Seattle, Wash. ?- The No. 20 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (194.800) fell to No. 22 Washington (195.075), but topped No. 24 Minnesota (193.700) and Seattle Pacific (191.025) in a four team meet at Bank of America Arena. The Wildcats claimed at least a share of the individual titles on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise.
Arizona’s overall team score of 194.800 was their highest total of the season, but they could not overcome two low scores in the second rotation on the balance beam. Senior Monica Bisordi claimed the individual title on the beam (9.850), but 9.225 marks from senior Katie Johnson and sophomore Aubrey Taylor limited the team score to 48.325. Freshman Danielle Hicks posted a career best 9.725 on the beam.
Arizona began the first rotation on the uneven parallel bars and set a season high of 48.775. The Wildcats were led by freshman Karin Wurm and senior Jamie Schell who each posted 9.800 scores. Wurm’s mark tied a career high.
The Wildcats made a strong push for the overall title in the third rotation as they posted a season high and meet best 48.925 in the floor exercise. Johnson earned a share of the individual title with Washington’s Carly Dockendorf (9.850). Bisordi and Taylor each earned 9.825 marks, while Wurm set a career best with a 9.750 performance.
Trailing the Huskies 146.275-146.025 heading to the fourth and final rotation, the Wildcats put together a solid vault performance. Freshman Rachelle Silberg scored a career high 9.825 in her only event of the night. Wurm set another career high with her 9.750 mark on the vault. Johnson claimed her third straight vault title as she capped off Arizona’s night with a 9.850 vault.
Despite the late charge, the Wildcats could not hold off the Huskies. The Huskies paced themselves with a strong second rotation posting a team total of 49.125 on the bars. Dockendorf captured the individual title on the event (9.875), and also claimed the all-around title (39.150). Arizona’s Bisordi (39.050) placed third in the all-around, her best finish of the year.
The Wildcats improved their overall record to 8-4 with the victories over Minnesota (3-5) and Seattle Pacific (0-5). The loss to Washington (7-1, 2-0) drops the Wildcats record to 1-1 against Pac-10 opponents. Arizona will be on the road again next week as they travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on California.