March 8, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 6 California men's gymnastics team (6-3 overall, 5-2 MPSF) will close-out their 2005 regular season schedule, hosting No. 15 Temple Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The meet will also feature the Golden Bears women's gymnastics team, who will be facing North Carolina State.
LOOKING BACK AT PREVIOUS ACTION: Cal traveled to Los Angeles for the Peter Vidmar Invitational, where the Bears finished first, posting a score of 217.525. No. 10 Stanford came in second, with a score of 212.025, while Air Force's 194.050 was good for third place. Individually, Golden Bear gymnasts finished first in five of six events. Senior co-captain Graham Ackerman had a sensational night, finishing first on the floor (9.650) and vault (9.350), and second on the parallel bars (8.975) and high bar (9.250). Fellow senior Jay Yee was equally impressive, capturing the top spot on both the pommel horse (9.350) and still rings (9.6750). Freshman Colin Christ tied for first on the high bar, where he posted a score of 9.450. Cal returned to the Bay Area the following day to take on Stanford in Palo Alto. The Bears came up short this time against the Cardinal, finishing second, 222.675-219.775. Junior co-captain Shawn Mowry placed first on floor, receiving a 9.650, to edge Stanford's David Sender (9.600) for the top spot. Freshman Tyler Block recorded a 9.550 on the still rings, earning him a tie for second place with Sender and Peter Derman. Christ capped off an impressive weekend performance with a first place finish on the high bar, where he scored a 9.550.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Temple, (8-7) will be led by David Ramos, who captured ECAC Championship titles on the floor exercise and the horizontal bar last season. The Owls will also be looking towards Travis Kitchen, who has medaled on parallel bars in the ECAC previously. Freshmen Sterling Kramer and Luke Vexler were both finalists at last season's Junior Olympic All-Around Championships. Temple is coached by Fred Turoff (29th year, 278-118). The Bears are 3-0 all-time against the Owls, having won their most recent meet in 2002.
CAREER MILESTONE: Head coach Barry Weiner attained his 200th career victory this year 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 218.183 in 2005 is good for No. 6 in the nation. The Bears are No. 1 in the nation on floor exercise (37.225), No. 5 on parallel bars (36.042) and still rings (37.700), No. 7 on the high bar (36.267) and No. 8 on the pommel horse (36.042).
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.