March 11, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 4 California men's gymnastics team hosts No. 6 Iowa Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m. in its last regular meet of the season at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (6-1) will honor two graduating seniors, Aaron Floyd and Cody Moore, as well as former Cal head coach Hal Frey, at the meet.
SCOUTING IOWA: The Hawkeyes come off a dominating performance against No. 11 Illinois-Chicago, winning by a score of 212.575-197.550. Iowa set season best totals on the pommel horse (36.175) and still rings (35.325). Sophomore Linas Gaveika earned a season best score of 9.575 on the pommel horse to win the event. Junior Matt Metzger tied his season best score of 9.3 with his first place finish on rings. The Bears hold a 7-4 edge on Iowa, including a 217.650-213.225 victory in 2002.
CAL IN THE RANKINGS: Entering the final leg of the 2003 regular season, California is ranked in the Top 10 in the country in each of the six events. Its two-score average presents a No. 2 spot on parallel bar (35.600), No. 5 on high bar (35.650), No. 6 on floor (35.725), No. 8 on both pommel horse (35.125) and still rings (35.600) and ninth on vault (36.412).
REVIEWING THE PETER VIDMAR INVITATIONAL: Despite problems with the equipment, Cal registered a solid 210.925-208.300 victory past Illinois in Southern California Thursday evening. Highlighting the meet was a team season best 36.400 on the rings, surpassing the 35.800 former season best mark. The Bears claimed the Top 3 spots in the event with individual season bests by senior Aaron Floyd (9.450), sophomore Michael Ashe (9.150) and junior Jeremy Dwork (9.000). Junior David Eaton earned the h-bar title with a 9.600 mark. Senior Cody Moore won the p-horse title with an 8.800 score. Junior transfer Jeremy Dwork's 9.000 performance on the still rings was good enough for a personal best while wearing a Blue and Gold uniform.
FORMER CAL COACH TO BE HONORED: Following the Bears' last home meet of the 2003 season Sunday, March 16 versus No. 6 Iowa, the Cal gymnastics family will honor former men's head coach, Dr. Hal Frey. Dr. Frey coached Cal gymnastics from 1958-1969 and 1971-1983. In his 25 years at the helm, Frey led the Bears to national championships in 1968 and 1975, and 15 conference championships. Following the 1 p.m. meet, Frey and former Cal gymnasts will speak during the no-host reception. To reserve your seat, please call Holly Tigard in the Bear Backers office at 510-643-7246.
DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER: For the last time this season, you can catch Cal gymnastics for free when the Bears host top-ranked Iowa Mar. 16 in their home finale. There is no admission charged for any men's/women's gymnastics events this year at Haas Pavilion.