January 26, 1999
Fri., Jan. 29
at Utah State
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Logan, Utah 7:30 p.m. MT
ON THE ROAD
After experiencing its first loss of the season to Stanford last week, the California women's gymnastics team travels to Utah State University for their first away competition on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The Bears have not ventured onto Aggie territory since January 25, 1986, when Cal lost to Utah State 178.15-178.45. The Bears enter this upcoming dual meet with a 2-2 record on the season.
NOTING THE AGGIES
Utah State enters Friday's dual meet with a 2-0 record for the 1999 season. Last week, in the Aggies season opener, USU scored a combined total of 191.025 points, dominating both Southern Utah, 189.70, and Sacramento State, 187.125. The Aggies top all-arounders was Christy Denson, who recorded a meet-best 39.125.
A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BEARS
Cal's loss versus the Cardinal in dropped the Bears to 2-1. Cal freshman Lindsay Baker placed third in all-around with the score of 37.825. Leila Khoury took third on vault and fourth in all-around with a score of 37.500. Helene Kenny (bars) and Emily Bails (floor) also scored in the top three.
REGIONAL RANKING UP
With the solid score of 188.350 in the first meet of the year, the California gymnastics team opened the season with a No. 6 regional ranking. UCLA, which scored a region-best 193.525, holds down the top spot.
Freshmen Lindsay Baker posted the Bears highest all-around point total versus Stanford, scoring a 37.825 to finish in third place all-arouind. Baker's final score was a full point and a half higher than her debut collegiate competition against UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, when she notched a 36.325.
Three Golden Bears posted career bests versus Stanford. Helene Kenny scored career highs on both vault (9.275) and floor (9.600), Paula Chang registered a personal best on floor (9.575) and Emily Bails scored a career best on vault (9.350).
Head coach Trina Tinti is in her second season with the Golden Bears and boasts a career record of 10-10. 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.