Feb. 20, 2004
Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 20) - The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-2-1, 2-2-1 Pac-10) split Friday night's meet with No. 16 Washington (6-3-1, 2-2-1), 197.300-197.300, before a McKale Center crowd of 846. Arizona's team score of 197.300 is the second-best mark in school history, and earned the Wildcats their first tie since 1999.
Arizona also split team-event titles with the Huskies, besting Washington on vault (49.425) and on floor (49.500). Arizona's vault score of 49.425 tied for fourth-best all-time in school history, and its 49.500 on floor tied for second-best all-time. The Wildcats also posted marks of 49.300 on bars, and 49.075 on beam, allowing Arizona to score 49 points or better in each team event for the fourth time in school history.
Friday's competition is the fourth-consecutive meet Arizona has scored 196 points or better, a school first, and is the third time in school history an Arizona team has scored 197 points or better in a meet. Arizona scored a school-record 197.375 at home last season against Oklahoma on March 14, and a 197.050 on March 23, 2002, at the Pac-10 Championships in Stanford, Calif.
Individually for the Arizona, junior Monica Bisordi earned the Wildcats' only individual title, tying for first on floor with 9.950, to earn her fourth floor title of the season. Bisordi also finished second in the all-around (39.625), tied for third place on vault (9.900), tied for second on bars (9.900), and finished fourth on beam (9.875).
Senior Andi McCabe finished in second place on vault (9.925), and tied for fourth-place honors on floor with a career-high tying 9.900. Sophomore Abby Pearson placed third on vault (9.900), and junior Jamie Duce finished fifth on bars (9.875) and beam (9.850).
Freshman Aubrey Taylor took home fifth-place honors in the all-around with a career-high 39.350, the eighth-best mark in school history.
In what turned out to be a tie-themed meet, Arizona was able to slightly jump ahead of Washington in the first rotation, posting a 49.425 on vault to Washington's 49.375 on bars. The Wildcats then extended their lead over the Huskies in the second rotation with a score of 49.300 on bars, while Washington finished with a 49.125 on vault.
Leading 98.725-98.500 at the half way point, Arizona fell behind the Huskies in the third rotation, posting a 49.075 on beam to Washington's 49.350 on floor. Arizona trailed Washington, 147.800-147.850, after three rotations, but caught up to Washington at 197.300 with a team score of 49.500 on floor, as the Huskies finished with a 49.450 on beam.
Friday's meet marked Arizona's first tie in a competition since sharing fourth-place with Stanford (195.150) at the 1999 Pac-10 Conference Championships in Corvallis, Ore.
Arizona will next compete in the first of three-straight road meets when the Wildcats travel to Denton, Texas, to take on Texas Women's University and LSU on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.