Cal (3-1) Tackles No. 10 Stanford in First Home Meet of Season

Jan. 21, 2003

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WHAT'S ON TAP: The California women's gymnastics team (3-1, 0-1) returns home, after competing on the road for the first two meets of the season, to face the Stanford Cardinal (3-1, 1-0), Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. The meet celebrates alumnae weekend as former Cal gymnasts will be in attendance.

A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: Cal completed its first quad meet of the season this past weekend, competing against No. 1 UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The Bruins swept the competition (198.275), scoring three perfect 10s and taking the top three spots in every rotation. The Bears finished with a strong second place showing (192.950), while Cal State Fullerton (191.525) and UC Davis (189.675) finished third and fourth, respectively. For the second meet in a row, junior tri-captain Stephanie Kim highlighted the competition for the Bears, scoring a career-best 9.650 mark on the vault. Kim's 38.325 score in the all-around placed her sixth overall while tying a personal best mark set against San Jose State in 2001. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd improved from the first meet of the season, capturing season-high scores in three events as well as the all-around (38.550) - good for a fifth place finish. As a team, Cal improved its scores on the vault and bars rotations from week one, but dropped in the beam and floor events.

SCOUTING STANFORD: The No. 10 Cardinal is coming off a tough loss at the hands of the No. 8 Denver Pioneers over the weekend. After taking the Maui Invitational title over Arizona State, New Hampshire and San Jose State on Jan. 4, Stanford lost for the first time in eight career meetings with the Pioneers - for its first loss of the season. Coming off its first ever appearance in the NCAA Super Six in 2002, second-year head coach Kristen Smyth has the Cardinal looking to repeat last season's success. A trio of returning All-Americans in juniors Kendall Beck, Lise Leveille and Lindsay Wing lead the squad. Beck is currently ranked third in the nation in the vault event, posting a career-high 9.950 mark against Denver. Leveille is among the nation's leaders in the all-around (22nd - 39.400) and balance beam (5th - 9.950) rotations through two weeks of competition.

BEARS ON THE BARS: After two weeks of competition, the Bears rank No. 23 in the nation on the uneven parallel bars. The 48.850 high mark at the Bruin Classic shattered the 47.900 score tallied against Sacramento State in the first meet of the year. Freshman Monique Chang and sophomore Dodd have both posted a team-high 9.850 in the event this season, placing them in a tie for fifth place on Cal's all-time list.

TOP-100: Kim and Dodd currently rank in the nation's Top 100 in the all-around, with Kim checking in at No. 71 and Dodd at No. 95. Kim's high mark of 38.800 was set against Sacramento State and Dodd's 38.550 was posted at the Bruin Classic.

IN THE POLLS: After checking in at No. 25 in the nation following the first week of competition, the Bears dropped nine spots to No. 34 after this past weekend's Bruin Classic. In arguably the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts five teams in the Top 15. Among the Pac-10 teams, the Golden Bears are currently in sixth place, following UCLA (No. 1), Arizona State (No. 3), Stanford (No. 10), Oregon State (No. 13) and Arizona (No. 15).

CHALK TALK: After a brief awards session immediately following the conclusion of the Stanford meet, the Golden Bear gymnasts will be available for up to one hour for autograph sessions. The function will take place in the Club Room at Haas Pavilion. Follow posted signs for directions.

DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER: Starting this season, you can catch your favorite Cal gymnastics action for free. There will be no admission charged for any men's/women's gymnastics events this year.

YOUNG CUBS: This 2003 freshman class is certainly making its mark on the Bears' squad. Monique Chang leads the team in the vault event (9.850) and is tied for the team lead on the bars (9.850). Britani Pittullo's 9.825 on the floor exercise leads the squad while Anja Garcia is tied for the team lead on the beam (9.775).

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