March 18, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: California (5-9, 1-5) finishes off the 2002 campaign with a visit to the Pac-10 Championships. In addition to the Bears, the meet will feature No. 1 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 16 Arizona State, and Washington. The Bears look to improve upon last year's seventh place finish (193.750) at the league championships. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and children. For further information, please call 1-800-STANFORD.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Bears competed in their final home meet last Saturday, in a quadrangular competition that featured San Jose State, Boise State and Sacramento State. The Hornets took top honors with a score of 194.350, while the Broncos followed closely behind with a tally of 194.275. The Spartans totaled 193.775 and Cal took fourth with 191.975. Freshman standout My-Lan Dodd placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 39.100. The Bears' Lauren Shipp scored a career-high 9.800 on the beam to place fourth overall in the event. Junior Lisa Arnold also placed fourth on an event, earning a 9.775 on the vault.
FRESHMAN DODD LEADS THE GOLDEN BEARS: Dodd has been an incredible asset to the Bears all year, consistently leading her team to victory. The Seattle, Wash. native has competed in at least two events at every meet this season. Last weekend, she posted her career-best mark (9.900) on the uneven bars. With the score, she is now third on Cal's all-time scores for bars. The No. 14 ranked all-around competitor in the West should give the Bears an edge on the competition as the league championships loom ahead.
SEVERAL BEARS BOAST CAREER HIGH MARKS: Despite the fourth place finish in last weekend's meet, several individual competitors were able to achieve personal-highs. Cal was particularly successful on the bars as four first-year gymnasts, Dodd (9.900), Tara Capsuto (9.850), Adrienne Garcia (9.800) and Miho Maeda (9.750), all posted career-highs.
THE SHIPP HAS RETURNED: After a five-meet absence, freshman Lauren Shipp let everyone know her value when she led the Bears on the balance beam with a score of 9.800. The Libertyville, Ill. native should be an asset for Cal at the Pac-10 Championships and beyond.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: The Pac-10 Conference boasts five ranked teams that feature some past Olympians. No. 1 UCLA is lead by junior Kristin Parker, who posted a season-best 39.425 last weekend versus powerhouse Alabama. The Bruins also have sophomore Jamie Dantzscher, who has received seven consecutive 10's on the floor exercise. Host, Stanford, features sophomore Lise Leveille who is ranked 8th (9.900) in the country on the balance beam.