No. 12 Arizona Gymnastics Travels to Stanford for the Pac-10 Championship Meet Saturday
March 19, 2002
What's Coming Up - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (10-6, 4-3 Pac-10) travels to Stanford, Calif., for the 2002 Pac-10 Championship meet on Saturday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. (PST). The championship, hosted by Stanford University, features all seven Pac-10 teams competing head-to-head in Stanford's Maples Pavilion and will be televised on Fox Sports Net on March 29, at 9 a.m. (PST). Arizona is coming off a second-place finish (196.125) in its final home meet of the season against No. 11 Minnesota (196.850), Northern Illinois (189.900) and Washington (194.425), on March 10 in McKale Center. The Wildcats have their sights set on winning the program's first Pac-10 title. Five Pac-10 teams - No. 1 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Oregon State and No. 16 Arizona State - enter the Pac-10 Championship meet ranked among the nation's top 25. Arizona has faced all six Pac-10 schools this season, posting victories over No. 1 UCLA, California and Washington.
Last Time Out - 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 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 was the fifth-best team mark in school history.
Arizona won the team floor title with a 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 gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in the 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 at the Pac-10 Conference Championship - The Wildcats are set to win their first Pac-10 championship in school history. Arizona's highest Pac-10 Championship finishes came in 1987, 1990 and 1992 when the Wildcats finished in second place. Since the formation of Pac-10 gymnastics in 1987, eight Wildcat gymnasts have won a total of 10 individual Pac-10 titles. Arizona's Stacy Fowlkes is the only Wildcat gymnast to have earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year honors (1993) in the history of the Wildcat program. At the 2001 Pac-10 Championship, Arizona finished sixth with a score of 195.525. Stanford won the programs second Pac-10 title with a score of 197.850. UCLA claimed second place (197.800), Washington finished third (197.475), Oregon State finished fourth (196.550), Arizona State finished fifth (195.725) and California finished seventh (193.750). Senior Randi Liljenquist posted a 39.175 to finish 11th in the all-around and placed eighth on floor (9.925).
About the Pac-10 Conference Championship - Since the inception of Pac-10 gymnastics 15 years ago, UCLA has dominated the conference championships, placing first a conference best nine times. UCLA (nine), Stanford (two) and Oregon State (four) are the only teams to win the conference title. In addition to its team titles, UCLA also boasts a conference-best 42 individual Pac-10 champions. The Bruins have won eight of the last nine all-around titles, including 11 overall. Oregon State has 23 individual Pac-10 champions. Stanford's Lise Leveille (beam) and Caroline Fluhrer (vault), and UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher (floor) will defend their 2001 Pac-10 individual titles on Saturday.
Scouting the Pac-10 Championship Field - No. 1 UCLA (13-5, 5-1 Pac-10) enters Saturday's meet as the No. 1 team in the West Region. The Bruins' top score this season is 198.350. UCLA's Jamie Dantzscher is ranked No. 1 in the nation on floor, No. 1 on bars and No. 2 on vault. For the Bruins, Yvonne Tousek is ranked No. 10 and Onnie Willis is ranked No. 11 in the all-around. No. 10 Stanford (9-3, 6-1 Pac-10) is second in the West Region and holds a season-high mark of 197.250. Stanford's Becky Meldrum is ranked No. 10 in the nation on bars, and Lise Leveille is the ranked eighth on beam. No. 14 Oregon State (7-7-1, 2-3-1) is third in the West Region and has a season-high total of 196.675. Oregon State's Jerra Lopez is No. 16 in the nation on floor, and Elizabeth Jillson is ranked No. 11 on bars. No. 16 Arizona State (8-5-1, 2-3-1 Pac-10) is fourth in the South Central Region behind the Wildcats and have a season-high score of 197.850. Washington (5-9, 2-4 Pac-10) is fourth in the West Region and has a season-high mark of 196.575. California (5-9, 1-5 Pac-10) enters Saturday's meet ninth in the West Region and has a season-high score of 193.925.
Arizona's Pac-10 Rotation Order -
Rotation I: Bars
Rotation II: Beam
Rotation III: Bye
Rotation IV: Floor
Rotation V: Bye
Rotation VI: Vault
Rotation VII: Bye
Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona began the 2002 season ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches' poll. After posting a 196.125 against No. 11 Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Washington on March 14, the Cats remain the No. 12-ranked team in the nation. The Wildcats' regional qualifying score is 195.780. Arizona remains third in the South Central Region behind No. 2 Nebraska (196.570) and No. 1 Oklahoma (196.590). Arizona is the No. 2 vault team in the nation, No. 13 on floor, No. 15 on beam and No. 25 on bars. Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist is ranked No. 7 in the nation in the all-around, No. 3 on floor, No. 10 on beam and No. 18 on vault. Sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 4 in the nation on vault and freshman Katie Johnson is No. 4 on floor. Freshman Monica Bisordi is No. 13 in the nation on beam and No. 25 on vault.
Regional Qualifying Score - Arizona has been able to hold a No. 12 national ranking due to its Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). Since Feb. 25, all collegiate women's gymnastic teams have been ranked according to their RQS. A regional qualifying score is based on a team's top-six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score, the team's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Pac-10 Conference Rankings - Arizona enters Saturday's meet as the third-ranked team in the Pac-10 Conference behind No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Stanford. Arizona is the No. 1 team in the Pac-10 on vault, No. 2 on floor and No. 3 on beam. Individually for Arizona, senior Randi Liljenquist is the Pac-10 leader in the all-around and is No. 2 on floor, No. 2 on beam and No. 4 on vault. Freshman Monica Bisordi is No. 4 in the Pac-10 on beam, No. 5 on vault and No. 6 in the all-around. Sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 2 in the Pac-10 on vault, and freshman Katie Johnson is No. 3 on floor and No. 10 on beam.
Changing The Record Books - Arizona has posted a top-10 team mark in each meet this season. Against Arizona State (3/1), the Wildcats set the second-highest team mark in school history (196.700). In 2002, Arizona has set new team school records on vault, beam and floor. At Utah (1/18), Arizona posted a team-record 49.325 on beam. On March 14, the Wildcats broke a team record on floor with a score of 49.575 against No. 11 Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Washington. So far this year, Arizona has broken the school record on vault four times. Against Stanford (2/1), the Wildcats posted a 49.375 on vault to break the previous team record of 49.250, which was set March 28, 1992, at the Pac-10 Championships. The Wildcats scored a 49.400 against Washington (2/22), 49.475 at Arizona State (3/1) and the current team record of 49.500 at Oklahoma (3/10).
Top-10 Cats - So far this season, seven Wildcat gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Monica Bisordi, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson, Randi Liljenquist, Andi McCabe and Jamie Schell - have posted scores that rank among the top-10 individual scores in team history. Senior Randi Liljenquist is the only Wildcat to set and tie an individual record during the regular season. Liljenquist posted a career-high and team record 10.000 on beam at Arizona State (3/1), becoming the first Wildcat to score a perfect 10 on beam in team history. She also tied a career-high and team-record 10.000 on floor against No. 11 Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Washington (3/14).
Bill Ryden's Weekly Analysis - 'Saturday's meet is going to be exciting. Every team will be motivated to do their best. Our team will not be lacking in motivation. Every week, our goal as a team is to finish a meet without counting a bad routine. We have been very consistent throughout the year on vault and floor and are getting better performances on beam. Saturday will be a stepping stone for the freshmen, who have been consistent the whole season and will use the meet as a learning experience. Our team has worked hard and earned its No. 3 Conference ranking.'
A Look Ahead - Arizona will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the 2002 South Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m. (MST).