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Release: 01/20/2010
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Jan. 17, 2010

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PALO ALTO, California - The Arizona Gymcats fell to host No. 12 Stanford in the Cardinal's first home meet of the season 196.025 to 194.675. Despite the lost, Arizona improved its score from the previous meet by over two points.

"I think we did a great job this meet. It was a really good competition, especially in the first three events; Overall we had a much better effort." said Head Coach Bill Ryden.

Arizona proved once again to shine on vault, falling behind the Cardinal by a mere two tenths with a season high total score of 49.075. Sophomore Deanna Graham led the Gymcats on the event, earning a score of 9.85. The other Gymcat vaulters also proved themselves, with Senior Sarah Tomczyk earning a 9.825, and Sophomore Talyn Curry tying her career high vault score of 9.775. Both Freshmen in the lineup earned career highs as well, with Molly Quirk posting a 9.7, and Aubree Cristello scoring a 9.825.

There were also some shining moments on bars, as Sarah Tomczyk earned a new career high of 9.875 allowing her to take first place on the event.

"Sarah had a great set, she is really turning into a confident worker." Ryden said, "She has a very difficult routine and she performs it extremely well. Her routine tonight is exactly how I like bars to be competed."

Aubree Cristello earned a career high as well with a 9.825, and Junior Miranda Russell came out of the gates running, debuting on bars and scoring a 9.8.

Sophomore Britnie Jones had another amazing week on beam, earning a 9.825 enabling her to win first place on the event.

"Britnie is truly showing us that she is one of the best beam workers in the country," Ryden said, "The way she is competing is phenomenal."

The Gymcats had four all-around performances again this week, including Freshmen Aubree Cristello and Molly Quirk, in addition to Senior Sarah Tomczyk and Sophomore Deanna Graham. Graham earned a career high score of 39.025, allowing her to take third place in the meet.

"Deanna is really developing into a quality all-around performer. As long as she keeps up her confidence and performs the way she has been, she will become a force to deal with -- especially since she is only a sophomore." Ryden said.

For the Cardinal, Senior Carly Jeniga took first all-around with a score of 39.325, and took first on floor with a 9.875.

"Overall I am really happy with this meet. Three out of four all-arounders hit their sets on every event, and as a team we were a lot more confident." Ryden said, "We really improved from last week and grew as a team."

From here, the Gymcats travel to Tempe, Arizona to compete against the Arizona State Sundevils on Sunday, January 24.

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