Date: Monday, March 3 Time: 7 p.m. PT Location: Stanford, Calif. Venue: Maples Pavilion TV Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks Live Stats: GoStanford.com Twitter: @CalWGym
BERKELEY -- No. 19 California brings its highest regional qualifying score (RQS) ranking since 2003 to Stanford Monday, as the Golden Bears (7-5, 1-4 Pac-12) and the No. 10 Cardinal (12-2, 4-2 Pac-12) meet for the second time this season. The meet begins at 7 p.m., live on the Pac-12 Networks. Live stats will be available on GoStanford.com with scoring updates on Twitter @CalWGym.
Cal’s No. 19 ranking is the highest RQS ranking the Bears have carried since the final week of the regular season in 2003, when the team checked in at No. 18 with a 196.160 team RQS with a 194.910 average and program-best 196.800 season-high score. Currently, the Bears hold an RQS of 195.650 with a 195.457 average and 196.675 season-high score.
In their last meet against then-No. 24 Washington and Sacramento State on Saturday, Feb. 22, the Bears swept every event title for the second consecutive week to claim a 196.425 tri-meet victory and their first Pac-12 win of the season. Washington finished second with a 195.0 while Sac State placed third with a 193.425. Serena Leong claimed the vault, beam and floor titles, sharing her vault title with Alicia Asturias, who also finished as the all-around champion. Dallas Crawford won bars.
• This will be Cal and Stanford’s second meeting this season. The teams last met at the season-opening NorCal Meet, where the Cardinal edged the Bears 194.825-194.650.
• Stanford owns a 71-18 all-time regular season record (including conference championships) over Cal. The Bears last beat the Card in a regular-season non-championship setting on March 29, 1996. Cal posted a 194.100 to beat Stanford’s 193.050.
• The Golden Bears rank in the top 25 nationally on three events based on RQS averages: vault (23), bars (18) and beam (19). Cal is just outisde the top 35 for floor, checking in at No. 28.
NEXT UP It’s a quick turnaround for the Bears, who next travel to Kentucky for Cal’s final regular-season away meet of the season. The action in Lexington begins at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, March 7.
CLEAN SWEEP The Bears have swept every event, including the all-around, in two consecutive meets - first at Sacramento State in a tri-meet with San Jose State on Feb. 14, and again in a home triangular with then-No. 24 Washington and Sac State on Feb. 22. Between the two events, Alicia Asturias and Serena Leong combined to claim eight event titles.
RQS SUCCESS Cal’s No. 19 ranking is the highest RQS ranking the Bears have carried since the final week of the regular season in 2003, when the team checked in at No. 18 with a 196.160 team RQS with a 194.910 average and program-best 196.800 season-high score. Currently, the Bears hold an RQS of 195.650 with a 195.457 average and 196.675 season-high score.
ASTURIAS NAMED AAI AWARD FINALIST Alicia Asturias is one of 17 finalists for the prestigious AAI Award, sponsored by the American Athletic, Inc. The senior all-arounder is just one of four Pac-12 finalists, joining gymnasts from UCLA, Utah and Stanford.
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POWER IN THE PAC-12
The Bears are scheduled to face eight teams ranked in GymInfo’s preaseason top 25 during the 2014 regular season, including three top 10 opponents in UCLA (No. 4), Utah (6) and Stanford (9). Three other Pac-12 schools made the cut – Oregon State (12), Washington (20) and Arizona State (25). Cal’s non-conference matchups include jaunts against No. 18 Denver and No. 21 Kentucky.
BEARS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH Pac-12 coaches projected the Golden Bears to finish seventh in the conference in this year’s preseason coaches poll. Cal finished seventh last year ahead of Arizona State and has never finished higher than fifth (2008, 2000).
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO BERKELEY The Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships will return to Berkeley for the first time since 2005 as the Bears are set to host all eight Pac-12 schools on Saturday, March 22 in Haas Pavilion.
THREE MEETS TELEVISED IN 2014 Three meets featuring the Cal women’s gymnastics team will air on the Pac-12 Networks this season. Those meets are: • Friday, Jan. 31 vs. UCLA (Pac-12 Bay Area & LA) • Monday, March 3 at Stanford • Saturday, March 22 Pac-12 Championships
GET YOUR GOLDEN TICKET All regular-season Cal women’s gymnastics home meets will be ticketed this season. Tickets for all home meets will be available for purchase at the ticket office on Spieker Plaza the day of the meet, beginning approximately 1.5 hours before the start of each meet and through the end of the second rotation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (12th grade and under) and seniors (age 65 and above). Membership for the popular Cub Club season-pass program, which allows youth special perks such as an exclusive seating area and a member t-shirt, is also available for purchase for $30 (cash or check only) for the season.
EIGHT NEWCOMERS ADD DEPTH Newcomers comprise exactly half of Cal’s 16-Bear roster this season as head coach Justin Howell added eight freshmen who are expected to make an immediate impact in the lineup. Cal’’s eight new faces include: international elite gymnastJessica Howe, 2013 state vault champion and regional beam, floor and all-around champion Charlie Owens, Amber Takara, 2011 Junior Olympic National Team member Isabelle Castillo, 2013 Region 3 beam champion Dana Ho, Zoe Draghi, 2013 Region 1 all-around and beam champion Desiree Palomares and WOGA standout Emily Richardson.
TWO FOR 2015 The Bears will get another major boost of talent next year, as Toni-Ann Williams and Alicia Gallarzo commited to Cal in the early signing period to join Cal starting in 2014-15. An international elite gymnast, Williams (Randallstown, Md./United Gymnastix) is a two-time World Championships competitor and Jamaica National Team member, while Gallarzo (Burbank, Calif./Wallers’ GymJam) was California’s 2012 Level 10 uneven bars champion and finished ninth on beam at the 2013 Junior Olympic Nationals.