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Arizona Daily Wildcat
May 1, 1998
Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea made a trip to Phoenix for a special presentation at the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon.
The House of Representatives and Senate paid tribute to the softball team for its on-going successes throughout the years with a special resolution.
Though Candrea had to wait around for an extended period of time because the House went into a caucus at 10:30 a.m., he said the experience was quite an honor.
"First they took me down to the floor of the Senate where I presented the Senate President (Brenda Burns) with a picture of the team and an autographed ball," Candrea said.
Following the presentation, Candrea went to the House where several Tucson Representatives stood on the floor with him.
"On all the desks, there were pompoms and posters for each Representative," Candrea said. "I then gave another team picture and signed ball to the Speaker of the House Jeff Groscost."
The UA gymnastics team will hold its annual team banquet beginning at 6 tonight.
Two specific awards will be given out - the Golden "A" Award and the Kristin E. Webber Award, named for a former gymnast who was killed in a car accident in 1984.
Webber was a transfer student from Cal State-Fullerton who had to sit out her first year at Arizona due to NCAA rules prohibiting transfer athletes from competing in their first season. She worked out with the team the entire fall semester with intentions of making the competitive team the following year once her eligibility became reinstated.
However, in early January, while the team was competing at California, Webber was fatally injured in a head-on collision in California when she was heading out for a ski trip with her boyfriend. The team was notified of the accident at the hotel that night.
Webber's parents established the award, a small gymnast pendant, in honor of their daughter's memory. The award is given out each year to a gymnast who has overcome obstacles to achieve success.
By the Numbers
The number of consecutive Final Fours the UA women's club lacrosse team has made including this year. Yet, Arizona has never advanced past the semifinal round.