March 8, 1999
Cal (4-13 overall) is traveling to Sacramento State for a four-way meet against CSUS (9-3), UC Davis (12-11) and Air Force. The competition is Friday, March 12 in the Hornet Gym at 7:00 p.m. The Bears enter the meet with a record 4-13 overall. Cal has an all-time series record versus Air Force 1-0, UC Davis 13-1 and Sac State 10-3.
AT THE BRUIN CLASISIC:
The Golden Bears competed a four-way meet last Sunday against UCLA (13-4), Michigan State (13-8), and Kentucky (7-7). Cal finished tenths away from Kentucky losing the third place slot, 191.525-191.950. This team score is the Bear's second best of the season. UCLA dominated the competition with a team score of 196.500. Michigan State took second notching 193.050 total points. Despite the losses, the Bears took a couple places on the podium. Emily Bails came in 3rd on the balance beam with the score of 9.775 and Leila Khoury on floor with 9.875.
Several of the Bears are currently ranked in the top 15 in region 1. Leila Khoury: 8th all-around, 8th on vault, 11th on floor; Helene Kenny: 14th all-around, 11th on bars; Lindsay Baker: 13th all-around, 15th on vault; Emily Bails: 8th on beam, 15th on floor.
With the 1999 season coming to a close, the RQS (regional qualifying scores) will soon determine the top six teams qualifying to regionals. The Golden Bears are presently 6th in the region slightly behind Boise State. Currently, Oregon State is the top team in region 1 followed by Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
QUEEN OF CONSISTENCY:
Senior Emily Bails is showing incredible consistency this season making her a vital part of the Bear's line-up. Bails is averaging 9.722 on floor with a season high of 9.775 on this event. On the balance beam, she averages 9.600 and carries 9.875 as her season best. Emily Bails can also be found in Cal's Top 5 all-time scores where she is ranked 1st on beam (9.900).
SPOTLIGHT ON RECORD CHANGES:
Cal gymnasts set new career highs in last weekend's competition at UCLA. Two Bears broke their career bests on the floor: Leila Khoury (9.875) and Helene Kenny (9.700). Pari Olver tied her best score ever on vault (9.600).
Head coach Trina Tinti is in her second season with the Golden Bears and has a career record of 12-22. Prior to coming to Cal, Tinti was the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for five years. Joining the Cal staff for his first season is Peter Doyle, who for the previous five seasons was an assistant at George Washington University. After suffering a career-ending injury during the off-season, former Cal gymnast, Jennifer Bialosky joins Tinti's staff as a student assistant coach for 1999.