NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 7 California Golden Bears men's gymnastics team placed third in Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday in a meet against the defending national champion and current No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners as well as the No. 6 Iowa Hawkeyes. The Sooners captured the meet with a team score of 447.400, while Iowa narrowly edged Cal with a score of 426.950. The Bears team total of 425.850 was their second-best performance of the season, and an improvement on last week's score of 425.300 in Berkeley against No. 2 Stanford and then-No. 4 Ohio State. Senior co-captains Kyle Zemeir and Kevin Wolting competed in the all-around competition for the fourth time in four meets, posting scores of 85.600 and 85.250, respectively.
Women's Swimming & Diving
LOS ANGELES - Freshmen Amy Bilquist and Kathleen Baker each won two races but the No. 3 Cal women's swimming & diving team fell to No. 7 USC 153-147 at Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Friday night.
Baker won the 500 free in the fastest time by a Cal swimmer this season, completing the race in 4:45.49. She also took home the 100 back with a mark of 52.95.
Bilquist, meanwhile, won a pair of events for the third consecutive dual meet, winning the 200 free in a time of 1:47.12 and the 200 back by clocking in at 1:55.86.
TUSCON, AZ - Cal is in third place following the opening day of action Friday at the Arizona Intercollegiate being hosted by Arizona at the par-71, 7262-yard Sewailo Golf Club. All 16 teams in the field had players on the back nine of the second round when the action was suspended due to darkness. Washington (-9) will be in the lead when play continues at 7:30 am MT/6:30 am PT on Saturday morning followed by Texas (-7) and Cal (+3).
Cal moved up two spots and shaved three strokes off the number the Bears trailed the Huskies by shooting five-under par during the second round prior to the suspension of play. The Bears shot an opening round eight-over par 292 and were tied for fourth place 15 strokes off the pace set by Washington after the first 18 holes.
"We definitely got off to a very slow start but we stabilized after the first five or six holes and then held pretty steady the rest of the day," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We're behind a couple of pretty good teams, but we're still within striking distance. I'm disappointed because should be a lot closer. Twelve shots is a lot to make up on good teams but not impossible."
BERKELEY - After giving up the lead for just the second time in the game with 18 seconds left on the clock, the game looked all but over for the skidding Golden Bears, who had dropped their previous five games of Pac-12 play. Washington State's leading scorer Borislava Hristova had just sunk a jumper to give her Cougs the lead for only the second time that night, 71-69, and the Bears, who three weeks ago gave up an 18-point lead to Utah, were on the verge of collapsing once again.
Instead, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb called a timeout, drew up a play for freshman Kristine Anigwe, and sent her Bears back to the floor with a vengeance. They found the net, but not via Anigwe. Freshman point guard Asha Thomas, working well beyond her years, found sophomore Mikayla Cowling in the corner, and Cowling drained the three with six seconds on the clock to swipe the lead, 72-71.
A pair of free throws by Anigwe and junior Courtney Range all but sealed it for the Bears, who fought hard for their second Pac-12 win in the 74-71 triumph over the Cougars in their return to Haas Pavilion. Cal improves to 11-9 overall and 2-7 in Pac-12 play, including an 8-2 mark at home.