April 17, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The No. 5 California men's gymnastics team finished in fourth place in the team finals at the NCAA Championships on Friday night. Seven different Bears earned marks high enough to vault into the individual finals, which will be held Saturday evening.
"We hit 33 of 36 sets," Cal head coach Barry Weiner said. "We were .350 points away from second place. This bodes well for next year."
The Bears earned a collective 361.150 to finish ahead of Ohio State (sixth, 355.950), Illinois (fifth, 359.300) but behind national champion No. 1 Stanford (362.800), second-place Michigan (361.500) and third place Oklahoma (361.200).
In Saturday's individual titles, junior Bryan del Castillo and freshman Glen Ishino will compete on high bar. Three Bears advanced on pommel horse - sophomore Kyle Bunthuwong, Ishino and senior Kyson Bunthuwong. On parallel bars, freshman Jim Kerry and Ishino will compete. Senior Evan Roth advanced on both vault and still rings, where Kyle Brady also advanced.
The Bears won pommel horse with a 59.700. Cal was second on parallel bar with a 59.050. The Bears' next best event was vault, where they took third (63.150).
Roth tied for first place on rings with a 15.550. Brady was ninth at 15.300.
On floor, Kyson Bunthuwong was the top finisher, taking 13th place with a 15.350. Del Castillo was 16th with a 15.200.
Kyson Bunthuwong took fourth place on pommel horse with a 15.200 to top the Bears. Kyle Bunthuwong finished in a tie for seventh (14.900), junior Daniel Geri was 15th (14.700) while freshman Nic Blair was 18th (14.550).
Roth was Cal's top finisher on vault, taking third with a 16.100. Kyle Bunthuwong was 13th with a 15.75.
Brady tied for sixth (14.750) on parallel bars to pace the Bears while Kyle Bunthuwong finished in a tie for 11th (14.650).
On high bar, Ishino took a team-high third place with a 15.000. Del Castillo tied for sixth with a 14.750.