Nov. 7, 2002
The California men's gymnastics team is the fifth-ranked team in the nation in the GymInfo Preseason Caoches Poll. The Golden Bears, who took third place at the 2002 NCAA Championships, open the 2003 season on January 25 at the Stanford Open.
Cal received three first place votes in the Top 15 poll. Defending champion Oklahoma was picked first, receiving seven first place votes. Ohio State, the 2001 national champion, received three votes for a second place ranking, followed by Illinois and Penn State.
The Bears are the second-highest ranked MPSF team, finishing the 2002 season ranked No. 6. Five of six MPSF teams are ranked, including Oklahoma, Stanford (No.9), Nebraska (No.11) and Air Force (No.15). UC Santa Barbara did not make the Top 15.
California returns seven letterwinners, including 2002 parallel bar National Champion and five-time All-American senior Cody Moore, two-time high bar National Champion and four-time All-American Michael Ashe, two-time pommel horse All-American Dave Eaton and parallel bar All-American Graham Ackerman.
Head Coach Barry Weiner enters his 12th year at the helm for Cal with a 171-46-1 coaching record. The Bears gain seven newcomers, including three transfers, Jeremy Dwork (Camarillo, CA) Gilbert Trevi?o (San Antonio, TX) and Jay Yee (Palo Alto, CA). The freshmen class includes Shawn Mowry (Fremont, CA), Alan Parsons (Suffield, CT), Chris Rodriguez (Tomball, TX) and Alex Smith (Suffield, CT).
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) 1 Oklahoma (7) 2 Ohio State (3) 3 Illinois 4 Penn State 5 California (3) 6 Michigan (2) 7 Iowa 8 Minnesota 9 Stanford 10 Temple 11 Nebraska 12 William & Mary 13 Illinois- Chicago 14 Army 15 Air Force