Women's Gymnastics Hosts No. 5 Stanford with Men
Feb. 13, 2001
BERKELEY - A LOOK BACK: California (7-6) took down Pac-10 foe Washington and UC Davis, scoring a 194.000, which topped the Huskies' score of 192.175 and the Aggies' of 188.525. The meet was a two-horse race as Davis struggled early on and was never in the competition to begin with.
Mired by injuries, the Bears sent only five gymnasts in two of the four events instead of the usual six, relegating them to count every score given by the judges (teams usually take the top five out of six scores in every event) which forced Cal to make limited amount of mistakes.
After a good opening rotation on the vault, Cal struggled somewhat on the two short-handed events allowing UW to take the lead after three rounds. The Bears needed a near flawless performance on the floor exercise to overtake the Huskies. After performing poorly in two subsequent competitions on the event, Cal was near perfect on the floor Friday. On top of all six gymnasts scoring no lower than a 9.800, the Bears matched Cal's all-time high on the floor event with a 49.300. Monique Johnson's 9.800, which would be a decent score in any other meet, was discounted as the lowest score and senior co-captain Pari Olver led the way with a meet high and a personal season high of 9.925. All six competitors had season highs on the floor as junior vault and bars specialist Janet McKnight received a mark of 9.825. Sophomore co-captain Carrie Kreifels had the second highest floor score with a 9.875. Lisa Arnold and Lindsay Baker rounded out the gymnasts who received season highs on the floor.
ALL-AROUNDERS HIGHLIGHT CAL VICTORY: Cal women's gymnastics fans know that Olver and Kreifels are the one-two punch in terms of all-around performers, but on Friday, head coach Trina Tinti pressed another gymnast into service and this newcomer didn't disappoint. Junior Lindsay Baker, who specializes in the vault, beam and floor also took part on the uneven bars and managed a respectable 9.600. Her overall score was also an impressive one as she notched a 38.850.
Kreifels led the way for Cal with an all-around score of 39.200, which set a new career high for the sophomore captain. Her previous high of 39.100 was set earlier this season against Oregon St. Olver continued her consistent, senior-like effort as she tallied a 39.050, good for second in Friday's meet. Washington sent only one all-around competitor while the Aggies do not have an all-arounder on their roster.
SCOUTING NO. 5 STANFORD: The Cardinal (7-3) come into Sunday's meet having won their last four meets. Stanford has reached the 197 plateau on two separate occasions while also collecting a team score of 196 or better at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge (196.050).
The Cards have brushed shoulders with some gymnastic heavyweights as they took part in the Super Six Challenge earlier this season featuring six top 10 teams. Stanford has fared decently against elite teams thus far as it has been outscored on three occasions and has outscored the opponent on three others. Wins include those against then No. 3 Michigan and No. 9 Penn State. The Cards suffered losses to No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Georgia.
Stanford is currently ranked in the top-five in three of the four events. The Cards are ranked No. 1 on the beam with a 49.080 average, No. 4 on the bar (49.250) and No. 3 on the vault (49.035).
Stanford leads the all-time series 15-20.
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