Tucson, Ariz. ?- 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.
Bisordi will look to tack on to her school record next week as the Wildcats (14-7, 3-3) will travel to College Park, Md., next Friday to take on host Maryland, Rhode Island and James Madison in their final regular season meet of the year.