April 7, 2003
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What's on Tap: The No. 19 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (5-16, 2-10 Pac-10) heads to Columbia, Mo. for the 2003 South Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 12. The meet will be hosted by the University of Missouri and held in the Hearnes Center at 6 p.m.
About the South Central Regional: Arizona will compete for one of two qualifying berths to the NCAA Championships against No. 1 UCLA, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 13 Iowa, host Missouri and Illinois-Chicago. Also competing for an individual bid to the NCAA Championships are all-arounders Ashley Godwin of Southeast Missouri State, Kristina Campos of Northern Illinois, Denise Houda of Illinois State and Kara Kapernekas and, Ashley Williams of Illinois-Champaign. Individual event specialists include Luci Romberg (vault), Stephanie Loudat (bars) and Amber McMeans (floor) of Texas Woman's University, and Lisa Klein (beam) of Illinois State.
About the NCAA Regionals: The top-18 ranked teams in the nation, based on their RQS, are placed into six regional championship meets around the nation (three per region). The top-two finishing teams in each of the six regional meets will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championship meet in Lincoln, Neb., April 24-26. The top-two all-around competitors and the individual event winners not on qualifying teams will also earn automatic bids to the national championship.
Live Stats: Live scoring for the South Central Regional Championship meet will be available on the Missouri athletics website, www.mutigers.com. Scores will be updated after each rotation.
Rotation Order: Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor I Iowa Mizz UIC Ariz UCLA OSU II OSU Iowa Mizz UIC Ariz UCLA III UCLA OSU Iowa Mizz UIC Ariz IV Ariz UCLA OSU Iowa Mizz UIC V UIC Ariz UCLA OSU Iowa Mizz VI Mizz UIC Ariz UCLA OSU IowaThe Rankings: Arizona enters the 2003 South Central Regional Championships as the No. 19 ranked team in the nation, owning a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 196.100. Arizona's highest season mark and team record (197.375) came against Oklahoma on March 14. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked 23rd (49.085) in the nation on bars, 15th in the nation on beam (49.130) and 17th in the nation on floor (49.295). Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi is ranked 15th (39.500) nationally in the all-around, 15th on beam (9.910) and 24th 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 54-79-1. 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. 20 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in sixth place at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships with a score of 195.950, on Saturday, March 29 before a crowd of 3070 in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
First-place UCLA (198.175) won the program's second consecutive and 11th Pac-10 Championship overall, edging second-place Stanford (197.700) and third-place Arizona State (197.050). Washington finished fourth (196.750), Oregon State took fifth place (196.650) and California finished seventh (195.925) respectively. Arizona finishes the regular season 5-16 overall and 2-10 in the Pac-10.
The Pac-10 competition field was able to combine for five scores of 10.000.
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi finished with a score of 9.900 on floor to lead Arizona in the event and finished with an all-around total of 38.600. Sophomore Jamie Duce posted a team-best 9.875 on bars and freshman Abby Pearson led Arizona on vault with a 9.850.
Arizona began the meet on bars, finishing with a team score of 49.075. Junior Andi McCabe led off the rotation with a score of 9.750, followed by sophomore Stevie Fanning's 9.800. Senior Nikki Beyschau hit a 9.850 and junior Sheehan Lemley posted a mark of 9.800. Duce scored a 9.875 and Bisordi finished out the first rotation for the Cats with a mark of 9.600.
The Wildcats competed on beam in the second rotation, posting a team mark of 48.800. Duce started the rotation for Arizona by scoring a 9.700, followed by scores of 9.750 by sophomore Kristine Harper and 9.675 by defending Pac-10 beam champion Fanning. Lemley and sophomore Jamie Schell posted consecutive marks of 9.850 to close out the rotation for Arizona.
Arizona had a bye in the third rotation and was in fifth place after three with a team score of 97.900.
The Wildcats went into the fourth rotation on floor, managing a score of 49.200. Freshman Jessamyn Salter hit a 9.700 and Beyschau tied a career-high 9.875. Schell posted a 9.850, Duce hit a 9.875 before Bisordi closed out Arizona's rotation on floor with a 9.900.
Arizona had a bye in the fifth rotation and went into the sixth rotation of competition in sixth place with a mark of 147.100. The Wildcats stood in sixth, narrowly trailing fifth-place Oregon State (147.125) and fourth-place California (147.150). Arizona looked to jump the competition in the sixth rotation on vault, posting a team mark of 48.850.
Arizona was in second place (195.950) after six rotations, behind first-place Washington (196.750), but fell to sixth place after the seventh and final rotation.
Arizona at the NCAA Regionals: Arizona has qualified for the postseason Regional Championships for 17-consecutive seasons. Last season, Arizona competed in the South Central Regional Championships in Tempe, Ariz., where the Wildcats placed second (194.950) behind first-place UCLA (197.425) to earn a trip to the 2002 NCAA Championships. It was Arizona's first berth to the NCAA Championships since 1996. Arizona is looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for a second-straight year, something that has not been done since 1993. Arizona's highest regional finish is second place, which has been accomplished five times ('91, '92, '93, '96, '02). Arizona's highest regional meet score stands at 195.125, which was posted in 1996.
Against the South Central Regional field: Arizona is no stranger to the South Central competition, having competing against UCLA (twice), Oregon State (twice) and Missouri during the 2003 regular season. Arizona went a combined 1-4 against these three schools, with its only victory coming over Oregon State, 195.775-194.800, on Jan. 17 in McKale Center. Arizona faced Illinois-Chicago last season in the 2002 South Central Regional Championships, where the Wildcats (194.950) finished second over sixth-place UIC (191.925). Arizona has not competed against Iowa since Jan. 14, 2000, when the second-place Wildcats (192.675) edged the fourth-place Hawkeyes (190.775) in a quad-meet.
Since '99: Arizona is a combined 12-8 during the past four seasons in Regional Championship competition under head coach Bill Ryden. Arizona is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for a second-consecutive year under Ryden.
Stepping Up: In last year's Regional Championships, Arizona's second-place finish to qualify for the NCAA Championships was fueled by some key performances by then-Arizona-freshmen Jamie Duce and Monica Bisordi. Bisordi out-dueled 13 gymnasts for a fourth-place finish in the all-around (38.950) and Duce led Arizona on bars with a team-high 9.800.
Perfect-10: Arizona's lone perfect-10 score of the season came from freshman Abby Pearson. Pearson hit a career-best 10.000 on vault to win her third vault title of the season against Oklahoma on March 14, becoming only the third Wildcat gymnast in school history to post a 10.000 on vault.
Consistent Force: Sophomore Monica Bisordi has emerged as one of Arizona's most consistent scorers this season. Bisordi has competed as an all-arounder in each meet this season. So far this season, Bisordi has accumulated 44 top-five finishes, including six beam and all-around titles, two bar titles and three floor titles.
Break Something: Arizona has done some damage to the school record books this season, posting 12 new scores worthy of the all-time top-10. The Wildcats posted a new team record of 197.375 on March 14 against Oklahoma, and set a new beam record of 49.500 in the same meet.
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. 6 Stanford, No. 11 Washington, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 18 California and No. 19 Arizona. All seven Pac-10 teams earned a spot in the 2003 Regional Championships.
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.
A Look Ahead: The teams who finish in the top-two positions at the regional championships will advance to the 2003 NCAA Championships on April 24-26 in Lincoln, Neb. The top two all-around finishers and individual event winners who are not members of a qualifying team will receive an automatic bid to the national championship.