California Men's Gymnastics Question and Answers
2010 Season Q&As
Jim Kerry - Feb. 25, 2010: At last week's Pacific Coast Classic, sophomore Jim Kerry of the California men's gymnastics team had a very successful outing. Kerry, a key member of the parallel bars and floor line-ups for the Bears, set a new 2010 season high on floor with a 13.950, besting his former high of 13.700. CalBears.com talks with Kerry to find out his career ambitions as a child and nowadays.
Raion Sabo - Feb. 16, 2010: With his red hair and unique name, California men's gymnast Raion Sabo stands out on the team for a variety of reasons. He is the only Golden Bear from Northern California but not the Bay Area, has had a bevy of injuries - six broken bones and three surgeries - and has the hardest name on the team to pronounce. Last year as a true freshman, Sabo competed in three regular season meets for the Bears on the horizontal bars and set his season high of 13.800 during his first meet at the Gold Country Classic. Thus far in 2010, he has already bested that high with a 14.050 at the Stanford Open on Jan. 30. CalBears.com recently caught up with Sabo to find out more about the 5-9 South Lake Tahoe, Calif., native.
Michael Salipante - Feb. 9, 2010: Sophomore Michael Salipante, hailing from Wellesley, Mass., is one of the four members of the California men's gymnastics team not from California. At last year's NCAA Championships, Salipante scored his highest marks of the year on rings, his specialty event in his freshman campaign, where he earned a 14.700. CalBears.com chatted with Salipante recently to discuss life inside and outside of the gym.
2009 Season Q&As
Eric Haeussler - April 27, 2009: Sophomore Eric Haeussler competed in four events for the Bears throughout the 2009 season and tied his career highs on rings and parallel bars. He earned a 14.050 career best on rings en route to a third-place finish by Cal at the Pacific Coast Classic. He also set a career high of 14.600 on p-bars in the 352.700-337.250 win over then-No. 6 Ohio State on March 6. CalBears.com briefly interviewed Haeussler to find out more about his life outside of gymnastics.
Bryan del Castillo - March 9, 2009: With a healthy Bryan del Castillo, the No. 2 California men's gymnastics team is an even more powerful force with which to be reckoned. Del Castillo was the 2006 junior national champion, but has been limited by injuries. This year, del Castillo has competed in four different meets, and has notched four new career highs over the course of the season. CalBears.com recently talked with del Castillo to learn more about his life inside and outside of the gym.
Kyle Brady - Feb. 17, 2009: Last season, Kyle Brady was honored as a senior in the last meet of the year, but he has returned in 2009 for his fourth year of collegiate eligibility, but with a slight twist. Brady is a first-year law student at Cal's Boalt Hall. Brady, who hails from Salinas, Calif., has been an integral part of team, excelling on rings and parallel bars. At last the 2008 NCAA individual championships, he advanced to Saturday evening's individual championships on parallel bars and just missed earning All-America honors with a ninth-place finish of 13.475. CalBears.com chatted with Brady about his interest in law and his experience this year of combining law school and premier collegiate gymnastics.
Justin Franklin - Feb. 9, 2009: Senior Justin Franklin joined the California men's gymnastics team as a junior in 2008, and has quickly made himself an integral part of the Golden Bear lineup. He is an important member of the pommel horse team, competing on the event for most of the meets for the Bears. This year, he is looking to add vault and floor exercises. CalBears.com interviewed the Fairfield, Calif., native, who has a great interest in history and legal studies.
Kyle Bunthuwong - Feb. 2, 2009: Sophomore Kyle Bunthuwong made his mark on the California men's gymnastics from his first competition as a freshman. This year, he was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation gymnast of the week for the week of Jan. 27. Bunthuwong won the all-around competition at the Stanford Open on Jan. 24, scoring an 88..700, which was a new career high, to lead the Bears to a meet victory. CalBears.com took some time to find out what it's like for Kyle to have his brother, Kyson, on the team with him and his life outside of the gym.
Daniel Geri - Jan. 26, 2009: With two meet wins under its belt, the California men's gymnastics team is off to a great start in 2009. One of the key team members is junior Daniel Geri. He took third place at the Stanford Open with a 14.550 on pommel horse. CalBears.com recently sat down with Geri to discuss his thoughts on the team and his personal characteristics.
Men's Gymnastics Freshmen Class - Oct. 9, 2008: The California men's gymnastics team welcomes seven newcomers to the squad for the 2009 season. CalBears.com recently sat down with the Class of 2012 to learn more about each player's history, interests and experiences thus far as Golden Bears.
2008 Season Q&As
Olympic Hopeful Q&A With Tim McNeill - June 16, 2008: CalBears.com spoke to five-time NCAA men's gymnastics champion and four-year Cal letterwinner Tim McNeill at the Olympic Hopefuls Media Luncheon about his dreams of reaching the 2008 Summer Olympics. He earned a spot on the U.S. Senior Team after a strong performance at the U.S. Championships in May. At nationals, McNeill took silver on pommel horse, an event on which he has won three NCAA individual titles.
Tim McNeill - Sept. 20, 2007: In April 2007, Tim McNeill became the second-ever Golden Bear to win two men's gymnastics national titles in the same year - winning his first national championship on the parallel bars and repeating on pommel horse. CalBears.com talks with McNeill to discuss the squad, his summer, his plans for his senior year and his other interests.