No. 26 Bears (7-2, 0-2) Hit the Road to Face No. 9 Oregon State
Feb. 11, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: Fresh off a school-record performance in last week's quad meet, the California women's gymnastics team (7-2, 0-2 Pac-10) hits the road for its sixth meet of the season, as the Bears travel to Corvallis, Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m., to face Oregon State in Gill Coliseum. Cal faces a stiff challenge as the Beavers hold a 33-2 all-time record over the Bears.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Off to its best start since the 1996 squad opened the season 7-2, Cal posted a school-record 196.375 in the overall team competition at the Cal Invitational, besting the previous all-time high 196.075 set against Stanford nearly two years ago (2/18/01). Against CSU Fullerton, Boise State and UC Davis, the Bears received a first-place nod in every event, with sophomore My-Lan Dodd taking three first place finishes, including the individual all-around. Cal won all four events in the victory, setting a school-record score on the beam (49.175) and a third place all-time mark on the bars (49.250).
SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers enter this week as the ninth ranked team in the nation, led by junior Tanya Ricioli who is 23rd in the nation with an average all-around of 39.242. Oregon State is fresh off a 196.325- 195.750 victory over No. 6 Arizona State.
BEARS ON BARS: After three weeks of competition, the Bears rank No. 18 in the nation on the uneven parallel bars with a 48.680 average. The 49.250 high mark at the Cal Invitational shattered the 48.850 score tallied at the Bruin Classic in week two. Dodd holds the Cal season record on the bars with her 9.925 score in the Cal Invitational, good for a career high.
TOP 50: With its No. 26 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. 28 on floor (48.800), No. 34 on vault (48.435) and No. 37 on the beam (48.210).
IN THE POLLS: After checking in at No. 32 in the nation following four weeks of competition, the Bears jumped six spots to No. 26 after this past weekend's quad meet vs. Boise State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis. Cal enters week six with a team average score of 194.125. 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, behind UCLA (No. 1), Arizona State (No. 7), Stanford (No. 8), Oregon State (No. 9), Arizona (No. 13) and Washington (No. 14).
MAGNIFICENT MIHO: Sophomore Miho Maeda has been a bright spot for the 2003 Bears, steadily improving with each coming week. For the third consecutive week, she beat her career-best scores in both the beam and the bars, scoring a 9.875 and 9.800, respectively at the Cal Invitational.
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES: After an impressive showing at the Cal Invitational, several Cal gymnasts are ranked in the Top 100 in individual events. Freshman Monique Chang leads the pack, checking in at No. 37 on the vault with a 9.840 average. Chang's season high on the vault is a 9.900, good for second place on the team. Other notables include on bars, Janet McKnight (No. 60) and Dodd (No. 77), on beam, Karissa Chock (No. 54) and on floor, Stephanie Kim (No. 71).
YOUNG CUBS: The 2003 freshmen class is certainly making its mark on the Bears' squad. Monique Chang leads the team on the vault with her team-high 9.900 score against Boise State, is tied for the lead on the floor (9.900), and second on the bars (9.900). Britani Pittullo's all-around mark of 39.050 at the Cal Invitational places her second on the team. Anja Garcia has been solid as well, participating in all five meets on the beam and three on the vault.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS, PART 2: In the Cal Invitational this past week, the Bears established two team records and 11 personal career highs. Dodd (3), Chang (2), Maeda (2), Kim (2), Chock and Pittullo all tallied personal bests.