Cal Competes Friday in Final Quad Meet of Season

March 9, 2009


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The California Golden Bears are back in the Golden State, competing this Friday, March 13 in Sacramento against UC Davis, Seattle Pacific, and Sacramento State. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. This is the final meet for the Bears prior to the Pac-10 Championship at Stanford on March 21.

Michigan Trip- Western MichiganThe Bears faced some tough judging on the road at Western Michigan, earning their lowest team total since Jan. 16. The highlight of the meet was the Bear's performance on the bars. They earned their highest score of the season, a 47.550. It was the lone team event victory for Cal in the meet

Individual Success- Western MichiganThe Bears had two individuals earn the top marks in events in the meet. Sophomore Avery Gee tied for the top mark on the floor with a 9.775. It was the top score by a Cal gymnast in the meet. Junior Sophia Hocini earned the top score on the beam with a 9.700. Hocini also had two second place finishes, posting a 9.700 on the bars and a 9.725 on the vault. She tied for the top all-around score with a 38.825. Senior Joanna Bennett was second on the beam with a 9.675, giving the Bears both the first and second place individual in the event.

Michigan Trip- Michigan State, Ball StateThe Bears were back in action two days later, competing in a tri-meet in East Lansing. It was the first time this season the Bears competed in multiple meets in a weekend. The Bears posted their fourth highest team score of the season, 190.725. The Bears' top event was the floor where they earned a 48.425.

Career BestsFreshman Erica Varon had a very strong meet. Varon scored a career-high mark of 9.825 on the balance beam. This was her best score on the beam as well as the top mark she has received in any event her rookie season. It was the second highest mark of the year on the beam for the Bears. Varon also scored career bests on the bars and earned her highest all-around mark .

Season BestSenior Bridgette Glass earned a season-best 9.850 on her uneven bar routine, the top mark of the year for Glass. The mark earned Glass a tie for first in the event, the fifth time she has had the top mark in an event this season. Glass is averaging a 9.787 on the bars, ranking her No. 24 in the West Region. Glass owns the top mark of the season for the Bears in the vault (9.875) and the beam (9.850). She has not competed this year in the floor exercise. Avery Gee has the top score on the floor with a 9.850.

Scouting This Week's OpponentsThe Bears will face a pair of familiar opponents this week in Sacramento. The Bears opened the 2009 season facing UC Davis and Sacramento State and will now close the season by facing them again. Sacramento State won the opening tri-meet with a 191.975. UC Davis was second with a 190.250. The Bears were without Bridgette Glass in that meet.

Sacramento State currently ranks seventh in the West Region. UC Davis is ninth, Cal is tenth. Seattle Pacific is at the bottom of the West Region rankings, averaging 188.550 per meet. They have not posted a team score above 190.000 this season.

Did you know...Sophia Hocini is currently ranked No. 10 in the West Region with an average all-around score of 38.539. Her current national ranking is No. 69.

Up NextComing up for the Bears is the Pac-10 Championships, Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at Maples Pavilion at Stanford. The event gives the Cal gymnasts the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Sophia Hocini and Bridgette Glass both qualified last season for Regionals. The Bears finished fifth out of seven teams last year at the Pac-10 Championship.

Cal Inks Six Newcomers For 2010 The California women's gymnastics team has signed six recruits to National Letter of Intent for the 2010 season. Nicolette Lew (Chino Hills, Calif.) was a Level 10 national and regional qualifier in 2008 and 2007. As a national qualifier, she took sixth on vault in 2008 and placed 19th in the all-around in 2007. Stina Olivere (Naperville, Ill.) was a four-time Level 10 state/regional qualifier and a three-time Level 9 state/regional qualifier, including a championship on bars at nationals. Arla Rosenzweig (Los Altos, Calif.) won the state championship on floor last year and was a regional qualifier. In 2006, she was the all-around state champion and the regional bars champion. Chelsea Spomer (Forestville, Calif.) was a three-time level 10 regional qualifier and a 2008 first alternate for nationals. She placed third in the all around at the state championships in 2008 and was also the Level 8 regional vault champion. Madisyn O'Brien (Sebastopol, Calif.) was a 2008 Level 10 national qualifier and a three-time Level 10 regional qualifier, including taking fourth in the all-around and second on bars in 2008. and Mariesah Pierce (Aptos, Calif.) took third on floor at national last year, and competed at nationals throughout her high school career. She also took second in the all-around at regionals in 2007 and 2008.

Head Coach Cari DuBois In her seventh year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 66-74 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. Last season, DuBois guided the Bears to the NCAA West Regional, held at Cal's Haas Pavilion, and ended the campaign with a final ranking of 26. Earlier during her tenure, she led Cal to its first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Bears to their highest NCAA-regional finish (fourth) since 1992. In 2004, the Bears finished fifth at the NCAA regionals, 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 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.

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