BERKELEY – The No. 9 Golden Bears are on the road this week as the postseason gets underway at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla. at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday. The Bears are searching for their first MPSF title since 2004, and will be doing battle with No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Stanford and No. 10 Air Force. The Bears have met Stanford five times thus far in 2014, having defeated them once and this will be the first meeting of the season for Cal against both Oklahoma and Air Force.
Saturday, March 29
2 p.m. PT – No. 9 Cal (1-7) vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (8-2), No. 3 Stanford (7-3) and No. 10 Air Force (11-9)
McCasland Field House - Norman, Okla.
Series Record vs. Oklahoma: 13-39
Last Time vs. Oklahoma: L 435.350-419.550 (4/6/13)
Series Record vs. Stanford: 128-85-2
Last Time vs. Stanford: L 446.450-432.450 (3/8/14)
Series Record vs. Air Force: 35-0
Last Time vs. Air Force: W 419.550-416.400 (4/6/13)
Coverage: Live Stream, Live Stats, Twitter
2014 GymInfo Poll
1. Oklahoma 9. California
2. Ohio State 10. Air Force
3. Stanford 11. Nebraska
4. Michigan 12. William & Mary
5. Minnesota 13. Army
6. Illinois 14. Navy
7. Penn State 15. Arizona State (club)
8. Iowa * Rankings by Total Event Average
Fans are encouraged to follow along live on Twitter @CalMensGym, or look for updates and photos on Facebook at Facebook.com/CalMGym, and log on to CalBears.com for a full meet recap.
The Bears will likely be on the campus of the University of Michigan for the NCAA qualifiers on Thursday, April 10 with a chance to compete in the finals on Friday, April 11.
Seniors Close Out Home Careers
The California Golden Bears’ three seniors closed out the home chapters of their collegiate careers on Saturday, March 15 at Haas Pavilion. Donothan Bailey concluded his night with an incredible 15.300 routine on the high bar, and totaled 87.950 points in all-around competition, highlighted by a pair of routines garnering 15.000 scores on floor and pommel, respectively. Additionally, Jeffrey Langenstein posted a 15.300 on floor exercise, 14.700 on rings and a 14.500 on vault. Christian Monteclaro also posted a 13.950 on vault. The three, along with former Golden Bear Matthew Del Junco, who was forced to retire for medical reasons were all honored at the conclusion of the meet against Washington.
Bailey Named Nissen-Emery Award Finalist
The College Gymnastics Association announced earlier this month 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 was once again fantastic on Saturday, March 15. Zemeir competed in five events, posting no score lower than a 14.050. The Ellicott City, Md. native posted a 15.000 on floor exercise, a 14.900 on the still rings, a 14.550 on vault, a 14.050 on parallel bars and also posted a 14.450 on the high bar.
Though 2013’s national champion hailed from the Big Ten (No. 4 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 third. 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.
The 2014 edition of the California Golden Bears has one common theme throughout the composition of the roster, youth. Co-captain Donothan Bailey (redshirt senior), Jeffrey Langenstein (redshirt senior), Christian Monteclaro (redshirt senior) and co-captain Jonathan Liu (junior) are the only upper-classmen, as the Bears’ roster is made up of 14 sophomores and freshman (ten sophomores and four freshman).