No. 18 Cal (12-5, 2-4) Travels to L.A. for Pac-10 Tournament
March 25, 2003
POSTSEASON: The California women's gymnastics team concluded the regular season with a 12-5 mark, the program's best record since the 1994 squad finished the season 14-2. The 18th-ranked Bears (12-5, 2-4, Pac-10) begin postseason competition this weekend at the Pac-10 Championships Saturday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion on UCLA's campus in Los Angeles. Cal enters the championships as the No. 6 team in the Pac-10, ahead of seventh-place Arizona.
STORYBOOK SEASON: The Bears have rewritten nearly every individual and team category in the Cal record book this year, including breaking three team records while claiming a second-place mark on the floor and third on the bars. 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 high of 49.125. On the balance beam, the Golden Bears edged out the previous school record of 49.150 with a 49.175 set at the Cal Invitational (2/9), and then outdid themselves once again vs. Arizona with a 49.250 (3/7). In the all-around, the 2003 squad has beaten the previous all-time record four times this year. The current team record of 196.800 was tallied vs. Arizona March 7, while the other three were posted vs. Washington State Feb. 21 (196.475), Feb. 9 at the Cal Invitational (196.375) and Feb. 28 at the UNO Classic (196.100).
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. The Seattle, Wash. native now owns at least a share of first place in Cal's record books on the vault (9.950) and beam (9.950), and third-place on bars (9.900) and floor (9.900). This season, Dodd has broken her own Cal record four times in the individual all-around, most recently besting her school record 39.500 with a 39.675 against Arizona State (2/28). Nationally, Dodd has put Cal on the gymnastics map, hitting the charts at No. 29 on the bars with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 9.900 and No. 29 in the all-around with a RQS of 39.355. In the Pac-10, arguably one of the strongest conferences in the country, Dodd checks in at No. 11 in the conference on the bars and No. 11 in the all-around.
LAST WEEKEND VS. SAN JOSE STATE: Cal closed the book on its historic season Friday night, suffering its lowest score of the year in a tough loss to San Jose State, 192.925 - 192.525. The Spartans handed the Bears their fifth loss of the season and first non-conference defeat. Junior Karissa Chock was the top Bear finisher, taking second place honors in the all-around. Dodd completed another spectacular evening with a first-place finish on vault (9.950) and floor (9.875) and a second-place showing on bars (9.900). Sophomore Lauren Shipp had arguably her best performance of the year, taking the gold on beam (9.750) and second on vault (9.850).
AGAINST THE PAC-10: In perhaps the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts all seven of its teams on the nation's Top 20 chart. The Bears solidify the No. 18 slot and have moved up from last place in the conference in four of the five events. The rest of the Pac-10 is as follows: UCLA (No. 1), Arizona State (No. 3), Stanford (No. 7), Oregon State (No. 11), Washington (No. 15) and Arizona (No. 20). Versus the Pac-10 this season, Cal is 2-4 - with victories over Washington and Arizona and losses to UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon State.
PAC-10 HISTORY: With 10 Pac-10 titles (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002), UCLA has won the most conference championships. Oregon State (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996) and Stanford (1998, 2001) are the only other teams to win the title. Bruins dominate in the individual championships as well, with a conference-best 49 individual champions. The Bruins have been especially dominant in the all-around. The last six Pac-10 all-around champions have been Bruins - Onnie Willis in 2002, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000 and 2001, Heidi Moneymaker in 1999, Stella Umeh in 1998 and Leah Homma in 1997. UCLA has won nine of the last 10 all-around titles and 12 overall.
ON TELEVISION: Fox Sports Net will televise the meet on a tape-delayed basis, with Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke calling the action. Check your local listings for broadcast dates and times. Live scoring for the Pac-10 Championships will be provided on the UCLA web site, www.uclabruins.com. Scores will be updated after each rotation.