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Gymnastics Prepares for Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/24/2005
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Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

 

What’s on Tap: The No. 19 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (17-7, 3-3) will compete at the Pac-10 Championships hosted by California in Berkeley, this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. PST. The Wildcats will compete against conference foes No. 3 UCLA (14-3, 6-0), No. 12 Oregon State (13-6, 4-2), No. 23 Washington (11-7, 4-2), No. 25 Arizona State (6-8, 1-5), Stanford (4-8, 3-3) and California (6-9, 0-6). Live stats will be provided on www.calbears.com.

 

Watch The Wildcats: The Pac-10 women's gymnastics championships will be televised on Fox Sports Net on a tape delayed basis. Arizona fans can check their local listings and watch the Wildcats in action on April 2nd. Barry Tompkins and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will call the action. Arizona’s season-opening meet at the Super Six Challenge was also televised on a tape delayed basis by ESPN.

 

A Look Back: The No. 20 Arizona women’s gymnastics team (195.650) earned victories over host Maryland (194.125), Rhode Island (189.975) and James Madison (186.600), Friday night at the Comcast Pavilion. Arizona gymnasts swept the individual titles and senior Monica Bisordi captured the all-around title.

 

The Wildcats began the night on the floor posting a team total of 48.825. Senior Katie Johnson led all gymnasts with a mark of 9.875. Freshman Karin Wurm tied her career-high with a 9.825 performance. Bisordi notched a 9.800 mark to place fifth overall.

 

A week after posting a season-high 49.400 on the vault, the Wildcats remained hot this week en route to a team score of 49.125. Johnson again led the Wildcats while matching her career-high of 9.900 which she also scored last week. Bisordi chipped in a second-place mark of 9.850. Wurm set a new personal-best in the event with a third-place score of 9.825. Classmate Rachelle Silberg turned in a 9.800 vault.

 

Arizona established a new season-high team score on the uneven parallel bars in the third rotation. The Wildcats team score of 49.025 was aided by a trio of gymnasts that shared the individual title. Senior Jamie Schell, sophomore Aubrey Taylor and Bisordi each earned 9.825 marks, while Wurm matched her career-best with a 9.800 score.

 

The Wildcats capped of the night with a 48.675 team score on the balance beam. Taylor claimed the individual title with 9.850 mark while Bisordi placed second with a 9.725 score. Wildcat gymnasts rounded out the Top 5 as seniors Jamie Duce, Kristine Harper and Johnson added 9.700 scores. Harper, a late addition into the lineup due to senior Stevie Fanning’s absence, appeared in her first event of the season.

 

Bisordi, the school’s all-time leading scorer, captured the all-around title with a total of 39.200. She competed in the all-around for the 49th time in her career, and has now scored 2,041.800 points in her career.

 

Johnson, named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her performances in a quad-meet last week, won her seventh vault title and sixth floor title on the season.

 

The Rankings: The Wildcats moved up to No. 19 in the GymInfo national rankings with an average team score of 194.557 and a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.070. The Wildcats are also ranked nationally in all four individual events. The Wildcats are No. 19 in the floor exercise with an average of 48.880 and a RQS of 49.015. The Wildcats slid into the Top 25 this week on the balance beam at No. 25 with an average team score of 48.350 and a RQS of 48.695 . Arizona’s highest ranking comes on the uneven parallel bars. The Wildcats rank No. 15 with an average of 48.564 and a RQS of 48.865. The Wildcats moved up to No. 18 on the vault with a team average of 48.784 and a RQS of 48.940. Individually for the Wildcats, Katie Johnson ranks No. 23 in the floor exercise with an average of 9.850 and a RQS of 9.890.

 

Complete Top 25:

 

Rank

Team Name

Team RQS

Ave

High

1

Utah, U. of

197.020

196.805

197.850

2

L.S.U.

197.010

196.402

197.850

3

UCLA

196.930

195.883

197.850

4

Nebraska, U. of

196.750

196.102

197.100

5

Alabama, U. of

196.740

196.077

197.175

6

Florida, U. of

196.685

196.311

197.200

7

Michigan, U. of

196.595

196.352

197.800

8

Georgia, U. of

196.520

196.094

197.275

9

Iowa State

196.230

195.743

197.000

10

Oklahoma, U. of

196.130

195.606

196.700

11

Penn State

195.685

194.936

196.650

12

Oregon State

195.575

194.791

195.975

13

Central Michigan

195.540

194.890

196.725

14

Brigham Young Univ.

195.445

194.994

196.425

15

Arkansas, U. of

195.430

194.911

195.725

16

Utah State

195.250

194.182

195.900

17

Southern Utah Univ.

195.155

194.471

196.175

18

Denver, U. of

195.150

194.985

196.000

19

Arizona, U. of

195.070

194.577

196.375

-

Kentucky, U. of

195.070

194.369

196.025

21

Auburn Univ.

195.025

194.392

195.725

22

Minnesota, U. of

195.000

194.461

195.775

23

Washington, U. of

194.875

193.935

195.275

24

Missouri, U. of

194.870

194.189

196.225

25

Arizona State

194.850

194.127

196.600

 

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 86-99-3. 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.

 

Pac-10 Awards: Conference awards for Gymnast of the Year, Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year will be handed out at the conclusion of the meet. In 2002, Arizona coach Bill Ryden earned Coach of the Year honors while Katie Johnson was named the Freshman of the Year.

 

Arizona at the Pac-10 Championships: The Wildcats finished tied for fourth place with Arizona State at the Pac-10 Championships in 2004 with a score of 196.775. Arizona has never won the Pac-10 title, but should not feel left out. In the 18 years of the Pac-10 Championships, only three schools have ever claimed a conference championship: UCLA (11), Oregon State (4) and Stanford (3). The Wildcats’ highest finish came in 2002 as the team posted a team score of 197.050 en route to a second place finish. Returning to the Pac-10 Championships this year for Arizona is senior Monica Bisordi who finished seventh in the all-around (39.500) last year. Classmate Katie Johnson finished seventh in the floor exercise with a score of 9.900. Stevie Fanning was the Co-Pac-10 Beam Champion in 2002 when she set a career 9.900 in the event.

 

About the Bears: California will serve as the official host for the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The Bears have suffered through an injury-plagued season, which culminated in regular season-ending losses to San Jose State (194.325) and Stanford (192.750). California (176.450) took major hits to their lineup as they finished the meet with just four competitors on the final rotation after senior My-Lan Dodd suffered an undisclosed season-ending injury during her floor exercise routine. The highest scorer for the Bears was Alli Szutu’s third place mark of 9.750 on the bars. Earlier this season, Arizona defeated California in Berkeley 194.900-189.850. In that meet, Dodd (9.775) captured the bars title and placed third in the all-around (38.150) for the Bears. Miho Maeda placed third on the bars (9.725) and second in the all-around (38.575). California, which finished seventh in the Pac-10 a year ago, is coached by Cari DuBois who is in her third season at the school.

About the Beavers: Oregon State enters the week ranked No. 12 in the nation with a RQS of 195.575. The Beavers have earned a high ranking despite competing without an all-around gymnast this season. However, five Beavers perform in three events (Heidi Goehring, Daylee Ingalls, Chrissy Lamun, Angela Morales and Th?©rèse Videan). Oregon State has also relied on the contributions of freshmen Megan Devencenzi and Yuki Lamb. As a team, the Beavers are ranked No. 14 on the beam with an average of 48.707. They rank No. 15 on the vault with an average of 48.816.The Beavers knocked off Arizona in Tucson earlier this year 195.075-194.300, handing the Wildcats their only home loss of the season. Oregon State gymnasts Videan (vault) and Lamun (beam) shared individual titles with Arizona’s Monica Bisordi. The Beavers finished third at the Pac-10 Championships in 2004. Oregon State is coached by Tanya Chaplin who is in her eight year at the school.

About the Bruins: UCLA enters the Pac-

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