No. 11 Gymnastics Knocks Off No. 5 UCLA

Jan. 16, 2004

Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 16) - The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team opened its Pac-10 Conference schedule with a victory at home over No. 5 UCLA, 196.725-194.625, before a crowd of 1065. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 4-0, 1-0 Pac-10, while UCLA falls to 0-2, 0-1 Pac-10 on the season.

Arizona controlled all four team events Friday night, with marks of 49.400 on vault, 48.900 on bars, 49.225 on beam and 49.200 on floor, helping the Wildcats defeat the Bruins for the second consecutive time in Tucson. Arizona's overall mark of 196.725 is the fifth-best score in school history, with its vault (49.400) and beam (49.225) marks ranking fourth and fifth on the all-time top-10 respectively.

Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi earned event titles on floor (9.900) and in the all-around (39.425), and finished fifth on bars (9.800) and beam (9.875).

Junior Jamie Duce earned her second-consecutive bars title of the season (9.875) and tied for second-place honors with junior Katie Johnson on floor (9.850). Senior Andi McCabe earned her seventh-career vault title with a score of 9.950 and finished fourth on floor (9.825).

Junior Jamie Schell made her season-debut as an all-arounder, earning fourth-place honors on vault (9.875), second-place honors on beam with a career-high 9.900, and tied for fifth on floor (9.775). Sophomore Abby Pearson placed second on vault with a score of 9.925 and senior Sheehan Lemley finished fourth on bars (9.825).

The Wildcats were able to vault ahead of UCLA in the first rotation and never looked back after that. Arizona earned an early lead with a vault score of 49.400 to UCLA's 47.950 on bars. The Wildcats led, 98.300-97.425, at the half way point after putting up a 48.900 on bars in the second rotation.

Arizona was able to extend its lead over the Bruins in the third rotation by posting a 49.225 on beam and led, 147.525-145.700, heading into the final rotation of competition. The Wildcats' 49.200 on floor sealed the victory, as UCLA responded with a 48.925 on beam.

Arizona will next face Stanford on the road on Friday, Jan. 23. The meet is set for a 7:30 (PST) start.

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