No. 23 Women's Gymnastics Visits San Jose State
March 12, 2001
BERKELEY - A LOOK BACK: Cal (14-9) notched two more victories toward the win column last week in defeating UC Davis and Seattle Pacific. The Bears score of 194.700 was more than enough to overcome the Aggies' 192.375 and the Falcons' 189.925.
Sophomore co-captain Carrie Kreifels had a big night tying a career high all-around score of 39.200. She also tied a career high on the bars scoring 9.900 for the evening.
Red-Shirt freshman Katreece Stone and true freshman Karissa Chock set new personal highs in the triangular meet. On the floor, Stone received a 9.925 on her way to first place in the event. Senior Pari Olver followed her in second place scoring a 9.875. Chock also set a new high on the floor with a mark of 9.650.
Sophomore Janet McKnight set a season high of 9.800 on the bars tying teammate Olver for second place on the event. Kreifels finished at the top-spot on the bars (9.900).
RIDING THE RANKINGS ROLLER COASTER: Unfortunately after the first place effort last Saturday, one would assume that the Bears would rise in the rankings, but for the second straight week, Cal was bumped down four-spots. The Bears, who last week was ranked No. 19, dropped to No. 23. Cal shifted spots two weeks ago in the national rankings dropping four-spots to No. 19. Cal has been as high as No. 12 and as low as No. 25 in the rankings. The Bears started off the season unranked, but has attained a Top 25 position seven out of the last nine weeks this season. The national ranking is based on a team's and an all-around competitor's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Cal is also among the best in the country, event by event. The Bears are ranked 21st in the nation on the beam with an RQS of 48.740 led by Stone who has an individual RQS of 9.860 placing her 25th nationally. Cal ranks No. 18 on the vault, a team best, with a 48.582. On the bars, the Bears have a qualifying score of 48.795, good for 24th in the country. Lastly, Cal is 20th on the floor (RQS of 49.135) with Olver stacking up as the 19th best individual performer on the event. The floor squad boasts the highest team score for Cal at 49.135 up .020 point from last week.
AROUND THE PAC: The No. 1 team in the country is also the top team in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA remains the best squad in the land with an RQS of 197.465. The Bruins also lead the conference in all for events and boast the top individual gymnasts in three of the four categories.
No. 4 Stanford has been chasing UCLA all season long with an excellent qualifying score of 196.825. The Cards are second in the conference as a team in three of four events with the exception being the third ranked floor squad. Rounding out the rest of the Pac-10 standings, Arizona State (196.490) is in third place, followed by Oregon State (195.705) and at the No. 5 and 6-spot are Washington (195.235) and Arizona (195.190), respectively. Cal is in 7th place, just 0.060 points behind the Wildcats.
WHAT'S AHEAD: Cal travels to San Jose State for the second time this year. In their last meeting at the Silicon Valley Gymnastics Classic, the Bears prevailed with a score of 194.400 beating Oklahoma (194.025), host San Jose St. (191.975) and Arizona (190.775). The Spartans (7-5) won their dual meet last Friday versus Seattle Pacific, 194.900-191.450. Cal is 17-5 all-time versus SJSU.
INJURY REPORT: Sophomore Genine Ishino will be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Junior Kristine Kaibara who did not participate last weekend is also doubtful for Friday's meet with a knee injury. Freshman Stephanie Kim, who has been hampered by a bad back, will be out indefinitely.
THE COACHES: Head coach Trina Tinti is in her fourth season with the Golden Bears and has a 25-36 career record. During her tenure at Cal, nine different records (six team, three individual) were broken. In Tinti's third year, the Bears broke the team record of 194.325 four separate times with the new mark being just shy of 196 at 195.975. This year, the Bears overtook that record as Cal posted a 196.075 on Feb. 18 against No. 5 Stanford. Former Cal gymnast Jennifer Bialosky is in her third year on Tinti's staff, first year as an assistant coach.