The Women's Gymnastics Travels to Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis

March 22, 2006

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THIS WEEK:
The California Golden Bears will travel to the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore. The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. (PST) at Gill Coliseum. Last weekend, the Bears defeated San Jose State 194.275-193.350 in their final home meet. Senior Britani Pittullo posted a career-high of 39.250 in the all-around competition at her final home meet.

COMING TO YOU LIVE:
Live stats will be made available to the public on Oregon State's athletic website - www.osubeavers.com. A complete recap and results will be on California's website (www.CalBears.com), at the conclusion of the meet.

LAST YEAR AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The host Golden Bears, though depleted, had a few exceptional performances on the afternoon. Senior Lauren Shipp, in her final meet at Haas Pavilion, posted a 9.875 on beam, setting a new season best and nearly eclipsing her top career score of 9.900. Freshman Siobhan Luce tied for seventh on vault with a new career-best 9.850. She also finished 10th in the all-around with a 38.500. Powered by Shipp's 9.875, the Bears' top-scoring event was beam. Their 48.650 fell just shy of the season-high mark of 48.750.

TROUBLE TRACK:
At Saturday night's Pac-10 Championships the Golden Bears hope to break a streak, but not a good streak. Cal has suffered 13 straight Pac-10 losses, including six this season. The Bears last defeated a Pac-10 foe on Jan. 30, 2004, when they outmatched Oregon State, 195.675-195.550.

TWICE IS NICE:
For the second straight meet, Cal outmatched its opponents. This is the first time the Bears have won two straight meets was in 2004, when they defeated Utah State then went on to beat Ball State in their final meet of the regular season. That year, the Bears finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships in Tucson, Ariz.

BEAMING:
After being in a rut the over the last eight meets, California posted a season-high 48.450 on the beam, Friday night against San Jose State. The Bears were led by senior Britani Pittullo, who posted a season-high 9.825 in the event. Freshman Tiffany Tam recorded her career-high on the beam with her 9.750 on Friday night.

RAISING THE BAR:
Going into the Pac-10 Championships the Bears are on track on the bars. Over the past two meets, Cal has tallied its best marks since March 20, 2004 at the Pac-10 Championships (49.150). The Bears notched a 49.100 in the event against George Washington and North Carolina State and a 49.000 at home against San Jose State. Senior Britani Pittullo notched the first 9.900 of the season for the Golden Bears on the bars at the George Washington and North Carolina State meet. Sophomore Nicki Wells has matched her career-high of 9.850 in the past two meets. Freshman Bridgette Glass tallied her career-high of 9.800 against San Jose State.

FLOORED:
Against San Jose State, Cal collected its season-best mark of 48.600 on the floor. Senior Britani Pittullo finished first after she matched her career-high, 9.850 in the event. Junior Isabel Garcia notched a 9.775 to finish second against the Spartans. Sophomore Allison Szutu matched her career-high of 9.700 in the event against San Jose State. For the first time this season, junior Elyse Wong competed on the floor, posting a 9.200.

BRIT BITS:
Cal senior Britani Pittullo posted a career-high 39.250 in the all-around competition against San Jose State. Previously, Pittullo recorded a career-best 39.075 in 2003 against Washington and Sacramento State. Against the Spartans, Pittullo posted a 9.800 on the vault, an 9.775 on the bars, 9.825 on the beam and a 9.850 on the floor. A week before at George Washington Pittullo recorded the first 9.900 (bars) of the season in any event for Cal. Pittullo ranks No. 15 in the West region for the all-around competition and is No. 26 in the West region on the bars.

IN THE NICK OF TIME:
Sophomore Nicki Wells is heating up on the bars just at the right time. The Auckland, New Zealand, native has posted a 9.850 in the last two meets. After she first posted the 9.850 at George Washington, Wells outdid her previous career-high, 9.750 she set last year at Utah State. Well currently ranks No. 25 in the West region.

BREAKING GLASS:
In only her third meet this season, freshman Bridgette Glass collected her career high. Against San Jose State the Oakley, Calif., native recorded a 9.800. Last weekend Glass, previously set her career-high against George Washington and North Carolina State, where she notched a career-high 9.675 on the bars. Glass was out the majority of the season with a leg injury.

SUPERB SOIBHAN:
Sophomore Siobhan Luce collected her career high in the all around against San Jose State. Luce's 38.725 beat her previous career high of 38.525 she matched this season against Arizona State and originally set against North Carolina State last season. Luce tallied a 9.575 on the vault, 9.775 on the bars, 9.675 on the beam and a 9.700 on the floor.

TAMING TAM:
Against San Jose State freshman Tiffany Tam notched her career high of 9.750 on the beam. Previously, Tam had set her career high in her first collegiate meet at Arizona (9.675) and matched it against West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

INKING THE BEST:
In November, head coach Cari DuBois announced the signing of Sophia Hocini (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley High School) and Nicole Day (Artesia, Calif./Richard Gahr High School). Both will attend the University of California in the fall of 2006.

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. Also 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 master's degree 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 Diego, 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 championships in both the United States and Mexico. Also, 18 of his gymnasts earned college gymnastics scholarships.

UP NEXT:
Depending on results at the Pac-10 Championships, the Bears will travel next to the NCAA Regional. The locations for the regional are: Central Regional - Baton Rouge, La., North Central - Ames, Iowa, Northeast - Ann Arbor, Mich., South Central - Fayetteville, Ark., South East - Athens, Ga., West - Palo Alto, Calif.

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