March 9, 1998
THIS WEEK: Saturday, March 14 CS Fullerton and No. Carolina Fullerton 7:00 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Saturday, March 21 Pac-10 Championships Seattle All Day
BEARS FACTS AND STATS: The California's women's gymnastics team (6-8, 0-8 Pac-10) is ranked sixth in the Western Region and No. 43 in the nation...Helene Kenny is the lone Bear in the national individual rankings with a 9.840 average on the bars for a 23rd-place standing... Leila Khoury is ranked ninth in the regional all-around rankings with a 37.961 average...Kenny sat out the last meet due to a shoulder injury and Pari Olver has been sidelined with a sprained knee the past three weeks, but both are listed as probable for the season finale at Fullerton...seven Pac-10 universities have women's gymnastics programs and six are ranked in the Top 25 nationally, making the Pac-10 one of the most competitive conferences in the country.
CAL ENDS HOME SCHEDULE ON HIGH NOTE: The Bears surged to a .850 lead after the first rotation which they never relinquished en route to a 189.525-187.500 victory over the UC Davis Aggies on March 6. Cal swept the top three positions on the bars and floor. Jennie Kang took top honors on the beam with a 9.800 and placed third on the floor (9.600) to win the all-around title with a 38.250 total. Senior Christine Nishimoto capped her last collegiate home meet with a season-high 9.725 on the bars for first place. Cal finished their home season with a 4-3 record, an improvement from last year's 3-3 record.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: North Carolina is ranked eighth in the Southeast Region with a top score of 192.725 and are No. 18 in the nation on the balance beam...the Tar Heels are led by Brooke Wilson and Amanda Mitchell, who are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the regional all-around rankings...Cal defeated Cal State Fullerton in the January 16 meet earlier this year, 185.825-185.450, but the Titans' top three gymnasts (1997 Big West Gymnast of the Year Katy Maty, Alexis Lott and Cortney Bogart) were injured and did not compete... Fullerton is ranked No. 7 in the Western Region with their highest score of the season, 189.500, coming on February 27 in a win over San Jose State...Gracie Millard, the Titans' No. 2 all-arounder last year, is currently No. 18 in the region in that event with a 36.607 average.
CHANTEL DEBERT RETIRES: Sophomore Chantel Debert, who has been suffering from a chronically sore back, will return to her native Calgary, Canada for intensive back surgery and is expected to be bed-ridden for at least four weeks. She will take an indefinite leave of absence from her studies at Cal and will not compete in gymnastics again.1998 INDIVIDUAL BESTS BY EVENT:
Name V UB BM FX AA Elizabeth Alden 9.500 9.625 9.475 Emily Bails 9.750 9.725 Elizabeth Berlin 9.550 Jennifer Bialosky 9.325 9.725 9.625 Paula Chang 9.400 8.575 8.875 Chantel Debert 9.250 Lindsay Garrett 8.725 9.300 Jennie Kang 9.450 9.550 9.850 9.650 38.375 Helene Kenny 9.850 8.800 9.000 Leila Khoury 9.700 9.700 9.700 9.825 38.400 Angela Mapa 9.500 9.650 9.800 Pari Olver 9.475 9.700 9.650 9.625 38.450 Christine Nishimoto 9.625 9.725 9.475