California Has Strong Showing in First Meet of the Season

Jan. 17, 2010


The California Golden Bears jumped right into the meat of their season, opening up with a loss in a home Pac-10 dual meet against the Arizona State Sun Devils, 192.825-191.800.

The Bears began the meet on the vault and were leading after the first rotation, posting a 48.075 team score on the event to Arizona State's 47.900 on the beam, their opening event. Senior Sophia Hocini had the top mark for the Bears, a 9.75, the second-highest vault score of the meet.

Arizona retook the lead after the second rotation and held on for the team victory. Cal won the beam, with a 47.700 that just edged the Sun Devils' 47.675. Freshman Nicolette Lew paced Cal on the beam, earning a 9.750 for her routine, placing third among the individual competitors.

The Bears top team score came on the floor exercise. Paced by a pair of 9.80 performances, the first from freshman Mariesah Pierce and later another from senior Sophia Hocini, Cal posted a team score of 48.450 in the event.

Hocini, who scored a 9.55 or better on every event, won the all-around title with a score a=of 38.825. Freshman Madisyn O'Brien posted an all-around mark of 38.000 in her first collegiate meet.

The Bears are back home again next weekend, hosting the UCLA Bruins, their second Pac-10 opponent of the year, and San Jose State at Haas Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 22. The tri-meet begins at 7 p.m. Admission for all home gymnastics meets this season is free for fans of all ages.

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