Cal Travels to Washington for Three-Squad Meet
Gymnasts meet Washington, Utah State
Jan. 19, 1998
THIS WEEK: Fri., Jan. 23 at Washington w/ Utah State Seattle, WA 7 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Fri., Jan. 23 Arizona State w/Sac. State/Seattle Pacific RSF 7:30 p.m.
BEARS VENTURE NORTH: The California's women's gymnastics team travels to the University of Washington for a showdown in Seattle, Friday January 23 at 7 p.m. The Bears will take on the ninth-ranked Huskies and the 23rd-ranked Utah State Aggies in a three-team meet.
CAL INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Cal women's gymnastic team opened the 1998 season with a split in a three-team meet held at the Recreational Sports Facility on the Cal campus Friday night. The Bears defeated Cal State Fullerton185.825 - 185.450 but could not overcome the 14th-ranked Oregon State Beavers who won the meet with a 190.575 score. Sophomore Leila Khoury and freshman Helene Kenny shined for the Bears in Coach Tinti's debut. Khoury finished in third place on the balance beam (9.600) and in the all-around (37.225) competition, while Kenny placed third on the bars (9.825), just .025 behind winner Stephanie Bychowski of OSU.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Washington is coming off a strong 1997 campaign in which the Huskies placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies are ranked ninth in the preseason poll and will be a formidable opponent for Cal with four All-Americans on their squad. Utah State finished last season with a 10-11 overall record and a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Mid-West Regional. The 23rd-ranked Aggies have 12 returning gymnasts from last year's team.
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.
HOW THEY STACK UP: Some of the most successful gymnasts in Cal history return to the competition for the Bears this season. Below is a summary how current Bears rank among the top scores ever recorded at Cal.
TENTATIVE CAL LINE-UPS: (six competitors, five high scores count toward team total, one designated exhibition)