Feb. 14, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 14) - The No. 13 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (4-5, 1-2) fell to No. 2 Utah (4-2), 194.500-196.900, on Friday, Feb. 14 before a crowd of 440 in McKale Center.
Arizona was able to claim the team floor title with a season-high mark of 49.425, a score that now stands as the fourth-best score in team history. Five Arizona gymnasts tied or set career-high marks in the meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi had arguable her best meet as an Arizona gymnast. Bisordi won her fourth all-around title of the season with a career-high mark of 39.600, which is the third-best all-around score in team history. The San Mateo, Calif. native also tied for second place on bars with a career-high 9.875, second on beam with a career-high tying score of 9.925, second on floor (9.925) and finished third on vault with a season-high 9.875.
Sophomore Jamie Duce chipped in for the Cats by tying for second on bars with a career-high 9.875 and tying for fifth place on floor with a career-high 9.875. Freshman Abby Pearson posted a career-high 9.875 on vault for the third-consecutive meet to tie for third- place honors in the event and freshman Jessamyn Salter tied for fifth place on floor with a career-high 9.875. Sophomore Katie Johnson tied for second-place on floor with a 9.925 and senior Nikki Beyschau placed fifth on bars with a season-high 9.800.
Utah snagged a slim lead over Arizona in the first rotation, posting a 49.125 on bars that edged the Cats' 48.925 on vault. Utah was able to stretch its lead over Arizona to, 97.250-98.275, at the halfway point with a 49.150 on vault, while Arizona posted a score of 48.325 on bars in the second rotation.
Arizona was unable to keep pace with the Utes after counting two falls on beam (47.825) in the third rotation. Utah posted a floor mark of 49.250 in the third rotation and entered the final rotation leading, 145.075-147.525. Arizona had a solid team performance in the final rotation, posting its score of 49.425 on floor. The Cats were fueled on floor with career-highs by Salter (9.875), sophomore Kristine Harper (9.825) and Duce (9.875), and with season-highs by Johnson and Bisordi (9.925).
Arizona will travel to Los Angeles to take on Pac-10 rival UCLA on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. (PST).