California Competes Against No. 12 Oregon State and Seattle Pacific

Feb. 25, 2005


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This Week: Feb. 25 vs. No. 12 Oregon State, Seattle Pacific
Corvallis, OR (Gill Coliseum), 7:00 p.m.

WHAT'S ON TAP: The California women's gymnastics team (5-4, 0-4 Pac-10) squares off with No. 12 Oregon State (8-3) and Seattle Pacific Fri., Feb. 25 in Corvallis, Ore. A Cal replication of last season's 195.675-195.550 upset victory against OSU would give the Bears their first Pac-10 win of 2005 and halt the Beavers' four-meet unbeaten streak. Despite their 2-10 record, Seattle Pacific is the top-ranked club in the United States of American Gymnastics rankings. Meet time at the Beavers' Gill Coliseum is slated for 7 p.m.

DODD COMES AROUND: Beset by low scores early in the season, senior My-Lan Dodd has posted her best and most consistent marks of the year in Cal's last two meets. The highlight of the scoring stretch was the 39.000 season-high all-around score Dodd posted in Cal's narrow Feb. 18 loss to Washington. Against the Huskies, Dodd collected a 9.700 or better on each discipline. A week earlier at Arizona State (Feb. 11), Dodd set season-bests on vault (9.800), bars (9.875) and floor (9.825) and finished with a 38.875. Dodd, who owns four of the top five all-around marks in program history, has posted the top three all-around scores for the Bears in 2005.

SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Three weeks ago, No. 12 Oregon State was ranked 24th in the nation but the Beavers' torrid pace the last three weeks has vaulted them among the nation's elite clubs. OSU has posted three of their top four scores of the 2005 season during the past four meets and the Beavers have surpassed the 195-point mark in each of their last three meets. Heading into Friday's event, Oregon State is ranked 11th on bars (48.634) and beam (48.569) 12th on the vault (48.759), and 24th on floor (48.500). Junior Chrissy Lamun is the highest-ranking Beaver as her 9.815 beam average is 23rd nationally. Cal is 3-25 all-time against the Beavers, who defeated Seattle Pacific, 195.675-192.100, on Feb. 12 ... Buoyed by a 190.461 all-around average, Seattle Pacific is in their fifth week atop the USAG rankings. Sophomore Debra Huss has been the Falcons top all-arounder this year, posting a season-high score of 38.725. The Bears have lost just once to SPU in 17 meetings.

MEET IN REVIEW (2/18/05): Despite sweeping the top three all-around spots and posting the most consistent team marks of the season, Cal was edged out by No. 23 Washington, 191.225-190.875. Beleaguered by injuries, Cal suited up just seven gymnasts and trailed the Huskies, 143.825-142.525, heading into the final rotation. Cal scored a 48.350 on floor - the Bears' second-best mark of the year - but Washington posted a 47.400 on beam to preserve the win ... freshman Nicki Wells had her best outing as a Bear, setting new career highs on bars (9.675), floor (9.600) and beam (9.550) to finish second in the all-around with a 38.225 ... senior Lauren Shipp, competing in her second meet of the season and first since Jan. 28, won the beam competition with a season-best 9.750 ... freshman Siobhan Luce posted a new career high on vault with a 9.575 ... Alli Szutu's 9.700 on floor was also a new career-best mark for the freshman ... The Bears' 48.350 score on floor was their second-best mark of the year.

HOME-MAT ADVANTAGE: For the first time in the structure's history, Haas Pavilion will play host to the 2005 Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships. The best in the west will convene in Berkeley, March 26 at 3 p.m.

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