Lincoln, Neb. ?- The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.700) finished in fourth place behind No. 8 Michigan (196.600), No. 6 Nebraska (196.300) and No. 19 Missouri (195.100), but ahead of Arizona State (194.500) and Illinois (193.825) at the 2005 NCAA South Central Regional in the Bob Devaney Sports Center in front of 2,108 fans Saturday night. The fourth-place finish brings Arizona’s season to a close.
The Wildcats began the meet on the floor exercise and posted a team score of 49.000. Senior Katie Johnson paced Arizona with a second place 9.900 performance. Classmate Monica Bisordi added a 9.825, while senior Jamie Duce and freshman Karin Wurm each chipped in 9.750 marks.
Arizona then moved to the vault for the second rotation and earned a team score of 48.000. Johnson led the Wildcats with a mark of 9.800. Wurm earned a score of 9.775, while Bisordi notched a 9.725 score.
The Wildcats came out of their first bye to record a season-high team score of 49.075 on the uneven parallel bars. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor matched her season and career-high of 9.875 to earn a fifth-place finish. Freshmen Danielle Hicks and Wurm each tallied career-best 9.825 scores and Bisordi added a 9.800. Seniors Duce and Stevie Fanning earned 9.775 and 9.700 scores respectively.
Arizona finished the night on the balance beam and recorded a team score of 48.625. Duce and Johnson paced the Wildcats with 9.750 scores. Hicks posted a 9.725 mark, while Taylor and Fanning each added 9.700 scores.
Bisordi (38.925), who finished seventh in the all-around, was edged out by Arizona State gymnast April Boone for the last all-around qualifying spot at next week’s NCAA Championships. Hicks (38.800) finished one sport below Bisordi, in eighth-place.
Bisordi was named 2005 South Central Region Co-Gymnast of the year along with Rachelle Simpson of Nebraska and Jackie Jaworowicz from Illinois-Chicago. With her all-around total today, Bisordi wraps up her Arizona career with 2,120.790 points scored, the most in the program’s history.
The Wildcats, who placed second at last week’s Pac-10 Championships, finish with a 24-11 record.