March 24, 2003
What's on Tap: The No. 20 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (4-11, 1-5 Pac-10) heads to Los Angeles for the 2003 Pac-10 Conference Championships on Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. (PST) in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
The Rankings: Arizona enters the 2003 Pac-10 Championships as the 20th ranked team in the nation, owning a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.965. Arizona's highest season mark and team record (197.375) came against Oklahoma on March 14. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked 24th (49.010) in the nation on bars, 14th (49.115) on beam and 17th (49.270) on floor. Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi is ranked 11th nationally in the all-around (39.500), 24th on beam (9.900) and 20th on floor (9.920).
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. As of Feb. 24, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). A Regional Qualifying Score is based on a team's top-six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. Complete rankings can be viewed at www.troester.com.
Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... is in his fifth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 53-74-1. Ryden leads Arizona into 2003 after making his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship (2002), the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden 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.
Last Time Out: The No. 19 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished third in a tri-meet against host No. 18 Denver and West Virginia with a score of 193.600 on Saturday, March 22 in Denver's Champions Gymnastics Academy. With the loss, Arizona drops to 4-10, 1-5 in the season.
In a meet that was supposedly cancelled because of snow, the Wildcats managed scores of 48.775 on vault, 48.125 on bars, 48.250 on beam and 48.450 on floor.
Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for first-place honors on beam with a mark of 9.875. Sophomore Jamie Duce contributed with a mark of 9.825 on bars for third place honors and sophomore Jamie Schell tied for third place honors on beam with a mark of 9.825. Junior Andi McCabe scored a mark of 9.875 to place fifth on vault.
Arizona at the Pac-10s: Arizona enters Saturday's competition looking to win its first Pac-10 Championship in school history. Last season, Arizona matched its best Pac-10 finish in team history by placing second with a then-school-record score of 197.050 behind 2002 Pac-10 champion UCLA. Since the formation of Pac-10 gymnastics in 1987, 10 Wildcat gymnasts have combined for 12 individual titles. Former Arizona gymnast Stacy Fowlkes is the only Wildcat to earn Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year honors (1993). Sophomore Stevie Fanning is the reigning Pac-10 beam champion, after tying for first-place honors in last year's competition. Last season, head coach Bill Ryden was named the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
About the Pac-10s: Since 1987, the seven gymnastic teams of the Pac-10 Conference have been battling it out for the conference crown. UCLA leads all teams with 10 conference championships, followed by Oregon State (four) and Stanford (two). In Saturday's meet, Washington junior Emily Pritchard will defend her 2002 Pac-10 vault crown, UCLA junior Jamie Dantzscher will defend her 2002 floor title and UCLA junior Onnie Willis will look to repeat as the defending Pac-10 all-around and bars champion.
Arizona's Pac-10 Rotation Order:
Rotation I: Bars
Rotation II: Beam
Rotation III: Bye
Rotation IV: Floor
Rotation V: Bye
Rotation VI: Vault
Rotation VII: Bye
The Competition: The UCLA Bruins (13-2-1, 5-1-1 Pac-10) enter the Pac-10 Championships as the No. 1 team in the nation, owning a RQS of 197.980. UCLA is the top-ranked team in the nation on vault (49.525), bars (49.500), beam (49.575) and floor (49.540). The Bruins are led by junior Jamie Dantzscher, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation on bars (9.975) and floor (9.985).
The No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils (10-4, 2-4 Pac-10) enter the field with a RQS of 197.455. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 5 in the nation on vault (49.365), No. 5 on bars (49.315), No. 2 on beam (49.490) and No. 7 on floor (49.430). ASU is led by junior Maggie Germaine, the No. 5 ranked gymnast in the nation in the all-around (39.575).
The No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (11-2-1, 4-1-1 Pac-10) enter Saturday's meet owning a RQS of 197.110. The Cardinal is ranked No. 7 nationally on vault (49.365), No. 10 on bars (49.250), No. 3 on beam (49.420) and No. 22 on floor (49.220). Junior Lise Leveille is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the all-around (39.440).
The No. 11 Oregon State Beavers (12-5, 3-4 Pac-10) head into Los Angeles with a RQS of 196.500. The Beavers are ranked 14th in the nation on vault (49.150), 9th on bars (49.260), 16th on beam (49.045) and 12th on floor (49.340). Junior Tanya Ricioli is ranked No. 23 in the all-around (39.420).
The No. 15 Washington Huskies (15-6, 3-3 Pac-10) enter competition with a RQS of 196.355. The Huskies are ranked No. 6 in the nation on vault (49.350), No. 11 on bars (49.250), No. 23 on beam (48.955) and No. 19 on floor (49.260). Sophomore Carly Dockendorf is ranked No. 7 in the nation on floor.
The No. 18 California Golden Bears (12-4, 2-4 Pac-10) will compete with a RQS of 196.055. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 18 in the nation on vault (49.090), No. 22 on bars (49.060) and No. 22 on beam (48.970). Sophomore My-Lan Dodd is ranked No. 22 in the nation on bars (9.900).
Stepping Up: Last season, Arizona had one of its best meets in team history at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. Arizona placed second with a then-record-score of 197.050, the first score of 197 or better in team history. The Cats also posted a team record of 49.550 on vault to win the team event title.
Since '99: Under head coach Bill Ryden, Arizona is 10-14 in four Pac-10 Conference Championship meets. Arizona's top finish during that span was last year's second-place finish.
Snowed Out: Arizona will enjoy its stay in Los Angeles this week, after dealing with the snow of Denver, Colo. last week. On Saturday, March 22, Arizona's meet at Denver was nearly cancelled after Denver's Ritchie Wellness Center had been closed due to structural damage caused by the snow. Instead of canceling the meet, competition was moved to the Champions Gymnastics Academy, where Arizona managed a third-place finish (193.600).
Against Ranked Opponents: With its loss to Denver, Arizona dropped to 3-8 against ranked opponents on the season. The Wildcats are 3-7 on the road and are 1-4 against ranked Pac-10 opponents.
Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference is well represented in the national rankings with all seven Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-25. UCLA leads the Conference at No. 1, followed by No. 3 Arizona State, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 15 Washington, No. 18 California and No. 20 Arizona.
Cats on the Radio: The Arizona Gymnastics team will make a series of guest appearances to two Tucson radio stations throughout the season. On every Thursday before a home meet, the Wildcats can be heard on KiiM-FM Tucson's Country Leader's early morning show. On each Wednesday, the Cats will join Rich Herrera on Fox Sports Radio 1290 AM.
Up Next: Arizona will prepare for the NCAA Regional Championships to be held on Saturday, April 12 at a site to be determined.