No. 25 Women's Gymnastics Visits No 13. Arizona State For Quad Meet
Feb. 20, 2001
BERKELEY - A LOOK BACK: The California Golden Bears (7-7) performed at their best last Sunday to try and knock off fifth ranked Stanford (8-3), its all-time best. And although Cal failed in its endeavor to top its cross-bay rival, the Bears did accomplish some impressive achievements. Cal scored a 196.075 to not only set a new all-time team record, but to break the 196-plateau for the first time in the program's 27-year history. A side bar to that is the fact that the Bears broke the all-time record for the vault event. The team score of 49.150 is the best score since 1996 when Cal tallied a 49.025.The previous record for team score was set on Mar. 11, 2000 when the Bears faced Boise State recording a 195.975. Cal has been pursuing the long elusive 196-plateau for sometime now. Head coach Trina Tinti spoke often this season about the 2001 squad having a realistic chance at achieving that goal and the Bears finally reached it.Senior Pari Olver had an impressive showing in the last home meet of her college career. The co-captain set a new career high in the all-around for the second straight week scoring a 39.300 to finish in third place. Sophomore Carrie Kreifels finished behind the lone senior in the all-around tallying a 39.175 for the day.Sophomore Lisa Arnold set a career high on the vault with a mark of 9.925 on her way to gaining the top spot in the event against the Cards. Kreifels also placed first in an event, taking the bars competition with a season high score of 9.900. Freshman standout Stephanie Kim returned to action after being sidelined with an injury sustained against Cal State Fullerton. The native of Darien, Ill. performed flawlessly on the beam with a 9.925 score.
BEARS BACK IN THE TOP 25: After a one-week absence in the top 25 rankings, Cal squeaked into the last spot as it took the 25th spot for this week (Feb. 19-25). The Bears have been as high as the 12th slot, but with two straight inconsistent performances earlier this month, Cal quickly dropped out of the rankings. After last Sunday's record-breaking performance versus the Cardinal, the Bears' season average has gone up to 194.129. A more important number is the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), the number used for postseason consideration, that is made up of a team's top-six meet scores of which three must be away meets. The Bears' RQS thus far is a 194.235. Not all teams in the country have three away meets yet, thereby skewing the rankings.Cal also ranks among the best in the country when scores are broken down event-by-event. The Bears are among the top 25 in three of four events. They are No. 18 on the floor with an average score of 48.896, 22nd on the uneven bars with a 48.400 average and, 24th on the vault averaging 48.529.
WHAT'S AHEAD: The Bears will participate in their fourth quad meet of the season. Cal faces No. 13 ASU for the first time this season. Also joining the meet will be Boise State and UC Santa Barbara. BSU is ranked 38th in the country while UCSB is further back at No. 65. ASU ranks among the top 10 on the balance beam coming into this week at No. 8 with a season average of 48.730. The Sun Devils are also 11th on the bars, 23rd on the floor and 27th on the vault.Cal is 4-3 all-time versus BSU. The Bears own an 18-3 record against UCSB while they are 2-16 all-time facing ASU.After traveling to Tempe, Ariz. Friday, Cal will stay on the road the remainder of the season making its next stop in nearby Davis, Calif. to take on the Aggies of UC Davis.