No. 11 Arizona Gymnastics Handles No. 21 Arkansas
March 12, 2004
Tucson, Ariz. (March 12) - The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (8-5-1, 2-3-1) finished its regular season schedule with a win over No. 21 Arkansas (8-6), 196.525-194.850, Friday night before a crowd of 1111 in McKale Center. Arizona finishes the regular season posting its school record eighth-consecutive score of 196 points or better.
The Wildcats took home three team event titles, posting season highs on vault, bars and floor. Arizona managed a school record 49.575 on floor, a 49.425 on bars, the second-best score in school history, and a 49.475 on vault, the third-best mark all-time, but posted a season-low 48.050 on beam.
Individually for Arizona, junior Monica Bisordi earned three individual crowns, finishing first on vault with a career-high 9.950, on floor with a career-high 9.975, and in the all-around (39.725). Bisordi also finished second on bars and beam with scores of 9.900.
Junior Katie Johnson finished second on floor (9.950), and tied for fourth-place honors on vault with sophomore Erin Muirhead (9.850). Senior Andi McCabe placed second on vault (9.925), third on floor with a career-high 9.925, and tied for fifth on bars (9.875).
Senior Sheehan Lemley and freshman Aubrey Taylor tied for third on bars with career-highs of 9.875, and sophomore Abby Pearson finished third on vault (9.900). Junior Jamie Duce finished first on bars with a career-high 9.925 and placed fourth on floor (9.875), and junior Stevie Fanning finished fifth on beam (9.850).
Arizona started the meet off hot, posting a 49.475 on vault, while Arkansas struggled on bars counting two falls to finish with a school history low 47.525. The Wildcats extended their lead over the Lady Razorbacks in the second rotatoin, hitting a 49.425 on bars to Arkansas' 48.650 on vault, and led 98.900-96.175 at the halfway point.
Arizona strayed from a possible team record-setting performance after the Wildcats counted two falls on beam (48.050), while Arkansas cut into the lead with a 49.300 on floor, but held a 146.950-145.475 led heading into the final rotation. The Wildcats ended the meet strong, finishing with its school record 49.575 on floor, which was too much for the Lady Razorbacks' 49.375 on beam to overcome.
Arizona finishes the regular season, but will next host the 2004 Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, March 20 at 6 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.
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