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Gymnastics team seeks first road win

By Ryan Marie DeGolia
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
February 10, 2000
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After an impressive win against California and Southern Utah last weekend, the Arizona gymnastics team will try for its first road win at Oregon State tomorrow night.

"Oregon State has a very good program and will be tough to defeat at home," head coach Bill Ryden said. "It's not going to be an easy road trip."

The Wildcats (5-4 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) earned their first Pacific 10 conference win last Friday with a season-high team score of 194.250.

Sophomore Randi Liljenquist led the Wildcats with strong performances on all four events. Liljenquist won the all-around title with a career-high score of 39.35. She also posted career-high scores of 9.925 on both the floor and the beam to win first place in both events. Liljenquist tied for second place on the bars with a career-high 9.8.

"The whole team did really well," Liljenquist said. "As we get more consistent, the meets flow with more ease."

The Wildcats will also look to senior All-American Heidi Hornbeek to provide leadership and strong performances in all four events.

Hornbeek took the bars title for the third week in a row with a score of 9.85. She also made her season debut on the vault, recording a 9.7 and finishing in fourth place.

The Wildcats know that making the Beavers (5-2 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) their second consecutive Pac-10 victim will not be an easy task.

"It will be a very competitive meet," Ryden said. "We are trying to get a win and a strong road score."

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