Cal Sweeps Tri-Meet To Open 2008 Season

Jan. 11, 2008

DAVIS - The California women's gymnastics team opened the 2008 campaign by defeating UC Davis and Towson in a tri-meet Friday night at The Pavilion on the campus of UC Davis. The Golden Bears finished with a final score of 192.525, as the Aggies took second with a mark of 189.350 and Towson took third with a score of 186.350. It was the first time Cal started a season 2-0 since 2005. In addition to the team's success, junior Jessica Kelley claimed the all-around title with a score of 38.700.

'I am extremely pleased with how we performed tonight,' said Cal head coach Cari DuBois. 'We have some room for improvement, but it was a great way to start the season. We have a little bit to clean up before our meet against Arizona State next week, but I was really pleased with the whole team tonight.'

Kelley won the all-around title behind her first-place finish on floor exercise, where she finished with her highest score of the night (9.775). She turned in solid performances all night, tallying at least a 9.6 in each event.

'She rocked tonight, 4-for-4,' DuBois said. 'She was very consistent, her lowest score was a 9.6. She attacked her routines, and I was pleased with her overall performance.'

Fellow junior Joanna Bennett also had a great opening meet. Bennett set a new personal best on vault, tying for first in the event, with a mark of 9.825. She also recorded a 9.750 on bars, placing third, and a 9.675 on beam to tie for fourth.

Sophomore Sophia Hocini finished right behind Bennett on vault, notching a 9.800 to tie for third. She also claimed third place on beam with a new personal best of 9.750.

On the uneven bars and balance beam, Cal had three gymnasts finish in the top four. On bars, besides Bennett's third-place finish, senior Siobhan Luce took second (9.775) and senior Alli Szutu came in fourth (9.700). On beam, freshman Avery Gee got her tenure with the Bears off to a strong start, taking second (9.775), as Hocini and Bennett followed her in third and fourth, respectively.

On floor, Luce tied for second with a mark of 9.625. Szutu and freshman Stefanie Cheng tied for fifth (9.600).

The Bears head back to Berkeley for their home opener Sunday, Jan. 20, against No. 18 Arizona State at Haas Pavilion at 2 p.m. Cal will also host the 2008 Flip Trip Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Haas Pavilion at 10 a.m. The Flip Trip is a free performance by the Bears that is open to the public.

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