For the second consecutive year, the Cal Women's Gymnastics squad open the year with a new head coach. After the retirement from collegiate coaching of Cari DuBois in 2011, longest tenure coach in Cal history after the supposed elimination and then reinstatement of the program, the Bears lost last year's coach, Danna Durante, to Georgia (Atlanta Journal Constitution has an interesting blog article that make it sounds like Durante is making a lot more money than she is). The regime of new head coach, Justin Howell, begins this afternoon.
Since I don't personally know that much about our team, here is an excerpt from CalBears.com:
Cal will open the Justin Howell era by returning eleven athletes from last year's squad. Leading the way will be seniors Mariesah Pierce, Madisyn O'Brien, and Stina Olivere, as well as junior Dallas Crawford. Pierce and O'Brien were Cal's two all-around competitors last season, and both were selected to the NCAA Regionals. Pierce had to miss the second half of last season, but her score of 39.150 against UCLA last year was tops on the team. O'Brien's score of 39.025 placed her ninth at the Pac-12 Championships. Olivere and Crawford may head to the top rankings in the nation on the uneven bars this season. Both earned marks of 9.875 last season on the apparatus, which tied for fourth in the Cal record book.
The Golden Bears welcome three freshmen this year who should contribute right away.Kristina Heymann, Serena Leong, and Jordan Widener will look to make a positive impact in their first action of the year.
TV Viewing Info:
When: 2 PM PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks (TAPE DELAYED)
Online: Pac12.com (for subscribers only)
This meet should be an interesting introduction of the team to the Cal fans. Cal Women's Gymnastics do not return to Pac-12 Networks until the Pac-12 Championship.