Tucson, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s gymnastics team (6-3, 1-0) knocked off a Top 10 team for the second consecutive week as they came from behind to beat Arizona State (3-2, 0-2) 193.925-193.500. The Wildcats were once again led by individual titles in all four events, as they defeated their in-state rival during the regular season for the first time since 1998.
The Wildcats held a seemingly comfortable lead heading into the fourth rotation (145.400-144.675), but a fall by senior Monica Bisordi and impressive scores for the Sun Devil’s on the balance beam kept the team title in doubt. Senior Katie Johnson captured her second individual title of the season in the floor exercise (9.825) as she capped off the Wildcats first conference victory of the year. Sophomore Jamie Holton matched her career best score (9.775).
The Wildcats fell behind early after the first two rotations on the vault and the uneven bars. Johnson again paced the Wildcats as she shared the individual title with Sun Devil Ashley Kelly on the vault (9.825). Freshman Rachelle Silberg set a career best on the vault (9.650).
The Wildcats dug themselves a hole on the uneven bars with two low scores by senior Stevie Fanning 9.175) and sophomore Aubrey Taylor (9.125). The Wildcats would, however, get a boost from a trio of seniors. Jamie Schell earned a share of the individual title with Arizona State’s Kelly (9.825), while Jamie Duce and Bisordi each added 9.725 marks.
The Wildcats took control of the meet in the third rotation as they completed their best rotation of the year on the balance beam (48.825). Bisordi claimed the individual title (9.875) and freshman teammate Danielle Hicks (9.700) set a career best score.
The Wildcats team total of 193.925 was their highest score of the season. It was the first meet the Wildcats competed as an unranked team in 49 consecutive weeks dating back to February 19, 2001. With the victory, the Wildcats improved their record against ranked teams to 5-3. Arizona will travel to Seattle, Wash., next Friday to take on Washington, Minnesota and Seattle Pacific.