Gainesville, Fla. ?- The No. 13 Arizona women’s gymnastics team opened the 2005 season with a fourth-place finish at the Super Six Challenge with a meet total of 193.425. Georgia led the field of six teams with a score of 194.850 followed by Florida (194.450), Alabama (193.875), Arizona, Penn State (193.000), and Iowa (190.725).
The Wildcats opened the first rotation with a solid showing on the vault posting a team score of 48.500. Senior Katie Johnson finished third on the vault with a mark of 9.825 while fellow senior Jamie Schell finished tied for 10th with a 9.775 vault.
The Wildcats performed on the uneven parallel bars for the third rotation and posted team mark of 48.350. The Wildcats were led individually by sophomore Aubrey Taylor who finished in a five-way tie for second place with mark of 9.850. Schell earned a 9.825 score and freshman Karin Wurm began her Wildcat career with 9.800 performance on the bars.
For the fourth rotation, the Wildcats moved over to the balance beam and posted a score 47.975. Seniors Johnson and Jamie Duce paced the Wildcats with Top 10 performances of 9.800 and 9.725 respectively.
The Wildcats capped off their first ever appearance in the Super Six Challenge with a solid showing on the floor exercise. The team score of 48.600 was boosted by returning second team All-American Monica Bisordi’s 9.850 performance which gave her a tie for sixth place individually in the event.
Bisordi was the only Wildcat to compete in all four events and finished in ninth place with an all-around score of 37.850.
The meet was taped by ESPN and will be televised January 16, at 12:30 p.m. (MST)
The Wildcats will return to Tucson for their first home meet of the season next Friday when they host Illinois-Chicago, Michigan State and Missouri. The meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in McKale Center.