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Arizona Gymnastics falls to Washington Friday

Wildcats score season high on floor

TUCSON, Ariz.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, Friday night 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.

"Well, it wasn't our best effort, but vault is improving, and floor is looking great," head coach Bill Ryden said. "We had too many mental errors on bars, and we were tentative on beam. You can't be tentative if you want to score well. Our score will definitely help us overall, but we still need to make some corrections in the next few days."

Arizona returns to the McKale Center for a dual meet on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., when the Wildcats will battle the No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Team Scores     Vault   Bars    Beam    Floor   Totals
1.  Washington  48.650  49.075  48.425  48.925  195.075 
2.  ARIZONA     48.525  48.400  47.900  49.150  193.975

Individual Scores

Vault 1. Tiffany Simpson Washington 9.875 2. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.825 2. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.825 4. Nikki Beyschau Arizona 9.750 5. Lauren Riesenman Washington 9.725

Uneven Bars 1. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.900 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.900 1. Crystal Collins Washington 9.900 4. Tiffany Simpson Washington 9.850 5. Nicci Filchner Arizona 9.825

Balance Beam 1. Tiffany Simpson Washington 9.925 2. Lanna Apisukh Washington 9.800 3. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 9.775 3. Kara Fry Arizona 9.775 5. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.750

Floor Exercise 1. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 9.925 2. Kara Fry Arizona 9.900 3. Lauren Riesenman Washington 9.875 4. Lanna Apisukh Washington 9.850 5. Tiffany Simpson Washington 9.825

All-Around 1. Tiffany Simpson Washington 39.475 2. Heidi Hornbeek Arizona 39.300 3. Randi Liljenquist Arizona 39.275 3. Lanna Apisukh Washington 39.275 5. Kara Fry Arizona 38.900

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