April 4, 1998
The No. 1 ranked California Golden Bears men's gymnastics team won its second consecutive Western Regional title today at Oklahoma. The Bears totaled 231.450 points to easily surpass their opponents: BYU (228.850), Oklahoma (228.450), Nebraska (228.075), New Mexico (223.725) and Air Force (214.250) for the victory, and extended their season record to a perfect 35-0. Cal, BYU and Oklahoma will represent the West at the NCAA team championships at Penn State, April 14-18.
Cal recorded the top team score in every event except the high bar, and totaled a season-high 38.475 on the parallel bars. The Bears overall score was second-best to the 233.490 total it recorded on March 7 at the Gold's Challenge.
Cal gymnasts placed in the Top 3 in every event except the still rings, and took first place on the floor (Andrew Hampy-9.775), horse (Josh Birckelbaw-9.875), parallel bars (Oleg Kosyak-9.750) and vault (Kosyak-9.750). Kosyak won his fifth all-around title in nine meets with a 58.025 total.
The Bears will attempt to defend their NCAA title, April 14-18, and become the first team in Cal history to complete an undefeated season. The NCAA team championship features competition between the Top 3 teams from the West and the East and if the results from both regionals are any indication, Cal will be a heavy favorite. The Bears first place overall point total and team scores on the horse, rings, vault and high bar at the Western Regional also tops the scores recorded in those events at the Eastern Regional.
NCAA WESTERN REGIONAL RESULTS