Women's Gymnastics Travels to Colorado for Two Meets
March 14, 2007
The California Golden Bear women's gymnastics team will travel to Colorado for two meets. Their first meet will be on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. (MT), against Denver and BYU, in Denver. There final meet of the trip will be against Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. (PT). Last weekend, Cal hosted its final home meet of the season. The Bears were victorious in the tri-meet, defeating both Penn (191.225) and Air Force (183.500) with there season-high score of 194.575.
The Golden Bears are ranked 44th in this weekend's Troster Poll. The Bears also rank 34th on the vault (48.580 V RQS) and 33rd on the floor (48.450 F RQS). Cal did receive votes in the Troster Preseason Coaches poll. About the rankings: Unlike other rankings, college gymnastics rankings are not based on wins or losses or votes. The teams are ranked by their meet scores alone.
LAST TIME IN THE GYM
The women's gymnastics team put on one of their best performances this season, notching a 194.575, to defeat both Air Force and Penn at Haas Pavilion. Penn finished the competition second with its score of 191.225 and Air Force fell in third with its score of 183.500. Sophomore Jessica Kelley won the all-around competition with her career-best score of 39.125. She posted a 9.750 on the vault, 9.775 on both the bars and beam and a 9.825 on the floor. For the fourth straight meet the Golden Bears notched over a 48.700 on the vault. Cal scored a season-high 48.850 in tonight's tri-meet. On her senior night, Isabel Garcia scored Cal's first 9.925 on the event since 2004. Junior Siobhan Luce matched her career high in the event with a 9.850. Freshman Sophia Hocini collected a career-high 9.625. The Bears continued their magic on the bars, posting a season-high 49.000. Sophomore Lydia Williams scored a 9.900, first since last year when Brittany Pittullo notched the high mark. Scoring their season-highs on the bars were Kelley (9.775), Nicki Wells (9.800) and Luce (9.800). On the beam, Kelley recorded her career high of 9.775, while sophomore Tiffany Tam tallied a season-high 9.625. Three Bears scored their career-best on the floor, Allison Szutu (9.775), Glass (9.825) and Garcia (9.875).
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
NO. 17 DENVER
After already facing Denver this season, the Bears know what to expect. The 17th-ranked Pioneers enter Friday's tri-meet with a 10-6 record, including an upset over the UCLA Bruins 194.900-194.800, on Feb. 10 in Denver. Denver ranks 13th on the vault, 18th on the bars, 17th on the beam and ninth on the floor. In their last meet against No. 19 Illinois, Heather Huffaker won three individual events and the all-around (39.325). Denver owns a 4-2 series record against the Bears, with its last victory on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles (193.700-192.450).
NO. 22 BYU
No. 22 BYU will face Cal in Denver's tri-meet on Friday night. The Cougars enter the meet with a 10-3 record. Two of BYU's losses came against No. 7 Utah and No. 12 Arkansas on Feb. 3. In its last meet, BYU scored a season-best team score of 195.125. Alethea Boon notched a 39.225 in the all around competition. Cal owns a 1-0 series record over BYU.
Air Force enters Sunday's meet with a winless (0-9) overall record. Last weekend the Bears defeated the Falcons in Berkeley, 194.575-183.500. Shonna Iwaniec (37.775, season-best) and Abigail Rogers (37.650, season-best) are their most consistent competitors in the all-around.
As the individual scores continue to rise and the potential of a berth in the NCAA West Regional, Cal is hosting, the Bears have raised their team scores continually this season. In its final home meet, Cal recorded its best score (194.575), since 2004 season when they posted a 195.175 at the Pac-10 Championship. The Bears continue to raise their scores, as they started this trend against Washington on Feb. 18, when they scored a 193.025. The next weekend in the UCLA quad meet the Bears slipped a little, collecting a 192.450. But regained their growing status tallying a 193.750, against Arizona on March 2.
PERFECTING THE VAULT
Over the past three meets, the Golden Bears have tallied their best scores on the vault since the 2004 season. Cal notched its best score this season of 48.950 in the tri-meet against Air Force and Penn. Senior Isabel Garcia scored her career-high of 9.925, winning the event last weekend. Against Arizona, Cal notched a 48.825. Sophomore Bridgette Glass won the individual title after posting her career-best 9.875. In the UCLA quad meet Cal posted a 48.875 in the event. Junior Allison Szutu collected a career high of 9.850; her previous career high was 9.675, set twice in 2005.
9.9 AND RISING...
The Bears continue to post those record breaking scores over 9.900. First of all against Arizona sophomore Bridgette Glass notched a 9.900 on the beam. This was the first 9.9 on the beam Cal had scored since 2004, when both Stephanie Kim and Karissa Chock notched a 9.900 in Berkeley against UCLA and Seattle Pacific on Feb. 18, 2004. This past weekend in the tri-meet against Penn and Air Force, senior Isabel Garcia scored a 9.925 on the vault, first since, Monique Chang collected the score at Stanford on Feb. 20, 2004. In the same meet, Lydia Williams scored a 9.900 on the bars, the first since last season when Britani Pittullo notched the mark last season at George Washington on March 12, 2006. This was the first meet since the Ball State meet on March 12, 2004, that more than one Cal gymnast scored over a 9.900. At that meet, Stephanie Kim score a 9.950 on the bars and a 9.925 on the beam, as Miho Maeda also notched a 9.925 on the bars.
Sophomore Jessica Kelley won the all around competition after tallying her career-high of 39.125, in the tri-meet against Penn and Air Force last Friday night. The Los Altos native scored a 9.750 on the vault, posted a 9.775 on both the bars and beams and notched a 9.825 on the floor. The 9.775 she set on the beam, was her career-high. A week before against Arizona, Kelley matched her career high on the vault of 9.775 and on the floor (9.850). Kelley finished the competition with a 38.475. Kelley set her prior season best all-around score in the first meet of the season against Oregon State, in which she tallied a 38.625.
GREATNESS FROM GLASS
For the first time in her career sophomore Bridgette Glass competed in the all-around competition in the UCLA quad-meet. She had a solid performance posting a career-best 38.950 in the event. Glass finished fourth in the competition. The Oakley, Calif., native tallied a career high on the vault 9.825, the bars (9.850) and on the floor (9.550). It was Glass' first attempt in live competition on the floor.
On senior night, Isabel Garcia couldn't have asked for better performances. The Fair Oaks, Calif., native has vaulted over a 9.700 on the vault in her last 15 consecutive competitions, and last Friday was no different. This dates back to last year's meet against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis on Feb. 10, when Garcia notched at 9.750. In Cal's final home meet this season, Garcia scored a career-best 9.925 winning the event. This was the first 9.925 on the vault since Monique Chang collected the score at Stanford on Feb. 20, 2004. Against Arizona, Garcia tied with teammate Jessica Kelley for the floor individual title with her 9.850.
Junior Siobhan Luce continues to wow judges with her performances as she recorded her career-high of 39.075 in the all-around competition against Arizona. The native of Reno, Nev., previously had posted her career-highest all-around score of 38.925 against Washington. Against the Wildcats, Luce notched career-best on the beam (9.800) and floor (9.750), in addition to tallying a 9.775 on the vault and 9.750 on the bars. Luce finished third overall in the competition.
After being sidelined at the beginning of the season, sophomore Lydia Williams continues to elevate her performance on the bars. In last weekend's Williams posted a career-high 9.900 winning the event. This was the first 9.900 on the bars since former Bear Britani Pittullo notched the mark last season at George Washington (March 12, 2006). A week earlier, Williams matched her then-career high on the bars of 9.850.
Sophomore Joanna Bennett returned to the gym against Arizona. The Healdsburg native, scored a 9.700 in her first attempt on the bars, since the Oregon State meet (Jan. 19). Also in her first collegiate attempt, Bennett tallied a 9.725 on the beam.
In November, head coach Cari DuBois announced the signing of Stefanie Cheng (San Jose, Calif./Saint Francis High School) and Avery Gee (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos High School). Both will attend the University of California in the fall of 2007.
In her fifth 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 35-45 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 Regional, 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, in his second year at Cal, was hired in August 2005 to assist 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. Mike Lynch, is in his first year as a volunteer coach for the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears will cap off their regular season with a quad-meet against Bay Area teams San Jose State, UC Davis and Sacramento State in Davis, Calif., on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. (PT).
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