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Arizona gymnastics placed fourth at NCAA Semifinal Regionals

Amelia McAnear

The University of Arizona Gymnastics team huddles at a Quad Meet versus Illinois, Texas Women’s and Bowling Green on Jan 14 at McKale Stadium. The Wildcats went on to win the meet with a score of 195.825. 

The Arizona gymnastics team posted a 195.600, placing fourth in its quad meet at the NCAA Regionals on Thursday, April 4, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The No. 12 University of Arkansas placed first (197.325), the No. 7 University of Kentucky placed second (197.100) and the University of Nebraska placed third (196.600). Arkansas and Kentucky will move forward and face Louisiana State University and the University of Minnesota on Sunday, April 7.


Arkansas scored the highest on the beam event with a score of 49.350. Kentucky followed up with a 49.350 and Nebraska posted a 49.125. The Wildcats came in last place with a score of 48.900. Elena Deets scored the highest for her team with a score of 9.850. Caroline Herry followed suit by sticking her landing on a side somi and finishing her routine with an impressive dismount, also posting a 9.850. Emily Mueller scored a 9.825 and Alysen Fears posted a 9.800 with a perfect landing on her dismount. Abigayle Martin posted a 9.575. Martin had points deducted due to a slip she had on a front-aerial walkover but managed to maintain her balance and stay on the beam.


On the floor rotation, Arkansas scored the highest with a 49.450. Kentucky had the second-highest score (49.375), followed by Nebraska (49.225). The GymCats posted a 49.100. Mueller led the rotation by sticking a double pike on the first pass of her performance, earning a score of 9.850. Emma Strom and Fears both scored 9.825, while Herry and Malia Hargrove both posted 9.800. Deets ended the rotation with a 9.750.


Arkansas continued to lead the meet with a 49.375 on vault. Kentucky followed with a 49.350 and Nebraska scored a 49.025. The Wildcats fell short, scoring a 48.925. Strom began the rotation by showcasing beautiful height and distance in her performance, earning a 9.825. Ainsley Greever followed suit with a 9.800. Jessica Castles had a lot of power on her landing, causing her to hop back, resulting in a deduction and a score of 9.800. Fears scored a 9.775, and Hargrove earned a 9.725 due to a side step during her landing.


As the meet came to a close, Nebraska scored the highest on bars with 49.225. Arkansas trailed behind in second (49.150) and Kentucky in third (49.025). Arizona posted a 48.675. Fears led her team with amazing transitions and landed perfectly on her dismount, earning a 9.850. Deets had an excellent routine, hitting every handstand and sticking her landing, scoring a 9.800. Sophie Derr posted a 9.725. Hargrove stuck her dismount, scoring a 9.700. Martin earned a 9.600. Mueller unfortunately missed the bar and fell during her performance, and scored an 8.975.

Fears won the all-around for her team with a score of 39.250.

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