No. 18 Bears (12-5, 2-4) Place Seventh at Pac-10 Championships

March 29, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - The California women's gymnastics team (12-5, 2-4) finished in seventh place at this evening's Pac-10 Championships at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, but took solace in recording several exceptional individual performances. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd captured seventh place in the all-around competition.

Three-time defending champion and the nation's current No. 1 squad, UCLA, was crowned conference champions with a 198.175 overall finish. Bay Area rival No.7 Stanford took the silver with a 197.700 all-around performance while No. 3 Arizona State coasted into third place with a 197.075

For the Bears, the 195.925 team score was the seventh highest in school history, but it was not enough to challenge the excellence that the Pac-10 has to offer. Sophomore My-Lan Dodd continued to post impressive scores to lead the Golden Bears, scoring a 39.500 in all-around competition to place 7th overall. Her all-around finish tied her current third-best score in California history, set earlier this year in upset of Washington (2/21). Dodd finished tied for 7th on the bars (9.900), 9th on floor with a career-best 9.925, 11th on beam and tied with teammate Lauren Shipp for 22nd place on the vault. Shipp also added a personal best score on beam (9.875) in a tie for 11th place.

The floor exercise turned out to be the Bears' mainstay in the competition. Besides recording the third-best team mark in school history (49.275), several Cal individuals turned in career performances. In addition to Dodd's ninth-place finish, freshman Britani Pittullo claimed a share of 13th place with a career-tying mark of 9.900. Senior Janet McKnight (9.850) and sophomore Miho Maeda (9.800) both tallied personal bests.

Cal suffered its lowest score of the evening on the beam with a 48.775, last place among all teams. Maeda did however claim a tie for ninth place with an impressive 9.900. Pittullo placed 25th with a 9.800.

Freshman Monique Chang was a Top 15 finisher in both the bars and vault, the only two events in which she competed. While she did not record any personal bests, Chang finished tied for 8th on the vault (9.875) and 13th on bars (9.875).

The Bruins captured the overall team title in every event with the exception of the beam, which Stanford claimed with a score of 49.500. UCLA's Kate Richardson (39.825) and Jeanette Antolin (39.700) finished in first and second place, respectively, in the all-around to pace the Bruins. Richardson also tied for first place on floor while Antolin nabbed first place on vault, both with perfect 10.0s. Stanford's Lindsay Wang claimed first on beam with a 9.975 and Oregon State's Elizabeth Jillson and Washington's Carly Dockendorf tied for first on bars (10.00).

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The Bears will next compete in the Regional Championships two weeks from tonight, April 12, at a site and time to be determined.


VAULT: 8. (tie) Monique Chang, 9.875; 22. (tie) My-Lan Dodd, Lauren Shipp 9.800; 36. Karissa Chock 9.725; 37. (tie) Britani Pittullo, Janet McKnight 9.675.

BARS: 7. (tie) My-Lan Dodd 9.900; 13. (tie) Monique Chang 9.875; 24. (tie) Stephanie Kim 9.800; 36. (tie) Miho Maeda 9.725; 38. Janet McKnight 9.700; 42. Karissa Chock 8.900.

BEAM: 9. (tie) Miho Maeda 9.900; 11. (tie) My-Lan Dodd, Lauren Shipp 9.875; 25. (tie) Britani Pittullo 9.800; 38. (tie) Stephanie Kim 9.325; 42. Adrienne Garcia 9.050.

FLOOR: 9. (tie) My-Lan Dodd 9.925; 13. (tie) Britani Pittullo 9.900; 25. (tie) Janet McKnight 9.850; 33. (tie) Karissa Chock, Miho Maeda 9.800; 36. Stephanie Kim 9.750.

ALL-AROUND: 7. My-Lan Dodd 39.500.

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