No. 24 Women's Gym Hosts Washington, UC Davis
Feb. 5, 2001
BERKELEY - A LOOK BACK: California dropped its second meet in a row as Cal State Fullerton beat the Bears 194.750-192.600. Considering Cal's improvement over the first four meets, Saturday's team score was a disappointing setback. The 192.600 score was the lowest score since the Bears' opening meet at Denver (191.650).
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS FALL: Whether there is such a thing as moral victories only head coach Trina Tinti say, but she can certainly look to many of the individual accomplishments this weekend for some solace. Six different players either broke or tied their season highs and two players set new career highs. Junior Kristine Kaibara received a season best 9.775 on the bars .025 points shy of tying her career high of 9.800. Janet McKnight had a big night tying a season high and a career high on the vault with a score of 9.825. The junior also performed well on the bars setting a season high with a 9.775 mark.The Bears received its best score of the meet on the vault event tallying a 48.850 for the evening. 'We did really well on the vault,' said Tinti. 'Sometime you're on, sometimes you're not. This time we weren't on on the beams.' Junior Lindsay Baker and sophomore Monique Johnson showed well on the vault scoring season highs of 9.775 and 9.700, respectively. Senior co-captain Pari Olver rounded out the record breakers as she set a season high on the bars (9.825).Perhaps Tinti can easily look to the above performances and feel at ease about the teams output at this point in the season, but as the fourth year head coach has done earlier this season, she refuses to lower the standards to which she has set for her squad. 'We had falls on every event that we had to count,' she said. 'Even though we had some great individual performances, we weren't consistent as a team, we had a couple of misses.'
BEARS IN TOP 25 FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK: Albeit the Cal women's gymnastics squad has cooled since its torrid weekend at the Silicon Valley Gymnastics Classic and versus Oklahoma, Utah St. and Arizona, but the Bears are still hanging on to a slot in the top 25 rankings. After debuting at No. 24 in the second week of the season Cal quickly leaped to No.12, then dropped to No. 17 last week and finally back to its originally position this week at No. 24.
ON THE INJURY FRONT: Red-Shirt freshman Katreece Stone, who suffered a foot injury versus OSU, and freshman Karissa Chock, who has not participated in a meet thus far in her young career, are both expected back in two weeks, just in time for the Stanford Co-ed meet.Freshman all-arounder Stephanie Kim suffered a fall on the first event at CSF and was held out of the rest of the rest of the meet for precautionary measures. 'Stephanie Kim had a bad fall,' said Tinti. 'She missed on the dismount so we didn't want to take any chances.' Kim's status is unknown for this weekend.
UP NEXT: Cal hosts Washington and UC Davis, Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. The Bears faced UW earlier this season at Denver with the Huskies outscoring Cal 192.900-191.650. Cal faces the Aggies for the first time this season. The Bears are 3-20 all-time versus UW, but own a 17-1 record against UC Davis.