Women's Gym Heads to NCAA West Regionals
April 2, 2001
BERKELEY - California (15-16, 3-11 in Pac-10) qualified for the 2001 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regional competition last week. The Bears, placed in the West Region, join 35 other teams in six different regions for postseason play. No. 1 UCLA hosts Cal along with No. 11 BYU, No. 13 Oregon State, Boise State and Cal State Fullerton.
After a two-year absence from the postseason, Cal makes its thirteenth all-time appearance in the NCAA postseason. This marks the second time the Bears have made the NCAA Regionals as a team during head coach Trina Tinti's tenure. In her first season at Cal, Tinti guided the gymnasts to a sixth place finish at the west regionals.
The Bears head into the NCAAs after a bittersweet performance in the Pac-10 Championships. Cal finished last in the seven-team event despite a record-breaking day.
The team's final score of 193.750 reveals little in the Bears performance at the meet. Among the four events, Cal set all-time highs on two of them. Also, numerous gymnasts had season and career highs.
Led by sophomore Janet McKnight, who set a career high of 9.875, Cal tallied a mark of 49.125 on the vault to shatter the old team record of 49.025. On the floor, Lindsay Baker, Katreece Stone and Pari Olver scored 9.900's to boost the team score to a school record, 49.375.
Individually, Baker rewrote many of her personal records. Along with the 9.900 on the floor, the junior did well on the vault (9.875) and the all-around with a team-best, 39.250. Freshman Karissa Chock received a career high, 9.825 score on the floor and sophomore Jarmin Yeh set a career high with a 9.475 on the beam.
The Gymnasts: These are the updated bios for each athlete that will participate at the NCAA Regionals in Los Angeles.
Senior Co-Captain (AA), Pari Olver, 5-4, Minneapolis, MNHas been a consistent performer in her last season at Cal. Recorded an all-around score of 39 or better in five consecutive meets (Feb. 9 - Mar. 4) ... on the vault, set a career high of 9.825, Feb. 23 at Arizona State ... on the floor, set a career high, 9.925, matching it two other times, most recently at the UCLA Classic (Mar.4) ... top five all-time scorer on bars (second), beam (first), floor (second) and all-around (first).
Junior Lindsay Baker (AA), 5-4, Los Altos Hills, CAEmerged midway through the year as an all-around competitor ... recorded a career-best 9.875 on the vault at the Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 24 ... on the beam, earned a 9.850 at San Jose State, Mar. 16 ...scored a 9.900 on the floor twice this season, most recently at the Pac-10 Championships (Mar. 24).
Sophomore, Lisa Arnold (V, FX), 5-0, Marina, CAVault and floor specialist ... season average of 9.711 on both events ... set career high on vault with a 9.925 against Stanford, Feb. 18 ... recorded a personal best, 9.825, against Washington and UC Davis, Feb. 9.
Sophomore, Monique Johnson (V, FX), 5-3, San Diego, CACame on strong late in the season scoring a 9.7 or better in four straight meets including the Pac-10 Championships ... set career high this year on the vault (9.750) on two occasions, most recently at the Pac-10 Championships ... floor average of 9.717 ... personal high on the event with a 9.825 versus Stanford, Feb. 18.
Sophomore co-captain,Carrie Kreifels (AA), 5-3, Omaha, NEConsistent all-around performer with an RQS of 39.135 ... on the bars, received a score of 9.800 or better in every meet but one. In one stretch, went six consecutive meets scoring 9.850 or better ... a 9.850 career high score on the vault set at ASU on Feb. 23 ...on the bars, recorded a 9.900 at UC Davis (Feb. 25) ... totaled a 39.200 against Washington and UC Davis (Feb. 9) and at UC Davis (Mar. 10) ... all-around score ties for third best all-time in Cal history.
Sophomore, Janet McKnight (V, B, FX), 5-4, Lafayette, CAHer strong suit is the vault ... scored a 9.825 or better in nine of 13 meets culminating the 2001 regular season with a career best of 9.875 at the Pac-10 Championships (Mar. 24) ... averaged a 9.665 on the vault with a season high of 9.825 at UC Davis (Feb. 25) ...on the floor, record a career best, 9.825 against Washington and UC Davis (Feb. 9).
Redshirt-Freshman, Katreece Stone (UB, BB, FX), 5-0, South San Francisco, CAAlthough out with an injury in the middle of the season, she battled back on the beam and the floor ... hit her beam routines to earn a 9.900 in her last meet before being sidelined, versus Arizona (Jan. 21) and again in her first meet back from injuries at ASU (Feb. 23) ... on the floor, set personal best with a 9.925 against UC Davis (Mar. 10) to place her as the second all-time scorer in the event, tied with Pari Olver and Mindy Ornellas.
Redshirt-Freshman, Jarmin Yeh (UB, BB), 4-11, Bethesda, MDMissed the first five meets this year, but was pressed into service with the team battling the injury bug ... scored a career high of 9.650 at ASU (Feb. 23) ...at the Pac-10 Championships (Mar. 24), scored a 9.475 on the beam for a new event high.
Freshman, Karissa Chock (BB, FX), 5-4, Huntington Beach, CAWas injured for most of the season, but came back towards the latter part of the year and performed well as a true freshman ... set a high on the beam recording a 9.750 at San Jose State (Mar. 16) ... helped the team tally a Cal all-time record score on the floor exercise at the Pac-10 Championships (Mar. 24) contributing with her own high of 9.825.
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.
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