No. 15 Women's Gymnastics Attends UCLA Classic

Feb. 26, 2001

BERKELEY - A LOOK BACK: Head coach Trina Tinti knew that last weekend's two meets would reveal a lot about what her team was really made of. It would either expose a weak team that just rose up for a good team two weeks ago versus No. 5 Stanford, or a consistent squad that's starting to hit its stride on its way up the national rankings after a good performance. Cal proved to Tinti that it was capable of climbing the RQS ladder, the formula used to determine postseason seeding, as it scored a 194.875 to take second place at a quad meet hosted by ASU and a tally of 195.575 versus UC Davis Sunday afternoon. 'It's a big deal,' said the Tinti. 'We're really happy about being in the Top 15.'

The 10-spot jump in the rankings was the biggest for the Bears since going to No. 12 the third week of this season after being unranked the previous week. Tinti attributes a lot of Cal's recent success to the gymnasts' ability to stick to the planned routines without falls. 'I think the more you hit, the better you do,' she said. 'And confidence continues to build. We're a strong team and we're in good shape.'

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Sophomore co-captain Carrie Kreifels has certainly earned the distinction of being one of the leaders on the team. Her performances have been strong and scores have been high. She has been most consistent on the bars with scores no lower than 9.800 and highs up to a 9.900. Kreifels' season average over nine meets is a 9.847, a team high, which ranks her No. 27 in the nation on the event.

Senior captain Pari Olver has also struck a chord on her performances as consistency in the all-around has carried the Bears through this hot-streak. The lone senior has tallied a 39.025 or better in five of her last six meets highlighted by a 39.300 versus the Cardinal, matching a career high. Her floor routine in particular has been a bright spot with three scores of 9.925. Olver is ranked 22nd nationally in the event.

Junior Kristine Kaibara, a bars and beam specialist, contributed this weekend on the vault. The sudden insertion of Kaibara, a native of Kaneohe, HI, was due to her performance in practice. 'Kristine was really doing a good job in practice on vault,' said Tinti. 'We inserted her in both meets this weekend to have the best possibly lineup that would help out our team.'

WHAT'S AHEAD: Cal travels to No.1 UCLA to take part in the UCLA Classic also joined by Utah St. and UCSB. The Bruins have been the top ranked team in the nation the entire season with an RQS average of 197.120. UCLA is ranked second on the vault (49.175), first on the bars (49.400), fourth on the beam (49.060) and first on the floor (49.565). Individually, the Bruins host a bevy of talent, which includes four Olympians from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Freshmen Kristen Maloney, Jamie Dantzscher, Alyssa Beckerman and Yvonne Tousek are all internationally experienced gymnasts who bring a lot to the table as first year athletes. Dantzscher is No. 1 in the nation in two events, the floor exercise and the bars with average RQS scores of 9.925 and 9.960, respectively. Maloney is No. 3 on the beam with a 9.890 and Tousek, a Canadien Olympian, is right behind Dantzscher on the floor event at the two-spot with an average of 9.920.

The trip down to Westwood is a familiar one for coach Tinti as the fourth year ring-leader for the Bears was a three-year letter winner at UCLA in 1984 and 1986-1987. She is familiar with the Bruins' gymnastics program and its staff. 'It is a bit of a homecoming for me,' she said. 'I know the whole staff, they've always been supportive of us even here in Berkeley. I love going back there.'

Cal is 1-32 all-time versus the Bruins. The Bears faced Utah St. earlier this season in Berkeley beating the Aggies, 195.175-194.450. Cal is 3-4 against Utah St. in the all-time series. The Bears faced-off against UCSB last week in Tempe, Ariz. with Cal prevailing, 194.850-185.875. The Bears have a 19-3 overall edge against the Gauchos.

INJURY REPORT: Sophomore Lisa Arnold sprained her ankle during the floor exercise against UC Davis last Sunday. She is listed as probable for Sunday's meet at UCLA.

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. This year, the Bears overtook that record as Cal posted a 196.075 on Feb. 18 against No. 5 Stanford. Former Cal gymnast Jennifer Bialosky is in her third year on Tinti's staff, first year as an assistant coach.

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