Jan. 25, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 25) - The No. 6 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team grabbed a victory in its first Pac-10 meet of the season Friday night, defeating the No.3 UCLA Bruins, 195.175- 195.100, in front of a crowd of 1,270 in McKale Center. Arizona edged the two-time defending champion Bruins by .075 of a point to gain its first victory over UCLA since 1996. The Wildcats improved to 6-1, 1-0 Pac-10, while UCLA dropped to 6-4, 1-1 Pac-10.
Arizona took the team vault title for the fourth straight meet with a total of 49.000. The Wildcats also won the team floor event with a score of 49.375, tying the second-highest team total in school history. Five Arizona gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson and Jamie Schell each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in tonight's meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Katie Johnson finished in third place on beam with a 9.850 and fifth on vault with a season-high 9.850. Johnson placed second on floor with a career-best 9.975, which is the second highest all-time individual floor mark in team history. Senior Randi Liljenquist finished third in the all-around for the Wildcats (37.625). Liljenquist placed third on floor with a season-high 9.950.
Freshman Monica Bisordi helped set the pace for Arizona, finishing sixth on beam (9.825) and on bars with a season-high 9.750. Bisordi and Sophomore Andi McCabe tied for third place on vault (9.850). Freshman Jamie Duce placed fifth on bars (9.775) and posted a season-high 9.825 on beam to finish sixth in the event. Freshman Jamie Schell placed fifth on floor for Arizona with a season-high 9.875.
"Our team performance was a little flat tonight," said Arizona head coach Bill Ryden. "We have to be better as a team if we are to remain among the elite programs in the country. Tonight's meet was not our strongest, but it is always to great to get a win against an excellent team like UCLA. I am very proud of our team. Our gymnasts are great competitors who are not afraid of anyone and never give up."
Arizona will next travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. PST for its second consecutive Pac-10 meet.