March 22, 2013
The California women’s gymnastics team begins its postseason Saturday with a trip to Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State campus for the Pac-12 Championships. The No. 8 seed Golden Bears will compete with Arizona, Arizona State and Washington at 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon session, while the top four seeds – Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Utah – will compete in the evening session beginning at 7 p.m. Seeding is determined by national rankings that are based on Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).
Both sessions will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks, and live stats will be available at osubeavers.com and /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=208202233.
The team with the highest score from the two sessions will be crowned Pac-12 champion. Individual champions will also be determined by the combined sessions. Conference awards for Gymnast of the Year, Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, Specialist of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year will also be announced.
Last year at the Pac-12 Championship, the Golden Bears finished eighth out of eight with a score of 193.525, while UCLA claimed the title with a 197.200. Cal is well on its way to a better finish this season, having posted its highest score since 2007 last week at home in Haas Pavilion. The Bears set the second-highest team score in program history in a 197.525-196.525 loss to then-No. 11 Nebraska. Cal also posted the third-highest vault team score (49.30) in program history and set or matched a total of 12 season or career bests.
The Pac-12 is one of the nation’s elite gymnastics conferences, with both Utah and UCLA as two of the four teams that have ever claimed an NCAA Gymnastics title. The teams have combined for 15 championships in the 31-year history of NCAA Gymnastics. Five of the teams competing in Saturday’s events are ranked in the Top 25, and just three of the conference’s eight teams have won a conference championship – UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State.