BERKELEY – No. 7 California returns home this weekend, hosting the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday at Haas Pavilion at 2 p.m. PT. The Golden Bears have improved thier overall team score in each of their first three meets of the season and earned their first win of the year two weeks ago at the Stanford Open. Cal placed second at the event, defeating the Stanford Cardinal for the first time since April of 2012, and finished just behind last year’s national champions, No. 2 Michigan.
Poll Position 2014 GymInfo Poll
1. Oklahoma 9. Air Force 2. Michigan 10. Nebraska 3. Ohio State 11. Army 4. Illinois 12. Navy 5. Stanford 13. Temple 6. Minnesota 14. Springfield 7. California 15. Washington (club) 8. Penn State * Rankings by Total Event Average
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Next Up The Bears will be hitting the road yet again next week, as they travel to battle No. 3 Ohio State on Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:00 p.m. PT at St. John Arena in Columbus.
2014 Team Captains Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey and junior Jonathan Liu have been selected as California’s captains for the 2014 season.
McClure Earns First Career Victory Cal Associate Head Coach Brett McClure is in his first season in charge of the Golden Bears’ program in 2014, He earned his first win on Saturday, Jan. 25, knocking off the then No. 4 Stanford Cardinal and finishing second at the Stanford Open.
It’s Been A While... Cal’s win over then No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 25 marked the first time that the Golden Bears have defeated their Bay Area rivals since April 20, 2012 at the NCAA Team Finals. That stretch was a nine-meet streak by Stanford, though California still leads the all-time series 128-83-2.
Brilliant Bailey Redshirt senior and team co-captain Donothan Bailey’s hot start to 2014 continued at the Stanford Open on Jan. 25. The all-arounder earned Division I CGA Gymnast of the Week and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week honors for his performance in Palo Alto. Bailey won the all-around competition, posting a total score of 88.900, and took the individual title on pommel horse (15.400) and earned a 14.950 on both floor exercise and horizontal bar.
MPSF Strength Though last season’s national champion hailed from the Big Ten (No. 2 Michigan), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation boasts four of the top teams in the country, and are poised to produce national contenders again this season. Oklahoma finished as runners up last year, and come in ranked first in this week’s GymInfo poll, while, Stanford is just behind them at fifth. Cal ranks seventh and Air Force is ninth. The Golden Bears finished third in the MPSF in 2013, and are looking for their first conference championship since 2004.
Youth Movement The 2014 edition of the California Golden Bears has one common theme throughout the composition of the roster, youth. Outside of captain Donothan Bailey (redshirt senior), Jeffrey Langenstein (redshirt senior), Christian Monteclaro (redshirt senior) and captain Jonathan Liu (junior), the Bears’ roster is made up of 14 sophomores and freshman (ten sophomores and four freshman). This young and dynamic group is poised to return to the NCAA Championships after missing the team finals for just the first time since the 1999 campaign.
Career-Best Day For Many Sophomore Kyle Zemeir had quite the day at the Stanford Open on Jan. 25, setting four new career-bests; pommel horse (13.900), still rings (14.950), parallel bars (14.800) and floor exercise (15.150). Fellow sophomore Takahiro Kawada also tied his career-best at the meet on the pommel horse, posting a 15.250 routine. Redshirt senior Jeffrey Langenstein scored a career-best 15.150 on still rings, while sophomore Ryan Patterson posted a career-high 13.950 on the appartus as well and a new high on parallel bars (14.450). Junior Kevin Tran set a new career-best on pommel horse (13.700). Sophomore Tanner Dowell also set a new career-best on the pommel horse, posting a 13.700 and fellow sophomore Capri Sano scored a 14.200 on still rings.
Cameron Debuts Sophomore Travis Cameron returned from injury to make his 2014 season debut at the Stanford Open, performing on the floor exercise (13.550) and still rings (11.900).