Cal Takes Fifth at Pac-10 Championships
March 29, 2008
SEATTLE, Wash. - The California women's gymnastics team placed fifth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships Saturday at the Bank of America Arena, hosted by Washington. The Golden Bears (8-16) finished with a final score of 193.400, defeating the Huskies (193.375) and No. 19 Arizona State (191.925). No. 10 Stanford won the conference title with a final mark of 197.00. Cal's victory over the Sun Devils was its first win over a top-25 team this season.
'It was pretty amazing; I am so proud of them,' said Cal head coach Cari DuBois. 'With all of the challenges that we have faced this year, they just looked amazing. They were aggressive, they were composed and they looked polished. It was a lot of fun. I was extremely pleased with everything.'
The Bears earned their highest score of the night of 9.775 three times, including twice on beam. Junior Bridgette Glass and freshman Stefanie Cheng each tallied that mark on beam. The score was a season best for Cheng, who also posted a 9.750 on floor. Glass secured Cal's other 9.775 score, as she tallied the mark on bars.
Once again, sophomore Sophia Hocini led the Bears in the all-around, notching a 38.700. Hocini earned a 9.750 on beam and a 9.700 on floor. Junior Jessica Kelley finished second for Cal in the all-around with a 38.525. Kelley's best mark of the night was a 9.700 on bars. The Bears third all-arounder, senior Siobhan Luce, secured a 9.750 on vault and a 9.725 on bars to finish with an all-around score of 38.175.
Stanford's Tabitha Yim won the all-around with a final score of 39.550. Despite finishing second in the team competition, No. 7 Oregon State claimed top honors in three events in the individual standings, as Tasha Smith won vault and floor for the Beavers.
The Pac-10 Championships will air tape delayed on Comcast Bay Area next Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
The Bears will wait to see if they earned a spot in the NCAA West Regional in Corvallis, Ore. The selections will be made on Monday, March 31.
2008 Pac-10 Championships
1. Stanford 197.0002. Oregon State 196.5503. UCLA 196. 2004. Arizona 195.7255. California 193.4006. Washington 193.3757. Arizona State 191.925
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