Feb. 16, 2004
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What's on Tap: The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-2, 2-2 Pac-10) will host Pac-10 rival No. 16 Washington (6-3, 2-2 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.
The Rankings: Arizona fell one spot in the rankings to No. 15 this week, but increased the team's season average to 196.125 in a loss at Oregon State on Friday (196.700). Arizona's season high (196.750) came in the Wildcats' last home meet versus California. This is the last week that all collegiate gymnastic teams will be ranked by season average. Starting Feb. 23, all teams will be ranked by their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The Wildcats rank fourth in the nation on vault (49.225), No. 13 on bars (49.004), No. 17 on beam (48.846), and are No. 22 on floor (49.050). Individually for Arizona, senior Andi McCabe ranks 14th in the nation on vault (9.900), and sophomore Abby Pearson is No. 19 (9.887) on vault. Junior Monica Bisordi is ranked No. 21 on floor (9.900).
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. 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 www.troester.com.
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 62-84-1. 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. 14 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped a close Pac-10 meet to No. 19 Oregon State, 196.700-196.950, Friday night before a crowd of 3754 at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.
Arizona captured team-event titles on both vault (49.250) and floor (49.325), and managed scores of 49.150 on bars, and 48.975 on beam. The Wildcats' vault mark of 49.250 is the ninth-best score in school history, but only the team's third best score on the event this season.
Individually for Arizona, juniors Katie Johnson and Monica Bisordi shared top honors on floor (9.900), and senior Andi McCabe and sophomore Abby Pearson earned top honors on vault (9.900). Bisordi also tied for fifth on bars (9.825), and finished fourth in the all-around (38.875), while Johnson finished fourth on vault (9.875), and McCabe placed fourth on floor (9.875).
Freshman Aubrey Taylor placed third in the all-around competition (39.175), and finished fourth on bars (9.850). Junior Jamie Duce earned third-place honors on bars (9.875), and finished fifth on floor (9.850).
Senior Sheehan Lemley chipped in a 9.875 on beam for a third place, and a 9.825 on bars for fifth-place honors.
About the Huskies: The No. 16 University of Washington Huskies (6-3, 2-2 Pac-10) enter Friday's meet with a season average of 196.000. Washington is fresh off its Pac-10 win at home over Arizona State, where the Huskies posted their season-high mark of 197.325, the third-best score in school history. In last week's win, three Washington gymnasts scored perfect 10s. Washington is ranked No. 20 in the nation on vault (48.917), No. 5 on bars (49.208), No. 21 on beam (48.817), and No. 21 on floor (49.058). The Huskies are led by senior Emily Pritchard, who owns a No. 1 ranking in the nation on bars (9.950), and a No. 9 ranking in the all-around (39.485). Head coach Bob Levesque (Fresno State, '72) is in his 14th season at the helm of the Washington program and owns a career record of 161-127-1.
The Series: The Arizona-Washington series is a close one, led by the Wildcats with a 16-15 series advantage over the Huskies. Arizona dropped both its meets last year to Washington, losing in Seattle (194.650-197.000), and at the Pac-10 Championships (196.750-195.950). Arizona posted a victory over Washington in the last meeting between the schools in Tucson, 195.550-193.225, on Feb. 22, 2002. Washington has not won in Tucson since Feb. 18, 2000 (195.075-193.975).
Lost Dawgs: The Washington Huskies take care of business at home in Seattle, but seem to lose their way when on the road. So far this season, Washington is a perfect 3-0 at home, but is 3-3 on the road, including a 0-2 record in Pac-10 road meets. Interestingly enough, Washington's two Pac-10 loses this season came at Oregon State and Stanford, the same two places Arizona lost at this season.
Lucky #15?: Arizona dropped one spot in the rankings to No. 15 this week, big deal. The Wildcats have been ranked No. 15 two other weeks earlier this season (Jan. 26, Feb. 2). Ranked No. 15, Arizona is 2-0; recording wins at Illinois-Chicago, and at home against California, with both of its team scores ranking in the program's all-time top-10.
Winning the Battles: Arizona's 6-2 record can be accredited to the Wildcats' ability to win the team-event battles in each meet. In six meets this season, Arizona has won 18 of 28 team-event titles. On that note, Arizona is undefeated in team-event competition at home, sweeping both UCLA and California.
49s on the Board: In six meets, Arizona has scored 49 points or better in team events 15 times in 24 attempts. That number is far ahead of last year's pace, when Arizona managed 49 points or better 23 times in 13 meets. So far this season, Arizona has seven scores of 49 or better that rank in the school's all-time top-10 list. Here's a look at damage Arizona has done to the record books:
4. 49.425, vs. California (Feb. 6)
5. 49.400, vs. UCLA (Jan. 16)
9. 49.250, at Oregon State (Feb. 13)
8. 49.350, vs. California (Feb. 6)
2. 49.325, at Illinois-Chicago (Jan. 31)
6. 49.225, vs. UCLA (Jan. 16)
5. 49.425, vs. California (Feb. 6)
3-in-a-row: Arizona pulled a first against Oregon State on Friday. With Arizona's team score of 196.700, the Wildcats posted a score of 196 or better in three-consecutive meets for the first time in school history. The Wildcats have also scored 196 points or better in four of six meets this season, tying the school record for the number of times 196 has been scored in a season (2002). Arizona will look to continue its streak of 196's against Washington. All four scores of 196 or better rank in the all-time top-10. Here's a look at damage Arizona has done to the record books:
All-Time Team Scores:
5. 196.750, vs. California (Feb. 6)
6. 196.725, vs. UCLA (Feb. 16)
7. 196.700, at Oregon State (Feb. 13)
9. 196.525, at Illinois-Chicago (Jan. 31)
What about 197?: In case you were wondering, Arizona has only scored 197 points or better in a meet twice in school history. Arizona's 197.375 came last year at home against Oklahoma on March 14, and Arizona's 197.050 came on March 23, 2002 at the Pac-10 Championships. Both scores rank No. 1 and No. 2 all-time, respectively.
Against Opponents: Arizona's 6-2, 2-2 Pac-10 record possesses some trend-setting details. So far this season, the Wildcats are 2-2 versus ranked competition, 3-2 in dual-meet competition, but are 2-0 at home. Arizona is also 3-1 when scoring 196 or better in a meet.
Say Good Bye: Arizona's meet against Washington on Friday is a rare home appearance for the Wildcats, as it will be Arizona's only home meet in a span of 27 days. After Friday's meet, Arizona will be back on a road for three-straight road meets, beginning at Texas Women's University (Feb. 23), then at Arizona State (Feb. 27), and finishing at Florida (March 5). Also, starting this Friday and ending March 5 at Florida, Arizona will compete in four meets in a two-week span.
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 UCLA at No. 3, No. 7 Stanford, No. 15 Arizona, No. 16 Washington, No. 18 Oregon State, and No. 24 Arizona State.
Up Next: Arizona will compete in the first of three-straight road meets when the Wildcats travel to Denton, Texas, to take on Texas Women's University and LSU on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.