February 9, 1999
Fri., Feb. 12
at Oregon State Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon
WHAT'S COMING UP: The Golden Bears look to snap a three-meet losing streak when the Golden Bears travel to No. 14 Oregon State on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the Wilson Motors Challenge. The Bears enter the dual meet with a 1-12 all-time record against OSU. Cal returns to Berkeley home competition against Washington and San Jose State on February 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreational Sports Facility. In last week's dual competition with Arizona, Cal was able to post a season-high team score of 190.200, but it could not hold up against the Wildcats score of 192.050.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: OSU has a 2-3 overall mark of the season and 1-3 in the Pac-10 entering Friday's competition. Last Friday, the Beavers recorded their first Pac-10 win of the year, defeating No. 9 Arizona State, 194.150-193.175. Oregon State dominated, taking the top spot on all four events and the all-around: Lara Degenhardt on vault (9.875) and floor (9.95), Danae Phillips on bars (9.90), Corrie Young on beam (9.80), and Megan Murphy-Barcroft for all-around (38.70).
A QUICK LOOK AT CAL: The Bears are now 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Pac-10 following their loss to Arizona last week. However, the Bears did not go down without a fight. After the first rotation, Cal notched a season high score of 48.025 on vault, and trailed by just .025 against UA on bars (48.050). Cal also bested the Wildcats on the floor, 48.125-47.975. Leila Khoury placed second in all-around with a season-best 38.750. Winning the all-around title was Kristin McDermott of Arizona with a combined score of 38.950. Cal's Emily Bails took home the top spot on balance beam with her season-high 9.875. Other Top 3 finishes for the Bears included Lindsay Baker on vault and Khoury on vault and floor. Arizona placed first in all-around, vault (Heidi Hornbeek, 9.900), bars (Maureen Kealey, 9.875) and floor (Kristin McDermott, 9.800).
MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS: Cal showed vast improvement in its meet versus Arizona. Senior Emily Bails posted a career high on vault with a 9.475 and a season best on beam (9.875). Freshman Lindsay Baker performed her career best on vault (9.725), bars (9.650) and floor (9.525). Sophomore Paula Chang notched a career high on beam with 9.625 and all-around (37.025). Freshman Kristine Kaibara posted her career best on the beam, scoring 9.700. Junior Leila Khoury recorded her season best on vault (9.775), beam (9.550) and all-around (38.750). Sophomore Pari Olver performed her career high on vault with 9.600.
SOMETHING NEW: Freshman Kristine Kaibara fared well in her debut performance on vault last week, posting a 9.450. Her score was a major contributor to the total team score on that event. Prior to Friday's meet, Kaibara had competed on bars and floor only due to a stress fracture in her right tibia. Kaibara should continue to see more time Bears lineup after recording season bests on bars (9.575) versus Stanford and beam (9.700) against Arizona.
THE COACHES: Head coach Trina Tinti is in her second season with the Golden Bears and boasts a career record of 10-12. 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 Tinit's staff as a student assistant coach for 1999.