No. 22 Bears (10-4, 1-4) Face No. 18 Arizona in Final Home Meet
March 4, 2003
UP NEXT: Breaking the Top 25 for the first time this season, the No. 22 California women's gymnastics team (10-4, 1-4, Pac-10) hosts No. 18 Arizona in its final home meet and final Pac-10 meet of the season. The Bears and Wildcats face off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Haas Pavilion. The Cal-Arizona meet will be televised tape-delayed via Fox Sports Net Bay Area at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16.
ABOUT THE BEARS: Cal is off to its best start since Alfie Mitchell's 1994 squad opened the season 12-2 en route to a 14-2 finish - Cal's best record in the program's 27-year history. The Bears posted their third highest ever team score (196.100) - the third record-setting performance of the year - at the inaugural UNO Classic vs. Arizona State and Rutgers this past weekend. Against the Sun Devils and Scarlet Nights, Cal finished in second place, but did manage to claim some personal victories. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd finished tied for first on the vault with a school-record tying and personal best mark of 9.950. The Seattle, WA native also shattered her career-high in the individual all-around (39.675), also establishing a new California record. Sophomore Miho Maeda also established herself with the Cal elite, claiming a new school-record on the balance beam with a 9.950, including a perfect 10 from one judge. Cal finished second in all four events, but claimed a second-place school-record score on the vault (49.275) and a fourth- place all-time mark on the floor (49.275).
ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST: Cal's My-Lan Dodd has had a breakout sophomore season, recording career-high marks in every individual event, including the all-around. She now owns at least a share of second place in Cal's record books on the vault (9.950) and beam (9.900), and third-place on bars (9.900) and floor (9.900). This season, Dodd has broken her own Cal record twice in the individual all-around, besting her school record 39.500 with a 39.675 at the UNO Classic. Nationally, Dodd has put Cal on the map, placing No. 15 on bars with a regional qualifying average (RQA) of 9.890 and No. 36 in the all-around with a RQA of 39.065. In the Pac-10, her bars average places her at No. 8 in the conference while her all-around places her at No. 13.
RECORD BREAKING SEASON: Cal has broken three team records in this historic season. Against Washington and Sacramento St. (2/21), the Bears established a new Cal team record on the vault with a 49.375 mark - besting the previous all-time best of 49.125. On the balance beam, the Golden Bears edged out the previous team best of 49.150 with a 49.175 set at the Cal Invitational (2/9). In the all-around, the 2003 squad has beaten the previous all-time record three times this year. The current team record of 196.475 was tallied vs. Washington and Sacramento St. on Feb. 21, while the other two were posted Feb. 9 at the Cal Invitational (196.375) and Feb. 28 at the UNO Classic (196.100).
TOP 25: With its No. 22 national ranking, Cal currently holds its highest standing of the year. The team average score of 194.719 also places the Bears at No. 5 in the West Region, ahead of seven other squads. Additionally, Cal is ranked in the Top 25 nationally in every team event. According to the Regional Qualifying Average, the Bears check in at No. 21 on the bars (48.772), No. 24 on vault (48.700) and floor (48.897) and No. 25 on the beam (48.350).
IN THE POLLS: Cal enters week eight as the No. 22 team in the nation with a team average score of 194.719. In arguably the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts all seven teams in the Top 25. Among the Pac-10 teams, the Golden Bears are currently in seventh place, behind UCLA (No. 1), Arizona State (No. 2), Stanford (No. 8), Oregon State (No. 9), Washington (No. 12) and Arizona (No. 18).
SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Wildcats enter this week as the 18th-ranked squad in the nation and sixth in the Pac-10. The team is led by sophomore Monica Bisordi , whose 39.415 RQA in the all-around places her at No. 11 in the nation.
SENIOR FAREWELL: As the lone senior on this year's squad, Janet McKnight will be taking part in her last home meet as a Golden Bear. She will be honored before the meet for her contributions over the past four years.