No. 7 California Competes at Pacific Coast Classic
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Release:  02/15/2005

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Feb. 15, 2005

WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 7 California men's gymnastics team (214.758) will be competing at the Pacific Coast Classic, Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Oakland Convention Center at 7 p.m. The Bears will face No. 1 University of Illinois (221.525), as well as club teams from Arizona State and the University of Washington.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Golden Bears finished second at the Nakamori Invitational with a score of 214.450. The Bears were less than one point behind first place and then-No. 1 in the nation Ohio State, who finished with 215.350. No. 8 Stanford was third with a score of 213.950. Senior co-captain Graham Ackerman, a two-time NCAA Champion in 2004, finished first on floor exercise with a score of 9.500, and third on the high bar (9.350). Senior Jay Yee, another 2004 NCAA finalist, had the night's best score on the still rings recording a 9.500. Yee was also impressive on the pommel horse, where his 9.350 was good for second. Cal's strong freshman class continued what has been an impressive debut season, with Mark Freeman tying for third on floor exercise with a 9.075, and Colin Christ's 9.400 on the high bar good for second.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The University of Illinois men's gymnastics team moved to No. 1 in the nation with their performance last weekend against No. 5 Penn State. Illinois, the 2004 Big Ten conference champions, are coached by Yoshi Hayasaki (230-127-1, 28th season).

A LOOK AT THE PACIFIC COAST CLASSIC: The Pacific Coast Classic was created to provide direct assistance in preserving men's collegiate gymnastics programs and increase scholarship and training opportunities in the United States. The Classic is host to over 600 competitors from 50 teams, 8 states and 2 countries. 100% of the net proceeds from the 2005 Pacific Coast Classic will be donated to benefiting organizations that significantly impact the future of men's gymnastics in the United States.

CAREER MILESTONE: Head coach Barry Weiner attained his 200th career victory this past weekend at the Nakamori Invitational. Weiner, having amassed a 200-51-1 record during his 14-year tenure, is second on the all-time win list only to Hal Frey (230 wins, 25 years).

2005 BREAKDOWN: Cal's overall average of 214.758 in 2005 is good for No. 7 in the nation (No. 2 MPSF Conference). The Bears are No. 5 in the nation on floor exercise (36.283), No. 6 on pommel horse (35.700) and still rings (36.935), No. 7 on the high bar (35.600) and No. 8 on the parallel bars (34.775).

HEAD COACH Barry Weiner: Largely credited with developing the University of California men's gymnastics program into one of the nation's finest, Barry Weiner (14th year, 201-51-1) led the Golden Bears to national championships in 1997 and 1998, a total of six Top 5 national finishes and seven NCAA individual champions in his fourteen seasons at Cal. Weiner was named National Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, as well as being a four-time MPSF Coach of the Year honoree, most recently in 2004.

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH Kip Simons: Kip Simons is in his fifth year as an assistant with the Golden Bears. Simons had a successful collegiate career at Ohio State University, where he was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, team captain his senior season, a Nissen Award Recipient and the 1994 OSU Male Athlete of the Year. His crowning achievement came when he represented America while competing in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.