Columbus, Ohio ?- The No. 21 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.775) defeated Ohio State (193.325) Saturday night at St. John Arena. Wildcat gymnasts won individual titles on three of the four events and freshman Danielle Hicks captured her first career all-around title.
The Wildcats began the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars and took an early lead (48.900-48.350). Sophomore Aubrey Taylor posted a meet best score of 9.850 to lead the Wildcats. Senior Jamie Duce (9.800) shared second place with OSU’s Elizabeth Meaney, while freshmen Hicks (9.775) and Karin Wurm (9.750) placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Arizona stayed hot through the second rotation. Wildcat gymnasts swept the top five spots in the vault en route to a team score of 49.050. Senior Kate Johnson led all gymnasts with a season-best 9.875 to capture her fifth vault title of the season. Freshman Rachelle Silberg tallied a season and career-best 9.825 to place second. Senior Monica Bisordi chipped in with a 9.800 while classmates Wurm and Hicks shared fourth place with 9.775 marks.
Leading 97.950-96.200 entering the third rotation, the Wildcats extended their lead in the floor exercise. Senior Monica Bisordi claimed her second floor title of the season with a 9.875 score. Johnson (9.825) shared third place with OSU’s Meaney. Taylor finished fifth overall with a mark of 9.775, while teammates Hicks (9.750) and Duce (9.725) finished sixth and seventh.
The Wildcats closed the night on the balance beam with a team score of 47.875. Senior Stevie Fanning and Hicks were the top Wildcat scorers as they each posted second place marks of 9.800. Johnson turned in a score of 9.775 to share fifth place with OSU’s Kaylin Schlecht.
Hicks’ career-best all-around score of 39.100 earned the freshman her first career all-around title. Bisordi (37.975) was the only other Wildcat to compete in the all-around for Arizona.
“It was a very good meet for Danielle,” Ryden said. “She hung tough and did a terrific job for us.”
With the victory the Wildcats improve their record to 11-7 overall and remain 3-3 on the Pac-10. Arizona will return home for their final home meet of the season next Friday as they host Cal-State Fullerton, Texas Women’s and Ball State in a quad meet. The meet will also be the final home appearance for the Wildcats’ six departing seniors.
“We just have to keep moving forward,” Ryden said. “We still have some issues and need to just start getting our jobs done. Next week will be Senior Night which hopefully will be a great meet for us.”