Arizona Gymnastics 2004 Season-In-Review

May 3, 2004

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2004 In Review: The 2004 Arizona women's gymnastics team just might have raised the bar of success for every future Arizona team to follow. Arizona was successful in 2004 at performing consistently at one of the highest levels in the nation, something no other Arizona squad has ever done before. The Arizona Wildcats of 2004 etched their names in the school record books as one of the best teams in program history, making 2004 a season in which the success of future Arizona teams will be judged upon for many years to come.

The Rankings: Arizona finished the regular season as the No. 14 ranked team in the nation, after finishing third with a 196.375 at the 2004 South Central Regional Championships, making its 18th-consecutive postseason appearance. After beginning the year ranked No. 17 in the preseason, the Wildcats rose as high as sixth (Jan. 19) in the national rankings, and spent 11-total weeks ranked in the nation's top-15.

Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... finished his sixth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program owning a school and career record of 69-92-3. Ryden led Arizona in 2004 after making his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship two years earlier (2002), the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden also 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. 18 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (13-10-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) finished third at the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional Championships with a score of 196.375. Arizona fell one spot short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships behind first-place No. 5 Utah (197.625) and No. 8 Florida (197.050). The Wildcats placed ahead of fourth-place No. 25 Arkansas (195.500), fifth-place Illinois (195.400) and Illinois-Chicago (193.875). Arizona made its 18th-consecutive postseason appearance.

Two Arizona gymnasts managed to qualify as individual competitors for the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles. Senior Andi McCabe won a share of the floor title, tying for first-place honors in the event with a 9.900. Junior Monica Bisordi earned a trip to the NCAA Championships as an all-arounder by placing fourth in the all-around with a mark of 39.450.

McCabe also finished third on vault with a 9.900, 0.050 points out of first place, and Bisordi finished fifth on beam with a team-high 9.875. Junior Katie Johnson finished fourth on floor with a score of 9.850.

The Wildcats managed to post a 49.325 on vault, a 49.275 on bars, a 48.750 on beam, and finished with a 49.025 on floor.

Arizona's third-place finish bests its 2003 output when the Wildcats finished fourth (195.450) at the South Central Regional Championships in Columbia, Mo. last season.

So Close: Arizona might not have reached the 2004 NCAA Championships as a team, but the squad shouldn't fret about its season's end. At the South Central Regional Championships on April 3, Arizona finished third with a score of 196.375, the highest score Arizona has ever scored in NCAA Championship competition, and the first score of 196 or better the Wildcats have ever tallied at a NCAA Championship meet. The meet also marked Arizona's 18th-consective postseason appearance. Arizona failed to qualify out of the South Central Region with its 196.375, while Michigan was able to advance to the NCAA Championships with a 196.375 out of the Northeast Region, and Nebraska earned a trip to Los Angeles with a 196.375 out of the Southeast Region. Iowa claimed the final spot at the NCAA Championships with a 195.725 out of the North Central Region.

All-American: Arizona's newest All-American is quietly becoming one of the best, if not the best gymnast in school history. As a junior, Monica Bisordi earned second-team All-America honors on floor, finishing fifth with a score of 9.900 at the 2004 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. Bisordi, a San Mateo, Calif. native, earned All-America honors for the first time in her career, and became the 15th Arizona gymnast in school history to garner All-America accolades.

Bisordi earned a trip to the 2004 NCAA Championships by finishing fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.450 at the 2004 South Central Regional Championships in Tucson, Ariz. (4/3). Bisordi earned 14 total individual event titles (2 V, 2 UB, 1BB, 5FX, 4AA) during the regular season, and finished with a team-high 44 top-five finishes. She also garnered All-Pac-10 Team accolades as an all-arounder, and was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 2-8. Bisordi ranks second in the all-around on the Arizona all-time top-10 list with a career-high 39.750, and second on beam with a career-high 9.975. Bisordi also ranks third on the all-time top-10 list on bars (9.950), fourth on floor (9.975), and fifth all-time at Arizona on vault (9.950). She has competed as an all-arounder in 36 of 41 career meets, including a streak of 27 all-around appearances that ended Jan. 31 at Illinois-Chicago. Bisordi competed as an all-arounder in 13 of 14 meets this season, and has posted scores of over 39 points in eight-consecutive meets to end the season.

Super Senior: Although it was her last season of competition in an Arizona leotard, senior Andi McCabe enjoyed one of the best individual seasons in school history. McCabe ended her career at Arizona with a trip to the 2004 NCAA Championships as an individual competitor, where she scored a 9.675 on floor.

McCabe, a Bensenville, Ill. native, qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships by earning a share of the floor title with a score of 9.900 at the 2004 South Central Regional Championships in Tucson, Ariz. (4/3). McCabe finished the regular season with six individual titles (4V, 1FX, 1AA), including 25 top-five finishes on the season. McCabe owns the school record on vault with her career-high perfect 10 scored on Feb. 23 against Texas Woman's and LSU. She also ranks fourth on the Arizona all-time top-10 list in the all-around with a career-high 39.575, and fifth all-time on floor with a career-high 9.925. McCabe has set four career-highs this season on vault, beam, floor, and in the all-around as a senior. McCabe competed in every event, in every meet during the regular season for the Wildcats on vault and bars.

Best Ever: Some might argue differently, but on paper, the 2004 Arizona Wildcats look like the best team in school history. In 2004, Arizona posted 11 scores in 13 meets that rank on the school's top-20 all-time list. The Wildcats also posted two scores of 197 or better this season, as Arizona only had two scores of 197 or better in the program's entire history before this year. The Wildcats have also posted 16 team-event scores that rank on the top-10 all-time list. Here's a look at how Arizona has demolished its record books in 2004:

All-Time Meet Totals:

2. 197.300		Feb. 20	vs. Washington3. 197.050		Feb. 23	at Texas Woman's & LSU7. 196.775		March 20	Pac-10 Championships8. 196.750		Feb. 6		vs. California9. 196.725		Jan. 16		vs. UCLA10. 196.700		Feb. 13	at Oregon State12. 196.650		March 5	at Florida13. 196.525		Jan. 31		at Illinois-Chicago			March 12	vs. Arkansas15. 196.375		April 3		South Central Regional Championships17. 196.225		Feb. 27	at Arizona State

Hottest in History: Arizona ended the 2004 season on a streak that had never been accomplished before in school history. Arizona posted scores of 196 or better in 10-consecutive meets, a program first. Arizona's 11 scores of 196 or better the 2004, is a school record for the number of times 196 has been scored in a season.

The Number 49: For the Arizona gymnastics team, 49 equaled success. In 13 meets, Arizona scored 49 points or better in team events 38 times in 52 attempts. The 38 scores of 49 points or better is a school record, breaking the old record of 28 team event scores of 49 or better in a season, which was set in 2002. Arizona also scored 49 points or better in every team event in a meet four times this season (at Illinois-Chicago, vs. Washington, at Texas Woman's, Pac-10 Championships), a feat only accomplished twice before this year.

Perfect Cats: Arizona received two perfect scores during the regular season on Feb. 23, as senior Andi McCabe and junior Katie Johnson became the seventh and eighth Wildcat gymnasts in school history to record perfect 10s. McCabe posted her first-career 10.000 on vault, becoming the fourth gymnast in Arizona history to do so in the event. Johnson landed her first-career perfect 10 on floor, becoming the third Arizona gymnast to accomplish such a feat on floor.

Putting up Points: In 2004, Arizona posted a total of 2553.65 points in 13 meets. The Wildcats averaged 196.435 points per meet and finished the regular season with a RQS of 196.785. Arizona's season-high score of 197.300 came Feb. 20 against Washington. Of the 2553.65 points scored, 1976.15 (77 percent) of the team's points were scored by gymnasts set to return next season. Individually for Arizona, junior Monica Bisordi led the team in scoring, posting a total of 610.500 points during the 2004 season.

Against Opponents: Arizona's 13-10-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10 record possessed some trend-setting details. During the 2004 season, the Wildcats went 5-9-2 versus ranked opponents, 4-4-1 in dual-meet competition, and are 8-5-2 at home. Arizona was also 10-9-2 when scoring 196 or better in a meet, and was 8-1 versus unranked opponents.

Attendance: McKale Center was home to six Arizona gymnastic meets this season, including the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and the 2004 South Central Regional Championships. Arizona finished the 2004 season ranked No. 23 in meet attendance, averaging 1182 fans per meet. The Wildcats' largest crowd was 2031 fans at the Pac-10 Championships on March 20, the 25th-highest crowd in 2004.

A Look Ahead: Arizona will return a total of 12 of its 15 gymnasts from the 2004 roster next season in 2005. The Wildcats will have six seniors, including 2004 All-American Monica Bisordi, three juniors, and three sophomores.

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