California Women's Gymnastics Notes

Jan. 10, 2006

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THIS WEEK:
The California Golden Bear women's gymnastics team will travel up interstate 80 to face the Hornets of Sacramento State. The Bears opened the 2006 season at the Aloha Gymfest in Oahu, Hawaii, on Jan. 3. The team finished fifth against Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, Arkansas and Sacramento State.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

No. 25 Sacramento State:
Sacramento State finished the Aloha Gymfest sixth with a final score of 188.075. Kimiye Narasaki posted a 36.925 in the all-around competition. As a team, the Hornets posted a 47.300 on the bars. They were led by sophomore Alexis Tsurumoto who recorded a team-high 9.725 on the bars tying her for seventh overall on the bars. Senior Trista Condren tallied a 9.625 in Hawaii, well enough for a seventh-place finish. Tiffany Bass led the team on the vault with a 9.600.

11 MONTHS AGO...
The Golden Bears posted their best overall score (189.350) at the Aloha Gymfest, since their meet on March 11 against North Carolina State, where they post 192.300. Also at the Aloha Gymfest, the Cal gymnasts posted their best vault score (47.100) since their meet against North Carolina State last season, their best bar score since their meet at Utah State (3/7/05), their best beam score since the Pac-10 Championships (4/26/05) and their best score on the floor since the San Jose State/Stanford meet on March 19, 2005.

BEAUTIFUL BARS
California recorded their best bar performance since last season at the Aloha Gymfest. The Bears posted a 48.450 total finishing them for second, just one-tenth shy of first-place UCLA. The Bruins finished with a total score of 48.550. Freshman Lydia Williams led the Bears with a 9.775 on the bars. Sophomore Nicki Wells additionally helped out Cal with her score of 9.700 on the bars.

PERFORMING PITTULLO
After returning from several surgeries, that kept her from competition the majority of last season, senior Britani Pittullo posted a season-best 37.900 in the all-around competition in Hawaii. Pittullo's strongest event was the bars on which she posted a 9.675 on her routine. In addition, Pittullo posted a 9.350 on the vault, 9.475 on the beam and 9.400 on the floor.

LIGHT IT UP, LYDIA
In her California debut, freshman Lydia Williams lit up the competition at the Aloha Gymfest. Williams posted a 37.875 in her first collegiate all-around competition. This was the first time since Christine Nishimoto posted a 37.950 at the Pac-10 Championship in 1995. The Toronto, Canada, native tallied her season-high 9.775 on the bars. In addition Williams also recorded a 9.500 on the vault, 9.325 on the beam and a 9.275 on the floor.

FRESH FACES
Head coach Cari DuBois introduced four new faces in her lineup at the Aloha Gymfest. Freshmen Joanna Bennett, Jessica Kelley, Lydia Williams and Kendall Zdvorak all participated in at least one event. Bennett scored a 9.675 on her bar routine, Kelley competed in both the bars (9.625) and beam (9.400), Williams posted a 37.875 in the all-around and Zdvorak recorded a 9.375 on the vault.

FLIP TRIP
The California Gymnastics team hosted the 'Flip Trip' on Tues., Jan. 10 at Haas Pavilion. The team performed mini-routines for preschool and elementary students and signed autographs afterwards.

SCHEDULING THE BEST
The Golden Bears are faced once again against the best competition in the nation. With the Pac-10's current success over the last decade, the Bears face at least five teams who are in the top 25 regularly in conference competitions alone. Cal opened in Hawaii against, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Sacramento State and Arkansas. After several competitions in California, the Bears will travel back East to face the likes of West Virginia, Pittsburgh, George Washington and North Carolina State.

COACHES

In her fourth year at California, head Coach Cari DuBois has already reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 27-23 record at Cal; she was named the 2003 Pac-10 co-Coach of the year and the 2003 West Regional Coach of the Year. In her short tenure, DuBois has guided the Bears to their first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Cal team to its highest NCAA Regional finish (fourth) since 1992. A year later, Cal finished fifth at the NCAA Regionals, the program's best back-to-back postseason showings since 1991-92. Prior to coming to Berkeley, DuBois worked as an assistant for nine years (six at West Virginia and three at Cal under Alfie Mitchell). DuBois also has spent time instructing and choreographing routines at several gymnastics camps and clubs nationwide. DuBois graduated from Ball State in 1992 with a degree in exercise science and wellness and holds a mater's degrees in athletic coaching from West Virginia.

Scott Ryan, hired in August 2005, assists DuBois. Ryan served as the director and head coach at Aztec Gymnastics in San Deigo, Calif., prior to his hiring at Cal. While at Aztec Gymnastics, Ryan led his teams to 33 state and regional championships in the state of California and national championhips in both the United State and Mexico. Also, 18 of his gymnasts earned college gymnastics scholarships.

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