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No. 22 Arizona Gymnastics Looks to Improve on Season's Best Finish
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/02/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The Arizona women’s gymnastics team (8-4, 1-1) will be on the road for the second week in a row as they travel to Berkeley, Calif., to compete in a dual meet with California (5-1, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. (PST) in Haas Pavilion.

 

Last Time Out: The No. 20 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.800) fell to No. 22 Washington (195.075), but topped No. 24 Minnesota (193.700) and Seattle Pacific (191.025) in a four team meet at Bank of America Arena. The Wildcats claimed at least a share of the individual titles on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise.

 

Arizona’s overall team score of 194.800 was their highest total of the season, but they could not overcome two low scores in the second rotation on the balance beam. Senior Monica Bisordi claimed the individual title on the beam (9.850), but 9.225 marks from senior Katie Johnson and sophomore Aubrey Taylor limited the team score to 48.325. Freshman Danielle Hicks posted a career best 9.725 on the beam.

 

Arizona began the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars and set a season high of 48.775. The Wildcats were led by freshman Karin Wurm and senior Jamie Schell who each posted 9.800 scores. Wurm’s mark tied a career high.

 

The Wildcats made a strong push for the overall title in the third rotation as they posted a season high and meet best 48.925 in the floor exercise. Johnson earned a share of the individual title with Washington’s Carly Dockendorf (9.850). Bisordi and Taylor each earned 9.825 marks, while Wurm set a career best with a 9.750 performance.

 

Trailing the Huskies 146.275-146.025 heading to the fourth and final rotation, the Wildcats put together a solid vault performance. Freshman Rachelle Silberg scored a career high 9.825 in her only event of the night. Wurm set another career high with her 9.750 mark on the vault. Johnson claimed her third straight vault title as she capped off Arizona’s night with a 9.850 vault.

 

Despite the late charge, the Wildcats could not hold off the Huskies. The Huskies paced themselves with a strong second rotation posting a team total of 49.125 on the bars. Dockendorf captured the individual title on the event (9.875), and also claimed the all-around title (39.150). Arizona’s Bisordi (39.050) placed third in the all-around, her best finish of the year.

 

The Wildcats improved their overall record to 8-4 with the victories over Minnesota (3-5) and Seattle Pacific (0-5). The loss to Washington (7-1, 2-0) drops the Wildcats record to 1-1 against Pac-10 opponents. Arizona will be on the road again next week as they travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on California.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats are in the Top 25 for the second straight week after a rare absence two weeks ago. Arizona enters the week ranked No. 22 with a team average of 194.800. As a team, the Wildcats best event has been the floor exercise as they rank No. 20 (48.675). The Wildcats rank No. 19 in both the uneven parallel bars (48.362) and the balance beam (48.206). The Wildcats second best event has been the vault (48.631) and they have earned the No. 22 ranking on the apparatus.

 

Complete Top 25:

Rank

Team Name

Team Ave

High

1

Utah, U. of

196.544

197.675

2

Michigan, U. of

196.131

196.525

3

UCLA

196.055

197.300

4

L.S.U.

195.912

197.250

5

Florida, U. of

195.875

196.950

6

Alabama, U. of

195.844

197.175

7

Georgia, U. of

195.450

195.850

8

Brigham Young Univ.

195.092

195.575

9

Nebraska, U. of

195.081

196.800

10

Oklahoma, U. of

195.050

195.900

11

Iowa State

195.025

195.850

12

Denver, U. of

194.885

195.275

13

Arkansas, U. of

194.650

195.150

14

Penn State

194.494

196.300

15

Auburn Univ.

194.306

195.325

16

Michigan State

194.075

195.475

17

Southern Utah Univ.

194.050

195.525

18

Kentucky, U. of

193.937

194.850

19

Ohio State Univ.

193.925

194.775

20

Central Michigan

193.906

194.675

21

Washington, U. of

193.894

195.075

22

Arizona, U. of

193.875

194.800

23

Arizona State

193.837

195.700

24

Oregon State

193.669

195.200

25

Minnesota, U. of

193.469

193.925

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 77-96-3.  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 Bears: California enters the week unranked, but is coming off a victory last week in which the Golden Bears swept the top three spots in the all

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