Top Squads Bury Bears at Stanford Open

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The Cal men's gymnastics team competed indoors at Burnham Pavilion, but the Bears might as well have been standing outdoors as their opponents rained down on them during last Saturday's Stanford Open.

No. 5 Cal is now 2-3 on the season after placing third at the event among NCAA teams with a score of 351.700. No. 1 Oklahoma's 356.500 was enough to see them win first place, followed by No. 4 Stanford at 352.000.

The Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team lived up to its name, finishing the evening with the highest score of 362.200. The squad was not eligible to be ranked within the collegiate division standings.

As a team, the Bears finished in last place in all events except for pommel horse and vault.

On Friday, sophomore Donothan Bailey said he had "no doubts that we can go out there and kill it." Although his prediction may not have been entirely accurate, individually speaking, Bailey "killed" it, as he flipped, twisted and swung his way to the all-around title winning performance. Fresh off his MPSF Gymnast of the Week honor, this was his second all-around title in two weeks.

Pommel horse saw five Cal gymnasts tally up a total of 58.300, tying the Japanese for first. Bailey stole the show again with a score of 15.600. Senior Kyle Bunthuwong returned to the lineup on Saturday with a respectable 14.000 after resting a week ago. His 14.500 performance on high bar was the squad's highest.

The Bears also managed to outscore Oklahoma on the vault event - by one tenth of a point. Lacombe and redshirt senior Jean Monteclaro provided the spark with both recording scores of 16.100. Jean's younger brother, sophomore Christian Monteclaro, rounded out Cal at 15.600.

The main contributors for the Bears were forced to sit due to injuries for the second weekend straight. Junior Glen Ishino, sophomore Dennis Mannhart and redshirt senior Bryan del Castillo watched from the bench alongside coach Tim McNeill.

"Overall the team has some little injuries here and there, but it shouldn't affect team performance," Ishino said. "What team is perfectly healthy?"

The open served as confirmation of the national rankings. Oklahoma maintained its No. 1 status in the nation. Stanford and Cal likewise did not waver from their No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively.

"It was definitely tough, especially because I think we've all been training well," Bailey said.

Cal will have a week off to regroup and prepare in hopes that the rain will stop and the sun will come out by March 5 in Norman, Okla., as the Bears will face top-ranked Oklahoma in a dual meet.


Camellia Senemar covers men's gymnastics. Contact her at [email protected]

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