No. 6 Golden Bears Finish 5th at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/08/2005

April 8, 2005

West Point, N.Y. - The No. 6 Golden Bears men's gymnastics team finished in fifth-place at tonight's NCAA Championships held in West Point, New York. California's score of 220.275 helped them improve on last year's sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Oklahoma captured the team title with an overall score of 225.675. The Sooners were followed by Ohio State (225.450), Illinois (223.750), Penn State (222.400), Cal and Michigan (219.775).

Cal finished the pommel horse with a team score of 36.475, good for fourth among the six competing teams. Senior Jay Yee tallied a score of 9.625, while freshman Tim McNeill added a 9.400.

The Bears scored a season-high 38.100 on the still rings, which placed them third among all teams. All four gymnasts scoring in the event turned in solid routines, led by Yee and freshman Tyler Block, who both finished with scores of 9.700. Sophomore Hiroki Yokoyama chipped in with a 9.400, while fellow sophomore Caleb Kirk scored a 9.300.

Cal finished the vault with a team score of 36.800. McNeill scored a season-high 9.400, backed by Yee's 9.225 and freshman Aaron Moy's 9.200.

Senior Graham Ackerman and freshman Colin Christ led the Bears on the parallel bars, where the team scored a 36.025. Ackerman and Christ both tallied scores of 9.100.

The Bears turned in another season-high on the high bar, where they bested their previous top score of 37.175 with a 37.825. Ackerman led the way once again, finishing the event with a 9.700. Christ turned in a 9.525 on the event, while freshman Nick Freeman had his best performance of the year on the event with a score of 9.400

Cal wrapped up the event on the floor exercise, where they posted a score of 36.850. Ackerman's 9.500 was tops on the team, while Moy contributed with a 9.250.

The Bears next compete Saturday, April 9 in the individual event finals, scheduled to begin at 7p.m. EDT at West Point, N.Y.