The ninth-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team carried the lead into the final rotation but fell behind California to finish second in the NorCal Classic at UC Davis' Pavilion on Sunday.
The third-ranked Bears squeezed past Stanford, recording a score of 194.950 to win the five-team event. The Cardinal score 194.700. San Jose State was third at 193.850, followed by host UC Davis at 192.800 and Sacramento State at 189.675.
"It was a tight scoring meet and a great lesson and environment for our team early in the season," Cardinal coach Tabitha Yim said. "Overall, I feel the scores do not accurately reflect the progress that was made on the competition floor. Our team was able to cover each other after missed routines, and we had some highlight reel performances. We are hungry to keep building."
Freshman Chloe Widner gave Stanford another strong performance. She scored 9.900 on vault, tying for second and exceeding last week's mark of 9.850. She recorded 9.700 or higher in every event and tied for second in all-around with a score of 39.075.
Junior Grace Garcia on bars (9.750) and sophomore Madi Brunette on vault (9.775) set career highs. Other top performances were turned in by sophomore Morgan Hoang, who tied for third on floor (9.800), and junior Kyla Bryant, who tied for fifth on bars (9.800) and beam (9.775)
Stanford begins conference play next Sunday at Cal at 4 p.m. The meet will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.