Los Angeles, Calif. ?- The No. 17 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (193.625) could not overcome a disappointing 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 struggle again this week in the second rotation, as they were uncharacteristically bad on the balance beam. A week after setting a season-high 49.000 against Oregon State, Arizona scored a season-low 47.025. 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 a relatively positive note. 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 Wildcats team total of 193.625 is their lowest score since January 14 when they scored a 193.350 while placing first in a quad-meet with Missouri, Michigan State, and Illinois-Chicago.
With the two losses, Arizona falls to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to a perfect 6-0 in the Pac-10 and is 9-3 overall. Georgia, which upset No. 4 Utah on Friday night, won for the third time this week and improved to 11-4 on the season with the victories over Arizona and UCLA.
The Wildcats will be on the road again next Saturday to take on Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.