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No. 9 Cal Handily Defeats Wildcats

Feb 21, 2022

BERKELEY – The California women's gymnastics team defeated Arizona by recording the sixth-best score in school history at their inclusion meet on Monday afternoon at Haas. The Bears handily won, 197.575-196.025, in their penultimate home meet of the season.
 
The 197.575 score was a season-best, .050 higher than their score vs. Utah last week. It also tied with the 2019 Cal Quad Meet for the sixth-best score in school history.
 
The Bears scored a 9.85 or above in all five scoring spots on vault as Neveah DeSouza won the event with a 9.90 score. Maya Bordas, Andi Li, Nina Schank and Milan Clausi all recorded 9.85 marks to tie for second place. The 49.300 mark on the opening event gave the Bears a lead they would never surrender and was the team's second-best vault score of the season.
 
The Bears just missed cracking the school's all-time top-10 list on bars as they recorded a 49.450 mark. Bordas led the way as she recorded a 9.95 score from both judges with an exquisite routine. Li took second place with a 9.925 score. Maddie Williams continued the excellent start to her freshman campaign as she scored a 9.875 to take third place and continue her streak of scoring 9.85 or above in all six meets this year.
 
"I was very pleased with Bordas," Howell said. "She's had a rough week of training dealing with a few things physically, it was nice to see her put all that to the side and have this kind of performance. Maya is so consistent, she has beautiful lines, beautiful form and she doesn't leave a lot of room for judges to take deductions. Everybody talks about her bars, but she's absolutely beautiful on every event. Vault is starting to become a strength; I saw that last weekend and this weekend too, she's getting rewarded for it on the scoreboard."
 
Cal recorded the second-best beam score in school history as all five scorers totaled a 9.875 or above and the Bears tallied a 49.475. Bordas again led the way as she recorded her second 9.95 score of the afternoon. After missing the past two weeks, Clausi returned to the lineup with a 9.90 score to tie for second place. DeSouza, Li and Williams all recorded 9.875 scores. Cal was just .025 away from tying a school record on Beam. Cal set the school record of 49.500 on beam at last year's UCLA meet.
 
"They're super consistent on beam, we see that consistency in the gym every day," Howell said. "I think that one of the biggest compliments that someone can give us is that they think our gymnasts are classy and they have beautiful form, beautiful lines and extension. People have watched from the stands and come down afterwards and tell us that. That's what I see when I watch them do beam. I really don't pay attention to little deductions, because I'm invested watching their performance, it really draws me in. That's what's special about our team, on every event but especially on beam."
 
In the final routine of the evening, Grace Quinn scored a 9.925 to tie with two Arizona gymnasts for the top score on floor. DeSouza recorded a 9.90 score as she took fourth place. The Bears wrapped up the meet with a 49.350 on floor to lock-in their best score of the year.
 
Bordas won the all-around with a 39.575 as she tied a career-high mark thanks to her two 9.95 marks. That mark was also the sixth-highest ever recorded by a Cal student-athlete. Nevaeh DeSouza recorded a 39.525 to take second place in the all-around.
 
UP NEXT
The Bears will be on the road for the next three weekends as they begin that stretch with a trip to Tempe. The Bears will take on Arizona State on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Desert Financial Arena and the meet will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
 
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