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Wildcat chat: Amber Wobma

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Carlos Herrera / The Daily Wildcat Arizona Gymcat Amber Wobma trains at the Mary Roby Gymnastics Training Center on Wednesday.

After two weeks on the road, No. 17 Arizona gymnastics hosts its first home meet Saturday against No. 1 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. at McKale Center.

The Daily Wildcat spoke with junior Gymcat Amber Wobma about the upcoming meet and college gymnastic performances.

DW: After a bunch of meets on the road, how excited are you to be competing back home?

I’m excited because the atmosphere is a lot different and more fun and everyone really gets into it. Everyone’s parents and family come. It’s really fun.

With No. 1 Oklahoma coming to town, is the excitement of a such a high meet what you’re pitching to the fans?

It’s going to be real good competition and it’s always going to be more exciting when hard schools come to town and are who we are competing against.

The Gymcats’ meets are so flashy — do you know if they have anything planned involving the new scoreboard [in McKale Center]?

No, they haven’t told us anything yet. They never tell us what the first intro video is going to be like.

What’s your favorite event and why?

Either vault or beam, I really like those. Vault is like a one-trick event and you always have to be mentally prepared. And beam you also have to be really focused, but it’s also a good event.

How do you pick your music for floor routine?

Our [assistant] coach Randi [Acosta], she picks the music, but we can give her ideas and input.

Have you ever been at a meet where you heard someone’s music and you thought, “Wow, that’s weird,” or “That’s crazy”?

Yeah — well actually, last meet too there was another girl that had kind of the same floor music as me, but just a different cut, but… [laughs].

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