March 23, 2002
Palo Alto, Calif. (March 23) - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in second place at the 2002 Pac-10 Championship meet in Stanford's Maples Pavilion, in front of a crowd of 1551, Saturday night. Arizona scored a team record 197.050 to match its best Pac-10 Championship finish in team history.
The No. 1 UCLA Bruins won the program's 10th conference championship in school history with a score of 197.625, narrowly defeating second-place Arizona (197.050). No. 10 Stanford landed in third place (196.150), No. 14 Oregon State finished fourth (196.125) and Washington finished the meet in fifth place (195.425). No. 16 Arizona State placed sixth (194.125) and California rounded out the field in seventh place (189.700).
Arizona's second-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championship marks its fourth second-place finish in school history and its first since 1992 (1990, 1987). Arizona's team score of 197.050 is the highest total in team history, breaking the previous mark of 196.900 set on March 2, 2001 against Arizona State in McKale Center. The Wildcats won the team vault title with a new team record score of 49.550. Arizona posted its fourth-highest mark in team history on beam (49.125), its seventh-highest score in team history on floor (49.300) and its second-highest score of the season on bars (49.075).
The Wildcats finish the regular season with a record of 15-7 and 9-4 in the Pac-10 Conference. Six Wildcat gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Stevie Fanning, Kristine Harper, Katie Johnson and Jamie Schell - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks at the Pac-10 Championship meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist tied for first place on floor with a score of 9.950. Liljenquist also tied for third place on vault (9.925) and fourth place in the all-around (39.400). Sophomore Andi McCabe tied for third place with Liljenquist on vault (9.925). In her only event of the competition, freshman Stevie Fanning tied for first place on beam with a career-high score of 9.900.
Freshman Monica Bisordi placed third in the all-around competition with a career-high score of 39.425. Freshman Katie Johnson tied for third-place honors on floor (9.925) and posted a career-high 9.900 on vault, and freshman Kristine Harper tied for fifth on beam with a career-high 9.875. Freshman Jamie Duce set a career-high on beam (9.850) and freshman Jamie Schell tied a career-high on vault (9.900).
Arizona looks to earn its 16th consecutive berth to the NCAA Regional Championship on April 6. Regional seedings will be released Monday.