No. 20 Arizona Gymnastics finishes sixth at 2003 Pac-10 Championships

March 29, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. (March 29) - The No. 20 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team finished in sixth place at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships with a score of 195.950, on Saturday, March 29 before a crowd of 3070 in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

First-place UCLA (198.175) won the program's second consecutive and 11th Pac-10 Championship overall, edging second-place Stanford (197.700) and third-place Arizona State (197.050). Washington finished fourth (196.750), Oregon State took fifth place (196.650) and California finished seventh (195.925) respectively. Arizona finishes the regular season 5-16 overall and 2-10 in the Pac-10.

The Pac-10 competition field was able to combine for five scores of 10.000.

Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi finished with a score of 9.900 on floor to lead Arizona in the event and finished with an all-around total of 38.600. Sophomore Jamie Duce posted a team-best 9.875 on bars and freshman Abby Pearson led Arizona on vault with a 9.850.

Arizona began the meet on bars, finishing with a team score of 49.075. Junior Andi McCabe led off the rotation with a score of 9.750, followed by sophomore Stevie Fanning's 9.800. Senior Nikki Beyschau hit a 9.850 and junior Sheehan Lemley posted a mark of 9.800. Duce scored a 9.875 and Bisordi finished out the first rotation for the Cats with a mark of 9.600.

The Wildcats competed on beam in the second rotation, posting a team mark of 48.800. Duce started the rotation for Arizona by scoring a 9.700, followed by scores of 9.750 by sophomore Kristine Harper and 9.675 by defending Pac-10 beam champion Fanning. Lemley and sophomore Jamie Schell posted consecutive marks of 9.850 to close out the rotation for Arizona.

Arizona had a bye in the third rotation and was in fifth place after three with a team score of 97.900.

The Wildcats went into the fourth rotation on floor, managing a score of 49.200. Freshman Jessamyn Salter hit a 9.700 and Beyschau tied a career-high 9.875. Schell posted a 9.850, Duce hit a 9.875 before Bisordi closed out Arizona's rotation on floor with a 9.900.

Arizona had a bye in the fifth rotation and went into the sixth rotation of competition in sixth place with a mark of 147.100. The Wildcats stood in sixth, narrowly trailing fifth-place Oregon State (147.125) and fourth-place California (147.150). Arizona looked to jump the competition in the sixth rotation on vault, posting a team mark of 48.850.

Arizona was in second place (195.950) after six rotations, behind first-place Washington (196.750), but fell to sixth place after the seventh and final rotation.

Arizona will prepare for the 2003 NCAA Regional Championships to be held on Saturday, April 12 at a site to be determined.

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