Arizona Gymnastics 2003 Season-In-Review

May 13, 2003

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2003 In Review: The University of Arizona women's gymnastics team continued the success of its program in 2003. With a team composed of only one senior, Arizona made its 17th consecutive postseason appearance, finishing the regular season ranked No. 19 in the nation.

The Rankings: Arizona finished the 2003 season as the No. 19 ranked team in the nation, owning a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 196.100. Arizona's highest season mark and team record (197.375) came against Oklahoma on March 14. As a team, the Wildcats finished 24th (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 2003 season ranked 16th (39.500) nationally in the all-around, 15th on beam (9.910) and 24th on floor (9.920).

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... finished his fifth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 56-82-1. Ryden made his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship in 2002, the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first head coach in Arizona history to have earned Regional Coach of the year honors.

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 is 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.

Monica Bisordi at the NCAA Championships: Arizona sophomore Monica Bisordi finished with an all-around score of 38.575 in the second session of competition at the 2003 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Thursday in Nebraska's Devaney Center.

Rotating with Auburn University, Bisordi posted marks of 9.750 on vault and floor, 9.725 on bars and 9.350 on beam. Bisordi topped four other all-around gymnasts in the competition, but was unable to advance to the individual championships in any event.

Perfect-10: Arizona's lone perfect-10 score of the season came from freshman Abby Pearson. Pearson hit a career-best 10.000 on vault to win her third vault title of the season against Oklahoma on March 14, becoming only the third Wildcat gymnast in school history to post a 10.000 on vault.

Consistent Force: Sophomore Monica Bisordi has emerged as one of Arizona's most consistent scorers during the 2003 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 did some damage to the school record books during the 2003 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. Individually for Arizona, five gymnasts: Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Kristine Harper, Abby Pearson and Jamie Schell posted marks that now stand on Arizona's all-time-top-10 list.

Putting up Points: In 2003, Arizona posted a total of 2346.25 points in 13 meets. The Wildcats averaged 195.521 points per meet and finished the regular season with a RQS of 196.100. Of the 2346.25 points scored, 2103.675 (90 percent) of the team's points were scored by gymnasts returning to the team next year. Individually for Arizona, sophomore Monica Bisordi led the team in scoring, posting a total of 576.725 points during the 2003 season.

Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference finished 2003 well represented in the national rankings with all seven Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-25. UCLA led the Conference at No. 1, followed by No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 17 Oregon State, No. 18 Washington, No. 19 Arizona and No. 22 California. All seven Pac-10 teams earned a spot in the 2003 Regional Championships. Arizona finished with a record of 7-19, 2-12 Pac-10.

Attendance: In 2003 Arizona hosted five home meets in McKale Center, averaging 770.80 fans a meet, a mark good for 30th in the nation. Arizona's largest home crowd was 1079 in the home season finale against Oklahoma on March 14.

A Look Ahead: Arizona will return a total of 14 gymnasts from the 2003 roster next season in 2004. The Wildcats will have five seniors including 2002 All-Pac-10 gymnast Andi McCabe, six juniors including 2002 All-Pac-10 gymnasts Monica Bisordi and Katie Johnson and three sophomores.

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