March 12, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: California (5-6, 1-5) takes a break from conference competition to host a quad meet featuring San Jose State, Boise State, and Sacramento State. The meet is the Bears' last home meet of the season. Cal has concluded conference dual meets for the year, with only the Pac-10 Championships remaining on its regular season schedule.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Bears had a well deserved rest last weekend with break in competition. Two weeks ago, Cal lost to Sacramento State, 193.175-151.40, March 3. Freshman My-Lan Dodd led the team with an all-around score of 37.875. Fellow freshman Tara Capsuto had an impressive night setting two career-bests on the beam (9.675) and on the floor exercise (9.600). Another first year gymnast, Miho Maeda, contributed to the team with a career-high of 9.600 on beam.
QUAD MEET HAS NCAA IMPLICATIONS: Sacramento State, Boise State, Cal and San Jose State, the four teams in this weekend's meet, are the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth best teams in the West Region by the Regional Qualifying Score, respectively. The RQS is determined by averaging the top six scores, with a minimum of three away meets, minus the highest team score. The top 18 teams, nationally, based on RQS, will be seeded and paired into the six regions. The top unseeded teams in each region will be awarded the other three slots in their respective regions in the six-team NCAA Regionals. No. 4 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford and No. 14 Oregon State are likely to be seeded among the 18. If the season were to end today, Washington, Cal State Fullerton and Sacramento State would likely make the postseason. Cal and Boise State may have a tough time getting in the NCAA Regionals.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: On March 23, Cal travels to Stanford for the 2002 Pac-10 Championships. The Bears look to improve upon last year's seventh place finish (193.750) in the league championships. The meet will be held at Maples Pavilion at 6 p.m. For ticket information please call 1-800-STANFORD.
SCOUTING THE MEET: The Hornets, with an RQS of 193.110, are the highest ranked team in the meet. Sacramento State is also the front runner for the non-seeded berth to the NCAA Regionals. After coming off a 194.100 and a 193.500 performance last weekend, the Hornets' RQS is the highest in the program's history and places them ranked sixth in the West Region. Boise State is fresh off of an upset over No. 15 BYU, 195.350-194.800. The Broncos are ranked seventh in the west with an RQS of 193.105. San Jose State checks in with an RQS of 192.700 and a ranking of ninth in the west. The Spartans dropped two meets last weekend. A 195.300-193.325 performance in a triangular meet that included Cal State Fullerton and Sacramento State. SJSU dropped another match to the Hornets, Sunday, 193.500-192.450.