February 22, 1999
Fri., Feb. 26 at Arizona St. Wells Fargo Arena Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. Sun., Feb. 28 at Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports Senter Lincoln, NE 1:00.p.m.TRAVELING BEARS: The Golden Bears (3-5 overall, 0-4 Pac-10) hit the road for two competitions this weekend. Cal's first meet is the Uno's Classic hosted by No. 7-ranked Arizona State at the Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Also competing at ASU are No. 13 Denver (2-1) and Illinois State (1-11). The Bears have then travel to Lincoln, Neb. for a four-way meet at Nebraska on Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Joining Cal and NU are Arizona State and Maryland.
LAST TIME OUT: In last week's tri-team competition, Cal easily overcame San Jose State 192.475-189.075, but the Bears came up just short versus No. 20 Washington (9-5) which finished with 193.600 total points. The Huskies swept the top three all-around spots with Lauren Riesenman (39.125) leading the way. Lanna Apisukh placed second scoring (38.950), with Amber Erdos (38.725) in third. Riesenman also finished first on beam (9.825), floor (9.825) and third on vault (9.750). Despite the loss, the Bears had several highlights, including posting its highest combined team score (192.475) since April 4, 1997 at the NCAA West Regional where they scored 193.050. Individually, the Bears had a tie for first on vault between Freshman Lindsay Baker and Junior Leila Khoury with 9.800 points. Sophomore Helene Kenny performed a near-perfect uneven bars routine scoring 9.850 to take the top spot on that event. Khoury also finished third on bars with a career-best 9.800.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS: Illinois State (1-11 overall record) lost last Friday to Illinois-Chicago 191.525-192.625. The loss was the Redbirds sixth consecutive of the season. Arizona State is 4-2 on the year, 2-2 Pac-10. ASU leads the all-time record over Cal is 2-13. Last Friday, the Sun Devils competed against No. 10 Stanford, falling 194.250-195.775. Denver is 8-2 on the season and has a 1-2 all-time record versus Cal. DU cruised past Air Force in its last competition, winning the 192.925-187.100. No. 9 Nebraska is 8-2 in 1999. However, the Huskers are 0-2 against Pac-10 opponents losing to Arizona and Washington at Seattle earlier this year. Maryland, 11-4, posted the second-best point total in school history to defeat George Washington, 194.600-192.175, in its last meet.
RECORDS FALL, BEARS DON'T: Helene Kenny and Lindsay Baker proved to be super stars last week, each posting a number of career bests: Kenny on all-around (38.425), vault (9.475) bars (9.850) and Baker on all-around (38.475), vault (9.800), bars (9.575), floor (9.650). Leila Khoury also registered career bests on vault (9.800) and bars (9.800). Pari Olver rounded out Cal's hit parade with career bests on bars (9.700) and beam (9.675).
NEW FACE IN CAL LINEUP: In last week's meet, freshman Dawn Suksanong made her debut performance as a Golden Bear, scoring a solid 9.600 on floor. Suksanong missed Cal's first five meets of the season with a fractured bone in her left hand.
THE COACHES: Head coach Trina Tinti is in her second season with the Golden Bears and boasts a career record of 11-13. 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.
CAL WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS 1999 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Date Opponent Time/Result Jan. 15 UCSB W,188.35-161.425 UC DAVIS W,188.35-182.375
Jan. 22 STANFORD* L,188.35-193.775
Jan. 29 at Utah St. L,180.425-192.950
Feb. 6 ARIZONA* L,190.200-192.050
Feb. 12 at Oregon St.* L,190.025-193.600
Feb. 19 WASHINGTON* L,192.475-193.600 SJSU W,192.475-189.075
Feb. 26 at Arizona St.* 7:00 p.m. vs. Denver vs. Illinois St.
Feb. 28 at Nebraska 1:00 p.m. vs. Arizona St.* vs. Maryland
Mar. 7 at UCLA* 2:00 p.m. vs. Kent. vs. CS Full.
Mar. 12 at Sac. St. 7:00 p.m. vs. Air Force vs. UC Davis
Pac-10 Championships Mar. 20 at Oregon St. 2:00 p.m.
Mar. 26 at Stanford 7:30 p.m.
NCAA Western Regionals Apr. 10 at Oregon St. 7:00 p.m.
NCAA Championships Apr. 22-24 at Utah TBA
Home Meets in CAPS * Denotes Pac-10 Opponent All times local and subject to change.
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