Note: Due to encoding difficulties, Arizona's performances on the balance beam are not available as a separate video clip. They are included in the full video.
Tucson, Ariz. ?- The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 16 Oregon State 195.075-194.300 Friday night in front of 1,083 fans at McKale Center. Arizona gymnast’s captured or shared the individual titles on all four events, but could not overcome three devastating falls in the second rotation on the uneven parallel bars.
The Wildcats came out hot on the vault in the first rotation, posting a season best team total of 49.125. The Wildcats were led individually by senior Monica Bisordi’s 9.875 mark, which tied her with OSU’s Therese Videan for the individual title. Fellow seniors Katie Johnson and Jamie Schell each posted 9.850 scores respectively. Freshman Karin Wurm set a new career best with a 9.800 score.
Arizona entered the second rotation with a 49.125-48.900 lead, but it would be the last time the Wildcats would control the meet. Two consecutive falls to start off the rotation and a third later would result in a season low score (47.575) for the Wildcats on the uneven parallel bars. The three low scores overshadowed meet best 9.800 performances by sophomore Aubrey Taylor and Schell. Bisordi also turned in a solid performance with a 9.775 score to place her third in the event.
The Wildcats bounced back in the third rotation with a season best 49.000 team score on the balance beam. Bisordi and freshman Danielle Hicks turned in back-to-back 9.875 performances to share the individual titles on the event. Hicks’ mark set a new career high on the beam. Johnson (9.825), senior Stevie Fanning (9.725) and Taylor (9.700) all placed in the Top 10.
Trailing 146.175- 145.700 heading into the final rotation, any hopes of a comeback were put to rest after the Wildcats tallied two low scores to begin the floor exercise. The Wildcats were again led by Bisordi who claimed the individual title outright with a 9.900 mark. Johnson again turned in a solid floor performance finishing behind Bisordi with a 9.875 score. Taylor (9.850) tied her career best in the event and Wurm (9.825) set a career best as they finished third and fourth respectively in the event.
Schell, who made her second all-around appearance this season, finished with a total of 37.900. Bisordi, the only other gymnast to compete in the all-around, captured the all-around title with her total of 39.425. The score was a season best, and it marked the third consecutive week she has claimed an all-around title.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 10-5 overall, and 3-2 in the Pac-10. The Beavers improved to 8-3 overall, and 3-2 in the Pac-10.
The Wildcats will be on the road next week to take on nationally ranked opponents UCLA and Georgia in Los Angeles.