Berkeley, Calif. ?- The No. 19 Arizona women’s gymnastics team posted a season-best road score of 195.925 en route to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships in Hass Pavilion Saturday night. The Wildcats were edged out by No. 3 UCLA (197.100), but finished ahead of No. 12 Oregon State (195.900), Stanford (194.600), No. 23 Washington (194.425), No. 25 Arizona State (192.975) and California (163.550).
The Wildcats opened the meet on the floor exercise and earned a team total of 49.075. Seniors Monica Bisordi and Katie Johnson each earned 9.875 marks to share fifth-place overall. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor tied her career-high in the event with a score of 9.850. Freshman Karin Wurm notched a 9.775 score while senior teammate Jamie Duce scored a 9.700.
Arizona continued to impress on the vault, scoring a team total of 49.050. Freshman Rachelle Silberg claimed a share of second-place overall with a personal-best score of 9.900. Johnson finished in fifth-place with a score of 9.875. Freshmen Danielle Hicks and Wurm each tallied 9.775 scores. Bisordi added a score of 9.725.
The Wildcats moved to the bars and posted a team score of 48.450. Taylor paced the Wildcats with a 10th-place finish and a score of 9.800. Seniors Jamie Schell and Bisordi each chipped in 9.675 scores while classmate Duce posted a 9.650.
Arizona finished the night in grand fashion on the balance beam scoring a season-high team total of 49.350 as every gymnast scored at least a 9.800. The Wildcats were led by seniors Johnson and Bisordi who each earned 9.990 marks and shared fourth-place. Hicks matched her personal-best score of 9.875. Taylor recorded a 9.850 score, while Duce and Stevie Fanning added 9.825 and 9.800 scores respectively.
Bisordi placed fourth overall in the all-around with a total of 39.175. Hicks was the only other Wildcat to compete in the all-around and posted a total of 38.850 which was good enough for eight overall.
The Wildcats second-place finish equals the program’s highest finish ever at the Pac-10 Championships. Arizona’s six seniors competed as freshmen on the 2002 team that also placed second.
“It was a great way for our seniors to go out,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “It was just like their freshman year. I always felt this could be one of our best squads, and this certainly proves that.”
For the first time all season, Wildcat gymnasts hit every routine, going 24-for-24 on the night.
“They were all amazing,” Ryden said. “There were some great individual performances out there. I can honestly say we left it all on the floor. There is not one place where I could say we could have
gone back and changed this or that. This shows us what we can do and gives us a lot of confidence heading into the post-season.”
For the third straight week, Arizona recorded a team total of 195.000 or higher. It is the longest such streak of the season. The second-place finish improves the Wildcats’ record to 22-8.
The Wildcats will find out tomorrow where they will head for the NCAA Regionals, which are set to take place on Saturday, April 9.