Arizona Gymnastics Looks Impressive in First Intra-Squad Scrimmage

Dec. 10, 2002

Tucson, Ariz (Dec. 10) - The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team held its first intra-squad scrimmage of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in preparation for the upcoming 2003 season.

The Wildcats were split into two different squads and competed against each other on vault and on balance beam. Each gymnast was given a simulated competition score and was judged according to NCAA competition regulations.

'We performed pretty well as a team today,' Head Coach Bill Ryden said. 'Vault was a little bit better then I had hoped, but we still have some improving to do. On beam, I don't think we performed as well as we are capable of performing. We are going to have to work hard to improve even more on each event before our first meet (Jan. 11).'

For the Wildcats, freshman Abby Pearson posted an impressive team-high score of 9.900 on vault. Junior Andi McCabe, who earned All-Pac 10 honors on vault in 2002, and sophomore Monica Bisordi each posted marks of 9.850 on vault. Sophomore Jamie Schell also added a vault score of 9.800. Last season, Arizona finished the 2002 regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation as a team on vault.

'Abby Pearson scoring that high on vault was very nice to see,' Ryden said. 'We are just trying to figure out who is going to be in our competitive lineups right now. It was nice to get our first look at the freshmen and see who else can step in and hit their routines.'

On beam, sophomore Katie Johnson, the 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, posted a team-high mark of 9.850 and Andi McCabe posted a score of 9.800. Sophomore Stevie Fanning, the 2002 Pac-10 Co-Beam Champion, and sophomore Jamie Duce each chipped in beam scores of 9.700. In the only bars routine of the intra-squad, senior Nikki Beyschau posted a near-perfect score of 9.950.

'I think the team did good for it being the first intra-squad,' Beyschau said. 'We showed the coaches what we can do and now that we know what our team can do, we can work hard to get better.'

Arizona will hold an uneven bars and floor exercise intra-squad scrimmage on Friday, Dec. 20.

'We now have to increase our numbers in competitive quality routines,' Ryden said. 'We need to put in more numbers to make things smoother and meet the judge's criteria of what they are looking for in a routine.'

Arizona will open the 2003 season in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 11, when the Wildcats take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Final Results:


Nikki Beyschau 9.575

Monica Bisordi 9.850

Jamie Duce 9.600

Amanda Goins 9.375

Kristine Harper 9.625

Katie Johnson 9.750

Sheehan Lemley 9.600

Andi McCabe 9.850

Abby Pearson 9.900

Jessamyn Salter 9.725

Jamie Schell 9.800


Nikki Beyschau 9.950


Monica Bisordi 9.625

Jamie Duce 9.700

Stevie Fanning 9.700

Amanda Goins 9.050

Kristine Harper 9.575

Katie Johnson 9.850

Sheehan Lemley 9.250

Andi McCabe 9.800

Abby Pearson 9.300

Jessamyn Salter 9.550

Jamie Schell 9.575

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