Bears Host Quad Meet with Fullerton, Boise St. & UC Davis

Feb. 4, 2003

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WHAT'S ON TAP: The California women's gymnastics team (4-2, 0-2) returns home for its second home meet of the season, as the Bears host a quad meet with Boise State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis, Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.

A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: The Bears' 195.400 mark against Boise State is the highest team score since a 195.575 set against UC Davis on Feb. 25, 2001. Freshman Britani Pittullo led all Bears, winning the all-around with a career-high 38.825. Cal teammate My-Lan Dodd took second place, tying her season high with a 38.800. Cal took three of the four events, losing only on the bars rotation. On the vault, freshman Monique Chang claimed first with a career-high 9.9 and senior tri-captain Janet McKnight finished second with a 9.775. On beam, the Bears seized the top two spots and three of the top four. Dodd and sophomore Lauren Shipp tied for first with 9.875s, both marks good for season high scores. Maeda nabbed fourth place with her career-high 9.750. Cal notched its best team mark of the evening and season on floor, besting Boise State 49.100 to 49.050. Cal finished third through fifth on the floor, as Chang set a career-high 9.875 for third place while Stephanie Kim and Pittullo also set career-highs (9.850) to finish tied for fourth.

SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON: The Titans are currently the 39th ranked team in the nation, led by senior Kelly Mathiasen. Mathiasen currently holds a No. 38 ranking in the all-around with a 39.075 average, and a No. 17 ranking on the beam with a 9.881 average.

SCOUTING UC DAVIS: The Aggies enter this week as the No. 54 team in the nation with a team average of 190.875. Senior All-American Flora Bare leads Davis, placing No. 73 in the all-around with an average score of 38.775. Cal owns a 21-1 all-time advantage over the Aggies.

SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos (0-5) enter this week as the 34th ranked team in the nation, with a team average score of 193.437. Against Cal this past weekend, Boise State posted its highest team mark of the season with a 194.875. Sophomore Carla Chambers leads the Broncos, as her 38.825 all-around average places her at No. 67 in the nation.

BEARS ON THE BARS: After three weeks of competition, the Bears rank No. 24 in the nation on the uneven parallel bars with a 48.537 average. 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. Dodd holds the Cal season record on the bars with her 9.900 score against Boise State, good for a first place tie.

TOP-50: With its No. 32 national ranking, the Bears are also rated in the Top 50 in every team event. In addition to the team-high ranking on bars, Cal enters this weekend at No. 31 on floor (48.681), No. 34 on vault (48.375) and No. 42 on the beam (47.969).

IN THE POLLS: After checking in at No. 39 in the nation following three weeks of competition, the Bears jumped seven spots to No. 32 after this past weekend's meet vs. Boise State. Cal enters week five with a team average score of 193.562. In arguably the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts six teams in the Top 15. Among the Pac-10 teams, the Golden Bears are currently in seventh place, following UCLA (No. 3), Arizona State (No. 6), Stanford (No. 8), Oregon State (No. 9), Arizona (No. 10) and Washington (No. 13).

IMPROVING ON THE BEAM: A week after a disappointing performance and season-low 46.950 on the beam against Stanford, the Bears rebounded with an exceptional showing against Boise State. Entering the beam competition the Broncos led by 0.150, but Cal won the event 48.850 - 48.225 with a season-high mark of 48.850.

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

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