Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 19, 2004
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Jan. 19, 2004

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What's on Tap: The No. 6 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) will hit the road to face No. 14 Stanford (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. (PST).

The Rankings: After opening the 2004 season as the No. 17 ranked team in the nation, Arizona is making a trend of moving up in the rankings week by week. After earning a No. 11 ranking last week, the Wildcats jumped to the No. 6 spot (tied with Iowa) this week after putting up a 196.725 against UCLA. The Wildcats also rank second in the nation on vault (49.400), ninth on beam (49.225), No. 14 on floor (49.200) and No. 20 on bars (48.925). Individually for Arizona, junior Monica Bisordi owns a No. 18 ranking in the all-around (39.425) and junior Jamie Schell is ranked No. 17 on beam (9.900). On vault for the Wildcats, senior Andi McCabe is ranked sixth (9.950) and sophomore Abby Pearson is ranked No. 12 (9.925).

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 will be ranked by their highest score from Jan. 12-19. From Jan. 26-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their season average. Starting Feb. 23, 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

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... is in his sixth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 60-82-1. Ryden leads Arizona into 2004 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. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened its Pac-10 Conference schedule with a victory at home over No. 5 UCLA, 196.725-194.625, before a crowd of 1065 on Friday, Jan. 16.

Arizona controlled all four team events Friday night, with marks of 49.400 on vault, 48.900 on bars, 49.225 on beam and 49.200 on floor, helping the Wildcats defeat the Bruins for the second consecutive time in Tucson. Arizona's overall mark of 196.725 is the fifth-best score in school history, with its vault (49.400) and beam (49.225) marks ranking fourth and fifth on the all-time top-10 respectively.

Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi earned event titles on floor (9.900) and in the all-around (39.425), and finished fifth on bars (9.800) and beam (9.875).

Junior Jamie Duce earned her second-consecutive bars title of the season (9.875) and tied for second-place honors with junior Katie Johnson on floor (9.850). Senior Andi McCabe earned her seventh-career vault title with a score of 9.950 and finished fourth on floor (9.825).

Junior Jamie Schell made her season-debut as an all-arounder, earning fourth-place honors on vault (9.875), second-place honors on beam with a career-high 9.900, and tied for fifth on floor (9.775). Sophomore Abby Pearson placed second on vault with a score of 9.925 and senior Sheehan Lemley finished fourth on bars (9.825).

The Wildcats were able to vault ahead of UCLA in the first rotation and never looked back after that. Arizona earned an early lead with a vault score of 49.400 to UCLA's 47.950 on bars. The Wildcats led, 98.300-97.425, at the half way point after putting up a 48.900 on bars in the second rotation.

Arizona was able to extend its lead over the Bruins in the third rotation by posting a 49.225 on beam and led, 147.525-145.700, heading into the final rotation of competition. The Wildcats' 49.200 on floor sealed the victory, as UCLA responded with a 48.925 on beam.

About the Cardinal: The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal enters its Pac-10 home opener with a 3-1 overall record and a 0-1 Pac-10 mark. Stanford dropped its Pac-10 season opener at Arizona State, 195.500-195.825, on Sunday, Jan. 18. As a team, the Cardinal is ranked fifth on bars (49.300), No. 17 on beam (49.075) and No. 18 on floor (49.150). Individually for Stanford, sophomore Natalie Foley is ranked No. 12 (39.475) in the all-around and senior Lise L?veill? is ranked No. 18 (39.425) as an all-arounder. Head coach Kristen Smyth (Cal '93) is in her third year at the helm of Stanford and owns a career record of 36-10-1.

Against Stanford: Arizona is 3-8 against Stanford under head coach Bill Ryden, but handed the Cardinal a loss at Maples Pavilion in the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, where the Wildcats finished second with a then-record score of 197.050 over the third-place Cardinal (196.150). Arizona has not won a regular season meet at Stanford since Feb. 17, 1995 (193.100-191.625).

Putting up Points: Arizona's fast start can be attributed to the team's ability to put up points. In Arizona's first two meets, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents in six of eight team events. Arizona outscored UCLA in all four team events on Friday.

Breaking More Stuff: In two meets thus far, Arizona has already made changes to the school's record books. Against UCLA, Arizona put up an overall mark of 196.725, which is the fifth-best score in school history, and vault and beam marks of 49.400 and 49.225, which rank fourth and fifth on the all-time top-10 respectively. In the season opener against LSU, MSU and Western Michigan, Arizona posted a vault mark of 49.175 in the meet, which is the ninth-best score in team history.

Iron Woman: Junior Monica Bisordi is best described not as a gymnast, but as an all-arounder. In 30 career meets, Bisordi has competed as an all-arounder for Arizona 26 times, all 26 of those appearances being consecutive. In those 26 appearances, Bisordi has scored over 39 points in the all-around 17 times.

Against Ranked Opponents: So far this season, Arizona is 2-0 against ranked opponents heading into Friday's match up with No. 14 Stanford, having defeaded No. 10 LSU and No. 5 UCLA.

Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference is becoming one of the most competitive and dominant conferences in collegiate gymnastics. This week, six of the seven Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25 with Arizona at No. 6, No. 9 Washington, No. 10 UCLA, No. 14 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 23 Oregon State.

Up Next: Arizona will remain on the road when the Wildcats travel to face Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Jan. 31. The meet is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

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