Feb. 19, 2002
WHATS ON TAP:The Golden Bears (5-4, 1-4) head out across the bay to face arch-rival and seventh-ranked Stanford (6-3) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Burnham Pavilion. Cal looks to defeat its first Pac-10 opponent since the Bears topped Oregon State in the second week of the season.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: The biannual California Invitational featured four UC schools, including host Cal, No. 10 UCLA, UC Davis and UCSB. The Bruins won the meet hands down as they led from the get-go. The Bears' My-Lan Dodd won the all-around with a score of 39.075, defeating the second place gymnast, UCLA's Malia Jones (38.825), by a wide margin. The Bruins Jamie Dantzscher won the floor exercise with a perfect 10. Junior Janet McKnight won the vault as she collected a 9.825.
UNDERCLASSMEN RECORD CAREER HIGHS: Fielding a full team after struggling to do so at Arizona, the Bears had many gymnasts that came through to give Cal the highest score that it has received since Jan. 18, against Oregon State, when they notched a 193.250. Freshman Tara Capsuto, who has stepped up in the past three weeks, collected season and career-highs on every event she participated. On the bars, she eclipsed a previous personal best of 9.325, and earned a 9.725. On the beam, she recorded a 9.625 and on the vault, Capsuto was awarded a 9.575. Fellow freshman Adrienne Garcia scored 9.450 on the bars and in only her second attempt on the beam as a collegian, Garcia scored a 9.675.
VETERANS TURN IN SEASON-HIGHS: Junior Lisa Arnold earned personal-highs on the beam and the floor. Her 9.525 on the beam was also a career high. Junior Monique Johnson, who has done well on the floor this year, collected a season-high score of 9.800 on the floor last Sunday. Janet McKnight, who has been instrumental on the vault and bars, earned personal-highs all across the board. She tied a season-best on the vault (9.825) and a new season-high on bars (9.800). Her 9.800 on the floor was just .025 shy of her career-high.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The seventh-ranked Cardinal host the Bears after a second place finish in the Mardi Grass Madness Exhibition last weekend in Gainesville, as Stanford recorded a 195.700. Florida finished first, tallying a score of 196.900. The Card put together a season-high effort of 197.250 in a win against Arizona at Burnham Pavilion, Feb. 1, and followed, a couple of days later, with a score of 197.075 against Denver, which also ended with a Stanford win. Head coach Kristen Smyth, in her first year at Stanford, was a standout gymnast for the Golden Bears from 1989-92. She is still among the top five in four of five categories in Cal history (vault, first, bars, third, floor, fifth, all-around, fifth).