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Gymnastics Ready to Battle the Buckeyes in Columbus
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/01/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 21 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (10-7, 3-3) will travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete against Ohio State (5-7, 0-4) this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EST.

 

Last Time Out: The No. 17 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (193.625) could not overcome a low-scoring second rotation on the balance beam and fell to No. 8 Georgia (196.500) and No. 2 UCLA (196.100) in Los Angeles, Sunday afternoon.

 

The Wildcats (48.775) looked to be competitive early, trailing UCLA (49.300) and leading Georgia (48.725) after the first rotation. The Wildcats bounced back with solid performances on the uneven parallel bars this week after rough outings last week. Senior Monica Bisordi paced Arizona with a score of 9.800. Classmate Jamie Duce posted a score of 9.775 while sophomore Aubrey Taylor turned in a 9.750 score.

 

However, the Wildcats would follow up the impressive bars rotation with a team total of 47.025 on the balance beam. A week after setting a season-high 49.000 against Oregon State, Arizona’s mark of 47.025 was a season-low. Bisordi again led the Wildcats with a score of 9.725. Outside of Bisordi, only fellow senior Duce could post a score of 9.500 or better.

 

Despite the disappointing second rotation, the Wildcats would come back in the third rotation to match their season best team score of 49.075 in the floor exercise. Bisordi led the Wildcats with her 9.850 performance while Taylor scored 9.825. Senior Katie Johnson and freshmen Karin Wurm and Hicks each posted 9.800 scores. 

 

The Wildcats moved to the vault for the final rotation and closed the meet on positive note en route to a team score of 49.750. Bisordi led the Wildcats individually for the fourth time in the meet, scoring a 9.850. Johnson earned a 9.825 mark, while freshmen Wurm and Hicks posted scores of 9.750 and 9.700 respectively.

 

Bisordi placed fourth in the all-around with a total of 39.225. Hicks competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career and placed fifth with a total of 38.450.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats enter the week ranked No. 21 in the GymInfo national rankings with an average team score 194.275 and a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.270. The Wildcats are also ranked nationally in three of the four individual events. The Wildcats are No. 23 in the floor exercise with an average of 48.775 and an RQS of 48.765. The Willdcats highest ranking in an event is on the balance beam. The No. 19 Wildcats hold a season average of 48.464 and an RQS of 48.510. Arizona is No. 25 on the uneven parallel bars with a season average of 48.361 and an RQS of 48.410.

 

Complete Top 25:

Rank

Team Name

Team RQS

Ave

High

1

Nebraska, U. of

196.720

195.906

196.800

2

L.S.U.

196.660

196.167

197.250

3

Utah, U. of

196.645

196.481

197.675

4

UCLA

196.465

195.590

197.300

5

Michigan, U. of

196.365

196.337

196.950

6

Florida, U. of

196.240

196.141

196.950

7

Alabama, U. of

196.210

195.919

197.175

8

Georgia, U. of

196.125

195.917

197.275

9

Iowa State

195.840

195.600

196.925

10

Oklahoma, U. of

195.815

195.464

196.700

11

Oregon State

195.235

194.625

195.975

12

Denver, U. of

195.085

194.969

196.000

13

Arkansas, U. of

195.075

194.887

195.725

14

Brigham Young Univ.

195.055

194.984

196.125

15

Central Michigan

195.035

194.636

196.050

16

Kentucky, U. of

194.625

194.303

195.550

17

Penn State

194.605

194.653

196.650

18

Southern Utah Univ.

194.570

194.178

196.175

19

Minnesota, U. of

194.425

194.269

195.775

20

Auburn Univ.

194.330

194.061

195.325

21

Arizona, U. of

194.270

194.275

195.225

22

Washington, U. of

194.115

193.709

195.275

23

Michigan State

194.090

193.614

195.475

24

North Carolina, U. o

194.005

193.818

195.850

25

North Carolina State

193.925

193.512

195.500

 

Bold Indicates Arizona Opponents

 

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 alone.  Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 10-17.  From Jan. 24-Feb. 14, teams will be ranked by their season average.  Starting Feb. 21, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).  An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. 

 

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden: Is in his seventh season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program, owning a school and career record of 79-99-3.  Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at the NCAA Championships in 2002, the program’s first appearance since 1996.  In 2002, Ryden also 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.

 

About the Buckeyes: Ohio State enters the week unranked with an overall record of 5-7 after a 193.975-191.475 loss to Penn State. The Buckeyes were led by freshman Karley Walek who placed second in the all-around with a score of 38.375. She earned second place finishes on both the vault (9.750) and floor (9.800). Classmate Maalika Moore-Thomas competed in the all-around for the first time in her career while posting a score of 38.300. The Buckeyes senior leadership comes from Liz Meaney. Meaney has posted a score of 9.850 or better on the balance beam in six of Ohio State’s seven meets this season. Junior Kaylin Schlecht is averaging a score of 9.728 on the bars while Brittany Brown leads the team on the floor with an average score of 9.707. Head coach Carey Fagan is in her first season after taking over for Larry Cox who retired after the 2004 season. As head coach of the Buckeyes, Cox racked up 251 victories, five Big Ten championships, and 24 NCAA appearances. Current head coach Fagan spent the previous three season as an assistant coach under Cox.

 

Stacked Pac: Once again the Pac-10 is one of the toughest conferences in the country. For the second consecutive season, all seven programs in the Pac-10 were ranked in the preseason Coaches Poll. After seven weeks of competition, two-time defending National Champion UCLA is fourth in the national rankings. The Bruins are followed by No. 11 Oregon State, No. 21 Arizona, No. 22 Washington and No. 23 Arizona State. The Wildcats have defeated Arizona State and lost to Washington, Oregon State and UCLA.

 

Facing the Best: Arizona has faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation this year. Of the Wildcats 17 opponents this season, 13 have been ranked at the time of the competition.  Arizona holds a record of 6-7 in those competitions. The Wildcats have yet to lose to an unranked team. Arizona is 4-0 against unranked teams including victories over Illinois-Chicago, Seattle Pacific, California and Stanford.

 

Streak Snapped: Senior Monica Bisordi’s streak of three consecutive all-around titles came to an end last week in Los Angeles. Despite the third place finish, Bisordi still posted an all-around score of 39.225 and was the top scorer for the Wildcats in all four events.

 

Twice as Nice: For the second time in her career, senior Monica Bisordi was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 14-21) after capturing the all-around title and setting a new season high of 39.425 against then-No. 16 Oregon State on Feb. 18. She claimed at least a share of the title in three of the four individual events. Bisordi tied for first on the vault and bars with a score of 9.875 on both. In the floor exercise, she matched her season-best score of 9.900 to win the individual title outright.  She also placed third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.775. She was also the last Wildcat to win such honors last season, after posting a career-best 39.750 in the all-around against California on Feb. 6, 2004.

 

Freshmen Experience: Coming into the season, all of the talk was about Arizona’s super six seniors. However, it is the freshmen that are raising the coaching staff’s eyes at this point in the season. In the Oregon State meet two weeks ago, freshman Karin Wurm set career best on the vault (9.800) and floor exercise (9.825). Fellow freshman Danielle Hicks also posted a career 9.875 on the balance beam. Last week against UCLA and Georgia, Hicks competed in the all-around for the first time in her career. Hick’s earned a total of 38.450 for all four events.

 

Looking Ahead: The Wildcats will return home to host their final home meet of the season next Friday as Cal-State Fullerton, Texas Women’s and Ball State visit Tucson.
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