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California Falls to Stanford at Flip for the Cure Meet
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/22/2009

Feb. 22, 2009

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The California Golden Bears posted six career high scores in their 197.175-190.625 loss to the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal Sunday, Feb. 22 at Haas Pavilion in the annual Flip for a Cure meet.

The Bears strongest event of the meet came in their final rotation. The Bears posted a season-best 49.050 on the floor. Five of the six Cal scores in the event tied or set new personal bests for the gymnasts. Freshman Alex Leggitt and senior Joanna Bennett both earned a career-best score of 9.775. Sophomore Stephanie Cheng set a new career mark with her 9.850. Sophomore Avery Gee also earned a 9.850 for her routine, tying her career high. Freshman Shana Johnson scored a career high with her mark on the floor as well as setting a career high with her 9.575 exhibition vault.

Sophia Hocini was once again the top all-arounder for the Bears. Her season-best 9.80 on the floor helped her to an all-around total of 38.950, her highest overall total of the season, for a second place finish. Stanford's Shelley Alexander won the all-around with a mark of 39.40. Cal's Gee was third with a 37.725.

Senior Bridgette Glass continued to put up the numbers for the Bears with two routines scoring at 9.8 or above. She earned a 9.80 on the bars and a 9.825 on the beam, the top score for the Bears in both events. Hocini's 9.750 paced the Bears on the vault.

"This week, we're going to focus on execution, landings, and aggressiveness," said Cal Head Coach Cari DuBois. "We haven't pulled all four events together yet this season. Each week we rock one event, but are off on others."

"Next week, in our final home meet of the year, we are going to have a special farewell to the seniors by not counting a fall. That's the goal, and it is something we are very capable of doing."

All of the Cal gymnasts wore pink leotards to help promote breast cancer awareness as part of their annual pink event where fans wearing pink were admitted free to the meet. Donations for the Susan G Komen foundation were also collected for all Cal scores of 9.5 and above, with the gymnasts hitting the mark 16 times.

The Bears final home meet of the season will take place next Sunday, March 1, when the Bears host Arizona at Haas Pavilion. The meet begins at 2 p.m.


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