By Maxx Wolfson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday January 27, 2003
Gymcat head coach Bill Ryden knew Washington was tough at home, but he never would have guessed they were as good as they were Friday.
UW's team total of 197.000 is their second-best score in team history, as they beat both Arizona (194.650) and San Jose State (193.275).
"They were really good," said Ryden, who is now 0-4 against the Huskies in Seattle. "Even their coach said he couldn't believe how good they looked."
The good news for Arizona (3-1) is that it placed second in each team category behind Washington (2-1) and earned a road victory. The Wildcats posted team marks of 48.300 on vault, 48.850 on bars, 48.750 on beam and 48.750 on floor.
But the scores weren't telling in this meet.
Injuries hit the No. 15 Gymcats hard once again as junior Andi McCabe (ankle), freshman Erin Muirhead (ankle) and sophomore Jamie Schell (ill) were unable to compete for the UA.
"It was an interesting week," Ryden said. "I'm happy with what we put out with all the major lineup changes we had. A meet like this should help us build character in the long run."
Schell became ill after the first event and was replaced on the vault by sophomore Jamie Duce, who made her last competitive vault almost 20 months ago when she was a senior in high school.
"We have not had our ultimate lineup all year," Ryden said. "Hopefully we will get to have that by the end of the season."
Individually for the Wildcats, sophomore Monica Bisordi finished fifth in the all-around (38.875), placed fourth on bars with a career-high 9.875 and tied for fourth place on floor (9.875). Sophomore Katie Johnson tied with Bisordi on floor with a mark of 9.875. Freshman Abby Pearson led the way for the Wildcats on vault, tying for fifth place with a score of 9.825.
"We definitely had some bright spots, but it got to the point where we didn't have the depth," Ryden said.
Ryden said he is hoping his team will be more intact when they host No. 3 Arizona State Friday night.
"I expect our team to not be intimidated by them," he said.