No. 25 Bears (10-4) Place Second at UNO Classic

Feb. 28, 2003

Tempe, Ariz. - The Cal women's gymnastics team (10-4, 1-4, Pac-10) completed another historic performance this evening at the inaugural UNO Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ. The Bears finished in second-place behind No. 4 Arizona State (197.825), but claimed its third highest ever team score (196.100) to finish ahead of third-place Rutgers (193.125).

The Bears finished in second place in all four events, but did manage to claim some personal victories. The 196.100 marked the third highest team total of the season, but more importantly was the third record-setting performance of the year. After last week's record-setting 49.375 score on vault, the Bears responded by scoring a 49.275, good for the second best score at Cal all-time. Cal's floor performance was also of note as the Bears' mark of 49.275 tied a season high and places fourth all-time.

Individually, sophomore My-Lan Dodd recorded another career night, claiming two career-high marks and tying three. Her second-place finish in the all-around (39.675) not only shattered her previous career-high mark of 39.500 set last week vs. Washington, but places her in sole possession of the best score at Cal all-time. Additionally, Dodd's first-place finish on vault (9.950) set a career high and tied former Cal gymnast Kristen Smyth for the Cal record.

Also on vault, senior Janet McKnight finished in fourth place with a career-high 9.900 and freshman Monique Chang finished sixth (9.875).

On beam, sophomore Miho Maeda placed herself in the record books, claiming a share of first-place (9.950) while shattering her previous best mark and surpassing teammate Stephanie Kim's school record of 9.925. Dodd tied her personal vault best (9.900) for a sixth-place finish and sophomore Adrienne Garcia claimed ninth-place with a career-high 9.775.

Cal returns to action Friday, March 7, as it hosts Pac-10 opponent Arizona at Haas Pavilion. Competition time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Team Scores: 1. Arizona State 197.825; 2. California 196.100; 3. Rutgers 193.125.

All-Around: 1. Ashley Ellsberry (ASU), 9.975; 2. Ashley Kelly (ASU) 9.950; 3. My-Lan Dodd (Cal) 9.925.

Vault: 1. (tie) Maggie Germaine (ASU), My-Lan Dodd (Cal) 9.950; 3. Cassidy Vreeke (ASU) 9.925.

Bars: 1. Ashley Ellsberry (ASU) 9.975; 2. Ashley Kelly (ASU) 9.950; 3. My-Lan Dodd (Cal) 9.925

Beam: 1. (tie) Ashley Ellsberry (ASU), Maggie Germaine (ASU), Ashley Kelly (ASU), Miho Maeda (Cal) 9.950

Floor: 1. Ashley Ellsberry (ASU) 9.975; 2. (tie) Maggie Germaine (ASU), Ashley Kelly (ASU) 9.950

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