No. 17 Arizona Gymnastics Edged by No. 8 Stanford

Feb. 28, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 28) - The No. 17 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped a close home meet to No. 8 Stanford, 196.850-196.950, Friday, Feb. 28 before a crowd of 692 in McKale Center. With the loss, Arizona falls to 4-7, 1-4 Pac-10, while Stanford improves to 9-2-1, 4-1-1 Pac-10.

Arizona enjoyed a record-breaking meet, winning three team events with season-highs on bars (49.375), beam (49.275) and floor (49.500). Arizona's mark of 49.375 on bars stands as the fourth-best score in school history, and its marks of 49.275 on beam and 49.500 on floor are second all-time. The Wildcats' team total of 196.850 is the third-highest score in school history.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for first-place honors in the all-around with a career-high 39.600 and on beam with a career-high 9.925. She also finished second on floor with a personal-best 9.950 and third on bars with a career-high 9.925.

Sophomore Jamie Duce had her best-career performance, scoring personal bests in each event. Duce finished third on beam (9.900), tied for third on floor (9.900), finished fourth in the all-around (39.300) and placed fourth on bars (9.900). She also chipped in a career-high 9.600 on vault.

Sophomore Katie Johnson tied a career-high mark of 9.975 on floor to win her second floor title of the season and tied for fourth place on beam (9.850). Junior Sheehan Lemley tied for fifth place on bars with a career-high 9.875 and freshman Jessamyn Salter tied her personal best on floor (9.875).

Stanford jumped out to an early lead over the Cats in the first rotation, posting a team mark of 48.925 on bars while Arizona finished with a 48.700 on vault. The Cardinal was able to extend its lead slightly over the Wildcats in the second rotation with a 49.475 on vault. Arizona remained close by responding with a 49.375 on bars, but trailed, 98.075-98.400, at the halfway point.

The Cats cut Stanford's lead to, 147.350-147.700, in the third rotation after tallying a 49.275 on beam. Arizona made its run to pass Stanford in the final rotation, scoring a 49.500 on floor. The Cardinal was able to hold off the Wildcats by posting a 49.250 on beam in the final rotation, escaping with the victory by only .100 of a point.

Arizona will travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the California Golden Bears on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. (PST).

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