No. 12 Arizona Gymnastics Edged at home by No. 11 Minnesota
March 14, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (March 14) - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics was upset by the No. 11 Minnesota Golden Golphers, 196.850- 196.125, in its final home meet of the season on Thursday, March 14, in front of a crowd of 575 in McKale Center. The Wildcats finished in second place (196.125) in the quadrangular meet, ahead of third place Washington (194.425) and fourth place Northern Illinois (189.900). Arizona's team total of 196.125 is the fifth best team mark in school history. The Wildcats improved to (10-6, 4-3 Pac-10) on the season, Minnesota improved to 13-5, Washington fell to 5-9, and Northern Illinois fell to 2-14 on the year.
Arizona won the team floor title with a team record mark of 49.575, and won the team beam title with a score of 49.225, the second-highest team mark in school history. The Cats also posted their fourth best team mark in school history on vault (49.325), and posted a score of 48.000 on bars. Six Wildcat gymnast - Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in Thursday's meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist recorded her second-career perfect 10 on floor to finish first in the event. Liljenquist has posted three-career perfect 10 scores, one coming earlier this year on beam against Arizona State (3/1), and her first being a 10.000 score on floor against Michigan on March 3, 2000. Liljenquist also took top honors in the all-around (39.550), and finished second on bars (9.850) and beam (9.875).
Sophomore Andi McCabe won her sixth vault title of the year, tying a career-high mark of 9.975.Freshman Monica Bisordi won her second beam title of the season (9.900), finished third on floor with a career-best 9.950, and third in the all-around with a career-high 39.400. Freshman Katie Johnson placed second on floor tying a career-high 9.975 and tied for third on beam (9.850). Freshman Jamie Duce posted a career-best 9.825 on beam to tie for fifth place.
Arizona travels to Palo Alto, Calif., for the 2002 Pac-10 Championship meet on Saturday, March 23, at 6 p.m. (PST).