Sept. 4, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona women's gymnastics program has acquired five top recruits to fill their 2001-02 squad. Freshmen Jamie Duce, Monica Bisordi, Kristine Harper, Katie Johnson and Jamie Schell round out the list of new Gymcats.
All five of the incoming freshmen are Level 10 gymnasts, a first for the Arizona women's gymnastics program. Head Coach Bill Ryden is confident that his new gymnasts will make a strong impact during the 2001-02 season. "Our incoming class is large and has a lot of raw talent," said Ryden. "These freshmen field the strongest class we have had since 1996. All of our newcomers have some national championship competition experience. I will expect many of them to step in and compete in all four events for our team this year."
Standing at 5- 1 out of Flushing (Mich.) High School, Jamie Duce was a six-time state champion, 2000 national bar champion and a 2001-state AA champion. "Jamie is a tough competitor in many events," said Ryden. "She will greatly improve the bar depth on our roster."
A 5- 0 tumbler from Houston, Texas, Kristine Harper was seventh place beam finisher at the 2001 nationals and second-place vault finisher in the 2001 state championship. "Kristine has a solid reputation as a hardworking, dedicated athlete," Ryden said. "She has great potential and a great work ethic, which will help her challenge for a significant spot on our roster."
The 5- 3 Katie Johnson from Moorhead, (Minn.), was a seven time state champion, a 1996 National Team member, a two-time national forth-place floor finisher, and a six time national qualifier. "Katie is a dynamic tumbler and an exciting performer," said Ryden. "She is a high level competitor who should emerge as a crowd favorite this season."
At 5- 5 from Gaithersburg (Md.) High School, Jamie Schell was a state and national high school champion and was undefeated in the all- around in high school. "Jamie is definitely an impact athlete," said Ryden. "She is a major competitor and should perform in all four events this season as a freshman."
Monica Bisordi, a 5- 1 gymnast from Belmonte High School in San Mateo, Calif., completes the list of the 2001-02 incoming freshmen. "Monica is an explosive, dynamic athlete," said Ryden. "She will also be expected to compete in all four events for us this year."
The 2001-02 Arizona women's gymnastics team fields a roster of 17, including tri-captain seniors Lindsay Compitello, Nicole Filchner, and Randi Liljenquist. The gymnastics squad has already begun voluntary workouts, and is preparing for its opening meet, the Maui Invitational on Jan. 4, 2002.