Feb. 11, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The California men's gymnastics team (0-1) hosts Bay Area rival Stanford (1-0) in its first of three home meets this season, Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
ROUND ONE: In its first meeting this year with Stanford in the Bears' season debut, Cal fell short 211.100 - 212.750. At the meet, sophomore Graham Ackerman set a personal best record of 9.000 on the parallel bars while tying for first place on floor (9.300) with Stanford's Dan Gill. Five-time All-American Cody Moore finished second in the all-around (52.950), capping off a 9.400 on the parallel bars, taking first place in the event.
SCOUTING STANFORD: Senior Marshall Erwin, the 2002 NCAA ring champion, tallied a 9.100 on rings at the Individual Event Championships this past weekend at the Winter Cup Challenge. Against California, Stanford's junior Dan Gill claimed first place in the all-around (54.05), posting first place finishes on three events. Cal leads the all-time series, 108-36-2.
REVIEWING THE WINTER CUP: The Bears sent four individuals to the Winter Cup Challenge, an annual event for the opening competition of the men's National Team. Parallel bar All-American Ackerman led the Cal squad, tying for second place on the floor exercise, marking 9.125. He landed out of bounds on his very difficult first pass, however finished with a strong double layout dismount at the end. Competing as an exhibition-only gymnast, two-time pommel horse All-American David Eaton advanced to the Individual Event Championships, completing a strong performance on the high bar after scoring 50.625 in the all-around on Friday's team meet. Aaron Floyd provided solid scoring for Cal, highlighted by an 8.550 on the vault. Senior Cody Moore scored 49.650 in the all-around, including an eighth place tie for high bar (8.800).
CAL IN THE RANKINGS: Cal's absence in on the Top 20 charts is due to a technicality. Starting this week, the ranking is averaged by the two highest scores, allowing only one home meet score. Since the Bears have competed in only one meet, they are not applicable to the rankings. Cal was ranked fifth in the preseason poll, followed by a sixth rating once the season started, then after taking a week off, the Bears fell to No. 8. For complete list of rankings, individually and by team, visit: www.troester.com/gym/MRankings/2003/0210/MNational.htm .
DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER: Starting this season, you can catch your favorite Cal gymnastics meets for free. There will be no admission charged for any men's/women's gymnastics events this year at Haas Pavilion.
DID YOU KNOW? Cody Moore is third on Cal's all-time record list for the floor (9.85, 3/2000) and pommel horse (9.90, 4/2000)?