April 16, 1998
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- The No. 1-ranked California Golden Bears recorded 231.425 points tonight at Penn State in the NCAA team preliminary competition to advance to the NCAA championship meet scheduled for tomorrow night at 7 p.m. In the subsequent individual all-around competition, junior Oleg Kosyak garnered 58.075 points for second place behind Illinois' Travis Romagnoli (58.225).
The Bears took first place on the parallel bars with a 39.100 point total that is second-best on Cal's all-time list. Cal also took first place on the vault and pommel horse en route to its third-best meet score of the year.
Kosyak notched a career high 9.825 on the high bar but his third best all-around score of the season was not good enough to edge Romagnoli for the title.
Cal is looking to cap a phenomenal year with its second straight NCAA crown. The Bears finished the regular season with a perfect 23-0 record and won the Mountain Pacific Federation conference championship on March 27 and the NCAA West Regional on April 4. If the Bears should win the coveted title tomorrow night, it will mark the first time in Cal gymnastics history that a team did not lose a regular or post-season meet all year.
No. 3 Iowa and No. 10 Illinois totaled 228.975 and 228.425 points, respectively, for second and third place in the preliminaries. Both teams will compete against Cal tomorrow night for the NCAA title. The top finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA individual finals slated for Saturday, April 18.
NCAA TEAM PRELIMINARIES FINAL RESULTS