Jan. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - The No. 18 Arizona Wildcats come in second place in their second meet of the season. The team scored a total of 192.750, ahead of Utah State with a 192.000, but behind BYU who posted a 193.075.
"We had a couple of issues with the lineup this week. However, despite missing some of our regulars, I was very proud with everyone's performance. Though our overall score was a little lower this week, I think that everyone stepped up and competed fairly well," head coach Bill Ryden said. "Of the entire team, I am most happy with the people who were thrown into the mix, including Becca being thrown into floor, and Shana can go out and perform on two events when we need her."
Arizona had a pretty successful bar rotation, posting a total of 48.500 - their second highest event score of the meet. Senior Miranda Russell was back in form for the Cats this week, leading the team with a 9.850 to tie for first place. Not far behind her was sophomore Molly Quirk, who performed on the event for the first time of the season, earning a career high 9.775 to take third overall with the second highest score of the evening.
"Last week we had to count a fall, and this week we didn't. We had to substitute Molly Quirk, who didn't compete last week, and look what she came out and did! It's like she's making a statement that she doesn't want to be taken out. Good for her - I think we may need to make some other changes to the lineup if this continues to happen," Ryden said. "Another bright spot was Britnie Jones, who did an amazing bar routine, and then just had a little mistake on the end. I can see huge things coming from her in the next few meets as well."
Beam was a little shaky for the Cats this week, with the team posting a score of 47.850. Despite a few lower scores, however, this bettered the team score 0.25 from last week's meet. Stars for the Cats included Graham, who took second overall with a score of 9.750, and junior Katie Matusik with a 9.700. Freshman Shana Sangston was the third highest scorer for the Wildcats with a score of 9.625.
On floor, the Wildcats earned a total of 47.650. Russell again led the team with a score of 9.675. Also with a 9.675 was junior Rebecca Cardenas in her first meet on the event in two years.
"Becca's biggest deduction was in her dance - she hit her tumbling and I was very proud of her and her routine this week. Obviously the dance is something that is easily fixed, so I can see big, big things coming from her in the future in this season." Ryden said.
Vault was the team's strongest event of the night, earning a total of 48.725. Sophomore Mykle Douglas posted a new high of 9.825 in her second career performance on the event to tie for first place with Deanna Graham and Utah State's Lyndsie Boone. Freshman Jordan Williams proved herself again this week, earning the third highest score for the Wildcats with a 9.775.
"Mykle drilled that vault. Her eyes were as big as half dollars when she landed. That's her highest score in an Arizona leo, and I couldn't be more excited with how she performed," Ryden said.
"We had some bright spots, but this meet felt like we were tripping over our own feet. It was just mental errors tonight, so it's something we can rebound from," Ryden said. "I'm just glad that we are getting our jitters out now instead of later in the season."