Feb. 24, 2003
What's on Tap: The No. 17 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (4-6, 1-3 Pac-10) will host Pac-10 rival No. 8 Stanford (8-2-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.
The Rankings: Arizona returns home from Los Angeles as the 17th ranked team in the nation, owning a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.200. Arizona's highest team mark (196.175) came against Arizona State on Jan. 31. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked 19th in the nation on vault (48.815), No. 21 on bars (48.785), No. 12 on beam (48.850) and 21st on floor (48.950). Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi is ranked No. 15 nationally in the all-around (39.270), No. 23 on beam (9.865) and No. 21 on floor (9.880). Sophomore Katie Johnson is ranked No. 21 on floor (9.880) and freshman Abby Pearson owns a No. 21 national ranking on vault (9.865).
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 53-70-1. 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. 16 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to No. 1 UCLA, 195.275-197.400, on Sunday, Feb. 23 before a crowd of 3489 in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for fourth place on vault (9.825), third on floor (9.900), and finished fifth on bars (9.825), fourth on beam (9.825) and fourth in the all-around (39.375)
Freshman Abby Pearson led Arizona on vault with a career-best 9.925, which was good for a share of second-place honors in the event. Sophomore Katie Johnson tied for third-place on floor (9.900) and sophomore Jamie Duce posted a career-best all-around score of 38.750.
UCLA grabbed an early lead in the first rotation after posting a 49.250 on vault, while Arizona finished with a score of 48.700 on bars. Senior Nikki Beyschau led off for the Cats on bars with a mark of 9.625, followed by a 9.750 by sophomore Stevie Fanning and a 9.600 by junior Andi McCabe. Junior Sheehan Lemley hit a 9.700 and Duce posted a bars mark of 9.725. Bisordi finished off the rotation for Arizona with a team-high 9.825.
Arizona was able to cut into UCLA's lead by posting a 48.775 on vault in the second rotation but trailed, 97.475-98.500, at the halfway point. Beyschau started the rotation for Arizona with a 9.625, followed by Duce's career-high 9.525 and a score of 9.625 by freshman Erin Muirhead. Johnson and Bisordi chipped in vault marks of 9.775 and 9.825, before Pearson closed out the rotation with her career-high 9.925.
Arizona posted a team floor mark of 49.150 in the third rotation and headed into the final rotation right behind UCLA, 146.650-147.750. Fanning started off on floor with a 9.525, as freshman Jessamyn Salter followed with a 9.800 and sophomore Kristine Harper hit a 9.775. Duce posted a 9.800, while Johnson and Bisordi led the way for Arizona with consecutive scores of 9.900.
The Cats closed out the competition with a team mark of 48.625 on beam. Duce led off on beam, posting a 9.650, followed by Fanning's score of 9.700 and Lemley's 9.650. Johnson and Bisordi finished the final rotation with beam marks of 9.750 and 9.825.
About the Cardinal: The Stanford University Cardinal (8-2-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10) enters Friday's meet as the 8th ranked team in the nation, with a RQS of 196.430. As a team, Stanford is ranked No. 10 in the nation on vault (49.105), No. 7 on bars (49.135), No. 7 on beam (49.225) and No. 18 on floor (48.975). The Cardinal is led by junior Lise L?vill?, the nation's fifth ranked gymnast in the all-around (39.410). Stanford returns 10 gymnasts from last years squad, including three All-Americans. Head coach Kristen Smyth (California, '93) enters her second year at the helm of the Stanford program and owns a career record of 21-7-1.
Last Season: Arizona and Stanford faced each other three times last season, with Stanford owning a 2-1 series advantage over the Cats. Stanford beat Arizona in Palo Alto, Calif. in their first meeting on Feb. 1, 195.175-197.250. In the meet, Arizona posted its eighth-best team bars score (49.275) in school history. The Cats returned to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on the Cardinal for a second time at the Pac-10 Championships on March 23, where second-place Arizona (197.050) finished ahead of third-place Stanford (196.150). Arizona and Stanford where participants at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where Stanford placed sixth overall and Arizona finished 11th respectively.
Against Stanford: Arizona has not defeated Stanford in Tucson since Feb. 26, 1999, when the Cats beat the Cardinal, 194.050-193.425. Under head coach Bill Ryden Arizona is 3-6 versus Stanford.
5 on It: Against UCLA on Sunday (Feb. 23), sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for fourth place on vault (9.825), third on floor (9.900), and finished fifth on bars (9.825), fourth on beam (9.825) and fourth in the all-around (39.375) to tally five top-five finishes. On the season, Bisordi leads Arizona with 31 top-five finishes, including four all-around titles, three beam titles and two floor titles.
Over It: Freshman Abby Pearson had a knack for hitting 9.875 vault scores. For three vault routines in a row, freshman Abby Pearson posted then-career-high marks of 9.875. At the Cat Classic, Pearson tallied two scores of 9.875 to win her first-two career vault titles and posted another 9.875 against No. 2 Utah to take third place in the event. Against UCLA, Pearson broke her streak by hitting a new career-high mark of 9.925, the seventh-best individual mark in team history, to earn second-place honors.
All-Around Duce: Sophomore Jamie Duce filled in nicely against UCLA as an all-arounder for only the second time in her Arizona career. Duce chipped in a career-high 9.525 on vault, a 9.775 on bars, a 9.650 on beam and a score of 9.800 on floor to earn a career-high all-around score of 38.750.
Against Ranked Opponents: With its loss to UCLA, Arizona dropped to 3-4 against ranked opponents on the season. The Wildcats are 1-2 versus ranked opponents at home and 1-2 against ranked Pac-10 opponents.
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. 4 Arizona State, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Oregon State, No. 12 Washington, No. 17 Arizona and No. 25 California.
Alumni Night: Friday's meet against Stanford will be Arizona's Alumni night. The Cats encourage all Arizona gymnastic alums and fans to come out and support the team.
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.
Up Next: Arizona will travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the California Golden Bears on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. (PST).