400).

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge with a career-high 39.350 and first-place in the all-around. She tied for fourth on vault with a career-high 9.700 and tied for second on bars with a 9.800. Liljenquist posted scores of 9.925 on beam and floorboth career-high marksand won first-place honors in both events. Senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and took the bars title for the third week in a row. Hornbeek, who returned to vault for the first time this season, scored a season-high 9.700 and finished in a fourth-place tie. She also made her season debut on floor and posted a season-high 9.900, finishing in second place. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America honoree, continues to battle a nagging ankle injury.

    Junior Kara Fry tied for second in the all-around with a season-high 38.975 and landed in third place on beam with a season-high 9.800. Fry tied a season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place) and tied a season-high 9.800 on floor (fifth place). Sophomore Lindsay Compitello set a career-high 9.575 on beam, while senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.600 on vault and tied a season-high 9.650 on beam. Junior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.675 on bars, and fellow junior Heather Straccia set a career-high 9.675 on vault and tied for fifth on floor with a season-high 9.800.

    Jan. 30 at Denver with Minnesota The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in third place with a score of 192.900 behind No. 15 Minnesota (194.525) and No. 12 Denver (194.375), Sunday in front of a crowd of 900, in Denver's Hamilton Gymnasium. Arizona dropped to 3-4 overall, remaining winless on the road, while Denver improved to 5-2, and Minnesota upped its record to 3-2 on the season.

    The Wildcats (3-4 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) set a season-high 48.125 on vault, and senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied for first place on bars for her second-consecutive bars title. Seven Wildcat gymnasts set or tied career-high and season-high marks. Individually for the Wildcats, All-American Heidi Hornbeek tied her season-high 9.850 on bars and tied for first place in her only event of the meet. Hornbeek, a seven-time All-Pac-10 selection, won her second bars title for the second-consecutive meet after taking first place Friday night against San Jose State.

    Sophomore Randi Liljenquist tied a career-high 9.650 on vault and tied for ninth place, and she tied for fifth on floor with a 9.800. Freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fourth on bars with a 9.775, while sophomore Emily Peterman scored a season-high 9.650 on beam (tied for ninth place). Junior Heather Straccia recorded a career-high 9.650 on vault and tied for ninth in the event.

    Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.575 on vault and a season-high 9.650 on beam (tied for ninth place), while junior Nicci Filchner tied a career-high 9.675 on bars. Junior Kara Fry, Arizona's top finisher in the all-around, set a season-high 9.725 on beam (tied for sixth place), and she also set a season-high 38.775 for a fifth-place finish in the all-around.

    Jan. 28 vs. San Jose State The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated San Jose State, 194.025-188.100, Friday night in front of a crowd of 975, in the McKale Center. The UA set a season-high total (194.025), and the Cats also posted season-high scores in all four events. Sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge, winning the second-consecutive all-around title of her career. Arizona improved to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while San Jose State dropped to 0-2 on the season.

    Arizona never trailed during the meet, and the Cats scored a season-high team score of 48.075 on vault, a 48.900 on bars, a 48.025 on beam and a 49.025 on floorthe new No. 9 score on the UA's all-time top-10 list. Four Wildcat gymnasts set career-high scores during the meet, and Arizona swept the top-three individual spots on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist scored a new career-high 39.125 in the all-around, giving her the second all-around title of her career for the second week in a row. Liljenquist scored a career-high 9.650 on vault (fourth place), and she tied her career-high 9.825 on bars (second place). She also took the beam title with a 9.750, and she closed out the meet with a career-high 9.900 on floor and a first-place finish.

    Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive for the Cats, setting three career highs for the meet. She tied for second on vault (9.675) and took third on bars (9.800). Beyschau scored a career-high 9.700 on beam for second place, recorded a career-high 9.825 on floor for another second-place finish, and she took second in the all-around with a new career-high 39.000.

    In her only event of the evening, senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek returned to lineup after sitting out the last meet with an ankle injury and took the bars title with a season-high 9.850. Junior Kara Fry tied her season-high 9.775 on bars (fourth place), scored a season-high 9.625 on beam (third place), tied her season-high 9.800 on floor (third place), and she scored a season-high 38.750 in all-around (third place). Junior Nicci Filchner scored a season-high 9.650 on vault, while fellow junior Mary Reiss tied for second on vault with a season-high 9.675. Reiss set a career-high 9.775 on floor and tied for fourth place. Junior Heather Straccia set a career-best 9.525 on vault, and senior Kiernan Andrews landed in fifth place on beam with a 9.550. Jan. 21 at Stanford The No. 23 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal, 194.275-191.275, on Jan. 21 in front of a crowd of 500, in Stanford's Burnham Pavilion. Arizona dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Stanford grabbed its first conference win and upped its record to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.

    Arizona scored a season-high team score of 48.675 on bars and a season-high 47.550 on beam, while five UA gymnasts set new career-high marks during the meet. Arizona took the top individual spots on bars and in the all-around, while Stanford swept the team events and the top individual spots in the four events.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcat charge once again with a new career-high 38.825 in the all-around, giving her the first all-around title of her career. Liljenquist set a season-high 9.725 on bars, tied her season-high 9.800 on beam for a third-place finish, and she also took third place on floor with a 9.750. Freshman Nikki Beyschau looked impressive or a second consecutive week, scoring a career-high 9.900 on bars for a tie for first place. She also set career-high scores on beam (9.300), floor (9.700) and in the all-around (38.525).

    Senior Kiernan Andrews lifted the Wildcats on beam with a new career-high 9.750 and third place in the event. Senior Gretchen Diaz scored a season-high 9.550 on vault. Junior Kara Fry set a season-high 9.775 on bars and a season-high 9.275 on beam, while fellow junior Heather Straccia scored a career-high 9.475 on vault. Sophomore Lindsay Compitello made her official collegiate debut in the meet, posting a 9.200 on beam and a 9.050 on floor. Jan. 14 vs. UCLA, Central Michigan & Iowa The 16th-ranked University of Arizona women's gymnastics team topped Central Michigan and Iowa, finishing in second place in its 2000 season home-opener on Jan. 14 in front of a crowd of 720, in the McKale Center. Arizona (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) scored a 192.675, while Central Michigan (4-2 overall, 1-0 Mid-American) recorded a 191.850, and Iowa (0-3 overall, 0-0 Big 10) ended the meet with a 190.775. Third-ranked UCLA (4-4 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) took the meet title with a score of 196.300, sweeping all four events and the all-around.

    Arizona trailed UCLA and Iowa for three rotations, and the Cats were in third place with a score of 143.750 heading into the final rotation. Although Arizona experienced some falls on beam, the Cats roared back in the final rotation on floor with a team score of 48.925, which tied the 10th-highest floor score in Arizona history. Five UA gymnasts set or tied new career-high marks during the meet. UCLA gymnasts captured the top individual spots in all four events and the all-around, while two Arizona gymnasts tied for top honors on floor.

    Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Randi Liljenquist lifted the Cats on beam with a third-place score of 9.800, and she also tied senior Kiernan Andrews for first-place honors on floor, each with a score of 9.850. Liljenquist tied her career-high 9.850 on floor, while Andrews set a new career-high mark in the same event. Andrews also set a career-high 9.675 on beam. The meet also marked Liljenquist's collegiate debut on vault, scoring a 9.600 in the event, and she ended the meet with a new career-best 38.400 in the all-around.

    In her official collegiate debut, freshman Nikki Beyschau tied for fifth on both vault (9.775) and bars (9.750) and was the highest UA finisher in the all-around with a score of 38.425. Beyschau also scored a career-high 9.250 on beam and a career-high 9.650 on floor. Senior Lisa Heckel set a career-high 9.725 on bars, and junior Heather Straccia competed on vault for the first time in her career, scoring a 9.350.

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