No. 5 Cal Heads to No. 8 Stanford's Den
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/19/2012

Jan. 19, 2012

Saturday, Jan. 21
7 p.m. - No. 5 Cal at No. 8 Stanford
Burnham Pavilion - Stanford, Calif.

BERKELEY -Less than a week removed from its season-opening win over Stanford, the No. 5 California men's gymnastics team faces off against the Cardinal again. The Golden Bears (1-0) head to the peninsula to take on Stanford (0-1) in the second of three consecutive meetings with the Cardinal.

Last Week in the Gym
The Bears started their season on a high note by defeating then-No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 13 thanks to four team event titles and five individual event wins. Cal owned a 2.400-point lead heading into the final rotation, which the Bears dominated by winning high bar and beating the Cardinal by more than four points on parallel bars, on which Stanford closed its night. Donothan Bailey took second in the all-round with an 82.600 behind Stanford's Eddie Penev's 84.200. As a team, the Bears won pommel, rings, parallel bars and high bar. Bailey tied for first on floor, Glen Ishino won pommel horse outright as did Steven Lacombe on rings, Bailey tied teammate Dennis Mannharton parallel bars while Mannhart won high bar.

Bailey Named Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week
Junior Donothan Bailey began the 2012 campaign for the national title with a bang, taking home two event titles and second in the all-around to power the Bears to an upset win over No. 4 Stanford, making him this week's California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week. Thanks to Bailey's consistency on every event, the Golden Bears posted nearly a six-point victory over the rival Cardinal on Jan. 13 at Haas Pavilion. Bailey tied Stanford's Paul Hichwa for first on floor, both scoring 15.000. On parallel bars, he shared gold with teammate Dennis Mannhartwith the ursine duo tallying a pair of 14.800s.

Where the Bears Rank Nationally
Floor -
Team: 7
Donothan Bailey: T7
Jim Kerry: T12
Jeffrey Langenstein: T16

Pommel Horse -
Team: 4
Glen Ishino: 1
Nic Blair: T14
Matthew del Junco: T18

Still Rings -
Team: 8

Vault -
Team: 11
Jean Monteclaro: T5

Parallel Bars -
Team: 2
Dennis Mannhart: T4
Donothan Bailey: T4
Daniel Culpepper: T17

High Bar -
Team: 3
Dennis Mannhart: 3
Nic Blair: T5
Jim Kerry: T17

Bounding Toward the Top - a Feature
Donothan Baileygot his start in gymnastics like many of his compatriots - as a rambunctious youngster whose mother thankfully saw an outlet for youthful energy in sports. Little did she know that some 13 years later, her son would be a member of the U.S. Senior National team and traveling the world to compete in gymnastics. While it was at first just an extracurricular activity for the Mission Viejo, Calif., native, it's the pure and child-like love that keeps Bailey enthralled with gymnastics.

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Next Week in the Gym
The Bears head to Stanford, Calif., for a Jan. 28 meeting with the Cardinal along with Nebraska. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m.