March 16, 2009
The California Golden Bears, coming off a pair of victories at the Sacramento State quad meet, head into the most important meet of the season, the culminating Pac-10 Championships, held at Stanford's Maples Pavilion, Saturday, March 21. The first rotation begins at 4 p.m.
Television Coverage: The meet is being taped by FSN and will be aired on a delayed broadcast on Sunday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast Bay Area.
Last week's meet The Bears earned their first two wins of the season when they defeated Seattle Pacific and UC Davis at the Sacramento State quad meet. The Bears closed out their regular-season meet schedule facing the same two teams they began the season competing against. Sacramento State emerged as the top team in both meets, but the Bears had quite a different result the second time they competed against Davis. The Bears had their top score of the season, a 191.975, a big improvement over the opening meet's mark of 186.650. The Bears edged the Davis Aggies by 0.175 for the win. The Bears second "W" came with a more decisive 191.975-187.225 victory over Seattle Pacific.
Events The Bears posted their top bars score of the season with a 47.950. The floor was their strongest event where they earned a 48.325.
9.8's The Bears had three gymnasts score above a 9.8 for their routines. Sophomore Avery Gee has been turning out consistently impressive floor performances. Gee earned her fifth score of 9.8 or higher of the season on the floor, earning a 9.825, good for a second place finish. Senior Bridgette Glass had two scores above a 9.8. She earned a 9.825 on the bars, placing her second in the event. Glass' top performance came on the beam where she scored a 9.875, the top mark in the event. It was the fifth time this season Glass had the top individual score in an event. The 9.875 ties the highest mark earned by a Bear gymnast in any event this season. Glass owns the 9.875 as well, a mark she posted on her very first vault of the season.
All-Around Junior Sophia Hocini was the Bear's top finisher in the all-around for the ninth time this season. There has only been one meet, the initial match-up with Sac State and UC Davis, that Hocini was not the highest scoring Bear in the all-around. Hocini finished second with a 38.900. Hocini's had a pair of 9.750 scores, one for her beam routine and one for her floor exercise, but it was her 9.725 on the vault that was her highest placement, giving her second place in the event.
The Rookies Freshman Alex Leggitt tied her career mark in the vault, scoring a 9.675.
Pac-10 Championships Coming up for the Bears is the Pac-10 Championships, Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at Maples Pavilion at Stanford. The event gives the Cal gymnasts a final opportunity to improve their Regional Qualifying Scores to try to secure an invitation to the NCAA Regionals. The Bears finished fifth out of seven teams last year at the Pac-10 Championship.
Next up: NCAA West Regional The Bears will look to try to earn invitations for individual members to the NCAA West Regional. The list of competitors will be released on Monday, March 23. Last season, the Bears had four gymnasts make it to regionals. Sophia Hocini competed in the all-around, while Bridgette Glass participated on beam and was an alternate for bars. The Bears will try to make it four consecutive year that Cal has had representation in the national regionals. In 2007, Cal advanced as a team to the west regional, which Cal hosted at Haas Pavilion. In 2006, Britani Pittullo competed for Cal individually. This year, the West Regional is being hosted by Washington State University.
Cal Inks Six Newcomers For 2010 The California women's gymnastics team has signed six recruits to National Letter of Intent for the 2010 season. Nicolette Lew (Chino Hills, Calif.) was a Level 10 national and regional qualifier in 2008 and 2007. As a national qualifier, she took sixth on vault in 2008 and placed 19th in the all-around in 2007. Stina Olivere (Naperville, Ill.) was a four-time Level 10 state/regional qualifier and a three-time Level 9 state/regional qualifier, including a championship on bars at nationals. Arla Rosenzweig (Los Altos, Calif.) won the state championship on floor last year and was a regional qualifier. In 2006, she was the all-around state champion and the regional bars champion. Chelsea Spomer (Forestville, Calif.) was a three-time level 10 regional qualifier and a 2008 first alternate for nationals. She placed third in the all around at the state championships in 2008 and was also the Level 8 regional vault champion. Madisyn O'Brien (Sebastopol, Calif.) was a 2008 Level 10 national qualifier and a three-time Level 10 regional qualifier, including taking fourth in the all-around and second on bars in 2008. and Mariesah Pierce (Aptos, Calif.) took third on floor at national last year, and competed at nationals throughout her high school career. She also took second in the all-around at regionals in 2007 and 2008.
Head Coach Cari DuBois In her seventh year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 66-74 record at Cal. Also, she was named the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the year and the 2003 West Regional Coach of the Year. Last season, DuBois guided the Bears to the NCAA West Regional, held at Cal's Haas Pavilion, and ended the campaign with a final ranking of 26. Earlier during her tenure, she led Cal to its first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Bears to their highest NCAA-regional finish (fourth) since 1992. In 2004, the Bears finished fifth at the NCAA regionals, the program's best back-to-back postseason showings since 1991-92. Prior to coming to Berkeley, DuBois worked as an assistant for nine years (six at West Virginia and three at Cal under Alfie Mitchell). DuBois also has spent time instructing and choreographing routines at gymnastics camps and clubs nationwide. DuBois graduated from Ball State in 1992 with a degree in exercise science and wellness and holds a master's degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia.