BERKELEY – The No. 10 Golden Bears travel across the bay this week to take on the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal, as well as collegiate all-star teams from Canada, Finland, Japan and Norway in the Collegiate Cup on Saturday at Burnham Pavilion at 4 p.m. PT. California is coming off of a road loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes (443.000-426.500) two weeks ago and are looking to build on that performance. Three gymnasts (Donothan Bailey, Jeffrey Langenstein and Kevin Wolting) and graduate assistant (Steven Lacombe) competed at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas last week, vying for spots on the US Senior National Team. Bailey and Lacombe each represented Cal in the finals, with Bailey finishing 13th in the all-around competition, and Lacombe placing as high as sixth on a single event, the still rings.
Poll Position 2014 GymInfo Poll
1. Oklahoma 9. Air Force 2. Michigan 10. California 3. Ohio State 11. Nebraska 4. Stanford 12. Army 5. Minnesota 13. William & Mary 6. Illinois 14. Navy 7. Penn State 15. Springfield 8. Iowa * Rankings by Total Event Average
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Next Up The Bears will be back at Burnham Pavilion next weekend as well, as Cal heads across the bay to battle Stanford, Ohio State, Arizona State, Norway and Finland in Palo Alto.
2014 Team Captains Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey and junior Jonathan Liu have been selected as California’s captains for the 2014 season.
Bay Area Rivalry The California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal meet up for the fourth time this season in one of the most storied rivalries in collegiate men’s gymnastics. California earned their first win over the Cardinal in ten tries on Jan. 25, after starting this season 0-2 against their Bay Area neighbors and posting an 0-7 record against Stanford in 2013. The Bears hold a 128-83-2 record all-time in the series. Both teams are currently ranked among the country’s best, with Stanford coming in at number four nationally, and Cal ranking tenth in the 2014 GymInfo Poll.
Familiar Faces Cal Associate Head Coach Brett McClure is in his first season in charge of the Golden Bears’ program in 2014, but definitely will see some familiar faces in red this weekend. McClure was an assistant coach for the past three seasons under current Stanford Head Coach Thom Glielmi. Many of the student-athletes on the Stanford side were coached by McClure, so he definitely knows what to expect this weekend from the Cardinal. In addition, Stanford assistant Karl Ziehn is a former Cal gymnast, having competed for the Blue and Gold from 1999-2003. McClure picked up his first career victory on Jan. 25 against his former employer.
Brilliant Bailey Redshirt senior and team co-captain Donothan Bailey set a new career-high on the high bar two weeks ago in Columbus, when his routine earned a score of 15.450, eclipsing his previous best of 15.400 from the week prior. In addition, the Lake Forest, Calif. native placed 13th in the all-around competition at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas this past weekend with a two-day score of 165.300.
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 not far behind them at fourth. Air Force is ninth, while Cal comes in at number ten. The Golden Bears finished third in the MPSF in 2013, and are seeking 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).
Winter Cup Wrap Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey placed 13th in the all-around competition at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas last weekend, while graduate assistant Steven Lacombe finished sixth in the still rings competition. Jeffrey Langenstein and Kevin Wolting also competed in the preliminary round on Thursday of last week representing the Bears.