Bears Take Fourth in NCAA Team Championships
April 15, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The California men's gymnastics team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in the team championship portion. Stanford won the championship with Oklahoma taking second and Illinois finishing fourth ahead of the Bears. The session was the final team competition of the 2011 season and took place at Ohio State's St. John Arena on Friday evening.
Six Bears qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships - Kyle Bunthuwong (pommel, high bar), Bryan del Castillo (pommel, parallel bars), Donothan Bailey (pommel), Glen Ishino (pommel horse), Steven Lacombe (rings), Christian Monteclaro (vault)
On floor, del Castillo paced the Bears with a 15.250, which was good for 13th place. Daniel Culpepper tied for 14th with a 15.200. Eric Haeussler was next in line, tying three others for 20th (15.000). Ishino rounded out the Cal contributors with a 14.850.
Kyle Bunthuwong led the way on high bar, notching a 15.100 to tie for third. Bailey tied for 13th with a 14.550 while del Castillo was in 18th, along with two others, with a 14.450.
Parallel bars saw del Castillo tie for ninth with a 15.00 to best his fellow teammates. Ishino tied for 13th with a 14.900. Haeussler was right behind him in sole possession of 16th place, notching 14.750.
Pommel horse was Ishino's highest finish of the night for he owned second place (15.100). Bailey took fourth (14.650) and del Castillo tied a Buckeye for fifth (14.600). Bunthuwong took seventh, along with two others, with a 14.500. Daniel Geri was in 11th thanks to his 14.400.
For a nice change of pace, it was Steven Lacombe who finished first amongst the Bears on rings, scoring 15.500 to tie for fourth place. His closest Cal competitor was Bailey, who tied 24th with a 14.800.
Stanford - 363.450
Oklahoma - 361.600
Illinois - 360.150
California - 358.700
Michigan - 356.200
Penn State - 355.700