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Wildcat Women hire Shimmy Gray

April 21, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. (April 21) - The University of Arizona women's basketball program has hired Yeshimbra "Shimmy" Gray as a new assistant coach, announced head coach Joan Bonvicini on Monday.

Gray has spent the last three years with the University of Washington women's basketball staff, most recently in a dual role as assistant coach and director of operations. During her time in Seattle, the Huskies logged a combined 63-30 record and earned two NCAA Tournament berths, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2001.

Serving as assistant coach for all three of her years there, Gray's responsibilities included post player development and rebounding; assisting with recruiting and opponent scouting; and coordination of the practice scout team. With the addition of the director of operations title for the 2002-03 season, she was given other duties that included management of team community service projects, coordination of team travel, overseeing the team's video exchange program and supervision of student-athlete academics. Gray was director of the June Daugherty Hoops Camp for four years as well.

Prior to her arrival at Washington, Gray was an assistant women's basketball coach at Bellevue (Wash.) Community College for the 1999-2000 season. During the 1998-99 season, she played professional basketball with Olivais Futbol Clube in the First Division Women's League in Coimbra, Portugal. From 1995-98, Gray served as a police officer for the Ypsilanti (Mich.) Police Department and the University of Michigan Police Department.

Gray played collegiate basketball at the University of Michigan from 1991-94, where she was a three-year starter for the Wolverines and was team captain as a senior. Despite playing only three seasons, Gray finished her career among the all-time leaders on several UM career statistical lists, including steals, rebounds and rebounding average. She averaged 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game over her career, including averages of 11.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg as a senior.

A 1994 Michigan graduate, Gray earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with a minor in law, criminology and deviance. She had a stellar prep career in both basketball and track and field at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich.

"We are very pleased to have Shimmy join our staff," said Bonvicini, who just completed her 12th season at the helm of the Arizona program. "Her familiarity with the West Coast, her experience in the Pac-10 and her knowledge of our team are going to be a tremendous advantage for us. What I've been most impressed with are her people skills -- she's really a good coach and a great recruiter. She is going to be a great addition to our program."

"I know everyone says they are excited about a move like this, but I truly am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Arizona staff," said Gray. "I don't know if I'm more excited about working at Arizona or just excited about working with Joan Bonvicini. I've always considered her to be something of a pioneer in women's basketball. I know I'm going to grow and learn a lot working with her.

"It's really hard for me to leave Washington; there are some great people here. But this move to Arizona is a logical step in my career and with what I want to accomplish."

Gray will be involved with recruiting, scouting and on-floor coaching of both guards and post players for the Wildcats. She will also assist in the operations of the Joan Bonvicini Basketball Camp. Her first day on staff will be May 5, 2003.

Gray's hiring fills the gap left in the UA coaching staff by the departure of long-time associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Denise Dove Ianello, who joined the Wisconsin women's basketball staff as an assistant last week after her husband Rob made a move to the Badger football staff. Current UA assistant coach Kellee Barney has taken over as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator.

No. 38 UA Men's Tennis falls No. 28 ASU 4-2

April 19, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 38-ranked Arizona men's tennis team defeated No. 28 Arizona State in the final Pac-10 dual match of the season Saturday, April 19, by a score of 5-2. The Wildcats won the doubles point and four of the six singles matches to earn the team victory. Arizona closes the dual match season, 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10.

The Wildcats won the doubles point by earning victories on courts two and three. The first match to finish was on court one where junior Whi Kim and sophomore Paul Warkentin fell to Chris Stewart and Chris Letcher, 8-4. Shortly after court one rapped up, junior Carl Hagman and freshman Daniel Andrus defeated Pim Van Mele and Ryan McBride, 8-4, to tie the doubles competition. The doubles point now rested on court two, where sophomore Colin O'Grady and freshman Roger Matalonga were facing Oliver Charroin and Clint Letcher. The Wildcats won the closely contested match, 9-8 (6).

In singles action, the Wildcats earned victories on courts two, three, five and six. Carl Hagman who is ranked No. 112 nationally by the ITA defeated No. 106 Chris Letcher on court two, 6-3, 7-6 (6). This marks the third ranked opponent Hagman has defeated this season. On court five, O'Grady dropped Ryan McBride in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (2). Clinching the match for Arizona was Andrus who won over Ryan Eveloff in the No. 6 slot, 6-3, 6-1. Kim fell to No. 82 Pim Van Mele on court one, 7-6 (5), 6-1. In the No. 4 position, Matalonga lost to Olivier Charroin, 6-3, 6-3.

The Wildcats will next be in action at the Pacific 10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 24 - 27.


Results
Doubles:
1.	Stewart/Chris Letcher (ASU) def. Kim/Warkentin (UA) -8-4
2.	Matalonga/O'Grady (UA) def. Charroin/Letcher (ASU) - 9-8 (6)
3.	Hagman/Andrus (UA) def. Van Mele/McBride (ASU) - 8-4

Singles: 1. No. 82 Van Mele (ASU) def. Kim (UA) - 7-6 (5), 6-1 2. No. 112 Hagman (UA) def. No. 106 Chris Letcher (ASU) - 6-3, 7-6 (6) 3. Warkentin (UA) def. Stewart (ASU) - 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 4. Charroin (ASU) def. Matalonga (UA) - 6-3, 6-3 5. O'Grady (UA) def. McBride (ASU) - 6-1, 7-6 (2) 6. Andrus (UA) def. Eveloff (ASU) - 6-3, 6-1

 

No. 28 UA Women's Tennis upsets No. 17 ASU 4-3

 

April 19, 2003

 

 

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 28 Arizona women's tennis team defeated No. 17 Arizona State Saturday, April 19, 4-3. The Wildcats swept the doubles matches and earned three victories in singles competition to secure the team victory. The win improves the Wildcats' record to 9-11 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10, while the loss drops Arizona State to 9-10 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-In doubles action, playing on court one for the Wildcats, sophomore Maja Mlakar and graduate student Emilie Scribot defeated the No. 44-ranked team of Lauren Colallilo and Adria Engle, 8-2. In the No. 2 position, freshman Kristy Randono and Debbie Larocque beat Cindy Sureephony and Mhairi Brown, 8-4. The duo of Diane Hollands and Kelly Perry won its match over Megan Yeats and Joslynn Burkett, 8-2.

In singles competition, Arizona earned victories on courts two, three and four to clinch the match. On court two, Mlakar ranked No. 50 by the ITA defeated No. 54 Dora Krstulovic in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. No. 52 Hollands defeated Mhairi Brown in the No. 3 slot, 6-3, 6-3. Playing No. 4 for the Wildcats, Larocque defeated Cindy Sureephony, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3. On court one, Arizona State's No. 11 Adria Engle defeated No. 10 Scribot, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. In the fifth position, Kelly Perry lost to Lauren Colallilo, 6-2, 6-1. Rounding out the day's action, Zorica Zasova fell to Joslynn Burkett in the No. 6 slot, 6-3, 6-4.

Arizona will next be in action at the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 24-27.


Results
Singles:
1.	No. 11 Adria Engle (ASU) def. No. 10 Emilie Scribot (UA) - 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
2.	No. 50 Maja Mlakar (UA) def. No. 54 Dora Krstulovic (ASU) - 6-0, 6-2
3.	No. 52 Dianne Hollands (UA) def. Mhairi Brown (ASU) - 6-3, 6-3
4.	Debbie Larocque (UA) def. Cindy Sureephony (ASU) - 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
5.	Lauren Colallilo (ASU) def. Kelly Perry (UA) - 6-2, 6-1
6.	Joslynn Burkett (ASU) def. Zorica Zasova (UA) - 6-3, 6-4

Doubles: 1. Mlakar/Scribot (UA) def. No. 44 Colalillo/Engel (ASU) - 8-2 2. Randono/Larocque (UA) def. Sureephony/Brown (ASU) - 8-4 3. Hollands/Perry (UA) def. Yeats/Burkett (ASU) - 8-2

 

 

Track & Field adds to success at Mt. SAC Relays

 

April 19, 2003

WALNUT, Calif. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams continued to add to their success Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. There were no new champions or school records, but the Wildcats had several impressive performances to prove that they can compete with the best in track and field.

In Friday's men's discus action, sophomore Sean Shields finished second with a throw of 180 feet, 8 inches (55.08m). Aaron Powell improved his season's best 800-meter time to 1:52.05. The Wildcats added two top-ten finishes in the men's 400 meters. Jevon Mason finished third overall with a time of 47.10. Teammate Matt Lea improved his NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying marks, finishing sixth overall in 47.38 seconds. Arizona's two runners in the men's 1,500 meters were able to improve upon their season's best times. Jin Daikoku finished in 3:51.11, while Robert Cheseret crossed the line at 3:54.41.

Beth Hoge was the only runner competing for the women on Friday. She finished sixth in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:25.16, improving her NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying time.

The Wildcats will conclude competition today at the Mt. SAC Relays, with action in several sprinting events and the much-anticipated relays.

Day One, April 18, 2003

The University of Arizona track and field teams opened up the 44th annual Mt. SAC Relays with two champions and a new school record. Thursday's action at the meet consisted of a distance carnival and several field events. The Wildcats proved to be in top form as they took on the nation's best and came through with several outstanding performances.

The first champion of the day for the Wildcats was crowned when Rich Legarra won the men's university/open discus. His throw of 174 feet, 4 inches (53.14m) was six inches better than his closest competition.

The Wildcat men continued their success in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Josh Ludwig improved his NCAA regional qualifying time with a fifth place finish, crossing the line at 9:00.24, an improvement of over seven seconds. Teammate Mark Anderson wasn't far behind in seventh place, clocking a time of 9:04.85 to earn a bid to the NCAA Regional and Pac-10 Championships. The UA men claimed their second title of the evening in the men's 10,000 meters. Kyle Goklish claimed the win in a time of 29:31.36, earning a NCAA provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. Robert Cheseret added to the day's success by setting a new freshman record in the 5,000 meters. His time of 13:45.88 was an improvement of over 30 seconds on his previous best, which will help his standings in the NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying lists.

Beth Hoge led the way for the women during Thursday's distance carnival. She finished 24th in the 5,000 meters in a time of 16:21.86, a 25-second improvement on her previous best, which will move her up the standings for the NCAA Regional and Pac-10 meets. Also, Adrienne Goeller finished 12th in the 10,000 meters in a time of 36:23.07.

The Wildcats continue action in Walnut, Calif. Friday evening with the focus on the field events and several track events.

Wildcat Women nab late signee

April 17, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. (April 17) - The University of Arizona women's basketball team has signed Linda Pace to a National Letter of Intent, announced head coach Joan Bonvicini on Thursday. Pace will join the Wildcats for the 2003-04 season.

A 5-8 guard, Pace prepped at Francis Parker School in San Diego, Calif. As a senior in 2002-03, she averaged 29.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while leading her team to a 15-12 record. The third-leading scorer in San Diego County this year, Pace was a three-time first team All-Coastal League choice, a two-time first team All-San Diego County selection and was a first team All-California Division IV honoree in 2003. She was her team's Most Valuable Player three years in a row and was a San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar-Athlete twice.

Pace finished her career at Francis Parker as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,529 points, a number which also places her sixth all-time in San Diego County. This season, she reached double digits in scoring in all but one game and logged 40 points or better in four different contests.

"We're very excited to have Linda Pace join our program," said Bonvicini, who just wrapped up her 12th season at helm of the Wildcat program. "Linda is a great perimeter player who has good quickness and is a prolific scorer. She's a great fit for us, both as a player and a quality student."

The Wildcats ended the 2002-03 season with a 22-9 overall record and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth in three years. Their 13-5 Pac-10 record earned them a tie for second in the league standings, equaling their best conference finish ever.

Ricky Barnes post-Masters press conference

April 17, 2003

Describe the whole Masters experience:
"It was just amazing-the whole week, the Masters and everything that goes along with it. It's an experience that you dream about your whole life and once you get there and see it before your eyes, it's just incredible-going out there and playing in front of crowds 5, 6 or 10 deep when you're playing with Tiger (Woods) and just appreciating the holes out there that you usually see on TV every year in the second week of April."

Was it as good as you thought it would be?
"And more. You appreciate everything on TV and you picture the voices calling the shots on TV but when you get out there and compete and play on the golf course and putt on the greens and just look at the holes when you're behind them, it was a great time. Fortunately, we were able to stay on the top of the clubhouse in the Crow's Nest, which makes the accommodations that much easier for us. But as an amateur, you get treated no better anywhere than you do at the Masters. Everybody appreciates you there. Fortunately, I was able to get some of the fans behind me going into the weekend and it just made it that much better of an experience"

With it being your first appearance, did your lack of course knowledge hurt you at all?
"No, I don't think so. I played it pretty well the whole week, there were maybe a few misreads. It's kind of self-explanatory out there. You watched it for so many years that you know where not to hit it or where to miss it. You just expect it, you go out there and play your own game. But as a whole, course knowledge, I don't think it affected me at all. I was able to get four or five practice rounds in, which you need on that course. You think one putt is going to break this way and it ends up breaking the other way. You're able to roll balls (in the practice round), all your practice is done in the practice round anyway. If I would have gone out there and not played a practice round, I would have probably had my head backwards. But all the greens out there break one way and you learn about that in the practice round. I think we (his caddie, brother Andy) did a pretty good job throughout the whole week."

Did you know where you stood when you made the turn at 2-under par on Saturday?
"There's a leaderboard out there, on the front nine there's a couple you can see. I wasn't going through the leaderboard and picking apart, 'OK, he's in first and I'm in second' or that kind of thing. It was just kind of like, 'Oh, there I am. I'm still on the leaderboard.' They have your name up there and they have about 11 or 12 guys up there and they just keep on showing what you're doing with a hole-by-hole thing. That's just really cool. After the first round, you go 1-under or 2-under and they hear about it so then they'll throw your name up there. You see your scores and you're like, 'Oh, I made the leaderboard!' Through the first three rounds, my name was up there every time with every hole. And people are able to see what you're doing every hole. After every hole, they know what you're doing. I think that was kind of cool. I wasn't really worried about where I was placed; I was just enjoying myself and seeing my name up there."

Your initial goal was to make the cut. What you were thinking when you made the turn at 2-under par Saturday and in contention for the lead?
"That's when I got disappointed-after that. I hit a bad tee shot on No. 11 and it caught the tree, not the best of breaks. I had to play for par at best, which is not very good. The only downside to this whole week was probably my play on the back nine on Saturday and Sunday. That was the main disappointment in my game throughout the whole week. I still didn't let too much get to me out there. I was pleased with the way I handled myself. I didn't really get too upset. I think that was pretty much the whole experience of being at the Masters and knowing where I was and appreciating the fans. They were still so supportive of me and that just gets you going and the adrenaline pumping. It makes it a lot easier on yourself to play out there."

Did you hit it any longer because of the adrenaline?
"No, I think I'm always around that distance. But it's just mainly enjoying yourself out there, keeping the smile on your face. After making a bogey, you usually get a little heated. But when you still got people saying 'Come on Ricky!' or something, you can laugh a little."

Tell us about your practice rounds.
"I played with Vijay Singh and Arnold Palmer. It was a great time. Vijay is a pretty soft-spoken guy. He's a Masters champ so you have to appreciate that. Then I was able to play with Charles Howell and Phil Mickelson on another day. That was a fun and laid back experience. Phil is still kind of a young kid, at heart, and Charles is really young. He was just playing with us in college a couple years ago. They're both really long off the tee. All my practice rounds I played with some pretty long guys. Phil is not short, Charles is not short and Vijay is not short. Then I went into the first round and Angel Cabrera is one of the longest guys out there along with Tiger. It wasn't like I was blowing it by anybody out there. I was definitely with them, but it wasn't like you went out there and started blowing it by guys."

Describe the experience and camaraderie of playing with Tiger Woods.
"He's a nice guy and a great playing partner. I appreciated it. I had been looking forward to it with all the build up. We talked a bunch. We waited quite often because we had to play so many holes in one day (Friday). There was a lot of waiting going on because of threesomes. We had a lot of quick conversations, sitting on the tee boxes and coming off the greens. He's a Pac-10 boy and so am I. He's from California. We just had little chit-chat. We had a fun time out there-definitely I did."

How was it playing with Arnold Palmer?
"He was good. Arnie's Arnie. He's still got it, he's the biggest crowd-pleaser they've ever seen and he seems to do it year in and year out, a tournament here and a tournament there. I appreciated playing with him and watching him go to work and pleasing the crowd. I was fortunate actually to have lunch with him as well."

How was playing the par-3 contest?
"Awesome. It's something you've got to play. There's not a whole lot that you hit more than nine-iron. It was cold, so it was playing as long as it's ever going to play. You step up and the first hole is 120 yards. The next hole is 70 yards. All the crowd is out there. You go from the golf course and the practice round at about 1:30, everybody starts walking over there. You've got everybody every there. I played with a pretty young group of Tim Clark and Sergio Garcia. Timmy Clark had known my brother and his caddie, Gary Matthews, went here (1993-97). And I had known Sergio because of (his sister and current UA golfer) Mar. I was even-par and made two birdies. I bogeyed the first hole and the last hole."

Describe the awards ceremony in Butler Cabin.
"It was cool being in there with the previous champion and then Mike Weir as well. I was pretty fortunate as well."

What did you learn from this that will help you later on in your career?
"It's just the experience of playing with those big guys. Some people said, 'What's next?' It's just that the next time, hopefully, I play with Tiger, I won't get caught up and so anxious to play with him. I've played with him before and competed with him and my game was good the last time I played with him. I think it'll make me a lot more relaxed when I go out to compete with these guys in the future. I've played two tournaments this year and my worst finish is 21st-in a major. There are a lot of guys out there who are top-20 in the nation who shot worse than I did. It was reassuring, definitely, that I can play with those guys and that I can get a lot of good rounds out there with the No. 1 player in the world and everyone else."

What is next?
"Get back to college. I'm looking forward to getting back with my teammates and getting back out there. I've got three tournaments left in my college career and there's nothing more I'd want than a Pac-10 championship and, most of all, a national championship. Nothing would top this year better than winning a national championship. That's definitely the focus now."

Hepthlete finishes 16th at Mt. SAC Relays

April 17, 2003

AZUSA, Calif. - The University of Arizona's Amanda Underwood competed in the heptathlon at Azusa Pacific University, which finished up Thursday afternoon. Her combined score of 4,444 points earned her a 16th-place finish in the competition. The point total is a new season's best for Underwood, improving her Pac-10 qualifying mark.

Underwood had several impressive performances over the course of the two-day affair. On the first day, she ran a time of 15.68 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles with a slight head wind. She went on to a personal best in the high jump with a leap of 5-1 ¼ (1.56m). In the shot put, she finished with a best throw of 37-9 ½ (11.52m). She finished the first day of competition in the 200 meters, finishing in 26.68 seconds. After the first four events, Underwood stood in 13th place overall.

In the final three events, which were contested today, Underwood leapt 16 feet, 1 ¼ inches (4.91m) in the long jump. She had a strong throw in the javelin, finishing with a mark of 106-3 (32.40m). She finished the final event, the 800 meters, in 2:39.75 to close out the day with her improved heptathlon total.

The rest of the Wildcat squads continue competition this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on the Mt. San Antonio College campus.

Former Wildcat Mike Bibby added to US Men's Senior National Team

April 15, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's basketball All-American Mike Bibby was added to the U.S. Men's Senior National team, it was announced Monday by USA Basketball. Bibby is the sixth player on the roster for the United States club that will participate in the 2003 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Bibby, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard currently playing for the Sacramento Kings, joined 18-year NBA all-star Karl Malone on the 2003 U.S. Men's Senior National Team roster. The team will participate in the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Aug. 20-31 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"I think it's an unbelievable honor for Mike," said USA head coach Larry Brown. "He's had a great deal to do with the success of Sacramento and everybody is aware of how good that team is. I think he'll be a wonderful addition to our team. He's a young, up and coming star. He's very team conscious and should fit in extremely well."

Bibby, who is competing in his fifth NBA season since leaving Arizona following his sophomore season in 1998 and after earning the 1997 national championship as a freshman, missed the Kings first 27 games in 2002-03 after under going foot surgery, but has played in 54 consecutive games since being activated Dec. 19. In addition to scoring 15.9 points a game, he is averaging 5.2 apg, 2.7 rpg, 1.31 spg, while shooting 46.9 percent from the field overall, 40.7 percent from three-point and 86.3 from the free throw line.

Currently tied for seventh officially among NBA leaders for three-point percentage (.407), Bibby is also 15th in free throw percentage (.863), tied for 32nd in field goal percentage (.469), and is 40th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.24).

The spotlight of NBA stardom hit Bibby during last year's NBA Playoffs. In the Kings' 16 playoff games, he averaged 20.3 points. (17th among NBA Playoff leaders), 5.0 assists. (12th among NBA Playoff leaders), 3.8 rebounds, 1.44 steals per game (22nd among NBA Playoff leaders), played 41.3 mpg (17th among NBA Playoff leaders), while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range (17th among NBA Playoff leaders) and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. In Sacramento's seven-game series against Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, he averaged 22.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, and 2.0 spg.

Plans for the 2003 USA Senior National Team call for the roster to consist of a core group of eight to nine top NBA players, who if the U.S. qualifies, along with the coaching staff are expected to represent the United States in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The U.S. team's remaining three to four roster positions will be filled by role players who could come from professional leagues here in the U.S. and abroad, from the U.S. college ranks, or other USA Basketball constituents.

On Feb. 13 the first four members of the 2003 Men's Senior National Team were officially announced and included Olympic gold medalists Ray Allen (Seattle SuperSonics) and Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets), the NBA's 2002 Most Valuable Player, Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), and the NBA's current leading scorer for the 2002-03 season and the NBA's 2001 Most Improved Player, Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic).

One of only six players in Arizona history to score more than 1,000 career points in two seasons, Bibby closed his two-year collegiate career averaging 15.4 points, 5.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He still ranks 30th on the Arizona career points scored list (1,061), fourth in minutes played per game (32.4), eighth in steals (164), and ninth in three-point field goals (144) and three-point field goal percentage (39.0).

Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen named semifinalists for Ben Hogan Award

April 15, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Arizona men's golfers Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen were named semifinalists for the 2003 Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the top NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA golfer. The award covers all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

Barnes and Nallen are the only teammates on the 11-man semifinalist list. The Hogan Award watch list includes Barnes, Dustin Bray, North Carolina; Bill Haas, Wake Forest; Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State; Ryan Moore, UNLV; Nallen; Adam Rubinson, TCU; D.J. Trahan, Clemson; Justin Walters, North Carolina State; Nick Watney, Fresno State; and Oliver Wilson, Augusta State.

Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, finished as the low amateur at the 2003 Masters with a four-round total of 291 (+3). It was the lowest total by an amateur at the prestigious event since 1998. He has a 71.56 stroke average in 10 collegiate events this season and 18 of his 27 rounds played have been at par or better with a low round of 66. The senior from Stockton, Calif., has six top-10 finishes and a top-20 effort to his credit. He also posted a top 20 finish on the PGA Tour, as he tied for 18th place on March 2 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson with a four-round total of 69-70-68-70=277 (-11).

Nallen, a junior from Blairstown, N.J., leads Arizona with a 71.22 stroke average through 12 events in 2002-03. He carded a 70-68-67=205 (-11) at last weekend's ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational in which he tied for third place. Nallen won the rain-shortened Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Oct. 14 with a seven-under-par 135, which was one of his eight top-10 finishes this season. He has 23 rounds at par of better this year with a low round of 66. Sixteen of his last 19 rounds have been at par or better. Nallen was a semifinalist for the Hogan award in 2002 as well.

The award is presented by The Friends of Golf and Colonial Country Club, in cooperation with Bank of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Hogan Award selection committee will name five finalists on April 25. The winner of the Hogan Award will be announced on May 9. The presentation will be made at Colonial Country Club on May 19.

The University of Arizona men's golf team, currently ranked No. 3 nationally in the Precept Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, will next be in action April 28-30 at the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.

Track & Field improves at two Phoenix meets

April 13, 2003

Results

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Mesa, Ariz. and Tempe, Ariz. this past weekend for the Mesa Invitational at Mesa Community College and the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State University. The Wildcats faced some stiff competition, including many teams ranked in the current Trackwire top 25 polls. The field proved to be an asset for the Arizona squads as quite a few athletes were able to improve their season's best times and marks.

At Friday's Mesa Invitational, the Wildcats were able to excel with the group that competed. Sophomore Sean Shields had one of the best performances for Arizona with a new outdoor best for the season in the shot put. He won the event with a throw of 63 feet (19.20m). Scott Sharpe was fifth in the same event with a throw of 55-3 ¾ (16.86m). In the men's discus, Shields was fifth with a toss of 180-7 (55.04m). Teammate Ryan Moore was 11th overall. In the hammer throw, Moore was the second-place finisher with a mark of 188-10 (57.56m). Sharpe was right behind him in third with a throw of 187-9 (57.24m). In the javelin, Jake Arnold was fourth with a throw of 165 feet (50.30m). In other field events, Mike Mensah was fifth in the long jump after a leap of 21-6 ¾ (6.57m). He also was fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 45-11 ¾ (14.01m). Sam Jacobson was seventh in the pole vault and 11th in the long jump. In the men's track events, Avery Sneed was 10th in the 100 meters and 13th in the 200 meters.

For the women at the Mesa Invitational, Chelsye Wika was 10th in the 100 meters and 12th in the 200 meters. In the 400 meter hurdles, Rebecca Nott improved her season's best time to 1:07.83 with an eighth place finish. On the field, Erin Dudugjian was fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4-9 ¾ (1.47m). In the women's open pole vault, Sheena McKay was third, while Whitney Schauer was seventh overall. In the invitational pole vault, Connie Jerez went on to win the event for the fourth consecutive week. Her clearance of 12-11 ½ (3.95m) earned her the win this time. Juanita Braun finished tied for second with a leap of 12-5 ½ (3.80m), which is a new season's best for her and also qualifies her for the Pac-10 Championships. Jessica Corkill finished 10th in the long jump. Amber Varner improved her NCAA regional qualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 48-1 ¾ (14.67m) to win the event. Rachel Varner was third with a toss of 46-5 ¼ (14.15m). In the discus, Ilona Rutjes was fourth with a toss of 165-11 (50.58m). Rachel Varner was sixth with a mark of 162-6 (49.52m), followed by Amber Varner with another improved mark of 159-1 (48.50m). Amber Varner was fifteenth in the hammer throw, as well.

In Saturday's action at the Sun Angel Classic, the Wildcats continued with several impressive performances. In the men's 800 meters, Robert Cheseret was thirteenth overall, just off of his season's best time and finishing in 1:51.44. Aaron Powell improved his best time to 1:52.15, while teammate Jin Daikoku finished in 1:53.63. Matt Burton also ran a new season's best, crossing the line at 1:55.26, while Graeme Wells finished in 1:59.24. Jeff Hunter was eighth in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 51.64. In the men's 400 meters, Jevon Mason ran his fastest time this season, finishing eighth in 46.36 seconds. Matt Lea earned a bid to the NCAA regional meet, clocking a time of 47.42 seconds in the 400 meters. Bruce Bridges finished with a time of 11.12 seconds in the 100 meters. Mark Anderson improved his 3,000 meter steeplechase time to 9:14.63 with a seventh-place finish. Josh Ludwig was 16th in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:01.58, while teammate Wade Juntunen was 18th in 4:15.35. All four Wildcats in the 5,000 meters improved their season's best times. Kyle Goklish was ninth in 14:35.44, while teammate Mike Howard was 12th in 14:50.44. Matt McInvale crossed the line at 14:59.69 for 17th, and Eric Bohn was 19th in 15:05.59. The men's 4x400 meter relay team was seventh overall, but with a new season's best time of 3:08.11 to improve their standing at the NCAA regional meet.

In the women's action, Sharifa Jones improved her NCAA regional qualifying time to 1:00.26 with a fifth-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles. Right behind her was teammate Chelsea Powell in sixth, also with an improved NCAA qualifying time of 1:00.59. Lindsay Scarborough and Gina Mazzone finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Angel Perkins ran her fastest time of the season in the 400 meters, finishing third in 53.83 seconds. Seynabou Ndiaye placed eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.76, while teammate Marquita Taylor finished in 12.14 seconds. Taylor was 13th in the 200 meters with a time of 24.74. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Nicole Gurnicz was ninth overall. Robin Tierney clocked a time of 4:53.14 in the 1,500 meter run. Adrienne Goeller vastly improved her season's best time in the 5,000 meters, finishing fifth in 14:41.52. Michi Hirakawa-Wong also improved her time with a 10th place finish in 18:00.78. The women's 4x400 meter relay team was third with a new outdoor best of 3:46.57. In the only field event action of the day for the Wildcats, Sharifa Jones was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 19-0 ¾ (5.81m) to earn a berth in the Pac-10 Championships, while teammate Jessica Corkill was 11th with a jump of 17-4 ¼ (5.29m).

The Wildcats will head back to California next weekend to compete against some world-class competition. The UA discus throwers will compete at the Antelope Valley Discus Classic in Antelope Valley, Calif., while the rest of the squad will head to Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. SAC Relays, a three-day affair featuring some of the world's best track and field athletes.

Barnes in 18th place entering final round at Masters

April 12, 2003

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The University of Arizona's Ricky Barnes continues to prove himself among the very best in golf as he heads into Sunday's final round at The Masters in a tie for 18th place.

Barnes, a senior from Stockton, Calif., posted a third-round 75 (+3) Saturday and is in a five-way tie for 18th place at 218 (+2). He trails tournament leader Jeff Maggert by seven strokes as he heads into Sunday's final 18 holes.

If Barnes just manages to hold his position, it will be his second consecutive top-20 finish in a PGA Tour event this season. He earned a tie for 18th place at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson last month and previously competed in the U.S. Open (2000 and 2002). In nine collegiate events this season, Barnes has a 71.66 stroke average in the final round. In the final round of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson on March 2, he carded a two-under 70.

The reigning United States Amateur Champion, Barnes collected three birdies and 10 pars in Saturday's round. He was as low as two-under for the event through No. 10 Saturday, but played the final eight holes in four-over par.

Through nine scoring events this collegiate season, Barnes boasts a 71.56 scoring average and has earned six top-10 finishes. He has led Arizona to four tournament championships in its last five events.

Barnes joins former University of Arizona standout Jim Furyk on the leader board. Furyk is in a three-way tie for eighth place at 216 (E) through 54 holes.

Along with playing partner Chris Riley, Barnes will begin his final round at 1:10 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

Gymnastics finish 4th at South Central Regional Championships

April 12, 2003

Final Stats

Columbia, Mo. (April 12) - The No. 19 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team placed fourth with a score of 195.450 at the 2003 South Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 12, before a crowd of 2194 in Missouri's Hearnes Center.

Arizona finished behind first-place UCLA (197.700), second-place Iowa (195.975) and third-place Oregon State (195.850). UCLA and Iowa earned the South Central Regional automatic bids to the 2003 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb. on April 24-26. Fifth-place Missouri (194.825) and sixth-place Illinois (193.200) rounded out the field of six respectively. Arizona ends the 2003 season making its 17th-consecutive postseason appearance.

Arizona's team mark of 195.450 is the second-highest regional championship score is school history, topped only by Arizona's 1996 NCAA Championship qualifying score of 195.750. The Wildcats also posted a team score of 49.250 on bars, which is the tenth-best mark in school history.

Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for third-place honors on vault with a team-high 9.900 and finished fifth in the all-around competition with a score of 39.300. Bisordi will advance as an all-around competitor to the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Jamie Duce posted a 9.875 on bars to tie for sixth-place honors in the event.

The top-two finishing teams in each of the six regional meets will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championship meet in Lincoln, Neb., April 24-26. The top-two all-around competitors and the individual event winners not on qualifying teams will also earn automatic bids to the national championship. 

Men's Golf ties for 7th place at ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational

April 12, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - University of Arizona junior Chris Nallen posted a career-low 205 total to finish in third place individually Saturday at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational.

Nallen, who is included on the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, carded a final-round 67 (-5) to finish the 54-hole tournament with a 205 (-11) total and tie for third place. For Nallen, it was a career low and tied him for eighth place on Arizona's low 54-hole total in relation to par. It also tied for eighth lowest total at the ASUThunderbird/Savane Invitational since the tournament moved to a three-round format in 1988. TCU's David Schultz topped the 104-man field with a 15-under-par 201 total to win the event by three strokes.

Arizona, playing without reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Ricky Barnes, posted its second-lowest total of the season in finishing in a tie for seventh place. All three of its rounds were below par, but even its 20-under 844 total wasn't enough to keep pace in an event where the top 10 individuals posted 28 of 30 rounds below par and the top-five teams were a combined 153 strokes below par. Tournament host Arizona State topped the 19-team field with an 824 (-40) total.

The finish snapped a two-tournament win streak for the Wildcats this spring. All told, the Wildcats have won four of six tournaments to date this spring. That's the most wins for the program in a single season since the 1992 squad won six tournaments en route to the national championship.

In addition to Nallen's efforts, sophomore Kipp Riehle collected his third top-20 finish of the season with a tie for 17th place at 209 (-7), which was a career low. Seniors Reid Hatley and Andrew Medley tied for 59th place at 217 (+1), while Brian Woolf tied for 71st place at 219 (+3).

Two UA players competed in the event as individuals. Sophomore Nathan Lashley tied for 36th place with a career-low 213 (-3), while junior Nick Juszczak tied for 86th place at 221 (+5).

The two-day event was contested at the Karsten Course, a par 72, 7,027-yard layout.

Arizona will next be in action April 28-30 at the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.

Top Five Teams		                Top Five Individuals
1.    Arizona State	824 (-40)	1. David Schultz, TCU   	 68-66-67=201 (-15)
2.    USC       	832 (-32)	2. David Oh, USC        	 68-70-66=204 (-12)
3.    Pepperdine	835 (-29)	3. Chris Nallen, Arizona	 70-68-67=205 (-11)
4.    TCU       	836 (-28)	   Greg Machtaler, BYU  	 69-66-70=205 (-11)
5.    Oklahoma  	840 (-24)	5. Chez Reavie, Arizona State	 73-68-65=206 (-10)
		                           Brady Stockton, Arizona State 67-70-69=206 (-10)

Arizona Finishers T3. Chris Nallen 70-68-67=205 (-11) T17. Kipp Riehle 72-68-69=209 (-7) T36. Nathan Lashley * 70-73-70=213 (-3) T59. Reid Hatley 69-74-74=217 (+1) T59. Andrew Medley 74-69-74=217 (+1) T71. Brian Woolf 72-72-75=219 (+3) T86. Nick Juszczak * 70-75-76=221 (+5)

* competed as an individual

No. 39 Arizona Women's Tennis falls to No. 1 Stanford

April 11, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 39 Arizona women's tennis team fell to top-ranked Stanford on Friday, 1-6. The loss saw the Cats fall to 7-11, and 1-10 in the Pac-10.

In doubles play, sophomore Maja Mlakar teamed up with graduate student Emilie Scribot in the No. 1 spot, but fell to Stanford's Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette, 8-6. In the second spot, junior Debbie Larocque and freshman Kristy Randono were defeated by Alice Barnes and Amber Liu, 8-6. The Wildcat duo of sophomores Dianne Hollands and Kelly Perry claimed the only Arizona doubles win of the match in the third spot, downing Story Tweedie-Yates and Emilia Anderson, 8-5.

In singles play, No. 10 Scribot tallied the only singles win for the Arizona, upsetting No. 4 Liu in the top position, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Wildcats will compete in their last home match of the regular season when they take on California Saturday at noon at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

Results

Singles

1. #10 Emilie Scribot (UA) def. #4 Amber Liu (Stan.), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

2. #14 Lauren Barnikow (Stan.) def. #50 Maja Mlakar (UA), 6-3, 6-0

3. #35 Erin Burdette (Stan.) def. #52 Dianne Hollands (UA), 7-6, 4-6, 10-8

4. #9 Alice Barnes (Stan.) def. Debbie Larocque (UA), 6-3, 6-3

5. Emilia Anderson (Stan.) def. Kelly Perry (UA), 6-3, 6-4

6. Story Tweedie-Yates (Stan.) def. Zorica Zasova (UA), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles

1. Barnikow/Burdette (Stan.) def. Mlakar/Scribot (UA), 8-6

2. Barnes/Liu (Stan.) def. Larocque/Randono (UA), 8-6

3. Hollands/Perry (UA) def. Tweedie-Yates/Anderson (Stan.), 8-5

Arizona Women's Tennis downs Texas

April 8, 2003

The Arizona women's tennis team blanked the visiting Longhorns Tuesday, 7-0. The win improved the Cats' record to 7-10, 1-9 in the Pac-10.

In doubles action, the Wildcats took two of three matches to win the doubles point. Freshman Kristy Randono teamed up with junior Debbie Larocque in the No. 2 spot, and defeated Texas' duo of Lindsay Blau and Kelly Baritot, 8-5. In the third spot, sophomores Dianne Hollands and Kelly Perry defeated Michelle Krinke and Macey Breece, 8-1.

In singles play, graduate student Emilie Scribot defeated Kendra Strohm in the top spot, 6-1, 6-1. In the second position, sophomore Maja Mlakar defeated Michelle Krinke, 6-3, 6-3. Hollands downed Baritot on court three, 6-2, 6-2, and Texas' Ziva Grasic fell to Larocque in t he fourth spot, 7-6, 6-3. In the fifth position, Perry downed Lindsay Blau, 6-2, 7-6. Rounding out the singles victories for the Wildcats, freshman Zorica Zasova defeated Macey Breece in the sixth spot, 6-3, 4-6,10-6.

Arizona will be in action again at home this weekend. The Cats will take on No. 1 Stanford on Friday at 1:30, and No. 4 Cal on Saturday at noon, at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

Arizona Men's Tennis Upsets No. 11 Washington, 4-3

April 5, 2003

The No. 52 Arizona men's tennis team won its third straight match Saturday, April 5, upsetting No. 11 Washington, 4-3. Arizona lost the doubles point, but battled back by winning four of the six singles matches to clinch the victory. Five of the six singles matches went into the third set. The victory improves Arizona to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10, while the loss drops Washington to 14-4 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-10.

Washington swept the doubles matches earning the doubles point. Junior Whi Kim and sophomore Paul Warkentin fell to Ari Strasberg and Alex Vlaski in the No. 1 position, 8-6. On court two, sophomore Colin O'Grady and freshman Roger Matalonga lost to Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby, 8-3. Washington's pair of Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler defeated junior Carl Hagman and freshman Daniel Andrus in the No. 3 slot, 8-4.

In singles action, Arizona earned wins on courts two, three, four and six to earn the team victory. Hagman upset the No. 19-ranked Matt Hanlin on court two, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Warkentin defeated Fred Sundsten in the No. 3 position, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. On court six, Andrus beat Nick Weiss, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Clinching the match for Arizona was Matalonga who defeated Christoph Palmanshofer in the No. 4 slot, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Kim lost to the No. 8-ranked Alex Vlaski, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. On court five, O'Grady fell to Dillon Ruby, 6-4, 6-3.

UA Track & Field Adds More Postseason Qualifiers at UCLA Invitational

April 5, 2003

The University of Arizona finished the weekend at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational with several new postseason qualifiers. The meet, held at UCLA, featured strong teams from Arkansas, Hawaii, Georgia, Cal Poly-SLO and UCLA. All in all, the Wildcats earned six new postseason qualifiers and improved times and marks with six other individuals.

On the track for the UA women, Beth Hoge led the way, earning a NCAA regional qualifying time with a win in the 5,000 meters. Her time of 16:46.81 was over 15 seconds faster than her closest competitor. Nicole Gurnicz was the lone Wildcat in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing ninth in 11:29.15. The women's 4x100 meter relay team placed third, while improving their NCAA regional qualifying time to 45.45 seconds. Sharifa Jones made her way into the NCAA regional meet with an eighth-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and a time of 13.84 seconds. Freshman standout Angel Perkins earned her way into the Pac-10 Championships in her first outdoor meet of the season. Perkins finished fourth in the 400 meters in a time of 55.05. Seynabou Ndiaye, already a NCAA qualifier, improved her time to 11.72 in the 100 meters, finishing fifth overall. Chelsea Powell followed Ndiaye's example by improving her 400 meter hurdles qualifying time to 1:01.07 with a second place finish in the race. In the 200 meters, Marquita Taylor picked up a Pac-10 qualifying time of 24.59 to finish sixth overall.

In the women's field events, the Wildcats continued to look impressive. Amber Varner improved her NCAA qualifier in the hammer throw, finishing seventh and a throw of 171-7 (52.32m). Teammate Jackilyn Drake was ninth with a toss of 155-11 (47.53m). Julie DeMarni was second in the javelin, finishing with a best throw of 144-8 (44.11m). Amber Varner was also the ninth-place finisher in the shot put with a throw of 45-1 ¾ (13.76m). In the discus, Ilona Rutjes was fourth with a throw of 164-0 (50.00m). Right behind her was fifth-place Rachel Varner, who improved her NCAA mark to 162-7 (49.57m).

In the men's running events, Josh Ludwig earned himself a spot in the NCAA regional field for the 3,000 meter steeplechase after a second-place finish in 9:07.01. Mark Anderson finished fifth in 9:16.60. The UA men's 4x100 meter relay team was second in 41.08 seconds. In the 1,500 meters, Jin Daikoku was third, finishing in 3:52.97. Graeme Wells was eighth overall with a time of 3:56.56. Jeff Hunter continued his winning ways with a victory in the 110 meter hurdles in 14.24 seconds. Aaron Powell was sixth overall in the 800 meters, finishing in a season's best time of 1:53.49. Robert Cheseret won the 5,000 meters in 14:21.2 to add a second NCAA qualifying time to his season as he is already qualified in the 800 meters. The men's 4x400 meter relay team improved its NCAA regional qualifying time to 3:09.1, earning the victory over Pac-10 rival UCLA by one second.

On the field for the men, Mike Mensah was the third-place finisher in the long jump with a leap of 22-5 (6.83m). Also competing for the Wildcats, Mark Ramos was fifth overall in the long jump. Mensah was also the third-place finisher in the triple jump, finishing with a best mark of 45-8 (13.92m). Sean Shields finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 60-3 ¾ (18.38m). He was also sixth in the discus after a throw of 178-5 (54.39m). In men's high jump action, Matt Johnson was sixth after clearing 6-5 ½ (1.97m).

Women's Tennis Falls to No. 9 Washington

 April 5, 2003

The Arizona women's tennis team fell short of sweeping the Washington schools on the road with a 2-5 loss to the Huskies Saturday at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, falling to 6-10 overall, 1-9 in the Pac-10.

Washington took the doubles point with wins in the second and third spots, but graduate student Emilie Scribot and sophomore Maja Mlakar teamed up to upset the Huskies' No. 11 duo of Claire Carter and Darija Klaic, 9-8(4).

In singles play, the Wildcats tallied wins in the first and second spots. No. 20 Scribot defeated No. 42 Carter in the first spot, 6-2, 6-2. Following suit in the second spot, No. 75 Mlakar upset No. 45 Dea Sumantri, 6-1, 6-4.

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