Jan. 24, 2012
Friday, Jan. 28
7 p.m. - No. 5 Cal vs. No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Nebraska
Burnham Pavilion - Stanford, Calif.
BERKELEY - The No. 5 California men's gymnastics team heads to familiar territory, traveling to the other side of the Bay for the Stanford Open on Jan. 28. The Golden Bears (1-1) will compete against No. 6 Stanford (1-1) and No. 9 Nebraska (3-2) at the Cardinal's Burnham Pavilion.
In each of the first two meets of the 2012 campaign, Cal has faced off against rival Stanford with both of the rival squads earning one win apiece. Last week, the Cardinal avenged the season-opening loss to Cal by defeating the Bears 345.200-340.450 on Jan. 21 at Burnham Pavilion.
Just prior to last Saturday's meet, an injury to Dennis Mannhart prevented him from competing, meaning that the Bears had to rearrange their line-up. Despite this sudden shake up, head coach Tim McNeill was pleased with the resiliency of the Bears. Stepping in was Jon Liu, who went up for the Bears on rings despite not having practiced much on them since arriving in Berkeley.
Also performing well was Donothan Bailey, who notched a second-place finish in the all-round. Glen Ishino won pommel horse by scoring a 15.600. Thanks to Ishino's performance along with Matthew del Junco's second-place score of 14.800, the Bears earned themselves the team title on pommel.
This week's meet will close out the unofficial first half of the season for the Bears. The Bears have three weeks off from team competition, but select individuals will compete at the Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 2 and 4. The Winter Cup Challenge serves as the qualifying meet for the U.S. senior national team.
Cal returns to team action on Feb. 12 against Stanford and Oklahoma. That meet, which will be held at Haas Pavilion and be free for all to attend, will be combined with the Cal women's gymnastics team against Stanford. Following the Winter Cup Challenge, just three regular-season meets stand between the Bears and the postseason.
Still Rings -
Steven Lacombe: 10
Jean Monteclaro: 3
Donothan Bailey: 7