March 4, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 8 California men's gymnastics team (214.758) will be competing at the Peter Vidmar Invitational, Thursday, March 3 in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears will then travel to Palo Alto to face Stanford, Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m.
LOOKING BACK AT PREVIOUS ACTION: At the Pacific Coast Classic, the Bears upset the No. 1 Illinois men's gymnastics team with a score of 219.950. Illinois was second, with a score of 218.850, followed by club teams AA All Stars (202.425), ASU (193.525) and Washington (175.575). Cal was led by their two seniors, co-captain Graham Ackerman and Jay Yee. Ackerman finished first on floor exercises, tying his career high with a 9.775. Yee performed impressively on both events he competed in, the pommel horse and still rings. Yee set a new career-high with his score of 9.800 on the horse, while his 9.650 on the rings was good for second place. Freshman Colin Christ turned in a clutch showing, recording a 9.350 on the pommel horse and scoring 9.150 on both the floor exercise and high bar. Sophomore Jason Pierce set a new personal career record on the high bar, where he finished first on the event with a score of 9.350.
CAREER MILESTONE: Head coach Barry Weiner attained his 200th career victory this past weekend at the Nakamori Invitational. Weiner, having amassed a 200-51-1 record during his 14-year tenure, is second on the all-time win list only to Hal Frey (230 wins, 25 years).
2005 BREAKDOWN: Cal's overall average of 214.758 in 2005 is good for No. 7 in the nation (No. 2 MPSF Conference). The Bears are No. 5 in the nation on floor exercise (36.283), No. 6 on pommel horse (35.700) and still rings (36.935), No. 7 on the high bar (35.600) and No. 8 on the parallel bars (34.775).
HEAD COACH Barry Weiner: Largely credited with developing the University of California men's gymnastics program into one of the nation's finest, Barry Weiner (14th year, 201-51-1) led the Golden Bears to national championships in 1997 and 1998, a total of six Top 5 national finishes and seven NCAA individual champions in his fourteen seasons at Cal. Weiner was named National Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, as well as being a four-time MPSF Coach of the Year honoree, most recently in 2004.
ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH Kip Simons: Kip Simons is in his fifth year as an assistant with the Golden Bears. Simons had a successful collegiate career at Ohio State University, where he was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, team captain his senior season, a Nissen Award Recipient and the 1994 OSU Male Athlete of the Year. His crowning achievement came when he represented America while competing in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.