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Gymnastics Making 19th-Straight NCAA Regional Appearance
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/10/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (22-8) will compete at the 2005 NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday, April 9. The meet, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, includes host No. 6 Nebraska, along with No. 8 Michigan, No. 19 Missouri, Arizona State and llinois, and individual competitors from Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State.

Arizona at the Regional: If the Wildcats wish to continue their 2005 season past this weekend, they will have to upset either Nebraska or Michigan, while holding off the other stiff competition. The top two teams, as well as the top two all-around competitors not from an advancing team, at each regional will receive a berth in the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Auburn, Ala., on April. 21-23. In addition, individual event winners not from a qualifying team or all-arounder will advance. Also competing at the regional meet will be five at-large individual all-around competitors and four at-large individual event specialists.

Last season, Arizona hosted the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional Championships in McKale Center and placed third with a score of 196.375. Arizona fell one spot short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships behind first-place Utah (197.625) and Florida (197.050). The Wildcats placed ahead of fourth-place Arkansas (195.500), fifth-place Illinois (195.400) and Illinois-Chicago (193.975). Gymnasts Monica Bisordi (all-around) and Andi McCabe (floor) qualified as individual competitors for the NCAA Championships.The Wildcats have qualified for the Regional Championships for the 19th-straight year, dating back to 1987. Arizona is looking for its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2002, and the first regional championship in the program’s history.

Rotation Order:

           

 

Vault

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

Rotation 1

Arizona State

Missouri

Nebraska

Michigan

Illinois

Arizona

Rotation 2

Arizona

Arizona State

Missouri

Nebraska

Michigan

Illinois

Rotation 3

Illinois

Arizona

Arizona State

Missouri

Nebraska

Michigan

Rotation 4

Michigan

Illinois

Arizona

Arizona State

Missouri

Nebraska

Rotation 5

Nebraska

Michigan

Illinois

Arizona

Arizona State

Missouri

Rotation 6

Missouri

Nebraska

Michigan

Illinois

Arizona

Arizona State

                                                                                     

 

A Look Back: The No. 19 Arizona women’s gymnastics team posted a season-best road score of 195.925 en route to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships in Hass Pavilion. The Wildcats were edged out by No. 3 UCLA (197.100), but finished ahead of No. 12 Oregon State (195.125), Stanford (194.600), No. 23 Washington (194.500), No. 25 Arizona State (192.975) and California (163.550).

 

The Wildcats opened the meet on the floor exercise and earned a team total of 49.075. Seniors Monica Bisordi and Katie Johnson each earned 9.875 marks to share fifth-place overall. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor tied her career-high in the event with a score of 9.850. Freshman Karin Wurm notched a 9.775 score, while senior teammate Jamie Duce scored a 9.700.

 

Arizona continued to impress on the vault, scoring a team total of 49.050. Freshman Rachelle Silberg claimed a share of second-place overall with a personal-best score of 9.900. Johnson finished in fifth-place with a score of 9.875. Freshmen Danielle Hicks and Wurm each tallied 9.775 scores. Bisordi added a score of 9.725.

 

The Wildcats moved to the bars and posted a  team score of 48.450. Taylor paced the Wildcats with a 10th-place finish and a score of 9.800. Seniors Jamie Schell and Bisordi each chipped in 9.675 scores while classmate Duce posted a 9.650.

 

Arizona finished the night in grand fashion on the balance beam, scoring a season-high team total of 49.350 as every gymnast scored at least a 9.800. The Wildcats were led by seniors Johnson and Bisordi who each earned 9.990 marks and shared fourth-place. Hicks matched her personal-best score of 9.875. Taylor recorded a 9.850 score, while Duce and Stevie Fanning added 9.825 and 9.800 scores respectively.

 

Bisordi placed fourth overall in the all-around with a total of 39.175. Hicks was the only other Wildcat to compete in the all-around and posted a total of 38.850, which was good enough for eighth overall.

 

The Wildcats second-place finish equals the program’s highest finish ever at the Pac-10 Championships. Arizona’s six seniors competed as freshmen on the 2002 team that also placed second.

 

For the first time all season, Wildcat gymnasts hit every routine, going 24-for-24 on the night.

 

For the third straight week, Arizona recorded a team total of 195.000 or higher. It is the longest such streak of the season. The second-place finish improves the Wildcats’ record to 22-8.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats moved up to No. 18 in the GymInfo national rankings with an average team score of 194.690 and a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.300. The Wildcats are also ranked nationally in all four individual events. The Wildcats are No. 19 in the floor exercise with an average of 48.896 and a RQS of 49.045. The Wildcats remained in the Top 25 this week on the balance beam at No. 23 with an average team score of 48.433 and a RQS of 48.835. Arizona’s highest ranking comes on the vault. The Wildcats rank No. 16 with an average of 48.806 and a RQS of 48.995. The Wildcats moved up to No. 17 on the uneven parallel bars with a team average of 48.554 and a RQS of 48.865. Individually for the Wildcats, Katie Johnson ranks No. 21 in the floor exercise with an average of 9.852 and a RQS of 9.895, while Monica Bisordi ranks No. 16 on the balance beam with an average of 9.735 and a RQS of 9.880.

 

Complete Top 25:

 

Rank

Team Name

Team RQS

Ave

1

Utah, U. of

197.320

196.858

2

UCLA

197.090

195.977

3

L.S.U.

197.025

196.443

4

Alabama, U. of

196.815

196.134

5

Georgia, U. of

196.800

196.183

6

Nebraska, U. of

196.750

196.148

7

Florida, U. of

196.685

196.298

8

Michigan, U. of

196.595

196.344

9

Iowa State

196.260

195.765

10

Oklahoma, U. of

196.130

195.598

11

Penn State

195.900

195.035

12

Oregon State

195.715

194.883

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