No. 7 Arizona Gymnastics Takes On No. 12 Stanford

Jan. 28, 2002

What's Coming Up - The No. 7 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-1, 1-0 Pac-10) travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to face the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal (2-1, 2-0 Pac-10) Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. (PST). Last season, the Wildcats were edged by the Cardinal, 196.200-196.300, on Feb. 23 in McKale Center. Arizona takes to the road for its third straight meet against a ranked opponent. The last time the Cats defeated Stanford was Feb. 26, 1999, (194.050- 193.425) in McKale Center. The Wildcats are coming off their first Pac-10 victory of the season as Arizona edged No. 8 UCLA,195.175-195.100, on Friday, Jan. 25.

Last Time Out - The No. 6 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team grabbed a victory in its first Pac-10 meet of the season on Friday, Jan. 25, defeating the No. 3 UCLA Bruins, 195.175- 195.100, in McKale Center. Arizona edged the two-time defending champion Bruins by .075 of a point to gain its first victory over UCLA since 1996.

Arizona took the team vault title for the fourth straight meet with a total of 49.000. The Wildcats also won the team floor event with a score of 49.375, tying the second-highest team total in school history. Five Arizona gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson and Jamie Schell - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in tonight's meet.

Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Katie Johnson finished in third place on beam with a 9.850 and fifth on vault with a season-high 9.850. Johnson placed second on floor with a career-best 9.975, which is the second highest all-time individual floor mark in team history. Senior Randi Liljenquist finished third in the all-around for the Wildcats (37.625). Liljenquist placed third on floor with a season-high 9.950.

Freshman Monica Bisordi helped set the pace for Arizona, finishing sixth on beam (9.825) and sixth on bars with a season-high 9.750. Bisordi and sophomore Andi McCabe tied for third place on vault (9.850). Freshman Jamie Duce placed fifth on bars (9.775) and posted a season-high 9.825 on beam to finish sixth in the event. Freshman Jamie Schell placed fifth on floor with a season-high 9.875.

Scouting Stanford - The No. 12 Stanford Cardinal enter Friday's meet with a record of 2-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Pac-10. This season, the Cardinal rank No. 2 in the West Region and the team's season-high total for the year is 195.775. Stanford has posted victories over Pac-10 rivals Washington and Arizona State. Stanford's only loss so far this year was in its season opener against No. 11 Minnesota. The Cardinal have two freshman newcomers and return 10 letterwinners from last year's squad, including four All-Americans . Head Coach Kristen Smyth (California, 1993) is in her first year at the helm of the Stanford program.

Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona began the 2022 season ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches poll. After posting a 195.175 against No. 8 UCLA (Jan. 25), the Cats slid one spot to a No. 7 national ranking. Arizona also dropped one spot in the South Central Region and is currently ranked No. 3 behind No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 1 Nebraska. As a team, Arizona is the No. 1 team in the nation on vault, No. 4 on floor, No. 11 on beam and No. 18 on bars. Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Katie Johnson is No. 4 nationally on floor and No. 25 on beam. Senior Randi Liljenquist is No. 8 nationally on floor, sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 6 on vault, and freshman Monica Bisordi is No. 23 on vault.

Ryden's Weekly Analysis - 'Stanford is an excellent gymnastics team with phenomenal athletes. For us to go over there and beat them at home, we will have to be at our best in each event. They are very well-coached and compete and execute at a high level. Stanford is a very strong team on beam and on floor.'

'It is a great honor to our program to be the top nationally-ranked team on vault. It is our highest ranking in any event since 1996, and this team certainly earned it. Our gymnasts work hard day in and day out, and hopefully this No. 1 ranking will make us work even harder to stay on top. We are not done improving as a team. Our best has not been put forward yet, and we know that our best is needed in every meet.'

A Look Ahead - Arizona will return home to host the California Golden Bears on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., in McKale Center.


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