April 9, 2007
Stanford, CA -
The No. 4 women's gymnastics team will be the #1 seed at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, Saturday April 14 at 6:00 pm in Tucson, AZ. There are six regional sites and the South Central looks to be a repeat of Pac-10 Championships, with No. 8 Oregon State and No. 15 Arizona rounding out the top three seeds. The three in-region teams that will also compete include No. 20 Illinois-Champaign, No. 26 Arizona State,and No. 36 Illinois Chicago. The top two teams, the top two individual All Arounders who are not on those two teams, and any event winners who do not otherwise qualify will advance to the NCAA National Championships on April 26 in Salt Lake City, UT.
The Rankings: In individual events, the Card rank No. 10 on vault (49.18), No. 4 on bars (49.310), No. 5 on beam (49.190) and No. 6 on floor (49.245). Individually, Tabitha Yim is ranked No. 5 (9.915) on bars.
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 15-Feb. 12, teams and individuals were ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 19, teams and gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with at least three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. After conference championships weekend there is "new life" and rankings will be based on NCAA Regional scores.
Injury Update: Co-captain juniors Liz Tricase (shoulder) and Tabitha Yim (wrist) have missed much of the middle of the season recovering from from soft tissue injuries but both are expected to be fully available for NCAA Regional Championships. Sophomore Heather Purnell underwent successful ACL reconstruction last week and will miss the remainder of the year. Freshman Allyse Ishino, alternate to the 2004 US Olympic Team, will redshirt this season as she recovers from a pulmonary embolism late in the Fall.
Future Card: In November Stanford signed Danielle Ikoma to a National Letter of Intent. Ikoma has twice finished in the top three in the All Around at the Junior Olympic National Championships and last year was named the Region V Junior Olympic athlete of the year in recognition of her efforts. Ikoma (Naperville, IL) is an honors student at Naperville Central High School. She is a five-time Junior Olympic National qualifier who trains under Dan and Beth Miller at Arena Gymnastics in Joliet, Illinois. At the Level 10 Nationals in 2005, Ikoma was the balance beam champion, placed second on uneven bars, second in the all-around and third on vault. At the Level 10 Nationals in 2006 she was the balance beam champion and placed third in the All-Around.
Looking Ahead: The top two teams from each Regional Championship, as well as the top two individual All Arounders and any event winners who are not on qualifying teams, will move on to NCAA National Championships, which will be hosted in Salt Lake City by the University of Utah, beginning on Thursday, April 26. The National Championship is a three day format, with two sessions of six teams each on the first day and a "Super Six" team final on the second day featuring the top three teams from each of the first day's sessions. Event finals to determine the individual event national champions will take place on Saturday.