BERKELEY – The No. 9 Golden Bears return home this week for their final home meet of the season to host the Washington Huskies as part of a co-ed meet with the No. 19 Cal women’s team, who battle UC Davis on Saturday at Haas Pavilion at 7 p.m. PT. This final home meet of the season for both Cal gymnastics programs will feature a senior and alumni night celebration. The Bears are coming off of a school-record setting third place finish in their meet last week at Stanford against the No. 2 Cardinal and No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes after a total score of 432.450. Cal is looking to show well in their final regular season meet before they head to Norman, Oklahoma for the MPSF Championships.
Saturday, March 15 7 p.m. PT – No. 9 Cal (1-7) vs. Washington (club) Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif. Series Record vs. Washington: 25-4 Last Time vs. Washington: 1/25 - W 430.300-363.650 Coverage: Live Stats, Twitter Tickets: $10 for Adults, $5 for youth and seniors, and free for Cal students
Poll Position 2014 GymInfo Poll
1. Oklahoma 9. California 2. Stanford 10. Air Force 3. Michigan 11. William & Mary 4. Ohio State 12. Nebraska 5. Minnesota 13. Army 6. Illinois 14. Navy 7. Iowa 15. Arizona State 8. Penn State * Rankings by Total Event Average
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Next Up The Bears will hit the road for the MPSF Championships on Saturday, March 29 against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Stanford and No. 10 Air Force on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman at 3 p.m. PT.
2014 Team Captains Redshirt senior Donothan Bailey and junior Jonathan Liu have been selected as California’s captains for the 2014 season.
Record-Breakers The California Golden Bears set a new school-record in total team score this past weekend with a total score of 432.450 in Palo Alto against the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal and No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes. Cal’s previous high was 430.300, also set earlier this season at the Stanford Open on Jan. 25. Additionally, California has set team records on each of the apparatus, most recently on parallel bars with a score of 73.600 on March 1 at the Collegiate Cup in Palo Alto.
Bailey Named Nissen-Emery Award Finalist The College Gymnastics Association announced Wednesday that California redshirt senior Donothan Bailey is one of nine finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, which is considered to be the Heisman Trophy of collegiate gymnastics. Bailey is looking to become the first Golden Bear in school history to win the award. Bailey has been an integral part of the No. 9 Bears’ success this season, in which they have set numerous school records. An integrative Biology major with a 3.43 grade point average, the team co-captain has personal collegiate bests in all events 15.200 and over, was a fifth place finisher at the 2013 USA Championships on pommel horse and represented the United States on their senior national team at the Pan-American Games in 2011, where the US finished third in team competition. This year’s winner will be announced at the University of Michigan during the CGA Awards Banquet which is being held at the Jack Roth Stadium Club on Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. EST, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the site for this year’s NCAA Championships. The highest honor in collegiate gymnastics, the Nissen-Emery award has been presented annually since 1966 to an outstanding senior collegiate gymnast based on his achievement, sportsmanship and academic excellence.
Zemeir in the Zone Sophomore Kyle Zemeir had one of the best days of his young collegiate career on Saturday, March 8 in Palo Alto against the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal and No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes. Zemeir competed in four events, posting a score no lower than a 14.200. The Ellicott City, Md. native posted a career-best 15.100 on the still rings, as the team leader on the apparatus. In addition, Zemeir impressed on the parallel bars with a score of 14.950 and also posted a 14.550 on the floor exercise.
MPSF Strength Though 2013’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 right behind them at second. Cal comes in at number nine, while Air Force ranks tenth. The Golden Bears finished third in the MPSF in 2013, and are seeking their first conference championship since 2004.
Youth Movement/Senior Night The 2014 edition of the California Golden Bears has one common theme throughout the composition of the roster, youth. That means that there are three seniors that will be recognized on Saturday during the Senior Night festivities. Co-captain Donothan Bailey (redshirt senior), Jeffrey Langenstein (redshirt senior), Christian Monteclaro (redshirt senior) and former Golden Bear Matthew Del Junco (retired after last season due to injury) will be honored at Haas Pavilion. Co-captain Jonathan Liu (junior) is the only other upper-classman, as the Bears’ roster is made up of 14 sophomores and freshman (ten sophomores and four freshman).