Jan. 15, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: California (1-0) hosts Pac-10 foe, Oregon State, in the Golden Bears' home opener at the RSF. After going 3-13 last year in conference, Cal has a chance early on in the season to improve its fortunes in league play.
MEET MOVED TO RSF: Cal's meet versus Oregon State has been moved from Haas Pavilion to the Recreational Sports Facility Field House due to scheduling conflicts. The men's gymnastics meet following the women's competition has also been moved to the RSF.
BEARS JUMP INTO EARLY SEASON RANKINGS: The Bears finished last season ranked 29th in the country. With the 2002 season just two weeks old, Cal is tied for the 13th spot with Kentucky, after being unranked last week, in the Troester GymInfo Weekly Rankings. Georgia is the top-rated team with an average score of 197.900. Among Pac-10 teams, Cal is third, as perennial powerhouse UCLA, is No. 2 (196.875) and Arizona is No. 7 (195.400).
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Golden Bears opened 2002 with a come-from-behind win over host Cal State Fullerton, 193.925-192.175, last Saturday night. Cal's team score that evening was the highest mark ever, in a season opener, and the best since 1997 when the Bears recorded a 192.775 versus Arizona.
FRESHMAN MAKES A SPLASH: Perhaps My-Lan Dodd might have had the jitters entering her first collegiate meet, but observing her performance against Cal State Fullerton, the freshman standout from Seattle handled the meet like a cool senior. Dodd was the only Bear to perform all-arounds, scoring a 39.125 to clinch the top spot. She also scored the highest mark of the meet when she drew a 9.900 from the judges on the beam. Dodd is ranked No. 20 in the nation in the all-arounds and sixth in the country on the beam.
SOPHOMORES RECORD NEW INDIVIDUAL HIGHS: Karissa Chock recorded a 9.775 on the vault against Fullerton and Stephanie Kim scored a 9.825 on the floor to break their personal highs on the respective events. Although Katreece Stone didn't break a personal high, she did manage to rank among the top gymnasts on the beam as she scored a 9.850 last weekend versus Fullerton to rank 16th overall in the event.
BEAM A BOON FOR CAL: The Bears finished just .05 shy of the school record on the balance beam versus Fullerton, as they tallied a 39.100. The score also launched Cal into the nation's elite in the event as it ranks No. 5 this week.
CALIFORNIA 2002 ROSTER:
Name Yr. Ht. Event(s) Hometown/Last School Lisa Arnold Jr 5-0 V, BB, FX Marina/Monterey HS Lindsay Baker Sr 5-4 AA Los Altos/Gunn HS Sheilah Buack Fr 5-1 AA Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS Tara Capsuto Fr 5-4 AA Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS Karissa Chock So 5-4 AA Huntington Beach/Ocean View HS My-Lan Dodd Fr 5-4 AA Seattle, WA/Garfield HS Adrienne Garcia Fr 5-3 AA Fullerton/Rosary HS Monique Johnson Jr 5-3 V, UB, FX San Diego/Mission Bay HS Stephanie Kim So 5-3 AA Darien, IL/Hinsdale South HS Carrie Kreifels Jr 5-3 AA Omaha, NE/Millard North HS Miho Maeda Fr 5-3 AA Granada Hills/Granada Hills HS Janet McKnight Jr 5-4 V, UB, FX Lafayette/Acalanes HS Lauren Shipp Fr 5-7 AA Libertyville, IL/Libertyville HS Katreece Stone So 5-0 AA So. San Francisco/Newark Memorial HSSCOUTING OREGON STATE: The 24th-ranked Beavers visit Berkeley after falling to Denver, 194.375-192.400, last Saturday. OSU is led by sophomore Tanya Ricioli, who recorded an all-around score of 38.525 against Denver. The Beavers are coached by Tanya Chaplin, who has a 62-47 record in her fifth year in Corvallis. Cal trails OSU, 1-24, in the all-time series.
Head Coach: Trina Tinti/42-55 (5th Season) Assistant Coach: Jennifer Bialosky (4th Season), Steve Wilken (1st Season)