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Gymnastics Set to Host Three Teams on Senior Night
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Release: 03/12/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 21 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (11-7) will host Cal State Fullerton (3-12), Texas Women’s (3-11) and Ball State (3-14) in a quadrangular meet this Friday at 7:30 p.m. in McKale Center. The meet is the final home appearance of the year for Arizona and the Wildcats will honor their six departing seniors in a ceremony following the meet.

 

ArizonaAthletics.com will provide live statistics and a free live video webcast of the event (video is of Wildcat gymnasts only), and free on-demand video of all four Arizona events after the meet.

 

A Look Back: The No. 21 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.775) defeated Ohio State (193.325) Saturday night at St. John Arena. Wildcat gymnasts won individual titles on three of the four events and freshman Danielle Hicks captured her first career all-around title.

 

The Wildcats began the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars and took an early lead (48.900-48.350). Sophomore Aubrey Taylor posted a meet best score of 9.850 to lead the Wildcats. Senior Jamie Duce (9.800) shared second place with OSU’s Elizabeth Meaney, while freshmen Hicks (9.775) and Karin Wurm (9.750) placed fourth and fifth respectively.

 

Arizona stayed hot through the second rotation. Wildcat gymnasts swept the top five spots in the vault en route to a team score of 49.050. Senior Kate Johnson led all gymnasts with a season-best 9.875 to capture her fifth vault title of the season. Freshman Rachelle Silberg tallied a season and career-best 9.825 to place second. Senior Monica Bisordi chipped in with a 9.800 while classmates Wurm and Hicks shared fourth place with 9.775 marks.

 

Leading 97.950-96.200 entering the third rotation, the Wildcats extended their lead in the floor exercise. Senior Monica Bisordi claimed her second floor title of the season with a 9.875 score. Johnson (9.825) shared third place with OSU’s Meaney. Taylor finished fifth overall with a mark of 9.775, while teammates Hicks (9.750) and Duce (9.725) finished sixth and seventh.

 

The Wildcats closed the night on the balance beam with a team score of 47.875. Senior Stevie Fanning and Hicks were the top Wildcat scorers as they each posted second place marks of 9.800. Johnson turned in a score of 9.775 to share fifth place with OSU’s Kaylin Schlecht.

 

Hicks’ career-best all-around score of 39.100 earned the freshman her first career all-around title. Bisordi (37.975) was the only other Wildcat to compete in the all-around for Arizona.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats remained No. 21 in the GymInfo national rankings with an average team score 194.258 and a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.540. The Wildcats are also ranked nationally in all four individual events. The Wildcats are No. 20 in the floor exercise with an average of 48.828 and a RQS of 48.930. The Willdcats sneak in at No. 25 this week on the balance beam with an average of 48.239 and a RQS of 48.510. Arizona’s highest ranking is on the uneven parallel bars. The No. 19 Wildcats hold an average of 48.467 and a RQS of 48.680. The Wildcats moved up to No. 22 on the vault with a team average of 49.725 and a RQS of 48.790. Individually for the Wildcats, Monica Bisordi ranks No. 24 in the floor exercise and teammate Katie Johnson slides in at No. 25.

 

Complete Top 25:

 

Rank

Team Name

Team RQS

Ave

High

1

Utah, U. of

196.800

196.586

197.675

2

Nebraska, U. of

196.720

195.933

196.800

3

Alabama, U. of

196.670

196.050

197.175

4

L.S.U.

196.660

196.167

197.250

5

UCLA

196.610

195.795

197.850

6

Florida, U. of

196.605

196.222

196.950

7

Michigan, U. of

196.540

196.500

197.800

8

Georgia, U. of

196.355

196.011

197.275

9

Oklahoma, U. of

196.070

195.550

196.700

10

Iowa State

195.840

195.544

196.925

11

Oregon State

195.480

194.715

195.975

12

Central Michigan

195.265

194.742

196.050

13

Penn State

195.115

194.753

196.650

14

Denver, U. of

195.085

194.915

196.000

15

Arkansas, U. of

195.075

194.758

195.725

16

Brigham Young Univ.

195.055

194.864

196.125

17

Kentucky, U. of

194.765

194.475

196.025

18

Kent State Universit

194.705

193.683

195.500

19

Minnesota, U. of

194.655

194.333

195.775

20

Southern Utah Univ.

194.570

194.178

196.175

21

Arizona, U. of

194.540

194.258

195.225

22

Auburn Univ.

194.510

194.145

195.325

23

North Carolina State

194.340

193.672

195.500

24

Stanford Univ.

194.290

194.271

196.025

25

Utah State

194.280

193.719

195.900

 

 

Bold Indicates Arizona Opponents

 

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 are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 10-17.  From Jan. 24-Feb. 14, teams will be ranked by their season average.  Starting Feb. 21, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).  An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. 

 

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden: Is in his seventh season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program, owning a school and career record of 80-99-3. Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at the NCAA Championships in 2002, the program’s first appearance since 1996.  In 2002, Ryden also 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.

 

About the Titans: Cal-State Fullerton enters the week unranked after suffering a low-scoring loss to San Jose State 193.025-192.400. However, the Titans did hold off Bowling Green (192.250) and SUNY-Cortland (183.700) to earn two victories. The Titans were led by Brittany Hoffman’s all-around title (38.850). Hoffman also claimed the vault total with a score of 9.750. Other scorers of note for the Titans were Tiffany Schram (9.825) and Brittany Evans (9.750) who placed first and second on the beam respectively. Evans also shared the floor title with two other gymnasts with a score of 9.850. The Titans are coached by Julie Knight-Bowse who is in her seventh season at the helm of Cal-State Fullerton.

 

About the Pioneers: Texas Women’s enters the week unranked and is coming off a loss to nationally ranked Oklahoma 196.325-191.425. Despite the loss, the Pioneers posted their best away score of the season. The Pioneers performed well on the bars (48.225), floor (48.300) and vault (48.125), but struggled on the beam. Courtney Arno paced TWU on the bars with a 9.775 mark. Rachel Goddard led the Pioneers in the floor exercise. Both Arno and Goddard tallied 9.750 scores on the beam. Nakia Westbrook matched her season high on the vault with a score of 9.750. The Pioneers are coached by Frank Kudlac who is in his 26th year at TWU. Kudlac is a six-time NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.

 

About the Cardinals: Ball State suffered a 193.150-191.975 loss to Northern Illinois in its last home meet of the season. Cardinals’ gymnasts Brittany George (9.800) and Kelly Watson (9.750) claimed the top two spots in the floor exercise. Jessica Surridge won the vault title with a score of 9.750 and placed second on the bars with a mark of 9.775. Teammate Jessica Stevenson tied for fourth on the bars (9.700) and placed fifth on the beam (9.675). The Cardinals are coached by Mary Roth who is in her 20th season.

 

Chasing History: Senior Monica Bisordi has a chance to make history this Friday in what will be her last home meet as a Wildcat. The senior from San Mateo, Calif., is currently the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,964.525 points. She is only 14.575 points behind the school’s current all-time leading scorer, Kara Fry, who totaled 1,979.100 points from 1998-2001. Bisordi is also 35.475 points away from 2,000 for her career. If Bisordi reaches the 2,000-point plateau, she will become the first Wildcat gymnast to ever achieve the feat, and she may well be the last Wildcat ever to do so. With 349.075 points to date this season, Bisordi could also become the first Arizona gymnast to ever score more than 500 points in four consecutive seasons. Randi Liljenquist scored at least 500 points her sophomore through senior years from 2000-2002.

 

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