Jan. 12, 2004
What's on Tap: The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (3-0) will open its Pac-10 Conference schedule on Friday, Jan. 16, in McKale Center, when the Wildcats take on the No. 5 UCLA Bruins. The meet is set for a 7:30 p.m. (MST) start.
The Rankings: After opening the 2004 season as the No. 17 ranked team in the nation, the Wildcats put on a decent enough performance last Friday in East Lansing to earn a No. 11 spot in this week's rankings. Arizona also ranks fourth as a team on vault (49.175), 10th in the nation on beam (49.025) and 13th on bars (48.925). Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi is tied at No. 14 in the nation in the all-around (39.300), and senior Andi McCabe owns a No. 11 ranking on vault (9.900). Also ranked on vault is sophomore Abby Pearson, who is tied at No. 17 (9.875). Junior Jamie Duce is ranked 16th on bars (9.875) and junior Katie Johnson is ranked No. 24 on floor (9.875).
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 will be ranked by their highest score from Jan. 12-19. From Jan. 26-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their season average. Starting Feb. 23, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). A Regional Qualifying Score is based on a team's top-six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. Complete rankings can be viewed at www.troester.com.
Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... is in his sixth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 59-82-1. Ryden leads Arizona into 2004 after making his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship (2002), the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden 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.
Last Time Out: The No. 17 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened the 2004 season with a bit of perfection on Friday, Jan. 9, earning three wins over No. 10 LSU, Michigan State and Western Michigan in Michigan State's Jenison Field House. The Wildcats posted a first-place mark of 195.425, as three Arizona gymnasts earned individual event titles.
As a team, Arizona posted meet bests on vault (49.175) and on bars (48.925). Arizona's vault mark of 49.175 is the eighth-best score in team history.
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi picked up her ninth career all-around title with a score of 39.300, and finished third on bars, fourth on beam and fourth on floor with marks of 9.825 in each event.
Junior Jamie Duce made her first trip back home to Michigan memorable, as she earned her third-career bars title with a first-place score of 9.875. Junior Katie Johnson landed her eighth-career floor title with a meet-high 9.875.
All told, six Wildcat gymnasts earned top-five honors. Senior Andi McCabe chipped in with a second-place finish on vault (9.900), and a fourth-place finish on bars (9.800). Junior Jamie Schell earned fourth place honors on vault (9.850) and beam (9.825). Sophomore Abby Pearson placed third on vault with a mark of 9.875.
About the Bruins: The No. 5 defending national champion UCLA Bruins enter Friday's meet with an 0-1 record, after an upset defeat last Friday at home to Utah. UCLA opened 2004, not surprisingly, at No. 1 in the nation. Entering this week's action, UCLA ranks No. 1 as a team on beam (49.525), No. 4 on floor (49.350) and No. 8 on vault (49.100). Individually for the Bruins, senior Jeanette Antolin and sophomore Kate Richardson share top honors at No. 1 in the nation in the all-around rankings (39.850). Antolin is also ranked first on vault (10.000), first on floor (9.975) and second on bars (9.950). Richardson is ranked first on beam (10.000), second on floor (9.950), third on vault (9.975) and fourth on bars (9.925). Head coach Valorie Kondos Field (UCLA '87) is in her 14th year at the helm of the UCLA program and owns a career record of 266-55-1.
The Series: UCLA owns a 48-2 series lead over Arizona. However, Arizona earned its second victory over the Bruins (195.175-195.100)in the last meeting in Tucson on Jan. 25, 2002.
D?j? Vu?: If you were alive in 2002, and paid any interest to the Arizona gymnastics team, you might think you are suffering from a mild case of d?j? vu this week. In 2002, Arizona started off the season 3-0 and opened its Pac-10 Conference schedule at home against UCLA. If you have paid any attention so far this season, you might notice that Arizona has started off 2004 at 3-0 and will open its Pac-10 Conference schedule at home against none other then UCLA. Further more, on Jan. 25, 2002, the No. 6 Arizona squad upset No.3 UCLA, 195.175-195.100, in Tucson, earning the program's second ever victory over the Bruins. D?j? Vu?
Fast Starts: It seems like head coach Bill Ryden has a knack for starting his teams off on the right track to open a season. After Friday's meet, Arizona is 12-2 in season openers under Ryden, including a 7-0 mark over the last three seasons. Arizona is also 9-1 in road openers under Ryden.
The Fast Stops?: Although Arizona is capable of first-meet fast starts under head coach Bill Ryden, it seems as if the Wildcats have a tendency to hit a road bump in the second meet of the season. In the past five seasons, Arizona is 9-2 in season openers, but owns a 4-6 record in the second meet of the season. However, Arizona is 3-0 in the second meet of the season at home, including a 1-0 Pac-10 record.
Back to Business: Junior Monica Bisordi seemed to have picked up where she left off from last season. The 2003 NCAA National Championship competitor picked up her ninth career all-around title with a score of 39.300, and finished third on bars, fourth on beam and fourth on floor with marks of 9.825 in each event in last Friday's meet.
Event Titlists: Along with Bisordi's all-around title, juniors Jamie Duce and Katie Johnson started their seasons off on the right foot in their respective events. Duce made her first trip back home to Michigan memorable, as she earned her third-career bars title with a first-place score of 9.875, while Johnson landed her eighth-career floor title with a meet-high 9.875.
Breaking Stuff Already: The Wildcats sure didn't have a New Year's resolution of taking it easy on the school record books this season. In Friday's meet against LSU, MSU and Western Michigan, Arizona posted a vault mark of 49.175 in the meet, which is the eighth-best score in team history.
Against Ranked Opponents: Since the Wildcats were scheduled to face nine ranked teams at season's start, it would make sense to keep track of how the Cats stack up against ranked opposition. Obviously, Arizona is 1-0 so far this season against ranked opponents after beating No. 10 LSU on Friday. Last season, Arizona was 4-16 against ranked opponents.
Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference is becoming one of the most competitive and dominant conferences in collegiate gymnastics. This week, five of the seven Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25 with Washington at No. 4, No. 5 UCLA, seventh-ranked Stanford, No. 11 Arizona Wildcats and No. 20 Oregon State.
Up Next: Arizona will travel to the "Golden State" to face Stanford on Friday, Jan. 23. The meet is set for a 7:30 (PST) start.