Cal Hosts No. 1 UCLA, San Jose State
Jan. 20, 2010
The California Golden Bears host their second of three home meets of the 2010 season on Friday night, Jan. 22. It is the only home night meet of the season with a 7:30 p.m. start time. The meet will be a tri-meet featuring the Spartans of San Jose State and the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins are ranked No. 1 in the latest Troester rankings. Cal is currently ranked at 37 and San Jose State is 34.
Dual Meet vs. Arizona State The Bears come into Friday's meet after a very strong showing against Arizona State. Cal logged a 191.800 team score. During the 2009 season, the Bears only posted one score higher than a 191.800, a 191.975 they amassed in their regular-season finale against Sac State, UC Davis, and Seattle Pacific.
All-Around Senior Sophia Hocini, who was Cal's top finisher in the All-Around in all but one meet last season, picked up where she left off last season. Hocini did not score below a 9.55 on any of her four events, pulling in a 38.000 to win the all-around title. Hocini earned a 9.800 on her floor exercise, the third-highest score of the meet on the floor. She finished second on the bars with a 9.725 and second on the vault with a 9.750.
Freshman Madisyn O'Brien, in her first collegiate meet, also competed in the all-around. O'Brien's strongest showing was on the vault where she logged a 9.675.
Beam Led by freshman Nicolette Lew's 9.750 in the Bear's final beam performance, Cal won the beam, edging the Sun Devils by .025 (47.700-47.675).
Floor Cal's highest point total came from the floor exercise where they posted a 48.450 team score. All five counting scores were 9.550 or higher on the event. Cal had two gymnasts earn 9.800's for their routines. Freshman Mariesah Pierce, in her collegiate debut, turned in one of those performances (the other was Hocini). Junior Avery Gee, a 2009 NCAA West Regional competitor on the floor, earned a 9.750 on her first routine of the season.
Vault The Bears went conservative in their vaults. Hocini led Cal with a 9.750 followed by O'Brien with a 9.675. Sophomore Alexandra Leggitt earned a 9.650, just off her personal best from last season of 9.675.
BarsThe bars were the Bears lowest-scoring event as a team. Sophia Hocini turned in a solid performance, earning a 9.750 to lead the team and finish second in the event.
Next Up - Arizona Cal heads to Tucson next week to take on the No. 24 Arizona Wildcats. The two will face off on Friday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. local time).
The Pink Meet - Feb. 7 vs Oregon State For the fourth consecutive season, one Cal home meet will once again be designated as the women's gymnastics' breast cancer awareness meet. The Golden Bear gymnasts will solicit flat donations or pledges for every Cal score of 9.5 and above. Cal will donate all money earned to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area affiliate in the hopes of raising funds to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening and treatment. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and 'pink out' Haas Pavilion, while the Bears don pink leotards for the event.
Cari's Cub Club The California women's gymnastics program and head coach Cari DuBois are announcing an exciting new way for young gymnastics fans to enjoy Cal gymnastics meets this season. Kids in the eighth grade and younger are encouraged to sign up to become a member of Cari's Cub Club. Members of Cari's Cub Club will be able to sit down on the floor in special cub club seating to watch the Cal gymnasts compete during the 2010 season. Cari's Cub Club members will receive a Cari's Cub Club t-shirt, cheer cards, a poster, and pom poms. Coach Cari DuBois will come over and visit with members prior to the start of the competition. They will also have a chance to possibly be the honorary team member for the day. After the meet, members are encouraged to join the Cal women's gymnastics team in the Haas Club Room for autograph signing and picture opportunities! Visit CalBears.com to sign up.