No. 17 Gymnastics Handles Business In Season Opener

Jan. 9, 2004

East Lansing, Mich. (Jan. 9) - The No. 17 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened the 2004 season with a bit of perfection Friday night, earning three wins over No. 10 LSU, Michigan State and Western Michigan in Michigan State's Jenison Field House. The Wildcats (3-0) posted a first-place mark of 195.425, as three Arizona gymnasts earned individual event titles.

As a team, Arizona posted meet bests on vault (49.175) and on bars (48.925). Arizona's vault mark of 49.175 is the eighth-best score in team history.

Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi picked up her ninth career all-around title with a score of 39.300, and finished third on bars, fourth on beam and fourth on floor with marks of 9.825 in each event.

Junior Jamie Duce made her first trip back home to Michigan memorable, as she earned her third-career bars title with a first-place score of 9.875. Junior Katie Johnson landed her eighth-career floor title with a meet-high 9.875.

All told, six Wildcat gymnasts earned top-five honors. Senior Andi McCabe chipped in with a second-place finish on vault (9.900), and a fourth-place finish on bars (9.800). Junior Jamie Schell earned fourth place honors on vault (9.850) and beam (9.825). Sophomore Abby Pearson placed third on vault with a mark of 9.875.

The Wildcats are no strangers to fast starts. By earning three road victories, Arizona has started each of the last three seasons undefeated, amassing a 7-0 mark during that span. Under head coach Bill Ryden (six seasons), Arizona is 12-2 in season openers, including a 9-1 mark on the road.

Arizona will return from the state of Michigan to host UCLA on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center. The meet will be Arizona's first home meet of the season and will serve as the Wildcats' Pac-10 season opener.

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