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Gymnastics Looks to Finish Regular Season Schedule on High Note
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Release: 03/16/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

                       

What’s on Tap: The No. 20 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (14-7, 3-3) will travel to College Park, Md., Friday to take on host Maryland, Rhode Island and James Madison in its final regular season meet of the year.

 

A Look Back: The Arizona women’s gymnastics team saved its best performance of the season to date for its last home appearance of the year. The Wildcats posted a season-best 196.375 en route to victories over Cal-State Fullerton (193.600), Texas Women’s University (192.700) and Ball State (191.300) on Friday night in front of 920 fans in McKale Center. The Wildcats honored their six departing seniors in a ceremony following the meet, including Monica Bisordi who became the school’s all-time leading scorer.

 

The Wildcats wasted no time in taking an early advantage over the three non-conference opponents with a team score of 48.975 on the vault. Senior Katie Johnson led the Wildcats in the first rotation tying her career high of 9.900 and claimed the individual title. Bisordi and freshman teammate Karin Wurm each tallied 9.775 marks. Freshman Danielle Hicks earned a score of 9.725 while sophomore Jamie Holton set a career-high of 9.650 in the event.

 

Arizona also posted a team score of 48.975 while establishing a team-high in the second rotation on the uneven parallel bars. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor captured the individual title on the uneven parallel bars with her career-best 9.875 performance. Senior Jamie Schell also set a new personal-best with a 9.850 score on the uneven parallel bars. Senior Jamie Duce and Hicks shared fifth place overall with 9.775 marks.

 

In the third rotation, the Wildcats set yet another team-high, scoring a 49.025 on the balance beam. Bisordi led all gymnasts with a mark of 9.900 to earn her fifth beam title of the season. Teammates Johnson and Hicks chipped in 9.850 scores to share second place. Duce earned a top-five finish with season-best 9.800 performance.

 

The Wildcats finished the night in grand fashion scoring a team total of 49.400 in the floor exercise. The mark was the highest individual event score for Arizona this season, and its best floor performance in nearly a year. Johnson led the Wildcats with a 9.925 score  and edged out classmate Bisordi (9.900) for the individual title. Hicks capped off her night with a personal-best 9.875, while Wurm (9.850) and Holton (9.800) also set new career-highs. Duce (9.850) earned her third top-five finish of the meet.

 

Hicks edged out Bisordi for her second consecutive all-around title. The freshman’s total of 39.225 is a career-high, and she has now competed in the all-around three times on the season.

 

With her score of 9.400 on the bars in the second rotation, Bisordi passed Kara Fry on Arizona’s all-time leading scorers list. Fry, a four-year competitor from 1998-2001, scored 1979.100 points in her career. Bisordi’s all-around total of 38.975 puts her in the record books as the only Wildcat gymnast ever to surpass the 2000-point milestone with 2002.600 career points.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats moved up to No. 20 in the GymInfo national rankings with an average team score 194.470 and a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.800. The Wildcats are also ranked nationally in three of the four individual events. The Wildcats are No. 17 in the floor exercise with an average of 48.885 and a RQS of 49.015. The Willdcats dropped out of the Top 25 this week on the balance beam. Arizona ranks No. 17 on the uneven parallel bars with an average of 48.517 and a RQS of 48.790. The Wildcats moved up to No. 21on the vault with a team average of 48.750 and a RQS of 48.865. Individually for the Wildcats, Monica Bisordi ranks No. 24 in the floor exercise with an average of 9.757 and a RQS of 9.880.

 

Complete Top 25:

 

Rank

Team Name

Team RQS

Ave

1

L.S.U.

196.990

196.360

2

Utah, U. of

196.960

196.712

3

Nebraska, U. of

196.750

196.050

4

Alabama, U. of

196.670

196.050

5

UCLA

196.610

195.795

6

Florida, U. of

196.605

196.222

7

Michigan, U. of

196.540

196.337

8

Georgia, U. of

196.520

196.094

9

Oklahoma, U. of

196.070

195.568

10

Iowa State

195.980

195.617

11

Penn State

195.495

194.880

12

Oregon State

195.480

194.715

13

Brigham Young Univ.

195.445

195.016

14

Arkansas, U. of

195.335

194.840

15

Central Michigan

195.265

194.723

16

Utah State

195.250

194.182

17

Denver, U. of

195.150

194.961

18

Washington, U. of

194.875

193.935

19

Minnesota, U. of

194.835

194.432

20

Arizona, U. of

194.800

194.470

21

Missouri, U. of

194.790

194.032

22

Kentucky, U. of

194.765

194.277

23

Auburn Univ.

194.730

194.289

24

Kent State Universit

194.705

193.612

25

Stanford Univ.

194.660

194.359

 

 

Bold Indicates Arizona Opponents

 

About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes.  Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone.  Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 10-17.  From Jan. 24-Feb. 14, teams will be ranked by their season average.  Starting Feb. 21, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).  An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. 

 

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden: Is in his seventh season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program, owning a school and career record of 83-99-3. Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at the NCAA Championships in 2002, the program’s first appearance since 1996.  In 2002, Ryden also earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first head coach in Arizona history to have earned Regional Coach of the Year honors.

 

About the Terrapins: Unranked Maryland took second place last Saturday in a quad meet, scoring 192.850. The Terps led Towson, Rutgers and Pittsburgh going into the final rotation, but were edged by Towson's strong performance on floor exercise. Rachel Martinez scored a season-high 9.850 on vault, finishing second overall. Leah Brill paced Maryland on uneven bars, notching a 9.80 to finish tied for first with Towson's Juliya Kovaliova. Maryland had a strong showing on beam, totaling 48.225. Alexandria Gatch finished first overall with a 9.775. Martinez scored a season-high 9.90 on floor exercise to finish first overall. Maryland is coached by Bob Nelligan who is in his 26th season at the school.

About the Dukes: James Madison enters the week after posting a season high score, but could not top William & Mary, falling 191.75-188.20 last Wednesday night. JMU garnered season high totals on both the vault and the balance beam.  The vault total of 46.95 outdistanced the previous high of 46.225 from the Pittsburgh meet, and a 48.00 on the beam shattered the 46.325 mark set against William & Mary earlier in the year. Jessica Caravello set a new individual season high on the beam at 9.75, eclipsing her previous best of 9.675. Natalie Moore led the Dukes with a new season high all-around total of 36.550. The Dukes are coached by Roger Burke who is in his 11th season.

About the Rams: Senior Emily Domenick (38.050) took first in the all-around competition, as Rhode Island hosted its last home meet of the season against Temple on March 5. Rhode Island topped the Temple Owls, 189.625-185.675 tallying the third highest team score of the season. The Rams dominated the floor competition taking the top four spots in the event. The Rams are coached by Chelle Kassabian who is in her fourth season at the school.

Ms. 2000: Senior Monica Bisordi surpassed Kara Fry as the school’s all-time leading scorer last Friday. With her all-around total of 38.975, Bisordi broke the 2000-point barrier, becoming the first Wildcat ever to do so. 

 

Arizona’s All-Time Leading Scorers

#

Gymnast

Years

Total

1

Monica Bisordi

2002-2005

2002.600

2

Kara Fry

1998-2001

1979.100

3

Randi Liljenquist

1999-2002

1948.225

4

Heidi Hornbeek

1996-2000

1727.400

 

Bisordi has amassed such staggering numbers not only because of her talent, but also her durability and consistency. She has competed as an all-arounder 48 times since coming to Arizona, including a stretch of 28 straight. She first competed all-around her freshman season at Stanford, posting a 38.875, and did not come out of Arizona’s all-around lineup until an injury forced her to do so on Jan. 31, 2004, at Illinois-Chicago. Bisordi returned to the all-around the following week and matched her career high with a score of 39.750 against California. Since then, she has c

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