California Hosts Final Home Meet of 2010

Feb. 3, 2010

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The California Golden Bears will host their final home meet of the 2010 season, with No. 5 Oregon State coming to Haas on Sunday, Feb. 7. The meet begins at 2:00 p.m. Admission for fans of all ages is free.

On Sunday, the Bears will have their annual Pink Meet where all of the Cal gymnasts will be wearing pink leotards in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness. The team will also collect donations and pledges that will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area affiliate. Fans can pledge a donation for each Cal score 9.5 or higher or they can make a flat donation. In addition, pink teddy bears will be given to the first 200 youth in attendance and pink t-shirts will be thrown into the crowd for each Cal score 9.5 or higher.

Sunday will also be senior day with Cal's lone senior, Sophia Hocini, being honored right before the awards ceremony. The acknowledgement of Hocini, a three-time participant in NCAA Regionals and a 2009 All-Pac-10 second team selection, will be even more poignant as an injury she sustained to her Achilles tendon in last week's meet at Arizona has ended her season.

Dual Meet at Arizona The Bears dropped a dual meet to the No. 20 Arizona Wildcats in Tucson last week.

All-Around With the injury to Hocini, freshman Madisyn O'Brien was the only Bear to post an all-around score, finishing fourth.

Vault For the second meet in a row, Sophia Hocini was the top Bear on the vault. Hocini scored a 9.825, the top score of the season for the Bears on the vault or any event. She finished second in the event. Freshman Nicollette Lew had her best vault of the season, earning a 9.650. The vault was the strongest event for the Bears, with the team earning a 48.175.

Bars Freshman Stina Olivere had a break-out performance on the bars, earning a 9.775, the highest mark of her young career and the top score on the bars so far this season for a Cal gymnast. Madisyn O'Brien also had a strong performance, earning a 9.700.

Beam Nicolette Lew led the Bears for the third straight week, this time scoring a 9.700. Freshman Mariesah Pierce finished right behind her with a 9.675.

Floor Junior Avery Gee and Mariesah Pierce each scored 9.750's on their floor routines to tie for second place.Next Up - Friday, Feb. 19, Cal at WashingtonAfter an off week next week, California begins their marathon rest-of-the-season roadtrip, heading to Seattle for a dual meet on Friday, Feb. 19 against the No. 24 Washington Huskies.

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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