No. 12 Arizona Gymnastics Battles Washington Friday

Feb. 18, 2002

What's Coming Up - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (7-3, 2-2 Pac-10) will host the Washington Huskies (3-3, 2-2 Pac-10) Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. (MST). Last season, the Wildcats lost to the Huskies during the regular season on Feb. 18, 2001, 195.575- 195.500, in Seattle, Wash. The last time Arizona defeated Washington was March 15, 1996, 193.775- 193.475, in Seattle, Wash. Arizona is coming off its second Pac-10 loss of the season, as the Wildcats fell to the No. 19 Oregon State Beavers, 196.475- 195.625, on Feb. 15, in Corvallis, Ore.

Last Time Out - The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped a close Pac-10 contest to the No. 21 Oregon State Beavers, 196.475- 195.625, on Feb. 15, in front of a crowd of 2388 in Oregon State's Gill Coliseum. Arizona's team total of 195.625 is the second-highest team score this season and the eighth best mark in team history.

Arizona dropped its first team vault event of the season with a score of 48.925. The Wildcats trailed the Beavers the entire meet, posting team scores of 48.725 on bars and 49.000 on floor. Arizona tied Oregon State on beam at 48.975, which is Arizona's second-highest mark of the season and the eighth-best score in team history. Three Wildcat gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Monica Bisordi, and Randi Liljenquist - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in Friday's meet.

Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist claimed her second beam title of the year, tying a season-high mark of 9.900. Liljenquist finished third on vault (9.825), tied for third on bars (9.850) and floor (9.850), and finished second in the all-around (39.425). Sophomore Andi McCabe won her fourth vault title of the season with a score of 9.875 and junior Nikki Beyschau tied for fourth on vault with a season-high score of 9.800.

Freshman Monica Bisordi finished third on beam (9.850) and tied for seventh on bars with a season high 9.750. Bisordi finished third in the all-around, tying her season-high mark of 39.125. Freshman Katie Johnson placed fifth on beam (9.800) and tied for third on floor (9.850).

Scouting Washington - The Washington Huskies enter Friday's meet with a 3-3 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. This season, the Huskies rank fourth in the West Region, and the team's high total for the year is 196.575. Washington has posted victories over Boise State, California and No. 16 Arizona State. The Huskies have recorded losses to No. 7 Stanford, No. 19 Oregon State and No. 2 Utah. Washington has nine returning letterwinners and six freshman newcomers. Head Coach Bob Levesque (Fresno State, 1972) is in his 12th year at the helm of the Washington program and has a school and career record of 130-103-1.

Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona began the 2002 season No. 17 in the preseason coaches' poll. After posting a score of 195.625 against Oregon State (Feb. 15), the Cats slid one spot to a No. 12 national ranking this week. Arizona remains third in the South Central Region behind No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 1 Nebraska. As a team, Arizona is the No. 2 team in the nation on vault, No. 7 on floor, No. 20 on bars and No. 22 on beam. Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Katie Johnson is ranked No. 5 in the nation on floor, sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 6 on vault and senior Randi Liljenquist is No. 10 on floor.

Home Sweet Home - Arizona is perfect so far at home this year, owning a 4-0 home record. The Cats have tallied victories over Brown, Boise State, California and UCLA. Arizona is 0-3 away from McKale Center and 3-0 at neutral sites. Arizona has one remaining home meet this season, a quadrangular meet against No. 11 Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Washington.

Changing the Record Book - Arizona has posted a top-10 individual or team mark in each meet this season. The Wildcats have set 13 new top-10 marks, including new team records of 49.375 (2-1-02) on vault and 49.325 (1-18-02) on beam. Five Wildcat gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - have set top-10 individual marks for Arizona this season.

Bill Ryden's Weekly Analysis - 'Our team competed very well against Oregon State. I am very happy with how we performed and I hope we are able to duplicate that performance for the rest of the season. As a team, we need to use our meet against Oregon State as a confidence booster. There are still some questions on bars and on beam, but our gymnasts continue to improve with each meet.'

'Washington is a very good team. There isn't one team in the Pac-10 that isn't capable of beating everyone in the conference. We need to perform our best against Washington to come away with a victory. Our goals are always the same for each meet and our team isn't afraid to compete with anyone.'

A Look Ahead - Arizona will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on rival No. 16 Arizona State on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. (MST).


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