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No. 11 Cal Travels To Washington

Jan 21, 2022

BERKELEY – The 11th-ranked California women's gymnastics will hit the road for the first time during the 2022 season as the Bears travel to Seattle for a meet against Washington.
 
Despite counting a fall vs. Stanford, the Bears recorded the best season-opening meet score in school history as they notched a 196.325 and defeated Stanford in a tight contest at home. The Bears received fine performances from a number of student-athletes as Andi Li set a career high on balance beam with a 9.925 score and won the event. Nevaeh DeSouza won the vault competition and took second place in the all-around, one place ahead of Li.
 
The Bears also saw immediate contributions from their stellar freshman class as Mya Lauzon took third place on vault and earned a spot in the lineup on three events. Lauzon also exhibitioned on uneven bars, completing the all-around meet. Madelyn Williams took second place on the uneven bars with a 9.875 mark in her collegiate debut, while Jordan Kane entered the beam lineup for the first time.
 
Cal ranks in the top eight in the country on uneven bars (fourth), vault (eighth) and floor (eighth) after its first meet. There are 16 instances of Bears on the top 50 of the event charts after their meet vs. Stanford.
 
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Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Rich Burk and Alisa Mowe on the call. The meet will also be available on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Washington. Live results will be available on CalBears.com.
 
SETTING A NEW STANDARD
The Bears broke a program record for the best start to the season with a 196.325 score in the win over Stanford. Cal didn't better that score until the third meet (Feb. 14) of the 2021 season. The previous best season-opening score came in 2020. The Bears now rank in the country's top 10 in three of the four events, with only a fall on beam keeping them from bettering their season opening score and ranking in the top 10 of all four events.
 
RETURNING GREATNESS
The Bears had a record-breaking season in 2021 that saw the team post six of the top ten total team scores in program history, and tie an NCAA record on uneven bars. Kyana George, Nina Schank and Emi Watterson all elected to come back for a fifth season, meaning Cal will sport 23 of the 24 routines that competed at the NCAA Championships. The Bears return uneven bars NCAA Champion Maya Bordas as well as AAI Award Finalist and Pac-12 Champion Kyana George. Neveah DeSouza was a three-time All-American while Andi Li and Nina Schank were both All-Americans on the uneven bars. 
 
CAL ADDS FEARSOME FRESHMAN FIVE
The Cal women's gymnastics team added five high-level performers to the team as Ella Cesario, Jordan Kane, Mya Lauzon, Abbey Scanlon and Madelyn Williams joined this fall. The group has a wealth of national level experience as three have been members of the national team and the group has combined for six top-five all-around finishes and 11 top-three event finishes at the Junior Olympic Nationals. Cesario is a Junior Olympic National Team and finished in the top five of the all-around at three consecutive Junior Olympic Nationals. Kane  and Scanlon are both two-time Junior Olympic Nationals qualifier. Lauzon is a two time Junior Olympic National team member.  She has two top-three all-around finishes at Junior Olympic Nationals. Williams won the 2019 Junior Olympic Nationals All-Around championship by a score of .575, the widest margin of victory from any of the sessions in 2019 and is a member of the Junior Olympic National Team.
 
BEARS SIGN THREE IN NOVEMBER
The Cal women's gymnastics team signed eMjae Frazier, Miki Aderinto and Casey Brown in the early signing period. Frazier has been a USA National Team member since 2019 and competed in the 2021 world championship in Japan. Brown and Aderinto are both members of the USA DP National Team. Both Brown and Aderinto took home top-four finishes at the most recent JO Nationals Meet.

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