Jan. 14, 2003
What's on Tap: The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (1-0, 0-0) will open Pac-10 Conference competition in its first home meet of the season on Friday, Jan. 17, against the No. 10 Oregon State Beavers (2-1, 0-1). The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.
The Rankings: After one week of competition, Arizona is now the 11th ranked team in the nation. The Wildcats were ranked No. 10 in the Preseason Coaches' Poll, but fell one spot in the rankings after posting a 195.725 in a win over Minnesota last Saturday. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked No. 8 in the nation on vault, No. 23 on bars, tied at the fourth spot on beam and are ranked 13th on floor. Individually for the Cats, sophomore Monica Bisordi is ranked No. 10 in the nation in the all-around (39.425) and 13th on beam (9.900) and sophomore Jamie Duce is ranked No. 24 on bars (9.850).
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. From Jan. 13 to Jan 20, rankings will be based on highest scores. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 17, teams will be ranked by total season average. Starting Feb. 24, teams will be 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 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 fifth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 50-64-1. Ryden leads Arizona into 2003 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. 10 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened the 2003 season with a win over No. 11 Minnesota, 195.725-195.525, on Saturday, Jan. 11 in front of a crowd of 1,317 in Minnesota's Sports Pavilion.
Arizona took the team vault title with a score of 49.075 and took the team beam title with a mark of 49.250, which is the second-highest team beam score in the program's history. Arizona's team score of 195.725 ranks No. 10 on the Wildcats' all-time top-10 list.
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi won her third career all-around title, tying her career-high score of 39.425. Bisordi also tied for first place on beam with a score of 9.900, tied for second on vault (9.850), tied for second on bars with a career-high tying mark of 9.825 and tied for fifth on floor (9.850).
Junior Andi McCabe finished second behind Bisordi in the all-around with a score of 39.100. She also tied for second on vault (9.850) and tied for fourth place on beam by tying her career-high with a score of 9.850. Sophomore Jamie Duce won her second career bars title with a score of 9.850 and tied for fourth place on beam by tying her career-high score of 9.850. Sophomore Katie Johnson chipped in a team-high mark of 9.875 on floor and a score of 9.875 on beam, both good for third place in each event. Sophomore Jamie Schell tied for second on vault (9.850) and tied for fifth on floor (9.850) for Arizona.
About the Beavers: The Oregon State University Beavers enter Friday's meet as the No. 10 ranked team in the nation. Oregon State owns a record of 2-1, with wins over Michigan State and Auburn and its only defeat coming to No. 1 UCLA in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Beavers return 10 gymnasts from last year's squad, including All-Americans Elizabeth Jillson and Tanya Ricioli. Head Coach Tanya Chaplin enters her sixth season at the helm of the Oregon State program and owns a career record of 82-64-1.
Last Season: In 2002, Arizona lost to the Beavers, 196.475- 195.625, on Feb. 15 in Corvallis, Ore. The Wildcats topped Oregon State at the Pac-10 Championships on March 23, placing second (197.050) over the fourth place (196.125) Beavers. Arizona and Oregon State were also participants in last year's NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Although Arizona and Oregon State did not compete in the same opening session of the championships, the Beavers posted a score of 192.925 to place 12th, while Arizona posted a mark of 194.975 to finish 11th at the 2002 NCAA Championships.
The Series: Arizona and Oregon State enter Friday's Pac-10 meet with the series dead even at 17-17. Under Head Coach Bill Ryden, Arizona is 2-5 against Oregon State, but is a perfect 2-0 against the Beavers in McKale Center.
Home Sweet Home: Arizona will compete for the first time this season in McKale Center on Friday. Last season, Arizona enjoyed the advantages of performing in front of a home crowd by posting seven of its 10 regular-season victories in McKale Center. Arizona finished the 2002 season with a 7-1 home record, with its only defeat coming at the hands of Minnesota on March 14 (196.850-196.125).
Over the Hill: On Saturday, Jan. 11, Arizona helped Head Coach Bill Ryden earn his 50th career victory. Ryden now owns a career record of 50-64-1 in now his fifth season at the helm of the Arizona program.
Record Setters: In the season opener against Minnesota, Arizona posted two team marks that now rank on the team's all-time top-10 list. Arizona took the team beam title against the Gophers with a mark of 49.250, which is the second-highest team beam score in the program's history. Arizona also posted a team score of 195.725, which ranks No. 10 on the Wildcats' all-time top-10 list.
Career-High Ties: In last Saturday's meet against Minnesota, three Arizona gymnasts tied career-high marks. Sophomore Monica Bisordi tied her career-high mark of 9.825 on bars to finish fourth in the event and tied her career-high of 39.425 in the all-around to win her third-career all-around title. Junior Andi McCabe tied her career-high mark of 9.850 to place fourth on beam and sophomore Jamie Duce posted a career-high matching score of 9.850 on beam to tie for fourth place in the event.
In the Books: Freshmen Jessamyn Salter and Abby Pearson saw their first action as collegiate gymnasts against Minnesota. In their debuts on vault, Pearson posted a score of 9.775 on vault to finish seventh in the event and Salter scored a 9.750 on vault to tie for eighth place.
Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference will again be one of the toughest conferences in the nation in 2003. After the first week of competition, five of the Pac-10's seven teams are ranked in the top-25. UCLA tops the list at No. 1 in the nation, followed by No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 11 Arizona and 16th ranked Arizona State.
Tough Cats: Arizona is not afraid of scheduling tough competition. In this week's rankings, nine of Arizona's 14 opponents are ranked in the top-25. The list includes No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Utah, No. 6 Denver, No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 12 Minnesota, No. 16 Arizona State, No. 17 West Virginia and No. 18 New Hampshire.
Cats on the Radio: The Arizona Gymnastics team will make a series of guest appearances to two Tucson radio stations throughout the season. On every Thursday before a home meet, the Wildcats can be heard on KiiM-FM Tucson's Country Leader's early morning show. On each Wednesday, the Cats will join Rich Herrera on Fox Sports Radio 1290 AM.
Up Next: The Wildcats will travel to Seattle to take on Pac-10 rival Washington and San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (PST).