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No. 20 Arizona Gymnastics Takes Early-Season Success on the Road
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/26/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The Arizona women’s gymnastics team will hit the road for a quad meet against host Washington, Minnesota and Seattle Pacific on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavillion. The Wildcats are 6-3 on the season with a 1-0 mark in the Pacific 10 conference.

 

Last Time Out: The Arizona women’s gymnastics team (6-3, 1-0) knocked off a Top 10 team for the second consecutive week as they came from behind to beat Arizona State (3-2, 0-1) 193.925-193.500. The Wildcats were once again led by individual titles in all four events, as they defeated their in-state rival during the regular season for the first time since 1998.

 

The Wildcats held a seemingly comfortable lead heading into the fourth rotation (145.400-144.675), but a fall by senior Monica Bisordi and impressive scores for the Sun Devil’s on the balance beam kept the team title in doubt. Senior Katie Johnson captured her second individual title of the season in the floor exercise (9.825) as she capped off the Wildcats first conference victory of the year. Sophomore Jamie Holton matched her career best score (9.775).

 

The Wildcats fell behind early after the first two rotations on the vault and the uneven bars. Johnson again paced the Wildcats as she shared the individual title with Sun Devil Ashley Kelly on the vault (9.825). Freshman Rachelle Silberg set a career best on the vault (9.650).

 

The Wildcats dug themselves a hole on the uneven bars with two low scores by senior Stevie Fanning 9.175) and sophomore Aubrey Taylor  (9.125). The Wildcats would, however, get a boost from a trio of seniors. Jamie Schell earned a share of the individual title with Arizona State’s Kelly (9.825), while Jamie Duce and Bisordi each added 9.725 marks.

 

The Wildcats took control of the meet in the third rotation as they completed their best rotation of the year on the balance beam (48.825). Bisordi claimed the individual title (9.875) and freshman teammate Danielle Hicks (9.700) set a career best score.

 

The Rankings: After a rare absence, the Wildcats are back in the rankings this week at No. 20 with a season average of 193.567. As a team, the Wildcats failed to crack the Top 25 last week for the first time in 49 consecutive polls. The Wildcats are ranked No. 22 as a team on the vault (48.583), No. 22 on the balance beam (48.167), No. 24 on the uneven parallel bars (48.225) and No. 23 in the floor exercise (48.592). The Wildcats also feature a very solid, yet balanced lineup as there are currently no gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 nationally in any individual event.

 

Complete Top 25:

Rank

Team Name

Team Ave

High

1

UCLA

196.500

197.300

2

Utah, U. of

196.433

197.675

3

Michigan, U. of

196.000

196.075

4

Alabama, U. of

195.675

197.175

5

Florida, U. of

195.650

196.950

6

Georgia, U. of

195.500

195.850

7

L.S.U.

195.467

197.050

8

Brigham Young Univ.

195.092

195.575

9

Denver, U. of

194.850

195.275

10

Iowa State

194.842

195.850

11

Oklahoma, U. of

194.767

195.900

12

Arkansas, U. of

194.483

194.925

13

Auburn Univ.

194.375

195.325

14

Oregon State

194.108

195.200

15

Michigan State

194.075

195.475

16

Southern Utah Univ.

194.050

195.525

17

Arizona State

193.983

195.700

18

Kentucky, U. of

193.917

194.850

19

Penn State

193.892

194.550

20

Arizona, U. of

193.567

193.925

21

Ohio State Univ.

193.500

194.325

22

Washington, U. of

193.500

194.625

23

Nebraska, U. of

193.425

194.200

24

Minnesota, U. of

193.392

193.925

25

Central Michigan

193.200

194.050

 

 

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 75-95-3.  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 Huskies: Washington is coming off back-to-back conference victories over Arizona State and Stanford and enters the week ranked No. 22. Last week the Huskies used strong performances on the beam with a season high team score of 9.850. The Huskies were without two of their top gymnasts, Carly Dockendorf and Molly Seaman. Dockendorf is ranked among the best in the nation this season, coming in individually at No. 10 in the all-around. Last season Washington set a program best road mark of 197.300 to tie with the Wildcats in Tucson. The Huskies are coached by Levesque who is in his 15th season holding a career record of 207-192-2. The Huskies are 4-1 on the season.

 

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