March 16, 2004
What's on Tap: The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (8-5-1, 2-3-1 Pac-10) hosts the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Championships on Saturday, March 20, at 6 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center. Arizona is searching for its first Pac-10 Championship in school history.
Cats on the Tube: Fox Sports Net will televise the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, with Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke calling the action. Tape-delayed showings will be distributed on Thursday, March 25, starting at 9 a.m. (PST). Check your local listings for dates and times.
The Rankings: Arizona dropped four spots this week to No. 15 in the nation rankings, remaining with its RQS of 196.775, the Wildcats' highest average of the year. Arizona scored its season high 197.300 on Friday, Feb. 20 against the Washington Huskies, and has been ranked No. 15 four times this season. The Wildcats rank eighth in the nation on vault (49.340), No. 14 on bars (49.215), No. 16 on beam (49.180), and are No. 13 on floor (49.410). Individually for Arizona, senior Andi McCabe ranks No. 11 in the nation on vault (9.935). Juniors Katie Johnson and Monica Bisordi rank No. 11 on floor (9.940), and Bisordi ows a No. 10 ranking in the all-around (39.565).
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins, losses, or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. Since Feb. 23, teams and gymnasts are ranked by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). A Regional Qualifying Score is based on a team's top-six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. Complete rankings can be viewed at www.troester.com.
Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... is in his sixth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 64-87-2. Ryden leads Arizona into 2004 after making his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship (2002), the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden 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.
Last Time Out: The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished its regular season schedule with a win over No. 21 Arkansas, 196.525-194.850, Friday night before a crowd of 1111 in McKale Center. Arizona finished the regular season posting its school record eighth-consecutive score of 196 points or better.
The Wildcats took home three team event titles, posting season highs on vault, bars and floor. Arizona managed a school record 49.575 on floor, a 49.425 on bars, the second-best score in school history, and a 49.475 on vault, the third-best mark all-time, but posted a season-low 48.050 on beam.
Individually for Arizona, junior Monica Bisordi earned three individual crowns, finishing first on vault with a career-high 9.950, on floor with a career-high 9.975, and in the all-around (39.725). Bisordi also finished second on bars and beam with scores of 9.900.
Junior Katie Johnson finished second on floor (9.950), and tied for fourth-place honors on vault with sophomore Erin Muirhead (9.850). Senior Andi McCabe placed second on vault (9.925), third on floor with a career-high 9.925, and tied for fifth on bars (9.875).
Senior Sheehan Lemley and freshman Aubrey Taylor tied for third on bars with career-highs of 9.875, and sophomore Abby Pearson finished third on vault (9.900). Junior Jamie Duce placed fourth on floor (9.875), and junior Stevie Fanning finished fifth on beam (9.850).
Arizona started the meet off hot, posting a 49.475 on vault, while Arkansas struggled on bars counting two falls to finish with a school history low 47.525. The Wildcats extended their lead over the Lady Razorbacks in the second rotatoin, hitting a 49.425 on bars to Arkansas' 48.650 on vault, and led 98.900-96.175 at the halfway point.
Arizona strayed from a possible team record-setting performance after the Wildcats counted two falls on beam (48.050), while Arkansas cut into the lead with a 49.300 on floor, but held a 146.950-145.475 led heading into the final rotation. The Wildcats ended the meet strong, finishing with its school record 49.575 on floor, which was too much for the Lady Razorbacks' 49.375 on beam to overcome.
Arizona at the Pac-10s: Arizona enters Saturday's competition looking to win its first Pac-10 Championship in school history. Arizona has finished a school-best second place at the Pac-10 Championships four times. Last season, Arizona finished sixth with a score of 195.950. Since the formation of Pac-10 gymnastics in 1987, 10 Wildcat gymnasts have combined for 12 individual titles. Former Arizona gymnast Stacy Fowlkes is the only Wildcat to earn Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year honors (1993). Sophomore Stevie Fanning is the only current Arizona gymnast who has claimed a Pac-10 individual championship, winning a share of the 2002 Pac-10 beam championship (9.900).
About the Pac-10s: Since 1987, the gymnastics teams of the Pac-10 Conference have been battling it out for the conference crown. UCLA leads all teams with 11 conference championships, followed by Oregon State's four championships and Stanford's two. The Pac-10 Championships rotate every seven years, making this year's competition Tucson's first since 1997. At the 1997 Pac-10 Conference Championships in McKale Center, UCLA took home the title (196.550), with Arizona finishing in fifth place (194.950).
Arizona's Pac-10 Rotation Order:
Rotation I: Beam
Rotation II: Bye
Rotation III: Floor
Rotation IV: Bye
Rotation V: Vault
Rotation VI: Bye
Rotation VII: Bars
About the teams:
UCLA: The Bruins of Westwood (9-5, 4-2 Pac-10) enter Saturday's competition as the No. 1 team in the nation with a RQS of 198.040 and a season-high 198.875. UCLA is ranked first in the nation on vault (49.575), bars (49.520) and beam (49.535), and second on floor (49.550), and looks to win an unprecedented 12th Pac-10 Conference championship. The Bruins are led by senior Jeanette Antolin (39.790) and sophomore Kate Richardson (39.740), who rank first and second respectively in the all-around. Head coach Valorie Kondos Field is in her 14th year at the helm of the UCLA program and owns a career record of 275-59-1.
Stanford: The No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (8-3, 4-2 Pac-10) head into Saturday with a RQS of 197.350 and a season high of 198.875. The Cardinal rank No. 10 nationally on vault (49.310), No. 5 on bars (49.385), No. 3 on beam (49.425), and No. 13 on floor (49.410). Sophomore Natalie Foley leads the Stanford attack with a No. 11 ranking in the all-around (39.565). Head coach Kristen Smyth is in her third season at the helm of the Cardinal program and owns a career record of 41-12-1.
Oregon State: The Oregon State Beavers (9-10, 2-4 Pac-10) roll into Saturday's championships with a No. 10 ranking, a RQS of 197.090, and a season high of 197.675. Oregon State has posted scores of 197 points or better in its last four meets. The Beavers are ranked No. 20 on vault (49.090), No. 8 on bars (49.345), No. 7 on beam (49.300), and No. 16 on floor (49.355). Freshman Chelsea Plourde leads the Beavers with a No. 21 ranking in the all-around (39.460). Head coach Tanya Chaplin is in her seventh season at the helm of the Beaver program and owns a career record of 106-84-1.
Washington: The No. 12 Washington Huskies (10-5-1, 3-2-1 Pac-10) enter Saturday as maybe the Pac-10's hottest team. The Huskies own a RQS of 196.930, and have scored 197 points or better in its last five consecutive meets, including last week's season-high 198.025. The Dawgs rank No. 24 on vault (49.065), No. 2 on bars (49.440), No. 11 on beam (49.210), and No. 9 on floor (49.455). Senior Emily Pritchard owns a team-high No. 5 ranking in the all-around (39.625). Head coach Bob Levesque enters his 14th season at the helm of the Washington program and owns a career record of 165-129-2.
Arizona State: The No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 3-3 Pac-10) travel down Interstate-10 with a RQS of 196.325 and a season high of 198.450. Arizona State has posted scores of 198 points or better in its last meets. The Sun Devils rank No. 17 in the nation on vault (49.180), No. 21 on bars (49.125), No. 19 on floor (49.345), and average 48.845 on beam. Sophomore Ashley Kelly leads the team with a No. 13 all-around ranking (39.535). Head coach John Spini enters his 24th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program and owns a career record of 299-109-2.
California: The California Golden Bears (8-6, 2-4 Pac-10) enter Saturday as the Pac-10's only unranked team, but don't count them out from making a push for their first Pac-10 Championship. The Golden Bears are currently No. 31 in the nation with a RQS of 195.680 and a season high of 196.800. Cal ranks No. 19 in the nation on bars (49.130), and averages 48.965 on vault, 48.695 on beam, and 49.005 on floor. Junior My-Lann Dodd leads the Golden Bear attack with a 39.305 average in the all-around. Head coach Cari DuBois enters her second season at the helm of the Cal program and owns a career record of 20-11.
Arizona vs. the Pac-10: This season, Arizona has won some, has lost some, and has tied one during the Pac-10 regular season. The Wildcats own a 2-3-1-conference mark heading into Saturday, registering wins over Cal and UCLA, losses to Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona State, and a tie with Washington. Arizona might have the advantage of competing at home this weekend, as the Wildcats are 2-0-1 versus Pac-10 foes at home this season, compared to an 0-3 Pac-10 road mark.
Pac This: This year's Pac-10 Championships will be explosive, as the championship is for any teams' taking. No Pac-10 team enters Saturday's competition unbeaten in regular-season conference competition, as the highest win mark in the conference is four (UCLA, Stanford), and the lowest loss mark is four (Cal, Oregon State). Just how even is the Pac-10 field this year? Well, lets just say that during the regular season, Arizona beat UCLA, UCLA beat Stanford, Stanford beat Arizona, Arizona beat Cal, Cal beat Arizona State, Arizona State beat Stanford, Stanford beat Washington, Washington beat UCLA, UCLA beat Oregon State, Oregon State beat Washington, and Washington tied Arizona. Try saying that three-times fast.
Best Ever: Some might argue differently, but on paper, the 2004 Arizona Wildcats look like the best team in school history. So far this season, Arizona has posted nine scores in 11 meets that rank on the school's top-15 all-time list. The Wildcats have already posted two scores of 197 or better this season, as Arizona only had two scores of 197 or better in the program's entire history before this year. The Wildcats have also posted 15 team-event scores that rank on the top-10 all-time list. Here's a look at how Arizona has demolished its record books so far this season:
All-Time Meet Totals: 2. 197.300 Feb. 20 vs. Washington 3. 197.050 Feb. 23 at Texas Woman's & LSU 7. 196.750 Feb. 6 vs. California 8. 196.725 Jan. 16 vs. UCLA 9. 196.700 Feb. 13 at Oregon State 11. 196.650 March 5 at Florida 12. 196.525 Jan. 31 at Illinois-Chicago March 12 vs. Arkansas 15. 196.225 Feb. 27 at Arizona State
Hottest in History: Arizona is on a current streak that has never been accomplished before in school history. Arizona has posted scores of 196 or better in eight-consecutive meets, a program first. Arizona's nine scores of 196 or better is season (and counting), is a school record for the number of times 196 has been scored in a season.
The Number 49: For the Arizona gymnastics team, 49 equals success. In 11 meets, Arizona has scored 49 points or better in team events 31 times in 44 attempts. The 31 scores of 49 points or better is a school record, breaking the old record of 28 team event scores of 49 or better in a season, which was set in 2002. Arizona has also scored 49 points or better in every team event in a meet three times this season (at Illinois-Chicago, vs. Washington, at Texas Woman's), a feat only accomplished twice before this year.
Perfect Cats: Arizona received two perfect scores during the regular season on Feb. 23, as senior Andi McCabe and junior Katie Johnson became the seventh and eighth Wildcat gymnasts in school history to record perfect 10s. McCabe posted her first-career 10.000 on vault, becoming the fourth gymnast in Arizona history to do so in the event. Johnson landed her first-career perfect 10 on floor, becoming the third Arizona gymnast to accomplish such a feat on floor.
All-Around Bisordi: Junior Monica Bisordi is steadily etching her name among the best gymnasts in Arizona's history. So far this season, Bisordi has earned 13 individual titles (1 V, 2 UB, 1 BB, 5 FX, 4 AA), and has tallied a team-high 41 top-five finishes. She has also competed as an all-arounder in 34 of 39 career meets, including a streak of 27 all-around appearances that ended Jan. 31 at Illinois-Chicago.
Top-Senior: Andi McCabe is enjoying the best season of her career this year as a senior. The Bensenville, Ill., native has tallied four vault individual titles and 26 top-five finishes during the regular season, emerging as an all-around force for the first time since her freshman year. On top of that, McCabe has posted four career-highs (vault, beam, floor, all-around) this season including her perfect-10 on vault. McCabe owns the school record on vault with a perfect 10, ranks fifth in the school record books on floor (9.925), ninth on beam (9.900), and fourth in school history with an all-around career-high of 39.575.
Floor Queen: Junior Katie Johnson has been impressive all-season-long on floor, and looks to continue her dominance on the mat in the Pac-10 Championships. So far this season, Johnson has earned five floor titles, and has posted a career-high and school record 10.000. In her career, Johnson has earned 12 floor titles, including 19 scores of 9.9 or better. Johnson has also posted marks of 9.9 or better the last seven-consecutive meets.
Since '99: Under head coach Bill Ryden, Arizona is 11-19 in five Pac-10 Conference Championship meets. Arizona's top finish during that span was a second-place finish in 2002.
Against Opponents: Arizona's 8-5-1, 2-3-1 Pac-10 record possesses some trend-setting details. So far this season, the Wildcats are 3-4-1 versus ranked opponents, 4-4-1 in dual-meet competition, and are 3-0-1 at home. Arizona is also 5-4-1 when scoring 196 or better in a meet, and is 5-1 versus unranked opponents.
Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference is one of the most competitive and dominant conferences in collegiate gymnastics. This week, six of the seven Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25 with UCLA at No. 1, No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 12 Washington, No. 15 Arizona, and No. 22 Arizona State.
Up Next: Arizona will next prepare for the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, April 3 at 6 p.m. (MST) at a site to be determined.