Arizona Gymnastics Meet Notes

Jan. 20, 2003

What's on Tap: The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (2-0, 1-0) will travel to Seattle, Wash. to take on Pac-10 rival Washington (0-1, 0-1) and San Jose State (1-3) on Friday, Jan. 24. The meet is set to start at 7 p.m. (PST) in Washington's Bank of America Arena.

The Rankings: After two weeks of competition, Arizona is now the 15th ranked team in the nation. The Wildcats are tied at the 15 spot in the national rankings with Auburn. Arizona holds a No. 15 ranking, despite a season-high team mark of 195.775 in a win over Oregon State on Friday, Jan. 17. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked No. 9 in the nation on vault, No. 10 on bars, No. 8 on beam and are ranked 19th on floor. Individually for the Cats, sophomore Monica Bisordi is ranked No. 16 in the nation in the all-around (39.425) and 22nd on beam (9.900).

About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores. From Jan. 13 to Jan 20, rankings will be based on highest scores. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 17, teams will be ranked by total season average. Starting Feb. 24, teams will be ranked by Regional Qualifying Score (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. Complete rankings can be viewed at

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... is in his fifth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 51-64-1. Ryden leads Arizona into 2003 after making his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship (2002), the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first head coach in Arizona history to have earned Regional Coach of the year honors.

Last Time Out: The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (2-0, 1-0) defeated No. 10 Oregon State (2-2, 0-2), 195.775-194.800, on Friday, Jan. 17, to win its Pac-10 opener in front of a crowd of 671 at McKale Center.

Arizona jumped ahead of Oregon State by posting a vault score of 48.875, while the Beavers scored a 48.550 on bars after the first rotation. Freshman Abby Pearson led Arizona on vault with a career-high score of 9.850 to place second in the event. Sophomore Jamie Schell added a vault mark of 9.825 to place fifth.

The Wildcats then posted a team mark of 49.100 on bars, to the Beavers 49.175 on vault to hold a slim, 97.975-97.725, lead after the second rotation. Sophomore Monica Bisordi placed second on bars with a career-high 9.850. Senior Nikki Beyschau, sophomore Jamie Duce and sophomore Stevie Fanning each added scores of 9.825 to tie for third on bars.

In the third rotation, Arizona added a team score of 49.150 on beam, while the Beavers posted a team mark of 48.950 on floor. Bisordi and sophomore Jamie Schell each tied for first place on beam with scores of 9.875, which was a career-high mark for Schell. Duce also added a career-high tying mark of 9.850 to place third on beam.

Arizona finished the final rotation with a floor score of 48.650, while Oregon State posted a mark of 48.125 on beam. Bisordi and sophomore Katie Johnson lead the Wildcats on floor, tying for first place with marks of 9.875. Schell placed fourth on floor with a score of 9.850 and Duce chipped in a mark of 9.800 on floor to finish fifth.

Bisordi won her second-consecutive all-around title of the season with a score of 39.350. In her first meet as an all-arounder, Jamie Schell posted a career-high 39.325 in the all-around, which is the eighth-best mark in Arizona history.

About the Huskies: The University of Washington Huskies enter Friday's meet with an overall record of 0-1, 0-1 Pac-10. The Huskies fell to No. 3 Arizona State, 197.300-194.150, on Friday, Jan. 17, in its season opener in Tempe, Ariz. The Huskies return 10 gymnasts from last year's squad. Head Coach Bob Levesque (Fresno State, '72) enters his 13th season at the helm of the Washington program and owns a career record of 134-114-1.

About the Spartans: The San Jose State University Spartans enter Friday's meet at Washington with an overall record of 1-3. The Spartans defeated Sacramento State on Saturday, Jan. 11, 191.300-187.275. The Spartans return four gymnasts from last year's team. Head Coach Wayne Wright (Academy of Health Sciences, Texas, '86) enters his second season at the helm of the San Jose State program and owns a career record of 13-12.

Cats n' Dogs: Arizona faced Washington three different times last season, defeating the Huskies in each meet. Arizona beat Washington, 195.550-193.225, on Feb. 22, 2002 in Tucson. Arizona also faced Washington in Tucson on March 14, 2002, defeating the Huskies in a quad-meet 196.125-194.425. The Cats and Dogs also faced off at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships in Stanford, Calif., where Arizona finished second (197.050) and Washington placed fifth (195.425). Under Head Coach Bill Ryden, Arizona is 4-6 against the Huskies and 0-3 when facing Washington in Seattle.

Against the Spartans: This will be the third match up in five years between San Jose State and Arizona. Arizona lost to the Spartans in their last match up on Jan. 19, 2001, when the Wildcats fell to the Spartans, 191.975-190.775, in a quad meet in San Jose, Calif. Head Coach Bill Ryden owns a 1-1 career mark against San Jose State.

She's on Fire: Sophomore Monica Bisordi has helped Arizona jump to a 2-0 start this season. On Friday against Oregon State, Bisordi claimed her second consecutive all-around title of the season (39.350), tied for first place on beam (9.875) and floor (9.875), and finished second on bars with a career-high 9.875. In two meets thus far, Bisordi has earned five individual titles and nine top-5 finishes.

Coming out of her Schell: Sophomore Jamie Schell had a solid meet for Arizona on Friday against Oregon State, performing in the all-around for the first time as a Wildcat. Schell placed fifth on vault (9.825), tied for first on beam with a career-high 9.875 and finished fourth on floor (9.850). Her first career all-around score of 39.325 is the eighth- best mark on the Arizona top-10 performers' list.

Cats on the Radio: The Arizona Gymnastics team will make a series of guest appearances to two Tucson radio stations throughout the season. On every Thursday before a home meet, the Wildcats can be heard on KiiM-FM Tucson's Country Leader's early morning show. On each Wednesday, the Cats will join Rich Herrera on Fox Sports Radio 1290 AM.

Up Next: The Wildcats will return home to face intra-state rival No. 3 Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.

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