Jan. 11, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2002)- The No. 17 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated Boise State and Brown University in its first home meet Friday, Jan. 11, in McKale Center. The Wildcats finished in first-place with a score of 195.400, beating second-place Boise State (189.250) and third-place Brown (186.000). Arizona remains undefeated after two meets, improving its record to 5-0 (0-0 Pac-10) on the season. Boise State begins its season 1-1, while Brown University drops to 0-2.
Arizona placed first in all four team events, posting season-highs of 48.725 on bars and 48.275 on beam. Arizona's 49.125 on vault became the new No.5 team-high mark in school history, while the Wildcat's score of 49.275 on floor tied the sixth-best team mark in school history. The Wildcats also took top individual honors in all four team events, with an Arizona gymnast finishing in first, second and third-place for each event.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist scored a 39.250 to win the all-around title and finished in first-place on beam (9.900). Liljenquist took first-place on vault, tying a career-high 9.900. Freshman Katie Johnson scored a 9.900 to win her second-straight floor event and tied for third-place on beam with a career-high 9.775. Freshman Monica Bisordi had a solid performance for the Wildcats, finishing in second-place on beam (9.875), third-place on vault (9.825) and third-place on bars (9.750). Freshman Jamie Duce took first-place on bars scoring a personal-best 9.850.
Sophomore Andi McCabe helped pace the Wildcats with a second-place finish on vault (9.875). Junior Nikki Beyschau finished in second-place on bars with a 9.775 and tied for fifth-place on vault (9.725). Wildcats Andi McCabe, Jamie Duce and freshman Jamie Schell shared second-place on floor, with each gymnast scoring a 9.850.
"I am very pleased with our team's performance tonight. We have a young team that still has a lot of growing to do. Our gymnasts have great potential and are very fun to coach. Our floor performance tonight was solid and it was just what we needed to finish the meet with a win. Next week is going to be a huge challenge for us. It is going to be a good learning experience for our younger gymnasts," said head coach Bill Ryden.
Arizona will next travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on the No.5 ranked Utah Utes Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. MST. Arizona's next home meet is Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. MST, when the Wildcats take on the No.1 and defending national champion UCLA Bruins.