No. 6 Cal Heads To Washington For Midweek Encounter
BERKELEY – The sixth-ranked California women's gymnastics team heads to Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion for a midweek battle with Pac-12 rival Washington on Wednesday afternoon. The meet was added to the schedule last week to make up for a cancelled trip to Stanford. The Bears will turn around and host Washington on Sunday for senior day at Haas Pavilion.
Cal comes into the meet on the back of the greatest performance in school history as they tied an NCAA record with an uneven bars routine that scored a 49.825. All six gymnasts scored a 9.90 or above and Emi Watterson landed a perfect 10. Watterson also recorded a 9.95 on the balance beam to earn Pac-12 Specialist of the Week.
Cal recorded a program record score of 198.050 to defeat UCLA in a top-10 battle, 198.050-196.925. It was Cal's first win over UCLA since 2016 and propelled Cal to sixth in the NQS, the highest ranking in school history. The Bears are ranked first in the uneven bars after their record-breaking performance vs. UCLA. They are also seventh on the beam as they recorded a program record 49.500 vs. the Bruins.
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NUMBERS TO KNOW
198.050 - Cal recorded a program record score of 198.050 in the win over UCLA last week. Cal tied an NCAA record on bars while setting a program record on beam and recording the third-best floor rotation in school history.
10.0 - Emi Watterson recorded the second-ever 10.0 on uneven bars in school history and only the fourth perfect 10 in any event as she was part of Cal's record-breaking bars lineup vs. UCLA. Her performance has been featured nationally on the Today Show and People amongst other places.
49.825 - Cal tied an NCAA record with an uneven bars score of 49.825 vs. UCLA. Emi Watterson (10,0), Maya Bordas and Andi Li (9.975) recorded three of the top five bars scores in school history as all six gymnasts went 9.90+.
RECORD BREAKING BARS ROUTINE
Cal tied an NCAA record with a 49.825 score on the uneven bars in the win over UCLA. It tied a 2004 mark by UCLA as the best by any uneven bars rotation in NCAA history. All six gymnasts posted a 9.900 or higher, including three of the top five uneven bars scores in school history. Emi Watterson posted a perfect 10. Andi Li and Maya Bordas both posted 9.975 scores, joining Watterson's 2020 routine as the only three Bears to hit that standard. Nina Schank tied a career-high with a 9.950. Alma Kuc posted a 9.925 score in her first competitve action of the year. The Bears had to drop Nevaeh DeSouza's 9.90 rated routine. Cal is now ranked number one in the nation on the uneven bars.
PROGRAM HISTORY ON BEAM
Cal has recorded two of the top three beam scores in program history over the last two weeks. Cal posted a 49.450 on the road at Utah, which at the time was the second-best score on beam. However, Cal bettered that mark in their very next meet, setting a program record on the beam with a 49.500 score in their win over UCLA. Emi Watterson had a career-high 9.95, also the highest score any Bear has ever earned on the event. Nevaeh DeSouza, Kyana George and Maya Bordas all recorded 9.900 marks on beam vs. the Bruins.
RECORD BREAKING MEET
The Bears posted the best team score in program history with a 198.050 in the win over UCLA on March 6. That shattered the previous school-best of 197.675, which Cal recorded at the 2019 NCAA Regionals. The Bears did it with a NCAA Record bars score of 49.825, a program-record on beam of 49.500, the third-best floor score of 49.500 and a vault lineup that posted a 49.225. It was also only the sixth time that Cal defeated the Bruins and the first since 2016. The Bears have only won three times over UCLA since 1992, including this year's meet.
CAL MOVES UP TO SIXTH
The Bears moved up to sixth in the NQS rankings after their record-breaking performance vs. UCLA. That is the highest ranking the Bears have ever received, previously finishing seventh in 2016. Cal is tied with Florida for the top uneven bars squad in the country. The Bears are also ranked seventh in the balance beam while also boasting top-15 marks on the vault (11th) and floor exercise (15).
Emi Watterson posted the fourth-ever perfect 10.0 in program history in Cal's win over UCLA and the second on bars. Cindy Tom recorded the only other Perfect 10 on bars when she recorded the mark on February 15, 1992. Toni-Ann Williams recorded two 10.0 vaults during her Cal career. Watterson's exploits on bars, including wearing a mask for the entire routine, has been featured on numerous national outlets including The Today Show, People, PopSugar and NBC Sports Bay Area. She was named Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for her efforts, which also included a career-best 9.95 score on beam.
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