California Travels to Sacramento State for First Meet of Season
Jan. 7, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Cal women's gymnastics team travels this weekend to Sacramento to face the Sacramento State Hornets in the Bears' first meet of the 2003 season at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12. The meet will be the first of two meetings between the two squads as the Hornets travel to Berkeley on Feb. 21 to take part in the California Invitational. Cal dropped both meetings with Sacramento State last season and now holds an 11-6 edge over the Hornets.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: After an injury filled 2002 season that saw the Bears finish with a 5-9 record and a last place Pac-10 finish, Cal hopes to return the program to a berth in the NCAA regionals in 2003. The Bears welcome back eight returnees and three freshmen, in addition to first year head coach Cari DuBois. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd should be the gymnast to watch this year after completing a notable inaugural campaign that included a sixth-place finish in the all-around competition at the 2002 NCAA West Regionals with a Cal-record score of 39.325. In just one full season of competition, Dodd already places second on the Cal all-time list on the beam (9.900) and third place on the bars (9.900) and floor (9.900). A pair of juniors, Stephanie Kim and Karissa Chock, should also make waves for the Bears in 2003. Kim, an all-around specialist, owns the Cal all-time balance beam record (9.925) and placed 15th in the all-around competition at the 2002 Pac-10 championships. Chock, who missed the team's final five meets due to injury, led Cal in both the vault and bars events, setting career-high marks as well.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: Sacramento State enters the 2003 season after finishing first in the MPSF Conference's inaugural season last year with a 15-6 overall record. The Hornets return 11 letterwinners in 2003, including senior Toni Peterson, winner of the 2002 MPSF all-around title with a career and program-best mark of 39.325. Head coach Kim Hughes, who has compiled a solid 173-162-1 record in his 20 years at the helm, leads the team. Hughes was most recently crowned 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year as he has now directed Sacramento State to three consecutive conference titles including two consecutive Western Independent Championships in 2000 and 2001. Sacramento State finished seventh in the 2002 regional rankings with a regional qualifying average of 192.442.
BEAM A BOOM FOR CAL: The Bears finished just .05 shy of the school record on the balance beam versus Fullerton last year, as they tallied a mark of 39.100. The school-best score of 39.150 was attained vs. Stanford on Feb. 18, 2001. Cal enters the 2003 season as the seventh-place team in the West and 48th-place in the national balance beam rankings with a 47.818 average.
TERRIFIC TRIO: The Bears add three freshmen to the roster this year, replacing the loss of six members from last season's club. Monique Chang, who is a well-versed competitor with experience in both national and international competition, was a highly recruited athlete coming out of the Cardinal Gymnastics program in Fairfax Station, Va. The four-time USA National Team member looks to be competitive in the all-around competition. Anja Garcia (Sacramento, CA) was a four-time qualifier for the Junior Olympic Nationals, while Britani Pittullo (Glendora, CA) was the MVP of the SCATS Gymnastic team.
CALIFORNIA 2003 ROSTER:
Name Yr. Ht. Event(s) Hometown/Last SchoolSheilah Buack So 5-1 AA Yorba Linda/Esperanza HSMonique Chang Fr 5-2 AA Fairfax Station, VA/Robinson HSKarissa Chock Jr 5-4 AA Huntington Beach/Ocean View HSMy-Lan Dodd So 5-4 AA Seattle, WA/Garfield HSAdrienne Garcia So 5-3 AA Fullerton/Rosary HSAnja Garcia Fr 5-3 AA Fair Oaks/St. Francis HSStephanie Kim Jr 5-3 AA Darien, IL/Hinsdale South HSMiho Maeda So 5-3 AA Granada Hills/Granada Hills HSJanet McKnight Sr 5-4 V, UB, FX Lafayette/Acalanes HSBritani Pittullo Fr 5-2 AA Rancho Cucamonga/St. Lucy's Priory HSLauren Shipp So 5-8 AA Libertyville, IL/Libertyville HS