No. 10 Arizona Gymnastics Finishes Third at Cat Classic

Feb. 7, 2003

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 7) - The No. 10 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team placed third with a score of 194.575 at the 23rd Annual State Farm Cat Classic on Friday, Feb. 7, before a crowd of 1695 in Missouri's Hearnes Center. Arizona was edged by first place No. 22 Missouri (195.875) and second place New Hampshire (195.100), but finished ahead of No. 20 BYU (192.850). Arizona falls to 4-4, 1-2 on the season.

The 23rd Annual Cat Classic witnessed a blitzing of its record books on Friday night. Missouri's first place score of 195.875 and New Hampshire's mark of 195.100, now stand as the first and second all-time highest team marks in Cat Classic history. The previous record was 194.950, set by BYU in 2002. Arizona's team mark of 194.575 is now the fifth-best team score in Cat Classic history. Missouri also set new Cat Classic team records on vault (49.150) and on beam (49.150).

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi broke out of a two-meet slump with a solid all-around performance. The San Mateo, Calif. native posted an all-around score of 39.325, to break the eight-year-old Cat Classic record mark of 39.300 and top eight other all-arounders to win her third all-around title of the season. Bisordi tied for first place on beam with a career-high tying mark of 9.925, which also tied the Cat Classic beam record, tied for third place on bars (9.825) and fifth place on floor (9.800).

In her only event of the meet, freshman Abby Pearson won her first-career vault title with a career-high 9.875. Junior Andi McCabe tied for second place on vault (9.850). Arizona received two other strong bar performances from sophomore Jamie Duce and junior Sheehan Lemley. Duce posted a bars score of 9.850 to tie for second in the event and Lemley tied for third place on bars with a mark of 9.825.

Missouri controlled the meet from the start, posting a 49.150 on vault to take an early lead. Arizona started off on floor by posting a score of 48.300, edged out of second place by New Hampshire's bar score of 48.400 in the first rotation.

Arizona responded with a score of 48.675 on vault in the second rotation, but trailed Missouri (98.225) and New Hampshire (97.425) to remain in third place (96.975) at the halfway mark.

Arizona managed a team bars mark of 48.950 in the third rotation, but was unable to shake its third place standing (145.925) behind Missouri (147.375) and New Hampshire (146.425) heading into the final rotation. The Cats finished with a 48.650 on beam in the last rotation.

Arizona will compete in the individual event championships of the 23rd Annual Cat Classic tomorrow night at 7 p.m. (CST). The Wildcats return home to host the Utah Utes on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.

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