Women's Gymnastics Host the No. 17 Arizona Wildcats

Feb. 27, 2007

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The California Golden Bear women's gymnastics team will host No. 17 Arizona on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. (PT), in Haas Pavilion. Last weekend, Cal finished third behind No. 6 UCLA (196.250) and No. 13 Denver (193.700), but picked up its first victory of the season against Cal State Fullerton (191.925). The Bears posted an overall score of 192.450.

Live stats will be available on www.CalBears.com during the meet.

The Golden Bears are not ranked. Cal did receive votes in the Troster Preseason Coaches poll. About the rankings: Unlike other rankings, college gymnastics rankings are not based on wins or losses or votes. The teams are ranked by their meet scores alone.

After one of their best performances last week against Washington, the California women's gymnastics team kept up the pace, but finished third behind No. 6 UCLA (196.250) and then-No. 11 Denver (193.700). However, the Bears did defeat Cal State Fullerton, 192.450-191.925, picking up their first victory of the season in Los Angeles. Sophomore Bridgette Glass competed in the all-around competition for the first time in her Cal career. Glass posted a team-best all-around score of 38.950. The Oakley native notched career-highs on the vault (9.825) and bars (9.850). She also collected a 9.725 on the beam and a 9.550 on the floor. Glass placed fourth in the competition. Cal recorded their season-best vault score of 48.875 in the quad-meet. Three Bears notched their career best in the event. Senior Isabel Garcia (9.875), junior Allison Szutu (9.850) and Glass (9.825). Besides on the vault, Szutu also put together solid performances on the bars (9.625) and the floor (9.625). On the bars, sophomore Lydia Williams scored her season-best mark of 9.825 in the event.

The 17th-ranked Wildcats enter Friday's meet with a 5-2 overall record, and 3-2 Pac-10 record. Arizona is 15th nationally on the vault, 22nd on the bars, 20th on the beam and 12th on the floor. The Gymcats are led by junior Karin Wurm. She hosted her best performance in the all-around against Oregon State where she tallied a 39.300. In that same meet she notched her career high on the bars of 9.925.

The Golden Bears tallied their best score on the vault since the 2004 season, at the UCLA quad meet this past weekend. Cal posted a 48.875 in the event. Three Golden Bears notched their career highs. Isabel Garcia is vaulting closer to 9.9, as she scored a 9.875 in Los Angeles. Junior Allison Szutu collected a career high of 9.850, her previous career high was 9.675, set twice in 2005. Sophomore Bridgette Glass also scored her career high in the quad meet, with her score of 9.825.

For the first time in her career sophomore Bridgette Glass competed in the all-around competition in the UCLA quad-meet. She had a solid performance posting a career-best 38.950 in the event. Glass finished fourth in the competition. The Oakley, Calif., native tallied a career-high on the vault 9.825, the bars (9.850) and on the floor (9.550). It was Glass' first attempt in live competition on the floor. A week earlier against Washington she posted her career-high 9.800 on the beam.

Senior Isabel Garcia has posted over a 9.700 on the vault in her last 13 consecutive competitions. This dates back to last year's meet against UCLA, Sacramento State, UC Davis on Feb. 10, when Garcia notched at 9.750. Garcia this past weekend in the UCLA quad meet inched closer to a 9.9 in the event. The Fair Oaks, Calif., native, notched a 9.875, to finish fourth place.

Against Washington, Cal produced its highest team score since last season's San Jose State victorious score of 194.275. The Bears' team vault score of 48.775 was the highest since the 2004 NCAA Regional, in which Cal scored a 49.200. The floor score, Cal tabulated this past weekend was the highest score since its 2004 meet against Ball State, in which the Bears posted a 49.125. The team also notched its season highs on the bars (48.225) and the beam (47.225); both scores are the highest since last year's Pac-10 Championships.

Junior Siobhan Luce scored a career-high 38.925 in the all-around competition against Washington. The native of Reno, Nev., previously had posted her season-highest all-around score of 38.600 at the beginning of February against Stanford. Last season against San Jose State, Luce set her career high of 38.725 in the all-around. This past weekend against the Huskies, Luce not only set her career high in the all-around, but also on the vault, scoring a 9.850 and finishing second. She also posted her season best on the beam (9.675) and on the floor (9.700). Against the Cardinal this year, Luce scored season highs on the bars (9.775), beam (9.675) and floor (9.600), in conjunction to also posting a 9.550 on the vault. This was the first time Luce had competed in the all-around competition this season.

Against Washington, senior Justine Cephus set her career high on the floor. The Los Angeles native scored a 9.800 on the floor. Cephus previously set her career high of 9.725 against Stanford; she seems to shine on the floor against the Cardinal, as her previous career high of 9.700 was set last season against Stanford. She has continued to showcased her talent with a team-high 9.700 on the floor at the UNO's Classic.

Junior Allison Szutu continued to showcase her talents during the UCLA quad meet. The 5-3 Castro Valley product set her career high of 9.850 on the vault. Her previous career high was set against Washington of 9.775 and before that she knocked off her career high of 9.675 that was set in her freshman season (2005) at San Jose State, against the Spartans and Stanford. Szutu also for the first time since her freshman season competed on the bars against the Huskies and at the UCLA quad meet. At the UCLA quad meet she scored a 9.625 and against Washington she notched a 9.700 in her first attempt since March 26, 2005 (when she scored a 9.650 in the Pac-10 Championships).

Sophomore Jessica Kelley made her debut in the all around since the Oregon State meet in which she notched her season-best score of 38.625. The Los Altos native posted a 38.450 in her second attempt in the all-around against Washington. In a flawless routine Kelley matched her career high on the floor of 9.850 against the Huskies. She also recorded her season best on the vault (9.650) and beam (9.675). In her season-best all-around performance against the Beavers, Kelley posted a 9.475 on the vault, tallied a 9.650 on both the bars and beam, and set her career high of 9.850 on the floor.

In November, head coach Cari DuBois announced the signing of Stefanie Cheng (San Jose, Calif./Saint Francis High School) and Avery Gee (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos High School). Both will attend the University of California in the fall of 2007.

In her fifth year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has already reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 35-45 record at Cal. Also she was named the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the year and the 2003 West Regional Coach of the Year. In her short tenure, DuBois has guided the Bears to their first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Cal team to its highest NCAA Regional finish (fourth) since 1992. A year later, Cal finished fifth at the NCAA Regional, the program's best back-to-back postseason showings since 1991-92. Prior to coming to Berkeley, DuBois worked as an assistant for nine years (six at West Virginia and three at Cal under Alfie Mitchell). DuBois also has spent time instructing and choreographing routines at several gymnastics camps and clubs nationwide. DuBois graduated from Ball State in 1992 with a degree in exercise science and wellness and holds a master's degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia. Scott Ryan, in his second year at Cal, was hired in August 2005 to assist DuBois. Ryan served as the director and head coach at Aztec Gymnastics in San Diego, Calif., prior to his hiring at Cal. While at Aztec Gymnastics, Ryan led his teams to 33 state and regional championships in the state of California and national championships in both the United States and Mexico. Also, 18 of his gymnasts earned college gymnastics scholarships. Mike Lynch, is in his first year as a volunteer coach for the Golden Bears.

The Golden Bears will stay at home for senior night against Penn and Air Force, on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. (PT) in Haas Pavilion.

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