No. 18 Arizona Gymnastics sets team record 197.375

March 14, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. (March 14) - The No. 18 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team dropped its final home meet of the season to No. 14 Oklahoma in a record-setting performance, 197.375-197.725, on Friday, March 14 before a crowd of 1079 in McKale Center. Arizona finished the meet with a team-record score of 197.375, but dropped to 4-9 overall, while Oklahoma improved to 10-6.

Arizona was able to set its new team record by posting a season-high mark in each event. The Cats finished with a school record 49.500 on beam and a 49.400 on bars, the third highest score in school history. Arizona also posted a season-best 49.125 on vault and a 49.350 on floor, the 10th highest mark in school history.

Eight Arizona gymnasts- Abby Pearson, Erin Muirhead, Andi McCabe, Monica Bisordi, Kristine Harper, Jamie Schell, Jamie Duce and Stevie Fanning- tied or set career-highs in the meet.

Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Abby Pearson hit a career-best 10.000 on vault to win her third vault title of the season. Pearson becomes only the third Wildcat gymnast in school history to post a 10.000 on vault.

Sophomore Monica Bisordi continues to post career-highs left and right, finishing the meet with a career-high 39.750 in the all-around, the second-best score in school history. Bisordi also tied for first-place honors on beam with a career-high 9.975, on floor with a career-high 9.950 and on bars with a career-high 9.950, and finished third on vault (9.875).

Junior Andi McCabe finished fifth on bars with a career-best 9.900 and tied for fourth place on vault (9.850). Sophomore Kristine Harper placed fifth on beam with a career-high 9.925 and sophomore Jamie Duce tied for third-place honors on floor with a career-high tying mark of 9.900.

Arizona began its record-setting meet by posting a 49.125 on vault, but trailed Oklahoma in the first rotation after the Sooners hit a 49.550 on bars. Jamie Duce was called into action for sophomore Katie Johnson on vault, after Johnson injured her left knee in the vault warm-up period.

The Cats then posted a 49.400 on bars in the second rotation, led by Bisordi's 9.950, but trailed Oklahoma, 98.525-98.675, at the halfway mark. Arizona was able to cut into the Sooners' lead after posting a 49.500 on beam in the third rotation and trailed, 148.025-148.050, heading into the final rotation.

Arizona came close to pulling off the comeback in the last rotation by posting a 49.350 on floor, but was unable to overcome Oklahoma's 49.675 on beam.

Arizona will travel to Denver, Colo. for its final meet of the regular season to take on Denver and West Virginia on Saturday, March 22 at 6 p.m. (MST).

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