March 3, 2003
What's on Tap: The No. 18 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (4-7, 1-4 Pac-10) will travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on No. 22 California (10-4, 1-4 Pac-10) on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Cal's Haas Pavilion.
Cats on TV: Arizona's match up with California on Friday will be televised on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson Clarke calling the action. The meet will air from Friday, March 14-Sunday, March 16 at various times in various Fox Sports regions.
The Rankings: Arizona heads to Northern California as the 18th ranked team in the nation, owning a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.520. Arizona's highest team mark (196.850) came last week against No. 8 Stanford. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked 23rd nationally on vault (48.815), 17th on bars (48.955), 12th on beam (48.975) and 18th on floor (49.105). Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi is ranked 11th in the nation in the all-around (39.415), 21st on beam (9.890) and No. 22 on floor (9.895). Sophomore Katie Johnson is ranked 27th nationally on floor (9.890) and freshman Abby Pearson is No. 29 on vault (9.865).
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. As of Feb. 24, teams and gymnasts 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 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 fifth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 53-71-1. 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. 17 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped a close home meet to No. 8 Stanford, 196.850-196.950, Friday, Feb. 28 before a crowd of 692 in McKale Center.
Arizona enjoyed a record-breaking meet, winning three team events with season-highs on bars (49.375), beam (49.275) and floor (49.500). Arizona's mark of 49.375 on bars stands as the fourth-best score in school history, and its marks of 49.275 on beam and 49.500 on floor are second all-time. The Wildcats' team total of 196.850 is the third-highest score in school history.
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for first-place honors in the all-around with a career-high 39.600 and on beam with a career-high 9.925. She also finished second on floor with a personal-best 9.950 and third on bars with a career-high 9.925.
Sophomore Jamie Duce had her best-career performance, scoring personal bests in each event. Duce finished third on beam (9.900), tied for third on floor (9.900), finished fourth in the all-around (39.300) and placed fourth on bars (9.900). She also chipped in a career-high 9.600 on vault.
Sophomore Katie Johnson tied a career-high mark of 9.975 on floor to win her second floor title of the season and tied for fourth place on beam (9.850). Junior Sheehan Lemley tied for fifth place on bars with a career-high 9.875 and freshman Jessamyn Salter tied her personal best on floor (9.875).
Stanford jumped out to an early lead over the Cats in the first rotation, posting a team mark of 48.925 on bars while Arizona finished with a 48.700 on vault. The Cardinal was able to extend its lead slightly over the Wildcats in the second rotation with a 49.475 on vault. Arizona remained close by responding with a 49.375 on bars, but trailed, 98.075-98.400, at the halfway point.
The Cats cut Stanford's lead to, 147.350-147.700, in the third rotation after tallying a 49.275 on beam. Arizona made its run to pass Stanford in the final rotation, scoring a 49.500 on floor. The Cardinal was able to hold off the Wildcats by posting a 49.250 on beam in the final rotation, escaping with the victory by only .100 of a point.
About the Golden Bears: The University of California Golden Bears (10-4, 1-4 Pac-10) enter Friday's meet as the 22nd ranked team in the nation, owning a RQS of 195.075 and a season-high of 196.475. As a team, Cal is ranked 24th in the nation on vault (48.805), 21st on bars (48.890) and 24th on beam (48.560) and floor (49.025). The Golden Bears are led by sophomore My-Lan Dodd, the No. 15 ranked gymnast in the nation on bars. Cal returns nine gymnasts from last year's squad, including three freshman newcomers. Head coach Cari DuBois (Ball State, 1992) is in her first year at the helm of the Cal program and owns a career record of 10-4.
Last Season: Arizona and Cal faced off twice last season, with Arizona topping the Golden Bears in both meets. In the first match up, the Wildcats beat the Golden Bears on Feb. 8 in Tucson, 194.725-138.825. Arizona and Cal met up at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., where the Cats finished second (197.050) and Cal finished seventh (189.700) respectively.
Against Cal: Arizona leads the all-time series with Cal 14-3. The Wildcats have not won in Berkeley, Calif. since Feb. 6, 1999, when Arizona beat Cal, 192.050-190.200. Under head coach Bill Ryden, Arizona is 6-3 against Cal and have won the last three meets against the Golden Bears.
Starting a Trend? The last time Arizona competed in a nationally televised meet, the Cats posted their best performance in team history. Last season, Arizona competed in a Fox Sports Net televised Pac-10 Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., finishing second with a team-record score of 197.050.
Team Highs: Arizona enters Friday's meet coming off a record-breaking performance against Stanford. Last week, the Cats won three team events with season-highs on bars (49.375), beam (49.275) and floor (49.500). Arizona's mark of 49.375 on bars stands as the fourth-best score in school history, and its marks of 49.275 on beam and 49.500 on floor are second all-time. The Wildcats' team total of 196.850 is the third-highest score in school history.
5 on It: Sophomore Monica Bisordi has claimed a top-five finish in nine of the last 10 events she has competed in. Last week against Stanford, Bisordi, a San Mateo, Calif. native tied for first-place honors in the all-around with a career-high 39.600 and on beam with a career-high 9.925. She also finished second on floor with a personal-best 9.950 and third on bars with a career-high 9.925. On the season, Bisordi leads Arizona with 35 top-five finishes, including five all-around titles, four beam titles and two floor titles.
Duce's High: Sophomore Jamie Duce stacked up on career-highs last week against Stanford, scoring personal bests in each event. Duce finished third on beam (9.900), tied for third on floor (9.900), finished fourth in the all-around (39.300) and placed fourth on bars (9.900). She also chipped in a career-high 9.600 on vault.
Back to Form: In her last floor action, Sophomore Katie Johnson tied a career-high 9.975, finishing first in the event to claim her second floor title of the season.
Against Ranked Opponents: With its loss to Stanford, Arizona dropped to 3-5 against ranked opponents on the season. The Wildcats are 2-2 versus ranked opponents on the road and 1-3 against ranked Pac-10 opponents.
Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference is well represented in the national rankings with all seven Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-25. UCLA leads the Conference at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Arizona State, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Oregon State, No. 12 Washington, No. 18 Arizona and No. 22 California.
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: Arizona returns home to host Oklahoma on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.