Feb. 23, 1998THIS WEEK:
Fri., Feb. 27
at UC Santa Barbara
Fri., Mar. 6
BEARS FACTS AND STATS: The California's women's gymnastics team (5-8, 0-8 Pac-10) is ranked sixth in the Western Region and No. 43 in the nation...The Bears have a 1-4 record in Feb. after losing to Arizona, UCLA, Washington and Stanford and defeating Illinois-Chicago...Helene Kenny is the lone Bear in the national indvidual rankings with a 9.837 eleventh-place standing... This week's trip to Santa Barbara is the third time the Bears have competed on the road in Feb.; they visited Arizona and Stanford earlier this month...Seven Pac-10 universities have women's gymnastics programs and six are ranked in the top 25 nationally, making the Pac-10 one of the most competitive conferences in the country.
CAL FALLS TO CROSS-TOWN RIVAL: The Bears lost to 11th-ranked Stanford in last Friday's meet at Stanford 193.450-190.675. This was the second week in a row that Cal fell victim to a hot opponent. UCLA defeated Cal on Feb.13 with their second-highest score of the season (195.300) and this week, the Cardinal turned in one of their best performances to post their second-highest team score of the year. The Bears can take consolation in the fact they set a new season-high team total;, the squad has improved their overall team score with each meet except one this year. Helene Kenny took second on the bars with a 9.850 to prevent a Stanford sweep of the top three places in every event.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: The UC Santa Barbara Gaunchos are 0-7 and ranked nineth in the Western Region. They posted their top score of the year last week in a 194.625-188.275 loss to 15th-ranked BYU. The Gaunchos are led by Tamimi Ito who holds the team season-high records on the bars (9.675) and the all-around (38.175).
HEAD TO HEAD WITH THE GAUNCHOS: Cal leads the all-time series with UCSB 15-3. The Bears defeated the Gaunchos twice last season; during a meet at UCLA 186.725-184.925 and in a home contest 189.650-185.000.
INJURY REPORT: A MRI revealed that Pari Olver's knee injury is not an ACL tear as initially feared, but rather a knee sprain. She will rehabilitate her knee throughout the week and is listed as probable for the Bears home meet against UC Davis on Mar. 6. Olver injured the joint during a practice session on Feb. 11 just as she was starting to come into her own for the Bears after recording the team's season high all-around record with 38.450 points in the February 6 meet against Arizona.
HEAD COACH TRINA TINTI: The 1997-98 season marks head coach Trina Tinti's first year at the helm of the California women's gymnastics program. Before accepting the position with the Golden Bears, Tinti served as the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for the past five years. She brings 22 years of experience as both a competitor and a coach to the program. As a competitor, Tinti competed for four years at UCLA under present head coach Valorie Kondos from 1983-87. She earned Most Inspirational Gymnast honors in 1986 and was named UCLA's Most Valuable Gymnast in 1984. She was also chosen the Outstanding Woman Athlete at UCLA in 1984.