No. 5 Cal Enters Pac-12 Championship As Top Seed
BERKELEY – The fifth-ranked California women's gymnastics team will head to the Pac-12 Championship this weekend as the top seed in the Pac-12. The Bears are coming off a senior day performance to remember vs. Washington as Cal set a program record on the floor with a 49.575 score and posted the third-best all-around score in school history, defeating Washington 197.600- 196.025.
Cal earned the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week (Nevaeh DeSouza), Pac-12 Specialist of the Week (Kyana George) and Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Andi Li) awards after a standout performance.
On Monday, George was honored as an AAI Award finalist. The senior from McKinney, Texas was one of six gymnasts around the country who has been named a finalist for the top female senior gymnast in the country. She is the second Bear to be named a finalist, following Toni-Ann Williams in 2019.
This season, the Bears have set program records for the team score (198.050), uneven bars (49.825), balance beam (49.500) and floor exercise (49.575). The uneven bars score also tied a 17-year old NCAA record.
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Saturday's Pac-12 Championship will be on Pac-12 Network. Jim Watson will handle play-by-play duties while Amanda Borden is the color analyst. Fans can also stream the Championship on the Pac-12 Now app. Links to live stats for the meet can be accessed on the Cal Women's Gymnastics schedule page on CalBears.com. Follow @CalWGym on Twitter and Instagram for scoring updates, behind-the-scenes photos and videos and the latest information, and like Facebook.com/CalWGym for more on the Bears.
GEORGE NAMED AAI AWARD FINALIST
Kyana George was named as a finalist for the AAI Award this week. The award is given annually to the top senior women's gymnast in the country and there are six gymnasts who have been named as finalists. George has put together a stellar career at Cal, winning 39 events and recording 91 top-three finishes.
PILING UP PROGRAM RECORDS
Cal has had a record-breaking season on many fronts as the team has posted three of the top seven total scores in program history this year, including the top mark in the Bears' home meet vs. UCLA. Cal has also totaled two of the top 11 marks on vault, three of the top seven uneven bars scores, two of the top three beam rotations and two of the top four floor scores during the 2021 season.
After Cal's meet with Washington, Nevaeh DeSouza (Gymnast), Kyana George (Specialist) and Andi Li (Freshman) all earned Pac-12 Weekly Awards. Cal has now won seven weekly awards this year as DeSouza now has two gymnast of the week honors and Li has two freshman of the week honors. George earned gymnast of the week after posting a 39.650 at Oregon State. Emi Watterson was named Specialist of the Week after posting a 10.0 on bars and a 9.95 on beam in Cal's win over UCLA.
CAL MOVES UP TO FIFTH
The Bears moved up to fifth in the NQS rankings after their performance vs. Washington. That is the highest ranking the Bears have ever received, previously finishing seventh in 2016 and being sixth last week. Cal is ranked in the top 10 in every event. The Bears are first on the uneven bars, seventh on vault, ninth on beam and 10th on the floor exercise.
PROGRAM BEST ON FLOOR
As Cal celebrated Senior Day at Haas Pavilion on Sunday, March 14, they made sure the seniors had something to remember it by, as the team set a program record 49.575 on the floor exercise. Kyana George set a career high with a 9.975 to win the competition and tie for the highest score by a Bear on the floor exercise. Andi Li scored a 9.95 to take second place. While Maya Bordas tied a career-best mark with a 9.90 mark. Nevaeh DeSouza and Nina Schank both scored 9.875 to round out the scoring lineup.
The Bears have seen contributions from all over their lineup as 10 different student-athletes have combined for 44 victories this season. Kyana George leads the way with 13, while Nevaeh DeSouza has eight. Andi Li and Nina Schank have both won five.
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