Berkeley, Calif. ?- The No. 22 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.900) defeated California (189.850) Friday night at Haas pavilion. The Wildcats dominated the team competition with their highest total of the year and largest margin of victory. The Wildcats put together their most complete and consistent performance of the season as senior Katie Johnson captured the individual titles on the vault and floor exercise, while fellow senior Monica Bisordi claimed the beam and all-around titles.
The Wildcats began the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars and got off to a steady start paced by senior Stevie Fanning (9.700) and freshman Karin Wurm (9.750). Wurm’s score was good enough for second place overall on the event behind California’s My-Lan Dodd (9.775). Senior Jamie Duce pitched in her best performance of the season for the Wildcats with a mark of 9.725. The Wildcats posted a team score of 48.600 on the event and took a 48.600-47.450 advantage to the second rotation, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night.
The Wildcats extended their overall lead in the second rotation as they claimed the top five individual scores on the vault and a team score of 48.600. Johnson won her fourth straight vault title of the season with a season best vault of 9.850. Senior Jamie Schell also posted a season best score with a 9.800 vault. Bisordi’s 9.700 placed her third in the event, and teammates Wurm and junior Erin Muirhead tied for fourth with 9.625 scores respectively.
The Wildcats third rotation in the floor exercise was their most impressive rotation of the season. Arizona’s team score of 49.050 was a season high, and three Wildcats set season best marks. Muirhead scored a 9.800 in her first floor performance of the season, while Bisordi earned her highest score on the year as well (9.875). Johnson once again brought home the floor title for the fourth week in a row and tied her season high score of 9.900.
The Wildcats closed out the night with a solid balance beam rotation (48.650), once again claiming the top five spots in the individual standings. Bisordi won the event with her season best mark of 9.900. Johnson again was in contention for the individual title, placing second (9.9800). Freshman Danielle Hicks posted a 9.700 score, while Schell and Fanning tied for fourth individually with 9.625 scores each.
Bisordi was the only Wildcat to compete in all four events and won the all-around with her season best total of 39.175.
“The team really came together tonight,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “It was nice to finally have a meet where we didn’t have to count a fall. I wish it didn't take us five meets for that to happen, but we are getting better.”
“Katie (Johnson) and Monica (Bisordi) were phenomenal,” Ryden said. We had to tweak our lineups some because of injuries, but the team responded well. Erin (Muirhead) came up huge for us in the floor exercise. It will be nice to be back home for the next two weeks.”
The Wildcats improved their overall record to 9-4. The victory over California (5-2, 0-2) improves the Wildcats record to 2-1 against Pac-10 opponents. Arizona will return home next Friday to host Stanford at 7:30 p.m. in McKale Center.