Britani Pittullo Competes at NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto

April 4, 2006

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Senior Britani Pittullo will travel across the bay to compete at the NCAA West Regional on the Stanford campus on Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m. (PST). Last weekend the California Golden Bears traveled to the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore., where they finished seventh. Pittullo posted a career-high of 38.850 in the all-around competition.

The last time the California women's gymnastics team traveled to the NCAA Regional was in 2004, when the team earned a fifth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, scoring a 195.125. No. 15 Oklahoma led the six-team field with a 197.100 and went to the NCAA Championships with second-place and third-ranked Alabama (196.900). Host Oregon State was edged out of an automatic berth, scoring a 196.850. The Bears scored right around their season average of 195.216, but it was not enough against a tough field. The best Cal score of the night belonged to Lauren Shipp on the beam (9.900), on which she finished tied for third. The score was a new season best for Shipp, who competed irregularly in the event. In fact, the junior had one of her best meets of the season, scoring a 9.875 on vault and 9.775 on bars. My-Lan Dodd was the top California all-arounder. She had a solid, but unspectacular meet, scoring a 39.150 (10th). The score was also right near her season average of 39.175. Dodd's best score of the night came on the vault where she posted a 9.850. Unfortunately, it was not good enough to send her to NCAA Championships as an individual for a second straight year. In her second all-around of the season, Britani Pittullo scored a season best 39.000 (11th). The vault was yet again her favorite event, as she scored a 9.850. In her final collegiate meet, senior Stephanie Kim finished in 15th place in the all-around with a 38.225. Monique Chang was the top Cal finisher on the bars with a 9.850 (T5th). Cal's best performance came on the vault, which the Bears scored a 49.200 and came close to their season best (49.325). Cal did manage to score above a 195.000 this season in nine out of its 12 competitions, with a season high of 196.800.

California has appeared at an NCAA Regional either as a team or individuals 25 times in its 30-year history. Like this year, individuals have represented Cal six times. As a team, the Golden Bears have been in the top 5 nine times, with the team receiving a bid to the NCAA Championships only once, in 1992.

At the Pac-10 Championships Cal senior Britani Pittullo finished 12th against some of the best competition in the country. Pittullo recorded a 38.850 at the meet. In her final home meet she had 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. 21 in the West region for the all-around competition and is No. 28 in the West region on the bars.

Freshman Lydia Williams lit up the bars this season. At home against Stanford, Williams tallied her first 9.800 on the bars. Williams continued her hot streak, posting a 9.775 at Cal State Fullerton and at West Virginia. Against George Washington and North Carolina State Williams notched a career-high 9.850 in the event and matched that at the Pac-10 Championships. The bars were not Williams' only specialty this season. On beam Lydia posted a career-high 9.800 against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis and matched that at the Pac-10 Championships.

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 against San Jose State.

Freshman Joanna Bennett continues her hot streak on the bars this season. Bennett posted 9.800 (at West Virginia) and a 9.825 (at George Washington). Bennett's career mark came against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis when she scored a 9.875, the highest mark for a freshman in the event since former gymnast My-Lan Dodd recorded a 9.900 during her freshman season (2002) against San Jose State, Boise State and Sacramento State. Bennett currently finds herself tied for No. 17 in the west region on the bars.

Entering the last month of the regular season, junior Isabel Garcia continued to break her career highs over and over again. Garcia tied her career high on the vault against Arizona State. The Fair Oaks, Calif., native posted a 9.800 in the event. Prior to the Arizona State meet, Garcia broke her career high against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis when she tallied a 9.750. Garcia matched the 9.750 the next week against Washington and broke it once again at Cal State Fullerton (9.800). She ended the season scoring a 9.775 at the San Jose State meet and the Pac-10 Championships.

Going into the NCAA Regional the Bears are on track on the bars. Over the past three 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. As a team Cal ranks No. 4 in the West Region and No. 29 in the nation for bars. 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.

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.

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.

Depending on results at the NCAA West Regional, senior Britani Pittullo could qualify for the NCAA Championships which will be held in Corvallis, Ore., on April 20-22.

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