California Travels to Arizona on Friday

Jan. 27, 2010

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The California Golden Bears head out on the road for the first time in the 2010 season, going to Tucson to face the No. 20 Arizona Wildcats on Friday, Jan, 29. The meet will be held at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Live video of the meet is available through ArizonaWildcats.com.

Tri Meet vs. UCLA, San Jose State The Bears finished third in their tri-meet against UCLA and San Jose State last Friday night. The Bruins entered the meet as the top-ranked team in the country. They have since fallen to seventh in this week's Troester rankings. Cal is currently ranked No. 41.

All-Around Senior Sophia Hocini was Cal's top finisher in the all-around for the second straight meet. Hocini (38.775) finished second behind San Jose State's Thomasina Wallace (38.975). It was also the second meet in a row that Hocini earned a 9.5 or above on all of her routines. She improved on her bar score from the previous week, scoring a 9.750.

Vault Sophia Hocini was the top Bear on the vault, earning a 9.725. Freshman Arla Rosenzweig, in the first performance of her collegiate career, earned a solid 9.650. Freshman Nicolette Lew improved on her week one vault, earning a 9.600. The vault was the Bears strongest event, with the team earning a 48.000, just .050 behind San Jose State.

Bars The Bears earned a 47.575 for the second straight week on bars. Sophia Hocini was the top Bear on the bars, scoring a 9.750 for her routine. Freshman Madisyn O'Brien had a huge improvement to her bars score, earning a 9.650.

Beam Nicolette Lew was the Bear's best on beam for the second week in a row. Lew had another solid outing, scoring a 9.725. Freshman Mariesah Pierce followed with a 9.625.

Floor Sophia Hocini earned her second consecutive 9.800 for her floor routine. She finished in second place in the event, the highest finish for a Bear in the meet. Mariesah Pierce and junior Avery Gee each scored a 9.675.

Next Up - Oregon State, Feb. 7, 2010, 2:00 p.m. Almost as quickly as it began, Cal's home season comes to an end next Sunday, Feb. 7 when the Bears host No. 6 Oregon State. It will be the final home meet in the career of senior Sophia Hocini. It is also the Pink Meet (see below) where all fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All tickets for the meet are free. The first rotation begins at 2 p.m.

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.

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