Cal Upends Sacramento State in First Meet of Season
Jan. 12, 2003
Sacramento, Calif. - In head coach Cari Dubois' Golden Bear coaching debut, the Cal women's gymnastics team defeated the Sacramento State Hornets, 192.950-190.175, today at The Hornet Nest in Sacramento. Junior tri-captain Stephanie Kim shattered her personal best all-around score, finishing in first place in the all-around with a 38.800 mark.
'I'm so proud of this team,' said a jubilant Kim after the victory. 'We went all out today and competed aggressively. It couldn't have been a better start for our season.'
After the first two rotations, the Bears held a commendable lead by scoring a 47.900 on the uneven bars and 48.000 on the vault for a total of 95.900. The Hornets finished almost a full point behind, taking a 47.375 on bars and a 47.575 on the vault for a 94.950 score. Cal then extended its lead to 2.875 after the third event of the afternoon, scoring a 48.850 on the floor compared to the Hornet's 46.375 on the balance beam. The Bears finished three events with a commanding 144.100-141.225 lead.
The fourth and final event bridged the gap between the two squads as Cal tallied a 48.200 on the beam, taking the top four spots, and Sacramento State finished with a 48.950 on the floor routine. But the lead proved insurmountable as the Bears came away with their first win of the young season.
In addition to her career best all-around mark, Kim added a personal best mark of 9.60 on the vault, besting her 9.575 performance against San Jose State in 2001. Freshman Monique Chang performed splendidly in her collegiate debut, taking the high score on the vault (9.775) and bars (9.850) - both competition highs. Freshman Britani Pittullo also shined in her first collegiate competition, highlighted by a second place finish on the floor exercise with a 9.825 mark. The Bears took the top three spots in the all-around, with Kim, Karissa Chock and My-Lan Dodd finishing 1-2-3. Cal also finished first in three of the four events in the victory.
'I'm really pleased and happy with how we did,' said Janet McKnight, the lone senior on the Bears squad. ' I've been waiting for three years to have this feeling and it is well worth it. I'm excited for this season ... this is the way that I envisioned it starting.'
Cal returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 19, as they take on top-ranked UCLA at 2:00 p.m. in Los Angeles.
TEAM SCORESCalifornia - 192.950Sacramento State - 190.175
FLOOR EXERCISE1. Stephanie Aeder (CSUS) - 9.8752. Britani Pittullo (Cal) - 9.8253. Jenny Diamond (CSUS) - 9.800T3. Binta Coleman (CSUS) - 9.800T3 My-Lan Dodd (Cal) - 9.800T3. Stephanie Kim (Cal) - 9.800
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