Women's Gymnastics Head to PAC-10 Championships
March 16, 1998
Saturday, March 21
Los Angeles All Day
BEARS FACTS AND STATS: The California's women's gymnastics team finished the regular season ranked sixth in the Western Region with a 8-9 overall, 0-8 Pac-10 record...Cal's season record is an improvement from last year's 9-11 finish...the top seven teams in the final regional rankings will qualify for the NCAA Western Regional on April 4 in Seattle...Leila Khoury is ranked eleventh in the regional all-around rankings with a 37.966 average...Helene Kenny (sprained ankle) and Pari Olver (sprained knee) have been sidelined for the past several meets, but both are expected to compete in Los Angeles.
CAL PERSEVERES TO SPLIT FINAL DUAL MEET: The Bears hobbled into Fullerton last Saturday for their last triad meet with Cal State Fullerton and North Carolina without Helene Kenny, Pari Olver (injuries) and Paula Chang (sickness). Nonetheless, they managed to tally 187.875 points to pull off an important victory over Fullerton (187.525), which is ranked seventh in the Western Region. North Carolina won the meet with a 188.225 total that should bolster their No. eight ranking in the Southeast Region. Sophomore Leila Khoury won the vault competition (9.600) and shared the all-around title with Tar Heel Brooke Wilson with 37.850 total points. Junior Jennifer Bialosky took first place on the bars to earn first place honors.
ABOUT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Seven Pac-10 schools have women's gymnastics programs and six are ranked in the Top 25 nationally, the most of any conference, proving the Pac-10 is one of the toughest conferences in the nation... No. 7 Washington heads the Pac-10, followed by No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 20 Stanford and No. 23 Arizona...Washington, lead by Tiffany Simpson, the nation's No. 2 all-arounder, will be looking to usurp defending NCAA and Pac-10 champion UCLA, which boasts a Pac-10 record seven team championship titles...in the 11 years of the Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships, only two schools have ever won the team title (UCLA and Oregon State)...UCLA's Leah Homma won the 1997 individual all-around title with a 39.725 total...FOX Sports Bay Area will broadcast the meet delayed on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.
CAL AT THE PAC-10S: Cal finished seventh in the 1997 Pac-10 Championships for the fourth consecutive season with a school-record 193.325 score...Cal alumnae, Mindy Ornellas, earned all-Pac-10 honors on the floor...Cal's best performance in the Championships came in 1990 when the team finished in fifth place with a 185.400 score...head coach Trina Tinti may be a rookie at the helm, but she is no stranger to the Championships; she was a member of UCLA's 1987 championship team.
SMARTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE JOCK: Emily Bails, Elizabeth Berlin, Chantel Debert and Angela Mapa were awarded Pac-10 All-Academic team honorable mention honors by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete was required to have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average.
1998 INDIVIDUAL BESTS BY EVENT: Name V UB BM FX AA Elizabeth Alden 9.500 9.625 9.475 Emily Bails 9.050 9.750 9.725 Elizabeth Berlin 9.550 Jennifer Bialosky 9.325 9.725 9.625 Paula Chang 9.400 8.575 8.875 Lindsay Garrett 8.725 9.300 Jennie Kang 9.450 9.550 9.850 9.650 38.375 Helene Kenny 9.850 8.800 9.000 Leila Khoury 9.700 9.700 9.700 9.825 38.400 Angela Mapa 9.500 9.650 9.800 Pari Olver 9.475 9.700 9.650 9.625 38.450 Christine Nishimoto 9.625 9.725 9.475