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Life after Trina began for the Cal women's gymnastics team only a day after the Bears' much-scrutinized coach resigned.

Cal (5-5, 1-5 in the Pac-10) lost to No. 8 Stanford by the count of 195.750-191.700 last Friday at Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto.

Assistant coaches Steve Wilken and Jennifer Bialosky assumed the head role after Trina Tinti resigned last Thursday.

Freshman My-Lan Dodd continued her stellar season by winning the all-around with a score of 39.225. She earned top honors on the floor and uneven bars and finished third on the beam.

Fellow freshman Sheila Buack was the Bears' other competitor in the all-around, posting a score of 37.775.

Cardinal sophomore Lisa Leveille won the beam with a near-flawless 9.925, while three other gymnasts from Stanford posted scores of 9.900 in different events.

The loss to the Cardinal (7-3, 4-1) was Cal's fifth-straight Pac-10 defeat.

Wilken was glad to be at the helm, but at times it was a difficult experience for him.

"It was a little nerve-wracking," he said.

Even with the loss, Wilken was happy with the Bears' effort and thinks the Bears can finish up strong.

"Our main goals are to stay healthy and get some confidence back into the girls," he said. "Just getting back into some normalcy would be nice."

The Bears will take a break from their Pac-10 schedule and compete against Sacramento State Sunday.

Illini defeat cal twice

After winning 31 regular season matches in a row, the No. 7 Cal men's gymnastics team tasted defeat for the first time this year at the hands of Illinois.

Despite the loss to the Illini, the men still managed to notch six victories last weekend.

Last Thursday, Cal traveled to UCLA to compete in the Peter Vidmar Invitational against No. 2 Illinois, No. 11 Stanford, No. 16 UC Santa Barbara, No. 20 Arizona State, and Washington.

The Bears were able to defeat all the western teams by sizeable margins. However, they were topped by the Illini, who posted an impressive team score of 213.200. Cal scored a 209.400.

For the fourth time this year, junior Cody Moore won the all-around with a 53.550. He has won the all-around in every meet for the Bears this season.

Moore was able to defeat Illini sophomore Scott Wetterling, who posted a 52.550. Wetterling, like Moore, is regarded as one of the best

college gymnasts in the country.

On Sunday, the Bears traveled up the coast to Santa Barbara, once again competing against UCSB, Stanford and Illinois. The results were almost duplicated.

Illinois won once again, posting a 213.625. The Bears made this meet closer with a team score of 212.000. Stanford again finished third and UCSB finished fourth.

It was also deja vu for Cody Moore, who won the all-around with a 54.600. Scott Wetterling finished second again with a 53.350.

The second loss to the Illini was bittersweet, as the 212.000 team score was the Bears' highest all season.

"We had good meets both today and on Thursday at UCLA," said Illinois head coach Yoshi Hayasaki. "We performed what we have been training. We need to work on our consistency. We were close today, but we're still not there yet."

Despite the two losses, the Bears (10-2, 6-0 in the Pac-10) still have a high national ranking and an undefeated conference record. They will take on Michigan in their final home meet of the season Sunday.


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