Cal Women's Gymnastics Impressive in Four-Squad Meet

Bears hold own against seventh-ranked Arizona State.

Feb. 2, 1998

THIS WEEK: Fri., Feb. 6 Arizona Tucson, AZ 7:30 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Fri., Feb.13 UCLA RSF 7:30 p.m.

BEARS HEAD TO DESERT FOR SHOWDOWN: The California women?s gymnastics team visit the University of Arizona for a dual meet against the number 13 Wildcats Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.. The Bears lost to the Wildcats by just a .675 point margin last year in Tucson and will be hungry for redemption.

LAST WEEK?S COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS: Cal was impressive in last week?s home four-team meet with seventh-ranked Arizona State, Seattle Pacific and Sacramento State. Backed by the strong bars routines of Helene Kenney (9.85) and Jennifer Bialosky (9.525), the Bears were just .100 behind first place ASU going into the final rotation. The Sun Devils rose to the challenge, though, and turned in solid performances on the beam and bars to finish in first place with 191.575 points to Cal?s 188.075. Seattle Pacific (184.525) and Sacramento State (182.100) came in third and fourth, resectively.

Cal?s Leila Khoury took home the all-around title with a final score of 37.825 and was the top scorer on the vault with a 9.525. Helene Kenny was impressive on the bars with a 9.850 third-place performance while Anglea Mapa and Jennie Kang shared third place on the floor with a 9.350 score.

ABOUT THIS WEEK?S OPPONENTS: Arizona returns all their starters but one from last year?s squad that finished nineteenth in the nation. The Wildcats are 1-4 this season and have lost three meets in a row including last Friday?s heart-breaker to eleventh-ranked Stanford 192.025-192.85. The team is led by Kristin McDermott, a 1996 All-America and 1997 NCAA Championship qualifier in the all-around. 1996 NCAA National Champion Heidi Hornbeek was forced to red-shirt this season as a result of shoulder surgery and her absence has been a blow to the 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.


TEAM SCORES‹ 1. Arizona State 191.575 2. California 188.075 3. Seattle Pacific 184.525 4. Sacramento State 182.100.

ALL-AROUND‹ 1. Leila Khoury (Cal) 37.825 2. Deni Boswell (SPU) 37.400 3. Becky Acker (ASU) 37.100 4. Nicole Denis (Sac. St.) 36.500.

VAULT‹ T1. Leila Khoury (Cal) 9.525 T1. Lisa Vincijanovic (ASU) 9.525 T1. Lisa Smith (SPU) 9.5254 4. Meagan Wright (ASU) 9.500.

UNEVEN BARS‹ T1. Amy Shelton (ASU) 9.875 T2. Meagan Wright (ASU) 9.875 3. Helene Kenny (Cal) 9.850 T4. Wendy Ellsberry (ASU) 9.700 T4. Deni Boswell (SPU) 9.700

BALANCE BEAM‹ 1. Elizabeth Reid (ASU) 9.925 2. Meagan Wright (ASU) 9.8003. Wendy Ellsberry (ASU) 9.775 4.Jennie Kang (Cal) 9.725

FLOOR EXERCISE‹ 1. Elizabeth McNabb (ASU) 9.700 2. Becky Acker (ASU) 9.575 3. Kim Keever (ASU) 9.375 T4. Angela Mapa (Cal) 9.350 T4. Jennie Kang (Cal) 9.350