April 3, 2004
Tucson, Ariz. (April 3) - The No. 18 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (13-10-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) finished third at the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional Championships with a score of 196.375. Arizona fell one spot short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships behind first-place No. 5 Utah (197.625) and No. 8 Florida (197.050). The Wildcats placed ahead of fourth-place No. 25 Arkansas (195.500), fifth- place Illinois (195.400) and Illinois-Chicago (193.875).
Two Arizona gymnasts managed to qualify as individual competitors for the NCAA Championships on April 15-17 in Los Angeles. Senior Andi McCabe won a share of the floor title, tying for first-place honors in the event with a 9.900. Junior Monica Bisordi earned a trip to the NCAA Championships as an all-arounder by placing fourth in the all-around with a mark of 39.450.
McCabe also finished third on vault with a 9.900, 0.050 points out of first place, and Bisordi finished fifth on beam with a team-high 9.875. Junior Katie Johnson finished fourth on floor with a score of 9.850.
Arizona's 196.375 is the highest score in school history in a Regional Championship meet, and is the first score of 196 or better the Wildcats have ever tallied in NCAA championship competition. The Wildcats managed to post a 49.325 on vault, a 49.275 on bars, a 48.750 on beam, and finished with a 49.025 on floor. Arizona finishes the season scoring 196 points or better in a record 10 consecutive meets.
Arizona's third-place finish bests its 2003 output when the Wildcats finished fourth (195.450) at the South Central Regional Championships in Columbia, Mo. last season.
The top-two finishing teams in each of the six regional meets will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championship meet hosted by UCLA in Los Angeles, April 15-17. The top-two all-around competitors and the individual event winners not on qualifying teams will also earn automatic bids to the national championship.