Tucson, Ariz. ?- The No.20 Arizona women’s gymnastics team defeated Stanford 195.225-193.725 Friday night in McKale Center. The Wildcats posted their season best team total behind senior Monica Bisordi’s all-around title and senior Katie Johnson’s near perfect floor routine.
The Cardinal came out impressively in the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars. Tabitha Yim posted a meet best 9.925 to give the Cardinal an early 48.925-48.475 advantage. The Wildcats held their own on the vault with a 48.475 team total. Jamie Schell claimed a share of her first vault title of the season while tying Stanford’s Glyn Sweets’ 9.825 mark. Bisordi and Johnson each chipped in scores of 9.725 and 9.700 respectively for Arizona.
The Wildcats bounced back in the second rotation with an impressive team total of 48.900 on the bars, a season best. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor paced Arizona tying her career best with a 9.875 performance. Senior teammates Schell (9.800), Bisordi (9.775) and Jamie Duce (9.750) all contributed solid performances.
In the third rotation on the balance beam, the Wildcats overcame two solid individual efforts by Stanford gymnast’s Yim (9.875) and Natalie Foley (9.850) to match the Cardinal with a team score of 48.775. The Wildcats were led by senior Stevie Fanning’s season best 9.825. Bisordi posted a 9.800 mark as fellow seniors Johnson and Schell each earned 9.725 scores, respectively.
The Wildcats capped off the night with their best floor performances of the season. Johnson earned scores of 10.000 and 9.900 for a season best average of 9.950 and her fifth straight floor title of the season. Bisordi posted her second consecutive season best score of 9.900. Sophomore Jamie Holton tied a personal high with a 9.775 score.
For the second consecutive week Bisordi claimed the all-around title while posting a new season high mark of 39.200. Schell also competed in the all-around for the first time this season, placing second with a total of 39.075.
The win marked the first time since February 26, 1999 that Arizona defeated the Cardinal in dual meet competition. The Wildcats 194.040-193.425 victory that season also came in Tucson.
With the win, Arizona improves to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10 this season. Stanford, the defending Pac-10 Champions, fall to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
The Wildcats will remain at home next week as they host Oregon State next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in McKale Center.