Feb. 6, 2004
Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 6) - The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-1, 2-1 Pac-10) pulled out its second Pac-10 Conference victory of the season, 196.750-195.200, over California (6-2, 2-2 Pac-10) on Friday night. The Wildcats remain undefeated at home after posting the fifth-best team score (196.750) in school history.
Arizona started out hot and was able to pull away down the stretch, sweeping the Golden Bears in each team category. The Wildcats accomplished the sweep by posting the fourth-best vault score in school history (49.425), the seventh-best bars mark in school history (49.350), the fifth-best floor mark in school history (49.425), and managing a 48.550 on beam. Arizona has swept team-event titles in two-consecutive meets, and three of five meets this season.
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi swept the individual titles, finishing first in each event. Bisordi took top honors in the all-around, tying her career-high score of 39.750, finished first on floor with a career-high 9.975, and tied for first place on beam (9.900), and on vault with a career-high 9.950. Bisordi also posted a 39.750 last year against Oklahoma on March 14, and remains as the second-best mark in school history. Her 9.975 on floor is tied for third-best all time.
Senior Andi McCabe tied with Bisordi for first-place honors on vault (9.950), tied for third-place on floor with a career-high 9.900, and finished fifth on bars (9.850). Junior Jamie Duce tied with Bisordi for the bars title with a career-high 9.925, and tied for fourth place on beam (9.800).
In her collegiate debut in the all-around, freshman Aubrey Taylor finished in second-place in the all-around with a score of 39.300, the ninth-best score all-time. Taylor also finished third on beam (9.850), and fifth on bars with a career-high 9.850.
Sophomore Abby Pearson finished third on vault with a season-best 9.925, and junior Katie Johnson placed fifth on floor (9.875).
Arizona was able to jump to a quick, but slim lead over California in the first rotation, scoring a 49.425 on vault to Cal's 49.225 on bars. The Wildcats were able to extend their lead slightly over the Golden Bears after posting a 49.350 on bars, while Cal finished with a 49.125 on vault.
Leading 98.775-98.350 at the halfway point of the meet, Arizona was able to capitalize on a couple of Cal mishaps on floor (48.350), making up for the Wildcats' own errors on beam (48.550). With a 147.325-146.700 lead heading into the final rotation, Arizona was able to put Cal away for good on floor, posting a 49.425 in the event as Cal only managed a 48.500 on beam.
Arizona will next head back on the road and travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. (PST).