Dec. 20, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 20) - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team made its final tune up for the upcoming 2004 season on Friday, Dec. 19, in a vault and floor intra-squad scrimmage.
The Wildcats competed in a series of rotations against each other and were given a simulated competition score that was judged according to NCAA competition regulations for each vault and floor routine.
"I was very pleased with the effort and performance of the team," head coach Bill Ryden said. "It was really nice to see our vault depth and quality increasing after all of the battles last season with injuries."
On vault, seven of the 11 Arizona competitors performed 10.0 start values. Senior Andi McCabe led the way for the Wildcats with a team-high 9.900 vault score. Junior Jamie Schell, sophomore Abby Pearson and freshman Aubrey Taylor each posted a vault score of 9.850 respectively.
In the floor-exercise competition, 14 Wildcat gymnasts completed routines without spotting assistance, and counted only one hand touch down on tumbling passes combined. McCabe and junior Katie Johnson each tallied a team-high 9.900 in the event. Four Arizona gymnasts: Schell, junior Monica Bisordi, sophomore Erin Muirhead and freshman Jamie Holton, each scored a 9.850 on floor.
"Floor was really fun to watch as the team really got into it," Ryden said. "Andi's (McCabe) routine was incredibly difficult and she really nailed it."
The Wildcats open the 2004 season in East Lansing, Mich., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2004, when they take on Michigan St., LSU and Western Michigan.
Vault: Andi McCabe (9.900), Aubrey Taylor (9.850), Jamie Schell (9.850), Abby Pearson (9.850), Erin Muirhead (9.800), Monica Bisordi (9.750), Katie Johnson (9.700), Danyra Varela (9.700), Jamie Holton (9.650), Kristine Harper (9.400), Amanda Goins (9.400)
Floor: Katie Johnson (9.900), Andi McCabe (9.900), Monica Bisordi (9.850), Jamie Schell (9.850), Jamie Holton (9.850), Erin Muirhead (9.850), Kristine Harper (9.750), Danyra Varela (9.750), Stevie Fanning (9.700), Jamie Duce (9.650), Aubrey Taylor (9.600), Amanda Goins (9.550), Abby Pearson (9.550), Sheehan Lemley (9.350)