No. 7 Cal Faces Top-20 Competition at MPSFs
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/05/2012

April 5, 2012

Saturday, April 7
5 p.m. - No. 7 Cal at MPSF Championships
Cadet Gym - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coverage: Live Video

BERKELEY - After two weeks off, The Bears return to action on April 7 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference meet serves as the final tune-up before Cal heads to NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla., from April 19-21. Air Force will offer live streaming video of the meet.

In Colorado, the No. 7 Bears will face off against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Stanford and No. 12 Air Force. Already this season, Cal has competed against the Cardinal, putting up a 3-2 record. The Bears lost to Oklahoma in their only meeting this year. Cal and Air Force have not competed against each other this season.

Last Time in the Gym
On March 24, Cal steamrolled UIC at the RSF Fieldhouse 347.750-328.700. Cal won all six events with Golden Bears taking five of the six individual event titles. Jean Monteclaro took home the all-around and rings titles. Glen Ishino won floor and pommel horse. Jeffrey Langenstein earned the vault title and Jacob Jizrawi won high bar.

Where the Bears Rank Nationally
Floor -
Team: 10
Donothan Bailey: T15

Pommel Horse -
Team: 4
Glen Ishino: 2
Matt del Junco: T11

Rings -
Team: T10
Steven Lacombe: T20

Vault -
Vault: 9

Parallel Bars -
Team: 8
Donothan Bailey: T17

High Bar -
Team: 6

All-Around -
Team: 7
Donothan Bailey: 5

At Last Year's MSPFs
At the 2011 conference meet, Cal finished in third behind No. 2 Stanford, which took the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title, and No. 1 Oklahoma on April 2. The Cardinal, which the Bears defeated in the first meet of the season, tallied a 362.250 to take home the conference championship, while the Sooners scored 360.700. Cal notched a 356.050 to place ahead of Nebraska (346.500) and Air Force (344.800). Glen Ishino took second on parallel bars and pommel horse. In the all-around, Donothan Bailey was sixth at 87.500.

Q&A With Nic Blair
While many students relish a summer break to spend time at the beach, goofing off and not working, it was quite the opposite for senior gymnast Nic Blair. This past summer, Blair headed back home to North Carolina to intern with a professor at the University of North Carolina. A chemistry major and a native son hailing from Kernersville, Blair prospered in the lab and in his home state. caught up with the high-flying gymnast to find out more about his summer internship.

Next Time in the Gym
Cal has just under two weeks between competitions with the next scheduled event of NCAA Qualifiers occurring Thursday, April 19. Should the Bears finish as one of the top teams in their qualifying session, they will advance to Friday, April 20. Selected gymnasts will compete for individual NCAA titles on Saturday, April 21. Oklahoma hosts the NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla.