Jan. 31, 2004
Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 31) - The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (5-1, 1-1 Pac-10) rebounded from last week's loss with a road victory over Illinois-Chicago (0-8), 196.525-194.450, Saturday night. Arizona's team score of 196.525 is the second-best road-dual meet mark in school history.
The Wildcats dominated the evening's competition, sweeping the Flames in each event with scores of 49.050 on vault, 49.075 on bars, 49.325 on beam and 49.075 on floor. Saturday's meet marked the first time an Arizona team has ever scored 49 points or better in each event on the road, leading the Wildcats to the seventh-best team score (196.525) in school history. Arizona's 49.325 on beam is the second-highest score in school history.
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Katie Johnson earned her third floor title in four meets with a 9.900, and placed second on beam (9.900). In only the second beam performance of her career, freshman Aubrey Taylor earned her first beam title with a score of 9.925, the fifth-best mark in school history.
Junior Monica Bisordi grabbed her first bars title of the season with a mark of 9.875, but did not compete in the all-around for the first time in 27 meets. Junior Jamie Schell picked up the slack in the all-around, earning second-place honors (39.250), and finished second on bars with a career-high 9.850, fourth on vault (9.825) and fifth on beam (9.825).
Junior Jamie Duce tied for third-place honors on beam (9.850), finished fourth on bars (9.800) and fifth on floor (9.800). On vault, senior Andi McCabe and sophomore Abby Pearson tied for second place (9.850). On floor, sophomore Jessamyn Salter tied for third place (9.825), and junior Stevie Fanning finished fifth (9.800). Senior Sheehan Lemley placed fifth on beam (9.825).
Arizona will return home to Tucson and host Pac-10 rival California on Friday, Feb. 6 in McKale Center at 7:30 p.m. (MST).