No. 8 Cal Faces Off With No. 17 UCLA
BERKELEY - The eighth-ranked California women's gymnastics team travels to Pauley Pavilion to take on No. 17 UCLA in the final Pac-12 meet of the regular season. The meet will be at 12 pm PT and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Cal has already claimed a share of the Pac-12 Championship, but is looking for the outright title with a win over UCLA. It will be the first Pac-12 title for the Bears at either the conference championship or during the regular season. Cal had an opportunity to clinch the championship this past weekend at Arizona State, but a couple of bobbles on beam cost the Bears the victory in the desert. They will look to win on the home floor of the most decorated team in the Pac-12 as UCLA has won 20 Pac-12 titles. Cal is looking to become the fifth program to win a Pac-12 title, joining UCLA, Oregon State, Utah and Stanford.
Andi Li recorded three 9.90+ scores to bring her season total to 14. She won the bars (9.925) and floor (9.95), while finishing second on vault (9.90) and all-around (39.525). Maya Bordas tied for second in the all-around with Li as she also had a 39.525. Bordas tied for the win on bars (9.925) while taking second on beam with a 9.90 score.
The Bears recorded the ninth-best floor exercise in school history to take the lead over Arizona State heading to the final rotation. Grace Quinn recorded a 9.925 for the third time in four meets, equaling her career high. She took second place, just behind Li's 9.95 score. Milan Clausi also stepped up with a beautiful routine, which earned a 9.90 score as she took third place.
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The Sunday contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden on the call. Live results will be available on CalBears.com.
Cal won the first six meets of the year and started 5-0 in Pac-12 meets. After defeating No. 3 Utah, the Bears are in pole position for the Pac-12 Regular Season Championship. The Bears have already clinched a share of the Pac-12 Regular Season title, but will be the outright winners with a victory over No. 18 UCLA in their final Pac-12 meet of the year to claim their first-ever regular season crown.
BORDAS UP FOR AAI AWARD
After winning the NCAA Championship on uneven bars last year, Bordas has been named an AAI Award Nominee. The senior is an All-American and has been very active on Cal's campus. She has a job lined up with Deloitte after graduating from Cal this spring. In the gym, she has six event wins this year and 15 top-three finishes. She tied her career high with a 39.575 in Cal's win over Arizona, recording a 9.95 on both the uneven bars and balance beam.
Andi Li has had a standout sophomore season, claiming eight event wins in the first seven weeks of the season, more than the six wins she had during the entirety of her freshman campaign. She has also scored a 9.90 or above 14 times so far this season as she has recorded 22 top-three finishes. She is in the top 20 nationally on the uneven bars (5th), floor exercise (18th) and the all-around (6th).
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