By James Kelley
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday March 10, 2003
Gymnastics wraps up Pac-10 dual meets with highest road mark of the season
Despite falls on each event and nagging injuries, the gymnastics team posted its highest road score of the season in a 196.800 - 195.800 loss at No. 22 California.
In their last Pac-10 dual meet of the season, the No. 18 Gymcats (4-8, 1-5) fell to Cal (11-4, 2-4), but it took the Golden Bears' highest team score ever, 196.800, to win.
UA won the team floor title for the second meet in a row with 49.325, which is the third-best score of the season and Arizona's tenth best ever.
"There were some bright spots and some rough spots to be honest," said head coach Bill Ryden. "It seemed like the first time in quite a while that we had a fall on each event. Just as we regained momentum, we slipped again."
In the all-around, sophomore Monica Bisordi lead the way for the Gymcats, falling just short to Cal sophomore My-Lan Dodd, 39.575 - 39.500. Bisordi also tied for first-place on the bars with 9.900, tied for second on the floor with 9.925 and got a 9.875 on the vault.
The Gymcats' other bright spots were junior Sheeham Lemley's performance on the beam, the returns of junior Andi McCabe and sophomore Jamie Schell, and sophomore Katie Johnson, Ryden said.
Lemley posted a career high on the beam with 9.900, the fifteenth Gymcat ever to get a beam score that high. Johnson won her second floor title in a row by putting up a 9.950.
"Monica had another great meet. Jamie Duce had some difficulty on floor, but she was able to shake it," Ryden said. "The positives are how we competed in adverse situations."
The team is still coping with a battered lineup, including McCabe's two sprained ankles, Schell's ankle injury and Duce's quadricep problem which occurred in the middle of her floor exercise. The team had a small bout with the flu, Ryden said.
"Regardless of (the injuries), we need to find a way to perform," Ryden said.
Arizona's next meet is Friday against No. 15 Oklahoma, UA's final home meet of the season.