By Brett Fera
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday Feb. 25, 2002
The No. 12 Arizona gymnastics team defeated the visiting Washington Huskies Friday night by a score of 195.550-193.225.
The Wildcats improved their overall record to 8-3 while moving to 3-2 in Pacific 10 conference competition. Arizona also remains undefeated at home this season.
The Gymcats defeated the Huskies (3-4, 2-3 Pac-10) on "Senior Night" in McKale Center by winning the team vault title for the seventh time this season, scoring a new team record in the process (49.400). Arizona also claimed victories on beam and floor exercise, tying a team record with a score of 49.475 in the latter event.
Arizona was paced by individual titles from Monica Bisordi, Randi Liljenquist, Andi McCabe and Jamie Schell. Bisordi won the second all-around title of her career with a score of 39.100 while Liljenquist, a senior and Tucson native, claimed victories on beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.975). McCabe tied for top honors on vault with scores of 9.900.
"I am very happy with the outcome on vault and floor," head coach Bill Ryden said following the victory. "We were able to upgrade our two strongest events, even though we were still unsure and tentative on the bars and beam. The team deserves this victory, as they came back strong and never gave up."
As part of the "Senior Night" festivities, senior tri-captains Liljenquist, Nicci Filchner and Lindsay Compitello were honored prior to the meet for their hard work and dedication to the Arizona Gymnastics program.
"Tonight was really enjoyable," said Compitello, who also posted a season-high score on beam. "There was a lot of extra energy out there. Everyone just wanted to have a great meet, and we did."
Next up for Arizona is intrastate rival Arizona State. The Gymcats travel to Tempe on Friday for a meet against the No. 16 Sun Devils.