Bears Host California Invitational
Feb. 12, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: California (3-3, 1-3) looks to regroup this weekend after losing to Arizona, 194.725-138.825, as it hosts the bi-annual California Invitational. The all-UC quad meet is highlighted by 10th-ranked UCLA, along with UCSB and UC Davis.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: California (3-3, 1-3 in Pac-10) lost to Arizona (7-2, 2-1 in Pac-10), 194.725- 138.825, Friday night, in front of a crowd of 670 in McKale Center. The Golden Bears competed with an incomplete lineup due to gymnasts' injuries and illnesses. Sophomore Stephanie Kim placed fifth on the beam with a score of 9.475. Freshman Miho Maeda scored a 9.575 to finish fifth on the bars. Although short-handed, the Bears were able to go full strength on the beam and scored 46.300 as a team.
FRESHMEN CARRY LOAD: Freshman My-Lan Dodd and Sheilah Buack have been a crucial part of the Bears' squad this season since day one. But with the injury bug hitting many Bears, other first-year gymnasts such as Adrienne Garcia, Tara Capsuto, Maeda and Lauren Shipp (before injury) have picked up the slack. Against Arizona last weekend, five out of the eight performers for Cal were freshmen. The trio of upperclassmen consisted of juniors Monique Johnson and Janet McKnight, and Kim.
INJURY REPORT: All-arounder Karissa Chock went down with an ankle injury last week vs. ASU in the floor event. After scoring a 9.725, 9.775 and 9.725 on the vault, bars and beam, respectively. The sophomore tumbled out of bounds in the middle of her floor routine, hurting her ankle in the process. She will be out for an indefinite period of time. Freshman Shipp also injured her foot, tweaking her right ankle during practice last week. Her status is also unknown at this time. Shipp made her collegiate debut in Cal's trip up to Seattle and took first place on both the vault (9.650) and the beam (9.725) against Seattle Pacific.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS: The Aggies gymnastics team (8-3) is the only program at UC Davis with Division I standing. Junior Lynn Schwaebe, bars specialist, is one of the top gymnasts for the Aggies'. With the exception of three losses to Seattle Pacific, Utah State and Sacramento State, Davis has had a consistent season averaging 190.168 in seven meets. The Aggies are coached by Ray Goldbar, who has a career record of 113-119 in his 13th season.
SCOUTING UCLA: Two-time defending national champion and current No. 10 UCLA (6-4) comes to town to face Cal. Returnees from the 2001 championship squad are NCAA all-around co-champion Onnie Willis, NCAA bars champion Yvonne Tousek and 2000 U.S. Olympians Jamie Dantzscher, Kristen Maloney and Alyssa Beckerman. Also returning for UCLA are All-Americans Malia Jones, Kristin Parker and Doni Thompson. The Bruins have had one of the toughest schedules in the country, including a 2002 season opener at the Super Six Challenge, placing third at the meet. UCLA is coached by 2001 National Coach of the Year Valorie Kondos Field in her 12th season with the Bruins. She boasts a record of 225-47 (.827).
SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos (0-5) face Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State on Thursday before flying up north to attend the Cal Invitational. UCSB faced tragedy even before the season began as the Gauchos new head coach Mari-Rae Sopper was one of the passengers on the American Airlines flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. She was then replaced by former UCSB gymnast Alanna Trimble in what could potentially be the Gauchos' last season as a Division I program.