Bears Head To Winter Cup Qualifier At Stanford
BERKELEY – In just their second meet of the season, Cal men's gymnastics is slated to take on several of the nation's best as they take their first of four trips to Stanford's Burnham Pavilion in 2022. The Stanford Open, held this year on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 4:00 p.m. PT, will feature No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Oklahoma, as well as several Level 10 and senior gymnasts.
"We're excited to see how we approach this first road meet after having last week off," said head coach J.T. Okada. "Our goal is to improve upon the percentage of routines we 'hit' – complete with no falls – from the last meet. We weren't bad by any means to start off, but there's also room for improvement."
The Stanford Open is one of just four meets that act as qualifying rounds for the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup, which is in itself a qualifying round for the USA Championships. The top three scorers in the all-around competition (who have not already pre-qualified) will be eligible to advance to the Winter Cup in February. Sophomore Noah Newfeld will be competing in the all-around for the Bears on Saturday, hoping to improve upon his score of 75.700 from two weeks ago.
A number of debuts are scheduled for the Bears this weekend, the most prominent of which belongs to freshman Landon Wu, who is set to compete in three events in his first collegiate meet. Sophomore Chris Scales will make his season debut on Saturday, while freshman Tyler Shimizu will compete in the floor exercise for the first time as a college athlete after entering the still rings event two weeks ago. Senior Kyle Abe is also primed to compete on the pommel horse this week, a first for him this season.
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