No. 21 Cal Faces Rival No. 10 Stanford
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/23/2013

Jan. 23, 2013

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BERKELEY - The No. 21 Golden Bears return home to Berkeley after two weeks on the road and with a season record of 6-1 to face the No. 10 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. As always, the meet is free to the public.

"It's always exciting to face Stanford with the tradition and rivalry that we have," said head coach Justin Howell. "It goes back so deep so its exciting for us and the fans to compete with the Cardinal. We've been focusing on the things that we can control. This week, we've been working on things we can do better like landings. We gave well over a point away on landing deductions in Washington. This week has been about focusing on minimizing these errors."

Through their first three meets, Cal holds a team scoring average of 194.708 and has already eclipsed their win total from last season. The gymnasts are posting some of the highest Golden Bear scores in a decade. Junior Alicia Asturias, Senior Madisyn O'Brien, and freshman Serena Leong have all posted 9.900 on an apparatus during the season. In the meet at UC Davis, Asturias posted the highest Golden Bear all around score since 2004, a 39.300.

Last Friday at Washington the Bears posted a team score of 194.125 to place second in the quad meet. They fell to the Huskies, but beat UC Davis and University of Chicago - Illinois. Cal won the vault competition by scoring 49.125 and won the floor with a 48.725. O'Brien won the individual bars competition with an exceptional routine, scoring 9.850.

A Look at Cal
The Golden Bears, under the direction of first-year head coach Justin Howell are currently ranked number 21 nationally, with a scoring average of 194.708. Their score of 195.425 in their first meet bested their top mark of last season when they scored 194.725 in a loss against Stanford. The Bears were bested by the Cardinal twice last season, most recently in Burnham Pavilion at Stanford by a score of 196.575-191.450.

Last week, the Golden Bears continued posting high scores after earning their first event scores of over 49 this season at Davis. Cal won the vault competition by scoring a 49.125 besting last year's top score of 49.025.