Cal posts the seventh best beam score in school history

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Bears take second place in Tri-Meet with Ohio State, Pittsburgh

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The tenth-ranked California women’s gymnastics team earned the seventh-highest balance beam score in school history, but the Bears took second place in a three-way meet Friday night at the Covelli Center. No. 16 Ohio State won with a score of 197.100, while Cal scored 196.875 and No. 37 Pittsburgh scored 195.375.

“It was a new environment,” Cal’s co-coach said. Justin Howel noted. “It was a shotgun start, which means there’s a different kind of energy to the building. It’s something we’re going to experience at the Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Regionals, so it was a good opportunity to experience that in preparation for those upcoming meets.”

The Bears posted a score of 49.425 on balance beam, tying the 2019 Cal Tri Meet for the seventh-highest balance beam score in school history. Neveah DeSouza and Milano Clausi led the squad with two scores of 9.875, tied for fourth best score. However, Cal really excelled in the second half of their training as Maya Bordas posted a 9.925. At the anchor point, Mya Lauzon also scored 9.925 as she tied with Bordas for first place. Lauzon was making his first appearance since Feb. 4, missing more than a month due to injury.

After a disappointing start, they switched to beam and crushed it,” Howell said. “Nev and Milan led us with some great routines. They executed their skills and landed well. Mya Lauzon only did a few routines in practice and came back into the roster and nailed one routine. It’s a big win because as a rookie she needs that experience as we head into the playoffs.”

The Bears turned to the ground, where they were led by seniors Grace Quinn. Quinn matched her career high from last week with a score of 9.95 and earned her second career victory. She has now posted a score of 9.925 or better in five of her last six competitions, including the last four in a row. Clausi also posted a 9.90 rating, his third time with a 9.90 rating or better so far this season. Bordas also notched a 9.875 mark as he helped the Bears score 49.325 on the ground.

“Grace has full ownership of what she does on the floor,” Howell said. “It’s a tough position to take; do an event and you’re the anchor and most of the time the floor is close to the end of the competition. It can be difficult to manage your adrenaline and your energy. She’s got it so she can stay connected until it’s time for her to compete. It’s a joy to watch her play and she takes complete ownership of what she does. I’m very happy for her , it’s been a great last year for her.

The vault presented really consistent scores for the Bears, as all five posted a 9.825 or higher. Bordas, Clausi and freshman maddie williams all scored a 9.85 as part of a six-man tie for first place in vault. De Souza and Nina Schank both earned scores of 9.825 to complete the training. The Bears scored 49.200 as a group.

Williams continued her stellar bars campaign by scoring 9.825 and taking third place in the first event of the evening. She has now totaled 9.825 or better in all nine competitions this year. She now has seven top-three finishes this year. The Bears scored an unusual 48.925 on bars, their season low of .375 as the Bears had posted a 49.300 or better on every bars routine this year.

“We actually did a great job tonight on the bars,” Howell said. “We really competed, I told them at the end, ‘they did their job at the helm and went to every event and improved and that’s better than any win. We’re going to have need this for the playoffs.’ You look at that score and you’d think we had a crash when we had some great routines with a few small landing mistakes It was disappointing for our team who in many ways have improved at the moment. training and she improved in competition and their total score reflected a team score like you were counting a fall Maddie did the best routine of her life and barely broke a 9.8 It was crazy She had a blocked takedown, which she worked so hard for I thought it was a 9.95 routine and she got a 9.90 from one judge which was fair and a 9.75 from the other judge I couldn’t believe it.”

Bordas won the all-around title for the third competition this year with a score of 39.375. The eldest won the beam and vault competitions and now has nine wins in the year.

FOLLOWING

The Bears will be back in action on Sunday as Cal host Iowa at the Haas Pavilion. This will be the last home meeting of the season and the Bears will celebrate their eight-person senior class which includes: Maya Bordas, Milano Clausi, Kyana George, Talitha Jones, Grace Quinn, Nina Schank, Abi Solari and Emi Watterson.

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