LAS VEGAS - The No. 10 California Golden Bears were off in team competition this week, however four Bears were in action at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, two of which made the finals on Saturday. Redshirt senior co-captain Donothan Bailey and graduate assistant Steven Lacombe qualified for the finals on Saturday after solid preliminary performances on Thursday afternoon. Bailey competed in the all-around competition, earning a two-day total score of 165.300 after his 81.000 on Saturday night, which placed him 13th overall. Lacombe advanced to the finals as a specialist in three events, floor exercise, still rings and vault. He finished sixth with a two-day total of 30.100 on the still rings, scored a two-day total of 27.350 on the floor exercise which placed him 27th, and finished 14th on the vault with a two-day score of 29.600.
The Challenge is an annual competition that determines the 15-member U.S. Senior National Team roster through the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 21-24.
Bailey was 21st on floor exercise with a two-day total of 28.300, with his high mark of 14.450 on Thursday in the prelims. The Lake Forest, Calif. native was 11th on the pommel horse with a total score of 26.400, reaching his high mark on Thursday of 13.500. Bailey posted a 27.450 on the still rings over the two days, scoring 13.650 on his routine on Saturday night. The vault was his best event on Saturday, equaling his Thursday score of 14.100 which placed him 27th on the apparatus. The redshirt senior finished 11th on the parallel bars with a total score of 28.250 after his 13.600 routine on Saturday. That came on the heels of his Thursday routine, which saw him post a score of 14.650. He placed 25th on the high bar, scoring a total of 26.750 over the course of the meet.
Lacombe had a very impressive Saturday, posting a 15.200 on the still rings on Saturday, which helped place him sixth in the individual event. His vault on Saturday earned him a score of 14.650, just three tenths of a point below his performance on Thursday afternoon. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native rebounded from a difficult Thursday with a routine that garnered a score of 14.550 in Saturday’s finals.
Two other Bears were in action during the preliminary round, redshirt senior Jeffrey Langenstein and sophomore Kevin Wolting. Langenstein competed in three events, the floor exercise, where he scored a 13.400, the still rings, where he earned a score of 14.150 and the vault, which was his best event on the day, scoring a 14.350. Wolting was an all-around competitor, earning a total of 77.800. His best events were the floor exercise and vault, both of which he scored a 14.440. Wolting’s high bar routine scored a 13.050, while his parallel bars routine garnered a 12.400 from the judges and posted a 10.350 on the pommel horse.
California is back in action next Saturday at Burnham Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University, when they battle the fourth-ranked Cardinal, as well as collegiate teams from Canada, Finland, Japan and Norway at 4 p.m. PT.