March 30, 2009
Official Regional Website
The California Golden Bears are sending three gymnasts to the 2009 NCAA West Regional. Senior Bridgette Glass, junior Sophia Hocini, and sophomore Avery Gee will all be competing Saturday, April 4 at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Washington. The meet begins at 6 p.m.
Avery Gee (Floor) Gee is making her NCAA West Regional debut this season, competing in the floor exercise. Gee is also the second alternate for the all-around competition and will compete in all events should two athletes withdraw from the event. Gee has a regional qualifying average of 9.815 on the floor this season, tying her for 18th among the West Region's gymnasts. Her season-best score of 9.850 came in the Washington and Illinois State meet. She has five marks of 9.800 or higher for her floor routines this season.
Bridgette Glass (Bars) Glass will be making the third and final trip to the Regionals of her Cal career. Glass qualified to compete in the bars and is an alternate for the beam competition. Glass is currently ranked 20th in the West Region with an average score of 9.7494 on the bars. She earned a season-best 9.850 at Michigan State. Glass will compete in the beam should anyone withdraw from the competition. She has a 9.767 average on the beam, which was her stronger event last season. Glass scored a season-high 9.875 on her beam routine in Sacramento, the highest score of the season earned by a Bear gymnast. Glass also posted a 9.875 for her vault against Arizona State.
Last year, Glass competed on the beam at Regionals, scoring a 9.825 to finish 11th. In 2007, she scored a 9.750 on the beam at the Regionals. This will be her first time competing on the bars at Regionals.
Sophia Hocini (All-Around) Hocini will be competing in the all-around at the West Regional. Hocini was the Bears' top all-arounder this season. She had the top all-around mark for the Bears in every meet this season but the season-opener against UC Davis and Sacramento State. Hocini is 11th in the West Region with an average of 38.582. She posted career-best 38.950 scores in back-to-back meets against Stanford and Arizona. Hocini has only scored below a 9.50 on a performance four times this season and has scored a 9.800 or above at least once in every event but the bars where her top score is still a very strong 9.775.
This is the third trip for Hocini to Regionals. Last season, she finished ninth in the All-Around with a then career-best 38.700. She finished 14th on the vault (9.775) and 28th on the bars (9.625). In 2007, she scored a 9.775 on the vault and a 9.625 on the beam.
The Bears at recent NCAA Regionals Last season, the Bears had four gymnasts make it to regionals (Glass, Hocini, Jessica Kelley and Siobhan Luce. In 2007, Cal advanced as a team to the west regional, which Cal hosted at Haas Pavilion. In 2006, Britani Pittullo competed for Cal individually.
All-Pac-10 Sophia Hocini was named Second Team All-Pac-10 in the All-Around. This is the first All-Pac-10 team honor for Hocini.
Pac-10 All-Academic Team The Bears had two gymnasts named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, the first time since the honors began in 1991 that the Bears had two gymnasts named to the first team. Sophomore Stefanie Cheng, with a 3.74 GPA as an undeclared major, was named to the first team. Cheng was tied for the Bears' best score on the floor exercise this season, earning a 9.850 during the Stanford meet.
Sophia Hocini was also named to the first team. Hocini, a 3.44 integrative biology major, was the top all-arounder for the Bears, finishing first among the Cal gymnasts in the all-around in all but one meet this season. Hocini earned second team honors last season.
Senior Joanna Bennett earned an honorable mention in the All-Academic awards. This was her second honorable mention. She was previously an honorable mention for the 2007 season.