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Gymnastics Prepares to Defend Perfect Home Record Against No. 16 Oregon State
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Release: 02/19/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (10-4, 3-1) will host their final Pac-10 meet of the season as No. 16 Oregon State (7-3, 2-2) visits Tucson at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in McKale Center. ArizonaAthletics.com will provide live statistics and a free live video webcast of the event (video is of Wildcat gymnasts only), and free on-demand video of all four Arizona events after the meet.

 

Last Time Out: Arizona defeated Stanford 195.225-193.725 last Friday in McKale Center. The Wildcats posted their season-best team total behind senior Monica Bisordi’s all-around title and senior Katie Johnson’s near perfect floor routine.

 

The Cardinal came out impressively in the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars. Tabitha Yim posted a meet-best 9.925 to give the Cardinal an early 48.925-48.475 advantage. The Wildcats held their own on the vault with a 48.475 team total. Jamie Schell claimed a share of her first vault title of the season, tying Stanford’s Glyn Sweets’ 9.825 mark. Bisordi and Johnson each chipped in scores of 9.725 and 9.700, respectively, for Arizona.

 

The Wildcats bounced back in the second rotation with an impressive team total of 48.900 on the bars, a season best. Sophomore Aubrey Taylor paced Arizona, tying her career best with a 9.875 performance. Senior teammates Schell (9.800), Bisordi (9.775) and Jamie Duce (9.750) all contributed solid performances.

 

In the third rotation on the balance beam, the Wildcats overcame two solid individual efforts by Stanford gymnast’s Yim (9.875) and Natalie Foley (9.850) to match the Cardinal with a team score of 48.775. The Wildcats were led by senior Stevie Fanning’s season-best 9.825. Bisordi posted a 9.800 mark as fellow seniors Johnson and Schell each earned 9.725 scores.

 

The Wildcats capped off the night with their best floor performances of the season. Johnson earned scores of 10.000 and 9.900 for a season-best average of 9.950 and her fifth-straight floor title of the season. Bisordi posted her second-consecutive season-best score of 9.900. Sophomore Jamie Holton tied a personal high with a 9.775 score.

 

For the second-consecutive week, Bisordi claimed the all-around title while posting a new season high mark of 39.200. Schell also competed in the all-around for the first time this season, placing second with a total of 39.075.

 

The win marked the first time since Feb. 26, 1999, that Arizona defeated the Cardinal in dual meet competition. The Wildcats' 194.040-193.425 victory that season also came in Tucson.

 

With the win, Arizona improves to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10 this season. Stanford, the defending Pac-10 champions, fall to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats jumped to No. 18 in this week’s GymInfo national rankings with an average team score 194.271 and a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.080. The Wildcats are also ranked nationally in all four individual events. The Wildcats increased their average total in the floor exercise to 48.804 and rank No. 18. On the balance beam, the Wildcats are No. 21 with an average of 48.374. The Wildcats highest ranking in an event is on the uneven parallel bars where the team ranks No. 16 with an average of 48.492. On the vault, the Wildcats hold an average score of 48.600 and a national ranking of No. 24. Currently there are no Wildcat gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 for any individual event.

 

Complete Top 25:

Rank

Team Name

Team Ave

High

RQS

1

Utah, U. of

196.350

197.675

196.085

2

Michigan, U. of

196.250

196.750

196.220

3

L.S.U.

196.158

197.250

0.000

4

Florida, U. of

195.958

196.950

0.000

5

Alabama, U. of

195.921

197.175

0.000

6

Nebraska, U. of

195.646

196.800

195.415

7

Georgia, U. of

195.604

196.300

195.615

8

Iowa State

195.450

196.925

195.155

9

Oklahoma, U. of

195.437

196.700

195.185

-

UCLA

195.437

197.300

196.105

11

Arkansas, U. of

194.979

195.725

194.830

-

Brigham Young Univ.

194.979

196.125

194.750

13

Denver, U. of

194.896

195.275

195.025

14

Penn State

194.700

196.650

194.310

15

Southern Utah Univ.

194.475

196.175

194.135

16

Oregon State

194.375

195.975

194.460

17

Central Michigan

194.350

195.925

194.095

18

Arizona, U. of

194.271

195.225

194.080

19

Auburn Univ.

194.262

195.325

194.050

20

Kentucky, U. of

194.187

195.525

0.000

21

Arizona State

194.037

195.700

193.705

22

Ohio State Univ.

194.000

195.225

0.000

23

Washington, U. of

193.862

195.075

193.620

24

Minnesota, U. of

193.792

194.450

0.000

25

Michigan State

193.687

195.475

193.330

Bold Indicates Arizona Opponents

 

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 alone. Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 10-17.  From Jan. 24-Feb. 14, teams will be ranked by their season average. Starting Feb. 21, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. 

 

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden: Is in his seventh season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program, owning a school and career record of 79-96-3.  Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at the NCAA Championships in 2002, the program’s first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden also 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.

 

About the Beavers: Oregon State enters the week ranked No. 16 in the country following a season-high meet total of 195.975 against Seattle Pacific last week. The Beavers posted season highs on the vault, bars and beam. The Beavers are currently ranked No. 13 in the country on both the balance beam (48.521) and uneven bars (48.646), and No. 19 on the vault (48.739). Like the Wildcats, the Beavers do not have any gymnasts currently ranked in the Top 25 on individual events.

 

Oregon State holds a 21-18 lead in the series between the two programs and has beat Arizona the last four times they’ve faced off. However, traveling to Tucson has not been kind to the Beavers over the years. OSU has not defeated Arizona in the regular season at Tucson since 1980 (OSU did beat the Wildcats at the Pac-10 Championships in 1997, when UA hosted).

 

The Beavers are coached by Tanya Chaplin. Chaplin is in her eighth season as head gymnastics coach at Oregon State with a career record of 65-48-1 in the regular season and 113-87-1 overall.

 

Stacked Pac: Once again the Pac-10 is one of the toughest conferences in the country. For the second-consecutive season, all seven programs in the Pac-10 were ranked in the preseason Coaches Poll. After six weeks of competition, two-time defending national champion UCLA is ninth in the national rankings. The Bruins are followed by No. 16 Oregon State, No. 18 Arizona, No. 21 Arizona State and No. 23 Washington. The Wildcats defeated Arizona State and lost to Washington.

 

It’s not about Rankings: The Wildcats know as well as anyone in the country that rankings mean little once the competition starts. The Wildcats are 6-4 against ranked opponents this season, including back-to-back victories over Top 10 opponents Michigan State and Arizona State earlier in the year. Arizona lost to a Washington team that had been ranked two spots lower than it was. The Wildcats will be facing a ranked opponent for the first time since a Jan. 28 trip to Washington.

 

The Streak Continues: For the fifth straight week, senior Katie Johnson paced the Wildcats with an individual floor title. Johnson earned scores of 10.00 and 9.900, respectively, from the judges, good enough for her season-best mark 9.950 in the event. Johnson’s four-week streak of vault titles was snapped as she finished in fourth place (9.700) while performing a new vault. Against California, Johnson led all competitors with a 9.850 on the vault and tied her season-best score of 9.900 in the floor exercise. Three weeks ago, Johnson scored 9.850 in the floor exercise as she tied Washington’s Carly Dockendorf, and earned a 9.850 mark to win the vault title. The week before, Johnson opened up the meet with a 9.825 vault to share the title with Arizona State’s Ashley Kelly. Later in the meet, Johnson captured her second individual title of

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