March 1, 2013
BERKELEY - The University of California women's gymnastics team (8-6, 1-6 Pac-12) registered a 195.00 against Stanford and Oregon State to place third in a conference tri-meet in Burnham Pavilion Friday. No. 12 Stanford (10-3, 5-2 Pac-12) posted a 197.200 to claim the title, while No. 9 Oregon State (11-6, 5-1 Pac-12) placed second with a 197.175.
California started the meet on balance beam, posting a 48.550, and followed with a strong 49.20 floor team total. Sophomore Crystal Paz set a new career-best on floor with a 9.85, up .05 from her previous 9.8 set against Stanford.
On the vault, the Golden Bears matched the team's season-best score (49.20) set last week against Stanford, and a handful of gymnasts also set new personal bests. Friday was the first time in several meets that Cal saw two gymnasts compete in all four events, as senior Mariesah Pierce was finally back in action in the all-around to record a 39.200 total for a new best. The team's biggest improvement came from freshman Kristina Heymann, who posted a new career-best 9.725 on the balance beam - a huge leap from her previous best of 9.15.
Heymann also matched her career-best on floor with a 9.825, but she wasn't the only freshman to help boost the team's score. Newcomer Serena Leong set a new career-best on vault with a 9.9 performance, and Jordan Widener's 9.825 routine on the uneven bars was her new personal best. Junior Dallas Crawford matched her 9.85 career-best on the uneven bars to contribute to the team's overall total of 48.050.
Next up for the Bears is a road meet at perennial power and sixth-ranked UCLA. California will hit the floor on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
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