Feb. 23, 2009
The California Golden Bears women's gymnastics team hosts their final home meet of the 2009 season this Sunday, March 1, when the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats come to Haas for a 2 p.m. meet. This is the sixth opponent ranked in the top-25 that the Bears have faced this season.
Senior Day Cal will honor seniors Bridgette Glass and Joanna Bennett as well as undergraduate assistant coach Jessica Kelley, who missed most of her senior season due to an elbow injury, but has continued to contribute to the team on the coaching side.
Feb. 22 Dual vs Stanford The Bears competed in their sixth meet of the season, the minimum needed to calculate the team's Regional Qualifying Score and return them to the Troester rankings. Despite sliding slightly from the previous week's season-high of 191.475, the 190.625 score the Bears posted at the meet helped raise their season average and move them up four spots in the national rankings and secure a ninth-place ranking in the West Region above Seattle Pacific, Alaska, and Cal State Fullerton.
The Floor The Bears posted a season-high score of 49.050 on the floor last week. The mark was not only the highest of the season in the event for the Bears, it was the highest of the season in any event for the Bears. Cal's 48.575 on the beam in the home meet against Washington was the previous high mark of the season. The Bears had gymnasts set four new career-highs in the event and one who matched her previous best. Sophomores Stephanie Cheng and Avery Gee scored 9.850, setting a new high for Cheng and matching a previous high for Gee. Freshmen Alexandra Leggitt and senior Joanna Bennett scored 9.775, new career high's for both. Freshman Shana Johnson also scored a career high. Junior Sophia Hocini posted a season-high 9.800 for her routine.
9.8+ The Bears had five routines rate a 9.800 or higher at the meet. Senior Bridgette Glass had two scores in that zone, her 9.800 on the bars and a 9.825 on the beam. Both were the top scores for the Bears in those events. The other three marks were on the floor.
All-Around Junior Sophia Hocini was the Bears top finisher in the all-around for the fifth straight meet. Hocini posted a season-best mark of 38.950. Her highest mark was for her floor performance. She paced the Bears on the vault where she scored a 9.750. Her 38.446 average currently ranks her seventh in the West Region.
Did you know... Senior Bridgette Glass' 9.875 mark this season on the vault is the second time in her career she scored that high on that apparatus. It also is the fourth highest score in the Cal record books. Five gymnasts have scored a 9.950, including current Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth who competed for the Bears as an undergrad. Six have scores a 9.925, eight a 9.900, and Glass is one of 13 gymnasts to post a 9.875. Teammate Sophia Hocini is one of those 13. She earned the mark in her sophomore season in a meet hosted by the Air Force Academy.
Scouting No. 16 Arizona While No. 16 Arizona Wildcats have won their last three meets. They scored a 195.75 to slip past rival Arizona State last weekend in Tucson. The Wildcats got their best team-performance of the night to start the meet on vault where they scored a 49.075, their only event over a 49. Freshman Deanna Graham led the way with a 9.875. On the bars, junior Sarah Tomczyk and freshman Britnie Jones each posted 9.8's. On beam, the Wildcats have scored 49.0+ in three of their last four meets. Brianna Bergeson posted her third 9.9 on beam this season to lead the squad.
Up Next The Bears become road warriors, competing in their final three regular season meets on the road. The Bears head to Michigan for a March 6 meet at Western Michigan in Kalamzoo followed by a competition on March 8 in Lansing against Michigan State and Ball State. The Bears are back in California for their final regular-season meet of the year in Sacramento followed by the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford.
Head Coach Cari DuBois In her seventh year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 66-74 record at Cal. Also, she was named the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the year and the 2003 West Regional Coach of the Year. Last season, DuBois guided the Bears to the NCAA West Regional, held at Cal's Haas Pavilion, and ended the campaign with a final ranking of 26. Earlier during her tenure, she led Cal to its first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Bears to their highest NCAA-regional finish (fourth) since 1992. In 2004, the Bears finished fifth at the NCAA regionals, the program's best back-to-back postseason showings since 1991-92. Prior to coming to Berkeley, DuBois worked as an assistant for nine years (six at West Virginia and three at Cal under Alfie Mitchell). DuBois also has spent time instructing and choreographing routines at gymnastics camps and clubs nationwide. DuBois graduated from Ball State in 1992 with a degree in exercise science and wellness and holds a master's degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia.