No. 25 Bears (9-3, 1-3) Hit the Road to Face No. 4 Arizona State

Feb. 25, 2003

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UP NEXT: Fresh off a school-record performance and first Pac-10 victory of the season, the California women's gymnastics team (9-3, 1-3 Pac-10) hits the road again, as the Bears travel to Tempe, AZ Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m., to face No. 4 Arizona State in Wells Fargo Arena. Cal faces a stiff challenge as the Sun Devils hold an 18-2 all-time record over the Bears.

ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Cal is off to its best start since Alfie Mitchell's 1994 squad opened the season 10-2 en route to a 14-2 finish - Cal's best record in the program's 27-year history. The Bears posted a school-record 196.475 in the overall team competition against No. 12 Washington and Sacramento State last week, besting the previous all-time high 196.375 set on Feb. 9, 2003. Against the Huskies and Hornets, the Bears received at least a share of first-place in every individual event, with sophomore My-Lan Dodd taking two top finishes, including the individual all-around (39.500). Cal won three of the four events in the victory, setting a school-record score on the vault (49.375) and a third place all-time mark on the bars (49.250).

ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS, PART 2: At the tri-meet this past weekend, the Bears established two team records and nine personal career highs. Pittullo (3), Dodd (2), Shipp (2), Chang (1) and Maeda (1) all tallied personal bests.

THIS DODD'S FOR YOU: Cal's My-Lan Dodd has had a breakout sophomore season, recording career-high marks in the vault (9.925), bars (9.925) and all-around (39.500) competitions. SHe now has her name in the Top 5 of every Cal record category. The Seattle, Wash. native has also tied personal bests on the beam (9.900) and floor (9.900). She has finished in the Top 3 spots of the all-around competition on five separate occasions, including two first-place finishes. Nationally, Dodd has put Cal on the map, placing No. 12 on bars (9.875) and No. 38 in the all-around (38.875). In tribute to her record-setting week, Dodd was named the Daily Californian Athlete of the Week (2/24-3/2).

BEARS ON THE BARS: After seven weeks of competition, the Bears rank No. 15 in the nation on the uneven parallel bars with a 48.850 average. On two separate occasions, most recently vs. Washington/Sacramento State (2/21), the squad has posted a 49.250 high mark to place third on Cal's all-time list. Dodd holds the Cal season record on the bars with her 9.925 score at the Cal Invitational, good for a career high.

TOP 35: With its No. 25 national ranking, Cal currently holds its highest standing of the year. The team average score of 194.445 also places the Bears at No. 5 in the West Region, ahead of seven other squads. Cal is also rated in the Top 35 nationally in every team event. In addition to the team-high ranking on bars (48.850), Cal enters this weekend at No. 23 on floor (48.920), No. 29 on vault (48.590) and No. 31 on the beam (48.380).

IN THE POLLS: Cal enters week eight as the No. 25 team in the nation with a team average score of 194.445. In arguably the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts five teams in the Top 15. Among the Pac-10 teams, the Golden Bears are currently in seventh place, behind UCLA (No. 1), Arizona State (No. 4), Stanford (No. 8), Oregon State (No. 9) and Washington (No. 12). The Arizona Wildcats check in at No. 17.

FAB FRESHMEN: The 2003 freshmen class is certainly making its mark on the Bears' squad. Freshman Monique Chang has been perhaps the brightest spot, as she currently holds the top team score on vault (9.950) as well as tied for the team high on bars (9.900) and floor (9.900). With her exceptional vault performances this season, Chang finds herself in 11th-place in the Pac-10 and No. 23 nationally. Her 9.950 vault score over the weekend tied a Cal all-time record. Britani Pittullo has also made her presence felt, competing in six of seven all-around competitions. Pittullo's 39.075 finish over the weekend was good for a second-place finish, while her 38.610 season average puts her at No. 15 in the Pac-10 and No. 50 in the nation.

SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils enter this week as the fourth-ranked team in the nation, last falling to No. 8 Stanford, 197.200 - 196.900, Feb. 21 at Stanford. ASU is led by junior Maggie Germaine, who is ranked No. 3 nationally with an all-around average of 39.545.

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