No. 22 Bears (11-4, 2-4) Upset No. 18 Arizona in Pac-10 Meet
March 7, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The records keep on mounting. The Cal women's gymnastics team (11-4, 2-4, Pac-10) completed another historic performance this evening, posting its fourth Cal record score of the year, this time vs. No. 18 Arizona at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Bears all-around mark of 196.800 not only tops the school's all-time charts, but also was good for Cal's second Pac-10 victory of the season.
The Bears started out on the vault rotation and came out with the school's third all-time highest mark (49.125) and a 49.125-48.350 advantage over the Wildcats after one event. The Bears took the top three spots as Cal's My-Lan Dodd finished in first place tying her career high 9.950 set last week vs. Arizona State. Freshman Monique Chang finished second with a 9.9 and senior Janet McKnight tied her teammate with her own 9.9 in the last home meet of her career.
The second rotation saw the Bears and Wildcats swap events, as Cal moved to the uneven bars and Arizona to the vault. Chang and Arizona's Monica Bisordi tied for a first-place finish with 9.9s, while Dodd (9.875) and McKnight (9.850) finished third and fourth, respectively. Stephanie Kim's 9.825 was only good for a fifth-place finish, but more importantly was a season-high mark and tied her career-best score. After two events, the Bears held a commanding lead over the Cats, 98.350-97.325.
For the second time this season, Cal recorded a new school record score on the balance beam - this time with a 49.250. But at the same time, Arizona was busy tallying its highest mark of the night with a 49.325 and some excellent floor routines. After three rotations, the Wildcats had narrowed the margin to 147.600-146.650 with one event left to go. Again, Dodd took the top spot by matching her career high 9.950, tying her with teammate Miho Maeda for the best score at Cal all-time. Kim placed tied for second by matching her season high 9.900 and sophomore Adrienne Garcia also put in an exceptional performance, obliterating her personal-best score by tallying a 9.850 and a tie for fifth-place.
The last rotation was for all the marbles as the Bears took to the floor and the Cats hit the beam. Though Arizona's preceding floor routines were nothing short of spectacular, Cal hit the mats with all the fire and energy that they needed for the win. Arizona's Katie Johnson and Monica Bisordi finished in the floor event's top two spots, but Cal recorded a 49.300 floor performance - good for a second-place tie all-time. Chang's 9.925 was not only good for a second-place tie, but established a personal high and placed her second on Cal's all-time list. Kim's 9.900 routine finished fourth and tied her career-high while McKnight's 9.825 tied her career-high mark.
Cal edged Arizona in every event except for the floor and won the meet 196.800 - 195.800 for the upset victory and second Pac-10 win of the season.
The Bears return to action Friday, March 14 as the squad faces off against UC Davis at 7:30 p.m. in Davis, Calif.
Team Scores: 1. California 196.800; 2. Arizona 195.800