Feb. 16, 2009
The California Golden Bears women's gymnastics team will take on their fifth opponent of the season ranked in the top-25 when they host the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. This week's meet its the annual Flip for a Cure meet dedicated to helping raise breast cancer awareness as well as serving as a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Any fan wearing pink is admitted to the meet for free. Donations to the Komen Foundation will be accepted during the meet.
Pink Meet One Cal home meet will once again be designated as the women's gymnastics' breast cancer awareness meet. The 2009 Pink Meet will be the Feb. 22 contest against No. 6 Stanford. The Golden Bear gymnasts will solicit flat donations or pledges for every Cal score of 9.5 and above. Cal will donate all money earned to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area affiliate in the hopes of raising funds to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening and treatment. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and pink-out Haas Pavilion, while the Bears don pink leotards for the event.
Feb. 13 Tri-Meet The Bears continued their season-long improvement, posting their highest team score of the year with a 191.475 in their dual meet against the No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils. The Bears also had the top team score in two events, beating the Sun Devils on the beam and the vault.
The Vault The vault was the lowest scoring event for the team in their home meet against Washington and Illinois State two weeks ago. This week, the team rallied to post a 48.500, their top vault score of the year. Senior Bridgette Glass, in her first vault competition of the season, topped the team with a 9.875, the highest score by a Bear on the apparatus so far this season. The 9.875 also gave Glass her second event victory of the season. She had the top score in the bars at the Washington meet. Freshman Alexandra Leggitt earned a career-best 9.600.
The Beam The beam continues to be a strong event for the Bears. Cal posted a season-high 48.575 two weeks ago to top both Washington and Illinois State. Cal's 48.275 last week just edged ASU's 48.250 to earn the team its second straight beam victory. Bridgette Glass paced the Bears in the event, earning a 9.750 for her routine.
Team Leaders Bridgette Glass has the highest score of the season for the Bears in every event but the floor, the only routine she has yet to perform this season. Sophia Hocini has posted the top all-around score for the Bears in four of their five meets. The only meet she did not have the top all-around score was the season-opener when senior Jessica Kelley led the team.
Rookie News Both freshmen who competed this week scored season/career highs in events, with Alexandra Leggitt posting a career best in the vault and freshman Erica Varon earning season/career high marks on the bars.
Scouting No. 4 Stanford While No. 4 Stanford extended its best-ever start to 11-0 last weekend with victories over No. 10 Oregon State and UC Davis. Stanford exceeded 197 for the second consecutive week (scoring 197.025), set 11 individual season-bests, one team event best, and a season-high mark of 9.95 by Carly Janiga on the balance beam. The Cardinal also begins to increase the difficulty of some routines as the regular-season heads into the homestretch. The Cardinal, who host the Pac-10 championships in their home gym on March 21, are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest Troester rankings.
Cal Inks Six Newcomers For 2010 The California women's gymnastics team has signed six recruits to National Letter of Intent for the 2010 season. Nicolette Lew (Chino Hills, Calif.) was a Level 10 national and regional qualifier in 2008 and 2007. As a national qualifier, she took sixth on vault in 2008 and placed 19th in the all-around in 2007. Stina Olivere (Naperville, Ill.) was a four-time Level 10 state/regional qualifier and a three-time Level 9 state/regional qualifier, including a championship on bars at nationals. Arla Rosenzweig (Los Altos, Calif.) won the state championship on floor last year and was a regional qualifier. In 2006, she was the all-around state champion and the regional bars champion. Chelsea Spomer (Forestville, Calif.) was a three-time level 10 regional qualifier and a 2008 first alternate for nationals. She placed third in the all around at the state championships in 2008 and was also the Level 8 regional vault champion. Madisyn O'Brien (Sebastopol, Calif.) was a 2008 Level 10 national qualifier and a three-time Level 10 regional qualifier, including taking fourth in the all-around and second on bars in 2008. and Mariesah Pierce (Aptos, Calif.) took third on floor at national last year, and competed at nationals throughout her high school career. She also took second in the all-around at regionals in 2007 and 2008.
Up Next The Bears will host their final home meet of the season Sunday, March 1 when No. 19 Arizona comes to Haas. It will be the final home meet in the careers of seniors Bridgette Glass and Joanna Bennett.
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.