Bears (9-3) Set All-time School Record in Tri Meet Victory
Feb. 21, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 28 California women's gymnastics team posted an all-time Cal record score of 196.475 in the team competition to defeat No. 12 Washington and Sacramento State this evening, Feb. 21, in a tri-meet victory at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Bears' career mark bested the previous all-time score of 196.375 set just 12 days ago at the Cal Invitational Feb. 9.
Cal's 9-3 record to begin the 2003 season is also quite an accomplishment, as it is the squad's best start since 1994 when the team started 10-2 en route to a 14-2 finish. The victory over No. 12 Washington is also the Bear's first win over a Top 15 team this season and its first victory over a Pac-10 opponent.
Sophomore sensation My-Lan Dodd claimed top honors in the all-around with a 39.500 - good for a career-high score. Dodd also finished tied for first with teammate Miho Maeda on the balance beam, both tallying 9.850 marks. Dodd's best score actually came on vault, where she posted a career-high 9.925, but she finished second to teammate Monique Chang, who won the event with a career-high 9.950. Chang also notched a 9.900 on the parallel bars to tie her personal best score and claim first place in the event. On the floor, Stephanie Kim and freshman Britani Pittullo both tied for first as Kim tied a career-high and Pittullo claimed a personal best with 9.9s.
Cal opened the meet on vault and immediately took a commanding lead over the field. The team mark of 49.375 not only separated the Bears from the pack in an early lead, but also established a new school record - besting the previous high mark of 49.125 set at the Pac-10 Championships in 2001. Four of the six competitors set career-highs as Chang's 9.95 not only took first place, but also tied a Cal record score in the event. Dodd (9.925), sophomore Lauren Shipp (9.85) and Pittullo all set personal bests.
The Bears did not settle with a super performance on just one event and captured a third-place school record score of 49.250 on the bars to take a 98.625-97.175 lead after two rotations. Chang and Dodd claimed first and third place, respectively, but Maeda tallied a career-high 9.850, besting her 9.8 score at the Cal Invitational. Maeda and senior Janet McKnight both tied for fourth place.
Dodd's and Maeda's 9.850 beam scores took the top two spots in the event as the Bears settled for their lowest event score of the night (48.900), but ironically their second-best beam score of the season. While Cal was performing on the beam, Washington was capping off a stellar floor performance that saw the Huskies tally a 49.000 and cut the Cal lead to 147.525-146.175 after three events.
Cal finished with a 48.950 on floor, led by Kim's and Maeda's 9.90s that tied and set personal bests, respectively, and gave the Bears a solid victory heading into next weeks showdown with Pac-10 rival No. 7 Arizona State. Cal will tackle the Sun Devils at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.
Team Scores: 1. California 196.475; 2. Washington 194.850; 3. Sacramento State 189.775
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