No. 8 Cal Competes Four Individuals at Winter Cup Challenge
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/04/2003

Feb. 4, 2003

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WHAT'S ON TAP: After a week's rest, the eighth-ranked California men's gymnastics team (0-1) sends four individuals to compete in the Winter Cup Challenge, Feb. 7-8, in Las Vegas, NV. The Challenge features elite gymnasts from across the United States, with the Top 4 finishers in the all-around qualifying for a spot on the National Team.

CAL'S LINEUP: Representing the Bears at the Winter Cup are parallel bar All-American Graham Ackerman, two-time pommel horse All-American David Eaton, 2002 defending p-bar National Champion and five-time All-American Cody Moore, and senior co-captain Aaron Floyd. The two-day event is hosted by USA Gymnastics, with approximately 84 gymnasts competing in one age division. Athletes ages 15 and up are eligible to compete.

LAST YEAR AT THE WINTER CUP CHALLENGE: After scoring fourth in the all-around with a score of 52.85, Cody Moore was named to the U.S. National Gymnastics team. The All-American won two events at the 2002 Winter Cup Challenge, scoring 9.200 on pommel horse and a stunning 9.500 on the high bar. He also finished third on the p-bars with an 8.625 score. Moore, currently not a member of the national team, is looking for another stellar performance this weekend to reclaim his spot on the roster.

REVIEWING THE CARDINAL OPEN: The Bears fell short against cross-bay rival Stanford in their season opener, losing 211.100 - 212.750 at the Cardinal Open. Sophomore Graham Ackerman set a personal best 9.000 on the parallel bars while tying for first place on floor (9.300) with Stanford's Daniel Gill. Senior Cody Moore finished second in the all-around (52.950) behind Gill, and placed first on the p-bars with a 9.400. In the all-around, junior David Eaton placed fourth (50.900) and senior Aaron Floyd took fifth (44.550).

COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Head coach Barry Weiner combined five newcomers at the Stanford Open throughout the six-event rotation to land a 211.100 overall team score. Freshmen Alan Parsons (Suffield, CT) scored 8.450 on the floor, Shawn Mowry (Fremont, CA) received an 8.350 on the floor, 6.700 on the p-horse, 8.450 on vault and 7.750 on p-bars, and Chris Rodriguez (Tomball, TX) marked 8.050 on p-bars and 8.500 on h-bar. UC Santa Barbara transfers Jeremy Dwork (Camarillo, CA) and Jay Yee (Palo Alto, CA) were also introduced to Cal gymnastics. Dwork scored 5.850 on the pommel horse while Yee competed in three events. Yee showed Weiner great promise after placing fourth on the rings with 8.600. Yee capped off at 9.300 on vault while scoring 7.500 on pommel horse.

BEARS TABBED 5TH IN PRESEASON POLL: California was picked to finish fifth in the nation in the preseason coaches poll, receiving three votes for a first-place finish. The 2002 Bears completed the season ranked No. 6 after taking third place at the NCAA Championships.

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.