THIS WEEK: Fri., Feb. 13 UCLA RSF 7:30 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Fri., Feb. 20 Stanford Palo Alto 7:30 p.m.
PAC-10 POWERHOUSE NEXT UP FOR BEARS: The California women's gymnastics team return to Cal with a 5-6 record to host seventh-ranked UCLA this Friday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Bears will not compete at home again until March 6 when UC Davis pays a visit.
RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BATTLE IN THE DESERT: The Bears defeated the University of Illinois-Chicago 190.125-187.725 but were unable to overcome Pac-10 rivals Washington and Arizona in last Friday's four-squad meet in Tucson. No. 19 Washington won the meet with 193.775 and 21-ranked Arizona rook second with 190.225...Cal continues to improve their overall team score with every meet this season; their 190.125 is a new season high-bettering last week's score by 2.05. The squad also raised their team totals on the beam (48.750) and floor (48.250)...Freshman Helene Kenny tied for first place on the bars with a 9.850 and freshman Pari Olver racked up 38.450 points in her collegiate debut in the all-around competition-the highest all-around point total for the Bears this season
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: UCLA returns four All-Americans from last year and was ranked number one in the coaches preseason poll...now ranked number seven after being upset by current number one Georgia, 194.025-195.675 on January 9...their team score against Georgia is the second highest team score in the Pac-10 this year (ASU-194.275)...narrowly edged number 13 Stanford 195.400-194.300 to win last week's meet at Stanford that also featured ninth-ranked Michigan and Cornell...All-American Stella Umeh recorded a season-high 39.400 all around score in that meet to raise her season average to 39.200 for a fourth-place national ranking....the Bruins will be dangerous on the floor- Umeh (9.95), Heidi Moneymaker (9.925), Lena Degtova (9.925) and Kiralee Hayashi (9.925) are all ranked atop the Pac-10 in that category.
HEAD COACH TRINA TINTI: The 1997-98 season marks head coach Trina Tinti's first year at the helm of the California women's gymnastics program. Before accepting the position with the Golden Bears, Tinti served as the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for the past five years. She brings 22 years of experience as both a competitor and a coach to the program. As a competitor, Tinti competed for four years at UCLA under present head coach Valorie Kondos from 1983-87. She earned Most Inspirational Gymnast honors in 1986 and was named UCLA's Most Valuable Gymnast in 1984. She was also chosen the Outstanding Woman Athlete at UCLA in 1984.FEBRUARY 6 MEET RESULTS:
Team Scores: 1. Washington--193.975, 2. Arizona--193.775, 3. California--190.125, 4. Illinois-Chicago--187.725. All-Around: 1. Tiffany Simpson (UW)--39.375, 2. Tenli Poggemeyer (UA)--38.975, 3. Kara Fry (UA)--38.925. Vault: 1. Klara Kudilkova (UW)--9.90, 2. Tiffany Simpson (UW)--9.850, 3. Gabriella Brunn (UIC)--9.825. Uneven Bars: 1.Kristen McDermott (UA) and Kudilkova (UW) and Helene Kenny (CAL)--9.85. Balance Beam: 1. Simpson (UW)--9.850, 2. Tenli Poggenmeyer (UA) and Fry (UA)--9.825. Floor: 1. Poggenmeyer (UA) and Cami Banholzer (UA)--9.90, 3. Lanna Apisukh (UW) and Simpson (UW)--9.850.