Christine Nishimoto


Women's Gymnastics Hosts Four-Team Meet

Third-ranked Arizona State among participants.

Jan. 27, 1998

THIS WEEK: Fri., Jan. 30 - Arizona State w/Sac. State/Seattle Pacific RSF - 7:30 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Fri., Feb. 6 - at Arizona - Tucson, AZ - 7:30 p.m.

CAL WELCOMES FOES TO BEAR TERRITORY: The California's women's gymnastics team will host a four-squad meet at the Recreational Sports Facility on the Cal campus this Friday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Bears will battle the third-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, Sacramento State Hornets and the Seattle Pacific Falcons.

LAST WEEK'S COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS: Cal competed against the University of Washington, Sacramento State, and Utah State in a four-squad meet last Friday in Seattle. The Bears came in third place with 186.650 points, just missing an upset of 17th-ranked Utah State who finished in second place with 187.125 points. The 13th-ranked Washington Huskies recorded the top two scores in all four events and won the meet with a convincing 191.250 total points. Sacramento State finished in last place with a total of 178.825. Cal's Christine Nishimoto (9.700) and Jennifer Bialosky placed third and fourth (9.650) respectively in the uneven bars. Sophomore Leila Khoury took third place in both the balance beam (9.450) and the all-around (38.050) competitions.

ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The third-ranked Arizona State recorded a season-high 191.175 team points against defending national champion UCLA on January 18 before succumbing to the Bruins (193.150). ASU rebounded to defeat 11th-ranked Stanford last Friday 194.275-192.775. ASU is home to NCAA beam champion Elizabeth Reid and Lisa Vincijanovic, who holds the current Pac-10 season high (9.9) in that category. The two stars have also recorded 9.9 scores in the floor exercise event this year. Sacramento State will be looking for redemption from last week's losses to Cal and Seattle Pacific. The Hornets lost to Seattle Pacific 182.725 - 185.275 on January 24. Seattle Pacific comes to Cal for its second meet of the year and is lead by junior Stephanie Andrews, the 1996 USA Gymnastics balance beam champion.

HEAD COACH TRINA TINTI: The 1997-98 season marks head coach Trina Tinti's first year at the helm of the California women's gymnastics program. Before accepting the position with the Golden Bears, Tinti served as the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for the past five years. She brings 22 years of experience as both a competitor and a coach to the program. As a competitor, Tinti competed for four years at UCLA under present head coach Valorie Kondos from 1983-87. She earned Most Inspirational Gymnast honors in 1986 and was named UCLA's Most Valuable Gymnast in 1984. She was also chosen the Outstanding Woman Athlete at UCLA in 1984.

TENTATIVE CAL LINE-UPS: (six competitors, five high scores count toward team total, one designated exhibition)

Vault               Bars                Beam            Floor
Pari Oliver         Christine Nishimoto Elizabeth Alden Lindsay Garrett
Paula Chang         Elizabeth Alden     Angela Mapa     Jenni Kang
Angela Mapa         Elizabeth Berlin    Emily Bails     Christine Nishimoto
Jennifer Bialosky   Pari Oliver         Paula Chang     Paula Chang
Leila Khoury        Leila Khoury        Jenni Kang      Leila Khoury
Christine Nishimoto Jennifer Bialosky   Leila Khoury    Angela Mapa