In the fourth week of NCAA Gymnastics competition, the Arizona Wildcats showed up at home to upset the Cal Golden Bears, 195.975-194.450 in a Pac 12 conference matchup.
Arizona took an early lead after a strong strong start on vault in the first rotation, where they posted a 48.850. The GymCats did not count any score lower than a 9.700 on vault and they closed the rotation with an impressive 9.825 from Heather Swanson. The Golden Bears, however, had a disappointing first rotation on bars where they posted a mere 47.075. Having to count three low scores from Maya Bordas, Chelsea Shu, and Kyana George was the Bears’ downfall, yet Nina Schank pulled through for her team and scored a 9.825.
In the second rotation, Cal fought back on vault, posting a 49.300, however, a 49.000 on bars was enough for the GymCats to maintain their lead. For both Cal and Arizona, 9.900s highlighted the second rotation, scored by George and Milan Clausi for the Golden Bears and Danielle Spencer-Bearham, respectively.
The third rotation saw Arizona to move to beam where they posted a 48.925. Two 9.800s from Haylie Hendrickson and Sydney Freidin and a 9.825 from Courtney Cowles ultimately contributed to this score and allowed the GymCats to continue to pull away from Cal when they posted a 48.950 on floor.
Despite totaling a strong 49.125 on beam in the final rotation, marked by a 9.875 from senior star Toni-Ann Williams and a 9.900 from Cassidy Keelen, Cal was unable to surpass the Wildcats of Arizona who posted a 49.200 on floor to secure the win at home in Tucson.Tags: Arizona, Arizona Wildcats, Cal, Cal Golden Bears, Cassidy Keelen, Chelsea Shu, Courtney Cowles, Danielle Spencer-Bearham, Haylie Hendrickson, Heather Swanson, Kyana George, Maya Bordas, Milan Clausi, NCAA Gymnastics, Nina Schank, Pac 12, Sydney Freidin, Toni-Ann Williams