Feb. 8, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. - The No. 9 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated California in a lop-sided victory, 194.725- 138.825, Friday night, in front of a crowd of 670 in McKale Center. California competed with an incomplete lineup due to gymnasts' injuries and illnesses, giving Arizona its second Pac-10 victory of the season. The Wildcats remain undefeated at home (4-0) and improved to 7-2, 2-1 Pac-10, while California dropped to 3-3, 1-3 Pac-10.
Arizona easily dominated the competition and tallied team victories in each event. The Cats won their sixth- straight vault title with a score of 49.125, tying the fifth best all-time mark in school history. Arizona tied their fourth-highest score of the season on bars (48.425) and posted a season-high 49.400 on floor, which ranks as the second-highest floor mark in school history. The Wildcats also took top individual honors in each team event. Four Wildcat gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson, and Jamie Schell - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in tonight's meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Monica Bisordi scored a season-high 39.125 to win her first career all-around title. Bisordi tied for first-place honors on beam (9.750), finished third on vault (9.825), fifth on floor (9.800) and third on bars with a career-high 9.750. Freshman Stevie Fanning had a solid performance for the Cats, tying Bisordi for first on beam (9.750) to win her first career beam title. Fanning also won her first career title on bars with a season-high 9.900.
Freshman Katie Johnson won her fourth floor title of the season, tying a personal-best 9.975 in the event. Johnson finished third on beam (9.725) and fourth on vault (9.800). Sophomore Andi McCabe won her third vault title of the season with a score of 9.875 and finished fourth on floor (9.825).
Senior Randi Liljenquist contributed nicely for the Cats, finishing second in the all-around with a score of 38.750. Liljenquist also finished second on vault (9.850), on bars (9.800) and on floor (9.925).
"I'm very proud of the efforts our gymnasts made on floor and on vault tonight," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden. "Our team has very high expectations. Each gymnast knows that they need to bring their best each time out. We definitely need to focus a little more in some areas. We made some changes to the lineup tonight to give some of our gymnasts a chance to rest and to see what our best possible lineup can be."
Arizona will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. (PST).