No. 17 Cal (12-4, 2-4) Travels to San Jose State for Final Meet
March 18, 2003
UP NEXT: After suffering through a 5-9 record in 2002, the California women's gymnastics team is off to its best start since 1994. The 17th-ranked Bears (12-4, 2-4, Pac-10) complete their storybook regular season this weekend, March 21 vs. San Jose State at 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Gym. The Bears have rewritten nearly every individual and team category in the Cal record book this year, including breaking the previous all-around record four times.
ABOUT THE BEARS: Cal claimed its 12th victory of the year this past weekend with a 195.925-190.850 victory over UC Davis. The Bears, who defeated the Aggies for the third time this season and 24th time in the last 25 meetings, recorded the third-best balance beam score in school history (49.150). Cal's My-Lan Dodd claimed first place in the all-around for the fourth consecutive meet, recording her fourth best score this season (39.475). The sophomore also posted two first place finishes on bars and beam, and two second place scores on vault and floor. Junior Stephanie Kim scored the high mark of the evening, posting a career-high 9.925 on the floor to not only win the event, but tie her for the second best score in school history with freshman Monique Chang. On the vault, Chang led her five teammates in taking the top six spots in the event as they recorded a tie for the third best vault score in school history (49.125).
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. 22 on the bars with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 9.895 and No. 24 in the all-around with a RQS of 39.355. In the Pac-10, arguably one of the strongest conferences in the country, Dodd checks in at No. 9 in the conference on the bars and No. 9 in the all-around.
STORYBOOK SEASON: Cal has broken three team records in this historic season and claimed a second-place mark on the floor and third on the bars. 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 for the second week in a row, Cal currently holds its highest standing of the year. The team RQS of 196.055 is good for the No. 5 slot in the West Region, with the top seven schools advancing 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. 18 on beam. According to the RQS, the Bears check in at No. 22 on the bars (48.985) and No. 23 on both vault (48.995) and floor (49.140)
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 up 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. 3), Stanford (No. 8), Oregon State (No. 11), Washington (No. 13) and Arizona (No. 19).
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT: This season's freshmen class is making its mark. Perhaps one of the brightest spots on this year's squad, freshman Monique Chang has been a consistent fixture in the lineup, competing in every meet this year. The native of Fairfax Station, VA currently holds a tie for the best mark in school history on the vault (9.950) and second-place on the floor (9.925). Her 9.872 overall vault average ranks her at No. 21 in the nation, No. 9 in the Pac-10 and No. 7 in the West Region.