Arizona's Bisordi travels to Nebraska for NCAA Championships

April 21, 2003

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What's on Tap: Arizona sophomore Monica Bisordi has earned an individual berth to compete as an all-arounder at the 2003 NCAA Championships on April 24-26 in Lincoln, Neb. Bisordi will compete on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. (CST) in Nebraska's Devaney Center. Bisordi enters the national championship as the No. 7 seed in the all-around competition and will rotate with Auburn University in the afternoon session.

Competition Format: The NCAA Championship competition will begin on Thursday, April 24 with two opening sessions (1 p.m. and 7 p.m. CST) of preliminary team competition. The top three qualifying teams from each session will advance to the 'Super Six' team finals on Friday, April 25. The individual event championships will be held Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The all-around champion and individual event finalists will be determined during the preliminary competition. Individuals qualify for event finals by placing in the top four in an event during the preliminary session.

Bisordi's Rotation Order:

Rotation I: Beam

Rotation II: Bye

Rotation III: Floor

Rotation IV: Vault

Rotation V: Bye

Rotation VI: Bars

Arizona at the NCAA Championships: Arizona head coach Bill Ryden has trained 11 All-Americans and 17 All-Pac-10 gymnasts at Arizona. In the past 19 seasons, 14 Arizona gymnasts have earned All-American honors, the last being Randi Liljenquist in 2002 on bars. Arizona has produced two individual NCAA champions: Anna Basaldua, who the National Vault Championship in 1991 and Heidi Hornbeek who claimed the National Floor Championship as a co-champion in 1996. Arizona has not sent an individual competitor to the NCAA Championships since 2001, when Kara Fry and Randi Liljenquist represented Arizona at the championships in Athens, Ga. Last season, Arizona competed as a team in the 2002 NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the team finished 11th.

About Bisordi: Bisordi, a San Mateo, Calif. native, qualified for NCAA Championship competition for the first time as an individual competitor after finishing fifth in the all-around competition with a score of 39.300 at the South Central Regional Championships. In last season's 2002 NCAA Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Bisordi topped six gymnasts in the all-around competition, finishing with an all-around score of 38.950.

Bisordi has earned 47 top-five individual event finishes, including six all-around titles, six beam titles, three floor titles and two bars titles. In a meet against Oklahoma (3/14) earlier this season, Bisordi posted a career-high score of 39.750 in the all-around that stands as the second-best all-around mark in school history.

Bisordi tied for third place on bars (9.900) and finished fifth in the all-around (39.300) at the South Central Regional Championships (4/12)... Her fifth-place finish in the all-around earned her a berth to the NCAA Championships... Scored a team-high 9.900 on floor at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29)... Tied for first place on beam (9.875) at Denver (3/22)... Won four individual titles with a personal-best 9.950 on bars, 9.975 on beam, 9.950 on floor and 39.750 in the all-around and placed third on vault (9.875) against Oklahoma (3/14)... Her all-around mark against Oklahoma is the second-best score in school history... Tied for first place on bars (9.900), second place on floor with a career-high 9.950, finished second in the all-around (39.500) and finished fourth on vault at California (3/7)... Tied for first place on beam with a career-high 9.925 and in the all-around with a career-high 39.600 against Stanford (2/28)... finished third on bars with a career-high 9.925 and second on beam with a career-high 9.950 in the same meet. Tied for fourth on vault (9.825), finished fifth on bars (9.825), fourth on beam (9.825), tied for third on floor (9.900) and placed fourth in the all-around at UCLA (2/23)... Posted a career-high 39.600 in the all-around, the third-best mark in school history, to win her fourth event title of the season against Utah (2/14)... Tied for third place on vault (9.875), second place on beam (9.925), second on bars with a career-high 9.875 and second on floor (9.925) in the same meet... Tied for first place on floor (9.900), second place on bars (9.775) and fifth place on beam (9.250) at the Cat Classic individual championships (2/8)... Won her third all-around title (39.325) and beam title (9.925) of the season, tied for third on bars (9.825) and fifth on floor (9.800) at the Cat Classic (2/7)... Finished with an all-around score of 38.525 to finished fourth in the event against Arizona State (1/31)... Tied for third place on beam (9.800), fourth on floor (9.875), finished fourth bars (9.875) and fifth in the all-around (38.875) against Washington and San Jose State (1/24)... Finished second on bars with a career-high 9.850, tied for first on beam (9.875) and first on floor (9.875) against Oregon State (1/17)... Won her second consecutive all-around title of the season (39.350) in the same meet... Tied for second place on vault (9.850), second on bars with a career-high 9.825, first on beam (9.900) and fifth on floor (9.850) at Minnesota (1/11)... won her third career all-around title by tying her career-high 39.425 in the same meet.

Last Time Out: The No. 19 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team placed fourth with a score of 195.450 at the 2003 South Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 12, before a crowd of 2194 in Missouri's Hearnes Center.

Arizona finished behind first-place UCLA (197.700), second-place Iowa (195.975) and third-place Oregon State (195.850). UCLA and Iowa earned the South Central Regional automatic bids to the 2003 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb. on April 24-26. Fifth-place Missouri (194.825) and sixth-place Illinois (193.200) rounded out the field of six respectively. Arizona ends the 2003 season making its 17th-consecutive postseason appearance.

Arizona's team mark of 195.450 is the second-highest regional championship score in school history, topped only by Arizona's 1996 NCAA Championship qualifying score of 195.750. The Wildcats also posted a team score of 49.250 on bars, which is the tenth-best mark in school history.

Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi tied for third-place honors on vault with a team-high 9.900 and finished fifth in the all-around competition with a score of 39.300. Bisordi will advance as an all-around competitor to the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Jamie Duce posted a 9.875 on bars to tie for sixth-place honors in the event.

The Rankings: Arizona closed out the season as the No. 18 team in the nation, after finishing third at the South Central Regional Championships with a score of 195.450. The Wildcats ended the regular season as the No. 19 team in the nation (196.100). Arizona's highest season mark and team record (197.375) came against Oklahoma on March 14. As a team, the Wildcats finished 23rd (49.085) in the nation on bars, 15th in the nation on beam (49.130) and 17th in the nation on floor (49.295). Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi finished the regular season 15th (39.500) nationally in the all-around, 15th on beam (9.910) and 24th on floor (9.920).

Consistent Force: Sophomore Monica Bisordi has emerged as one of Arizona's most consistent scorers this season. Bisordi has competed as an all-arounder in each meet this season. So far this season, Bisordi has accumulated 47 top-five finishes, including six beam and all-around titles, two bar titles and three floor titles.

Break Something: Arizona has done some damage to the school record books this season, posting 12 new scores worthy of the all-time top-10. The Wildcats posted a new team record of 197.375 on March 14 against Oklahoma, and set a new beam record of 49.500 in the same meet.

A Look Ahead: The top four individuals from each session in each event (including ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition on Thursday, April 24, will advance to the individual event championships on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. (CST).

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