February 17, 1999
THIS WEEK: Fri., Feb. 19 at Recreational Sports Facility, 7:30 p.m.
BEARS AT HOME: The Golden Bears return from the road for a tri-meet competition against Washington and San Jose State this Fri., Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Recreational Sports Facility. The Bears have an all-time record of 3-18 against Washington and 13-5 versus San Jose State. Last week, the Bears competed at Oregon State where they were defeated 190.025-193.600. Despite the final outcome, the meet was a positive one for the Bears, who posted a season high score on the uneven bars of 48.175. However Cal was unable to break its four-meet losing streak.
Junior Leila Khoury, who captured her second all-around title of the season with a score of 38.625, also tied for third on vault (9.625) and second on the floor exercise (9.775). Oregon State's Danae Phillips took the top spot on vault (9.725) and bars (9.95) and Carrie Young placed first on the beam (9.800) as the Beavers posted victories in all four individual events.
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON: Washington raised its season record to 7-5 overall after picking up three victories in a four-way competition last weekend. The Huskies edged Pac-10 foe Stanford, 192.975-192.950, and blew out UC Davis (187.700) and Seattle Pacific (187.800), moving their record into positive territory. Husky sophomore, Lanna Apisukh, the Pac-10's Gymnast of the Week for February 8-14, proved to be a strong contributor in Washington's victory. Apisukh won her third all-around title of the season with a 39.300, which was also a career-best score. Apisukh tied for first place on vault (9.825) and notched first place finishes on beam (9.850) and floor (9.875).
NOTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans have an overall mark of 4-2 on the season after dominating last week's competition against CS Fullerton, 189.400-185.675. It was the first time in school history that San Jose State have defeated Cal State Fullerton. SJSU took swept every event en route victory. Annie Snellgrove won the all-around (38.375) and floor (9.800) competitions, while Danielle Wasko took vault (9.725) and Casey Carter won on the balance beam (9.750).
BREAKING SEASON HIGHS: Cal had a number of positives come out of its meet at Oregon State, including four Bears who posted new season and/or career bests.
Sophomore Helene Kenny had her best competition of the season, notching career highs in all-around (37.825) and vault (9.325) and a season high on bars (9.775). Sophomore Paula Chang also performed well on the uneven bars, scoring a season high 9.325. Sophomore Pari Olver registered a career high of 9.700 on the uneven bars. Freshman Kristine Kaibara performed a season high on the bars (9.750).
BEARS IN A BIND: Cal lost its fourth consecutive meet of the season against Oregon State last week. The Bears have an overall record this season of 2-4 and 0-3 in the Pac-10. Cal's last win in a Pac-10 competition was on March 29, 1996 versus Stanford 194.100-193.050.
THE COACHES: Head coach Trina Tinti is in her second season with the Golden Bears and boasts a career record of 10-13. Prior to coming to Cal, Tinti was the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for five years. Joining the Cal staff for his first season is Peter Doyle, who for the previous five seasons was an assistant at George Washington University. After suffering a career-ending injury during the off season, former Cal gymnast, Jennifer Bialosky joins Tinit's staff as a student assistant coach for 1999.