March 4, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: After defeating three Top 10 squads, the fourth-ranked California men's gymnastics team travels to Southern California to compete against Illinois Thursday, Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Peter Vidmar Invitational.
SCOUTING ILLINOIS: The seventh-ranked Fighting Illini come off a season high score of 216.450 Saturday afternoon in a three-team home meet. Despite the top-notch showing, the Illini stood second to No. 2 Penn State while defeating No. 6 Iowa. Illinois scored season high marks on the high bar (36.150), p-bars (35.500), vault (37.250) and still rings (35.550) and tied its best performance to date on the horse (37.000). Cal holds an all-time 10-5 record against the Illini, despite falling to them 213.625-212.000 last season.
REVIEWING THE QUAD-MEET: California stepped up Saturday afternoon against three Top 10 teams in the nation, emerging as the winner with a score of 216.525. The Bears collected wins against No. 8 Stanford (213.000), No. 9 Nebraska (211.825) and No. 5 Michigan (209.125). Cal posted season-best marks on the still rings (35.400) and parallel bars (36.400) while several individual season bests were set. David Eaton claimed third in the all-around with a score of 54.250, tying his career best mark that he set last week, while placing second on the pommel (9.450) and h-bar (9.350). His p-bars score of 9.075 surpasses his former career mark of 9.050 in the event. Defending parallel bar champion Cody Moore took first place on the apparatus, with a score of 9.550. Sophomore Graham Ackerman placed first on the h-bar (9.450), second on the floor (9.400) and third on the vault (9.275).
EATON NAMED MPSF CO-GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Junior David Eaton was named MPSF Co-Gymnast of the Week, Feb. 28. The Leicestershire, Great Britain native led the Bears in a win over Air Force by establishing four career bests, including firsts in the all-around (54.250), pommel horse (9.600) and high bar (9.650) while also taking second on the rings (9.200).
FORMER CAL COACH TO BE HONORED: Following the Bears' last home meet of the 2003 season Sunday, Mar. 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.