Cal's My-Lan Dodd Concludes Season at NCAA Championships

April 24, 2003

Lincoln, Neb. - Only the fifth all-around competitor in school history to participate in the NCAA Championships, and the first since 1994, Cal sophomore gymnast My-Lan Dodd capped off a successful season today by finishing in 23rd place at the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb.

Dodd does not advance to Saturday's final, as only the top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 26.

As one of eight individual all-around competitors to be invited to Lincoln, Dodd finished in sixth place among the field with a 38.425 mark. Overall, though, competing against members from six squads - UCLA, Alabama, Michigan, Arizona State, Louisiana State and Iowa - she claimed a 23rd place finish. Her final score marks the second-best all-around showing in school history, and best since Kristen Smyth placed ninth in 1992.

In the individual event category, Dodd's highest finish of the evening was on her bars routine as she posted a 9.775 for a 13th place finish. She also claimed 25th place on vault (9.700), 28th on floor (9.750) and 39th on beam (9.200). Dodd became only the second Cal gymnast ever to compete on floor, vault and bars at the National Championships.

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