No. 17 Cal (11-4, 2-4) Enters Season's Final Stretch vs. Aggies

March 11, 2003

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UP NEXT: The 17th-ranked California women's gymnastics team (11-4, 2-4, Pac-10) will face UC Davis in the Bears' next to last scheduled competition of the season Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Recreation Hall in Davis, CA. The Bears own a 23-1 all-time advantage over the Aggies, including 2-0 this season.

ABOUT THE BEARS: Cal claimed its second Pac-10 victory of the year with a 196.800-195.800 upset victory over then-ranked No. 18 Arizona. The Bears' 196.800 not only eclipsed the Wildcats by a full point, but also established a new school-record - the fourth time the squad has completed that feat this season. Cal's My-Lan Dodd claimed first place in the all-around with a new Cal record score of 39.575, as well as placing first in 2 of the 4 events. For the second time this season, the Bears recorded a new Cal record score on the balance beam, besting the earlier mark of 49.175 (2/9/03) with a 49.250. Dodd's beam score of 9.950 claimed first place honors, but importantly tied teammate Miho Maeda for the top score at Cal all-time. On floor, freshman Monique Chang tallied a 9.925, good for a second place tie and the second best score in Cal history.

ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST: Cal's My-Lan Dodd has had a breakout sophomore season, recording career-high marks in every individual event including the all-around. The Seattle, WA native now owns at least a share of first place in Cal's record books on the vault (9.950) and beam (9.950), and third-place on bars (9.900) and floor (9.900). This season, Dodd has broken her own Cal record four times in the individual all-around, most recently besting her school record 39.500 with a 39.675 against Arizona State (2/28). Nationally, Dodd has put Cal on the gymnastics map, hitting the charts at No. 17 on the bars with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 9.890 and No. 35 in the all-around with a RQS of 39.220. In the Pac-10, arguably one of the strongest conferences in the country, Dodd checks in at No. 8 in the conference on the bars and No. 12 in the all-around.

STORYBOOK SEASON: Cal has broken three team records in this historic season and claimed third-place marks on the bars and floor. Against Washington and Sacramento St. (2/21), the Bears established a new Cal team record on the vault with a 49.375 mark - besting the previous all-time high of 49.125. On the balance beam, the Golden Bears edged out the previous school record of 49.150 with a 49.175 set at the Cal Invitational (2/9), and then outdid themselves once again vs. Arizona with a 49.250 (3/7). In the all-around, the 2003 squad has beaten the previous all-time record four times this year. The current team record of 196.800 was tallied vs. Arizona March 7, while the other three were posted vs. Washington State Feb. 21 (196.475), Feb. 9 at the Cal Invitational (196.375) and Feb. 28 at the UNO Classic (196.100).

TOP 25: With its No. 17 national ranking, Cal currently holds its highest standing of the year - up four spots from last week's No. 22 showing. The team average score of 195.780 is good for the No. 5 slot in the West Region, as the top seven schools advance to next month's regional competition in Seattle. Additionally, Cal is ranked in the Top 25 nationally in every team event, including a team-high No. 19 on the bars. According to the RQS, the Bears check in at No. 21 on the beam (48.780), No. 23 on vault (48.895) and No. 25 on floor (49.095)

IN THE PAC-10: In arguably the most competitive conference in the country, the Pac-10 boasts all seven of its teams on the nation's Top 20 chart. The Bears solidify the No. 17 slot and for the first time this year have moved from last place in the conference in four of the five events. The rest of the Pac-10 is as follows: UCLA (No. 1), Arizona State (No. 2), Stanford (No. 6), Oregon State (No. 10), Washington (No. 12) and Arizona (No. 18).

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: Last Friday evening's meet vs. Arizona will be televised via Fox Sports Bay Area on Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to check out Barry Tompkins and Cathy Johnson Clarke calling the action in the Bears' upset victory over the Wildcats.

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