April 12, 2004
What's on Tap: Arizona gymnasts Andi McCabe and Monica Bisordi will compete at the 2004 NCAA Championships, April 15-17 in Los Angeles. McCabe, a senior, earned an individual berth as a floor competitor and Bisordi, a junior, earned a spot as an all-arounder. Both will compete on Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. (PST) in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Bisordi enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 3 seed in the all-around competition and will rotate with Iowa, while McCabe performs on floor with Oklahoma.
Meet Coverage: Live scoring will be provided on the UCLA website at the following address: http://uclabruins.collegesports.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/2004-ncaa-champ-central.html. The meet will be televised by CBS on Saturday, May 1 from 1-3 p.m. (EST). Bonnie Bernstein and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will call the action, with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.
Competition Format: The NCAA Championship competition will begin on Thursday, April 15 with two opening sessions (1 p.m. and 7 p.m. PST) of preliminary team competition. The top three qualifying teams from each session will advance to the "Super Six" team finals on Friday, April 16. The individual event championships will be held Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The all-around champion and individual event finalists will be determined during the preliminary competition. Individuals qualify for event finals by placing in the top four in an event during the preliminary session.
The NCAA Championships Field:
Session I (1 p.m.): Stanford, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Georgia, Nebraska Session II (7 p.m.): UCLA, Arizona State, Utah, LSU, Alabama, Michigan
All-Around: Tanya Ricioli-Hebron- Oregon State, Erin Dethloof- Iowa State, Monica Bisordi- Arizona, Courtney Bumpers- North Carolina, Kari Lords- BYU, Lindsay Ward- Boise State, Janae Cox- West Virginia, Sara Burtinsky- Central Michigan, Ashley Williams- Illinois, Heather Huffaker- Denver, Ashley Shible- Denver, Janet Anson- Iowa State.
Bars: Cara Pomeroy- Illinois
Floor: Lisa Clark- Penn State, Andi McCabe- Arizona, Laura-Kay Powell- Iowa State, Carly Dokendorf- Washington.
Vault: Lisa Clark- Penn State, Casey Dobyns- Denver.
Bisordi's Rotation Order (With Iowa):
Rotation I: Bars
Rotation II: Beam
Rotation III: Bye
Rotation IV: Floor
Rotation V: Vault
Rotation VI: Bye
McCabe's Rotation Order (With Oklahoma):
Rotation III: Floor
Arizona at the NCAA Championships: Arizona head coach Bill Ryden has trained 11 All-Americans and 17 All-Pac-10 gymnasts at Arizona. In the past 20 seasons, 14 Arizona gymnasts have earned All-America honors, the last being Randi Liljenquist in 2002 on bars. Arizona has produced two individual NCAA champions, Anna Basaldua, who the National Vault Championship in 1991, and Heidi Hornbeek who claimed the National Floor Championship as a co-champion in 1996. Arizona's last individual competitor at an NCAA Championship was Monica Bisordi, who competed as an all-arounder at last year's 2003 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb. In 2002, Arizona competed as a team at the NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the team finished 11th.
About Bisordi: Junior Monica Bisordi, a San Mateo, Calif. native, earned a trip to the 2004 NCAA Championships by finishing fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.450 at the 2004 South Central Regional Championships in Tucson, Ariz. (4/3). Thursday's competition will be Bisordi's second-consecutive appearance as an individual competitor at a NCAA Championship meet. Bisordi has earned 14 total individual event titles (2 V, 2 UB, 1BB, 5FX, 4AA) during the season, including a team-high 43 top-five finishes. She garnered Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for Feb. 2-8. Bisordi ranks second in the all-around on the Arizona all-time top-10 list with a career-high 39.750, and second on beam with a career-high 9.975. Bisordi also ranks third on the all-time top-10 list on bars (9.950), fourth on floor (9.975), and fifth all-time at Arizona on vault (9.950). She has also competed as an all-arounder in 36 of 41 career meets, including a streak of 27 all-around appearances that ended Jan. 31 at Illinois-Chicago. Bisordi has competed as an all-arounder in 12 of 13 meets this season, and has posted scores of over 39 points in the last seven consecutive meets.
Bisordi at the NCAA Championships:
2003: Posted marks of 38.575 in the all-around, 9.750 on vault and floor, 9.725 on bars and 9.350 on beam at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb. (April 24).
2002: Posted scores of 38.950 in the all-around, 9.750 on bars and floor, and 9.725 on vault and beam at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (April 18).
About McCabe: Senior Andi McCabe, a Bensenville, Ill. native, qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships by earning a share of the floor title with a score of 9.900 at the 2004 South Central Regional Championships in Tucson, Ariz. (4/3). Thursday's competition will be McCabe's first appearance as an individual competitor at a NCAA Championship meet. McCabe owns six individual titles (4V, 1FX, 1AA), including 25 top-five finishes on the season. McCabe owns the school record on vault with her career-high perfect 10 scored on Feb. 23 against Texas Woman's and LSU. She also ranks fourth on the Arizona all-time top-10 list in the all-around with a career-high 39.575, and fifth all-time on floor with a career-high 9.925. McCabe has set fourth career highs this season on vault, beam, floor, and in the all-around as a senior. McCabe has competed in every event, in every meet for the Wildcats this season on vault and bars.
McCabe at the NCAA Championships:
2002: Scored a 9.775 on vault and on floor, and finished with a 9.600 on bars at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (April 18).
Last Time Out: The No. 18 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (13-10-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) finished third at the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional Championships with a score of 196.375. Arizona fell one spot short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships behind first-place No. 5 Utah (197.625) and No. 8 Florida (197.050). The Wildcats placed ahead of fourth-place No. 26 Arkansas (195.500), fifth- place Illinois (195.400) and Illinois-Chicago (193.875).
The Wildcats managed to post a 49.325 on vault, a 49.275 on bars, a 48.750 on beam, and finished with a 49.025 on floor. Arizona finishes the season scoring 196 points or better in a record 10 consecutive meets.
Arizona's third-place finish bests its 2003 output when the Wildcats finished fourth (195.450) at the South Central Regional Championships in Columbia, Mo. last season.
So Close: Arizona might be out of the NCAA Championships as a team, but the squad shouldn't fret about its season's end. At the South Central Regional Championships on April 3, Arizona finished third with a score of 196.375, the highest score Arizona has ever scored in NCAA Championship competition, and the first score of 196 or better the Wildcats have ever tallied at a NCAA Championship meet. Arizona failed to qualify out of the South Central Region with its 196.375, while Michigan was able to advance to the NCAA Championships with a 196.375 out of the Northeast Region, and Nebraska earned a trip to Los Angeles with a 196.375 out of the Southeast Region. Iowa claimed the final spot at the NCAA Championships with a 195.725 out of the North Central Region. Arizona finishes the season scoring 196 points or better in a record 10 consecutive meets.
A Look Ahead: The top four individuals from each session in each event (including ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition on Thursday, April 15, will advance to the individual event championships on Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. (PST).