Cal Women’s Gymnastics Announces 2022 Schedule
BERKELEY – California women's gymnastics announced a challenging 2022 schedule that featured five home meets. The Bears will face off with 11 teams that finished in the top 27 of last year's rankings and will have seven meets slated to be on the Pac-12 Family of Networks.
Cal is coming off the best season in school history as they finished fifth in the NQS during the regular season and took seventh at the NCAA Championship. The Bears were the top team in the country on the uneven bars and ranked in the top 10 in all four events during the 2021 season. Maya Bordas became the first NCAA Champion in school history when she won the uneven bars title with a 9.95 score.
The Bears return 23 of the 24 routines that competed at the NCAA Championship for the 2022 season, including eight All-American routines.
The Bears' season will begin at the Collegiate Challenge presented by Under Armour. The six-team meet will take place at the Anaheim Arena located at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 8 and will see the Bears face-off with Pac-12 foes Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and UCLA.
The Bears will open their home slate by hosting Stanford on Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m. The meet will be broadcast from the floor of Haas Pavilion on the Pac-12 family of networks. The first meet will be a non-conference meet as the Bears and Cardinal will look to renew their rivalry after not meeting during the 2021 season.
Cal's next contest, which will be a trip to Washington on January 22 will be broadcast on Pac-12 Bay Area. Cal will host Oregon State on January 29 before a rematch with Stanford on February 4, which will be shown on Pac-12 Bay Area.
That will set up the meeting between the top two teams in the Pac-12 last season on February 12. The Bears will host Utah, who finished last season ranked third in the country. The two squads finished in the top two places at the Pac-12 Championship and both advanced to the final eight at the NCAA Championship in 2021.
The Bears will then compete in three consecutive meets that will be on the Pac-12 Network. Cal will host Arizona on February 21 and travel to Arizona State on February 27. The Wildcats finished last year ranked 21st, while the Sun Devils finished ninth.
Then the Bears will travel to Westwood for a March 6th clash with UCLA. It was against the Bruins last year, where Cal set a school record with a 198.050 score. The Bears also tallied a 49.825 on the uneven bars in last year's meet, which tied a 17-year old NCAA record.
The Bears will conclude their regular season with back-to-back meets against Big 10 opposition. Cal will travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State on March 11th. The Buckeyes finished last year ranked 16th in the country. The Bears and Buckeyes met last year in the NCAA Regional as they both headed to Morgantown, West Virginia. Cal defeated the Buckeyes in both the Regional Semifinal and Regional Final.
Cal will return home as they take on Iowa on March 13th in the home finale at Haas Pavilion. Iowa finished last season ranked 17th in the country.
The Pac-12 Championship will be held on March 19th in West Valley City, Utah. The Bears will then hope to qualify for the NCAA Regionals, which will be the weekend of March 31-April 2. The NCAA Regionals will be held in Lexington, Seattle, Auburn and Raleigh this year.
The NCAA Championship will take place on April 15-16 and will return to Fort Worth, Texas. The Bears will be looking to return to the NCAA Championship as a team for the second consecutive season and the fourth time since 2016.
January 8 – Collegiate Classic
January 16 – vs. Stanford
January 22 – at Washington
January 29 – vs. Oregon State
February 4 – at Stanford
February 12 – vs. Utah
February 21 – vs. Arizona
February 27 – at Arizona State
March 6 – at UCLA
March 11 – at Ohio State
March 13 – vs. Iowa
March 19 – Pac-12 Championship
March 31-April 2 – NCAA Regionals
April 15-16 – NCAA Championship