Jan. 21, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: Undefeated and 20th-ranked California (2-0) heads to the Pacific Northwest to face Seattle Pacific (2-0) and Washington (0-1) Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Golden Bears face their second Pac-10 opponent of the 2002 season when Cal faces off against the Huskies.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Bears defeated No. 24 Oregon State for just the second time in 26 meetings, 193.250-193.125, last Friday night in Cal's home opener. Sophomore Karissa Chock led the way for the Bears as she participated in the all-around. Not only did she take part in all four events, but Chock was the top all-around scorer as she tallied a 39.050. Freshman Sheilah Buack tied for first place on the floor scoring a 9.875 in addition to a mark of 9.775 on the beam, which was good enough for second place.
BEARS JUMP INTO EARLY SEASON RANKINGS: The Bears finished last season ranked 29th in the country. With the 2002 season just three weeks old, Cal is tied for the 20th spot with Kentucky after the Bears debuted in the Troester GymInfo Weekly Rankings last week at No. 13. Georgia remains the top-rated team in the land with an average score of 197.900. Among Pac-10 teams, Cal is fourth, as perennial powerhouse UCLA, is No. 2 (196.875), Arizona is No. 7 (195.400) and Stanford is at No. 14 (194.675).
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Golden Bears opened 2002 with a come-from-behind win over host Cal State Fullerton, 193.925-192.175, last Saturday night. Cal's team score that evening was the highest mark ever, in a season opener, and the best since 1997 when the Bears recorded a 192.775 versus Arizona.
CHOCK ONE UP: In just her second year at Cal, sophomore Karissa Chock had never done the uneven bars in competition until last Friday when Cal faced OSU. With prior experience on the other events, participating in bars would allow her to score in the all-around. In her first attempt on the bars, Chock earned a 9.850, which was good enough for third place in the event. She also scored a 9.875 on the vault, a 9.525 on the beam and a 9.8 on the floor to tally a 39.050 for first overall in the all-around.
ANOTHER FRESHMAN SHINES: A week after My-Lan Dodd debuted her collegiate career with an impressive all-around score of 39.125, another first-year gymnast contributed to the squad last week against the Beavers. Sheilah Buack didn't compete in the all-around, however, she finished as the top scorer on the floor (9.875) and second on the beam (9.775).
BEAM A BOON FOR CAL: The Bears finished just .05 shy of the school record on the balance beam versus Fullerton, as they tallied a 39.100. The score also launched Cal into the nation's elite in the event as it ranks No. 6 this week.
HOMECOMING FOR DODD: Freshman all-arounder My-Lan Dodd, a native of Seattle Wash., has an opportunity to perform in front of family and friends when the Bears travel to Seattle Pacific and Washington this weekend. Dodd has performed all-around in both meets this season. Against Cal State Fullerton, Jan. 12, she took first place in the all-around with a score of 39.125.
INJURY STATUS: Cal sustained key losses last week when sophomore Katreece Stone went down with an injured Achilles' tendon against OSU and Carrie Kreifels was lost to a torn ACL. Both gymnasts are likely to miss the rest of the season recuperating from their injuries.
SCOUTING SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons won their season opener when SPU defeated UC Davis and Wisconsin-Stout in a triangular meet last Friday. Senior Alison Siegel-McAfee, who had an all-around score of 38.600 in the first meet, leads the Falcons. Head coach Laurel Tindall has a 320-290-1 record in 25 years at SPU. The Bears lead the all-time series, 14-1.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies dropped their season opener to Stanford last Friday, 193.925-191.075. Although the Cardinal won every event, sophomore Emily Pritchard took first place in the all-around with a 38.925. UW visits Boise State Friday before hosting Cal Sunday at 1 p.m. Head coach Bob Levesque is in his 11th year with a career record of 127-100-1.