March 25, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: Concluding the regular season with a 7-1 mark against NCAA opponents, the nationally fourth-ranked California men's gymnastics team competes in the MPSF Championships, Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, at Nebraska
MPSF DETAILS: University of Nebraska is hosting the 2003 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Lincoln, Neb., featuring the five member schools, all of which are ranked in the Top 15. Team competition is slated to square off on Friday followed by individual event competitions Saturday evening. Then ranked-No. 7 Cal placed second at the 2002 MPSF's, led by freshman JinJing Zhang's first place in the all-around (55.275), pommel horse (9.500) and high bar (9.400). David Eaton claimed third place in the all-around (53.625) to help lead the team to a season-high 217.000 score. Oklahoma won the team event with a team score of 219.225.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION: No. 1 Oklahoma currently leads the nation with a two score average in the pommel horse (36.525), still rings (38.300), high bar (37.000) and team score (219.837). The Sooners' Josh Landis ranks No. 1 in the nation on the p-horse (9.575) and Daniel Furney leads the nation with an all-around score of 55.150. No. 9 Stanford posts its highest rank in the parallel bars (35.550) and has a two score team average of 212.012. No. 11 Nebraska features Josh Rasile, whose two score vault average (9.475) is the third-best in the nation. No. 15 Air Force posts a 202.900 team average.
MOORE NAMED NISSEN-EMERY FINALIST: Senior Cody Moore has been named one of eight finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, which is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding senior male collegiate gymnast. A two-time defending MPSF Gymnast of the Year, Moore holds three personal marks that are the third-best in school history: parallel bars (9.850), floor (9.850) and pommel horse (9.900). Other individual career bests include rings (9.550), vault (9.550), high bar (9.750) and all-around (57.700). Last season he was selected to the U.S. National team following an outstanding 52.850 all-around performance at the Winter Cup Challenge.
EATON NAMED GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Junior David Eaton amassed a six event total of 54.50 to lead Cal to an easy 218.00 to 211.50 win over Iowa, earning him Inside Gymnasts Magazine West Player of the Week for the second time this season.
SEASON HIGHS: Cal's team score of 218.000 against Iowa March 16 was the school's best since the 2000 season. Last year, the season high was 217.650, performed on the last day of the NCAA Championships. Against Iowa, Cal claimed first place in each of the six events as well as the all-around. Graham Ackerman carded an eye-popping 9.700 to claim first on the horizontal bar and David Eaton recorded a 54.500 to win the all-around.
CAL IN THE RANKINGS: With a two-score average of 213.812, Cal remains ranked No. 4 for the sixth consecutive week. Cody Moore leads the nation on parallel bars (9.475) and is ninth in the all-around (53.137). Graham Ackerman is ranked seventh on the floor (9.350), 12th on parallel bars (8.975) and 14th on high bar (9.125). Aaron Floyd is 14th on rings (9.387) and 19th on high bar 99.025). David Eaton is 15th in the all-around (52.700) and 18th on p-bars (8.887). Michael Ashe is ranked 16th on p-horse (9.150).