No. 16 Women's Gymnastics Faces Cal State Fullerton
Jan. 29, 2001
BERKELEY - A QUICK LOOK AT CAL: Something about Corvallis Ore. prevents the Bears from prevailing over Pac-10 foe Oregon State. After dropping last Sunday's match, 195.575-195.000, Cal is 1-24 all-time versus the Beavers. The Bears will have to wait until the Pac-10 Championships to exact revenge against OSU.
It took the Beavers their best afternoon of the season to overcome Cal's score of 195.000 as OSU's Katrina Severin hit a 9.900 or better on three events while several other Beavers turned in career-best performances. 'We did very well, but we are still capable of more and could be better,' said Cal head coach Trini Tinti. 'I think we will do better next time against OSU.'
Tinti has demanded a lot from the 2001 squad. After placing 24th nationally following the first week of competition, the fourth year head coach upped the expectations for the team this season to at least a 196 point performance. Raising the bar for Cal women's gymnastics has resulted in better performances and national recognition thus far this season as the Bears have been ranked as high as 12th.
ALL-AROUND TANDEM SECOND TO NONE: Senior Pari Olver and sophomore Carrie Kreifels finished one-two in the all-around category versus OSU. Olver (39.225), was just 0.075 shy of matching her career high. The senior co-captain did manage to tie a career high on the beam with a score of 9.825. Kreifels was right behind Olver in the all-around as she finished with a 39.100 mark on the day. The next closest competitor after the duo was the Beavers Jerra Lopez at 38.450. 'Pari (Olver) and Carrie (Kreifels) were both great,' Tinti said. 'They both had impressive nights and did a great job.'
BEARS TOP 10 NATIONALLY IN TWO EVENTS: Cal has been a mainstay in the national rankings in the early going, but what's more impressive than being among an elite group of schools is the fact that the Bears are among the top 10 in two different events. On both the balance beam and the floor exercise, Cal is ranked 10th in the nation with a season average of 48.594 and 48.944, respectively. Sophomore Katreece Stone heads Cal in both categories with a season average of 9.833 on the beam and a 9.842 on the floor.
THE COACHES: Head coach Trina Tinti is in her fourth season with the Golden Bears and has a 25-36 career record. During her tenure at Cal, nine different records (six team, three individual) were broken. In Tinti's third year, the Bears broke the team record of 194.325 four separate times with the new mark being just shy of 196 at 195.975. Joining the Cal staff for his third season with the Bears is Pete Doyle, who for five seasons was an assistant at George Washington University. Former Cal gymnast Jennifer Bialosky is in her third year on Tinti's staff first year as an assistant coach.
UP NEXT: Cal travels to Southern California to face Cal State Fullerton, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Titan Gymnasium. The Titans are currently ranked No. 31 in the nation. The Bears are 2-4 all-time versus CSUF.