No. 19 Women's Gymnastics Takes on Aggies, Seattle Pacific
March 5, 2001
BERKELEY - A LOOK BACK: Then No. 15 California (12-9) faced the biggest challenge of the season thus far when it traveled to the UCLA Classic quad meet last Sunday. No. 1 UCLA was waiting in its den as the Bears faced the best team in the land featuring four Olympians and a host of All-Americans.
There was no mystery as to which team would come out on top in this one. The question was whether Cal would come up with a high enough score to take second-place at the fifth annual meet. The Bruins swept the top-three spots on three of four events on its way to another victory, 197.700 -195.025 over Cal. Sophomore Lisa Arnold was the only non-UCLA gymnast to take the podium with a 9.825 on the vault. Senior co-captain Pari Olver finished in third place in the all-around collecting a 39.200 for the afternoon. UCLA scored back-to-back-to-back 10.0's on the floor and two other Bruins tied for the four-spot with 9.925.
RIDING THE RANKINGS ROLLER COASTER: Once again the Bears shifted spots in the national rankings dropping four-spots to No. 19 this week. Cal has been as high as No. 12 and as low as No. 25 in the rankings. The Bears started off the season unranked, but has attained a Top 25 position five out of the last six weeks of the season. The national ranking is based on a team's and an all-around competitor's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Cal is also among the best in the country, event by event. The Bears are ranked 15th in the nation on two events, the beam and the vault. Cal has an RQS of 48.740 on the balance beam led by sophomore Carrie Kreifels who has an RQS of 9.810. On the vault, the Bears have a qualifying score of 48.795 with sophomore Janet McKnight ranking 35th at 9.820. The Bears also rank 17th and 20th on the floor and bars, respectively. The floor squad boasts the highest team score for Cal at 49.115. Olver is No. 19 individually with a 9.900 RQS. Kreifels ranks 36th on the bars with a 9.860 average. The Bears' bars squad at No. 20 carries a scoring average of 48.900.
WHAT'S AHEAD: UC Davis will be hosting the Bears for the second time in just two weeks. On Feb. 25, Cal upended the Aggies, 195.575-190.800, and also took out UCD in their first meeting at Berkeley, Feb. 9, 194.000-188.525. The Aggies are 2-8 on the season with their most recent loss coming at the heels of Seattle Pacific, a team that will join UCD and Cal Saturday.
The Falcons, 6-7, face the Bears for the first time this year. SPU shares seven common opponents with Cal. The Falcons are 3-5 while the Bears are 7-3 against the same teams.
INJURY REPORT: Freshman standout Stephanie Kim who did not participate at the UCLA Classic will also be out for this week's match with a lingering back injury.
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.