Jan. 12, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women’s gymnastics team opens the 2012 season by playing host to the NorCal Quad Meet at Burnham Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m. Stanford, ranked No. 8 in the Gyminfo.com preseason coaches’ poll, will take on San Jose State, Sacramento State, and UC Davis. There are three home meets for the Cardinal this season, all at Burnham Pavilion.
What: NorCal Quad Meet
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Burnham Pavilion, Stanford
Teams: Stanford, Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Davis
Follow the Action: Videos from the meet will be posted almost immediately on the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics Facebook page. Links to Live Stats can be found on gostanford.com.
Whos’s back?: Stanford returns six letterwinners from a team that went 20-4 and placed fourth in the Pac-10 Conference. Among them are three all-conference performers: Alyssa Brown (first team, balance beam), Ashley Morgan (first team, floor exercise), and Nicole Pechanec (second team, floor). Morgan won the Pac-10 floor title and finished with a higher season average in the event than anyone in the country. In addition, Stanford welcomes a strong five-member recruiting class and returns three gymnasts who missed the entire 2011 season because of injuries.
Where We Left Off: With six gymnasts out for the season with injury, much was required of the nine who were able to compete. But after 15 victories to open the season, Stanford (20-4) tired down the stretch and finished fourth in the Pac-10 and fourth in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional to miss out on qualifying for its fifth consecutive NCAA Championships.
Freshmen debut: The opening meet will mark the debut of Stanford’s strong freshman class, which consists of: Two-time U.S. senior national champion Ivana Hong, former U.S. senior national team member Samantha Shapiro, 2008 British Olympian Rebecca Wing, and two-time Junior Olympic national qualifiers Alex Archer and Pauline Hanset.
San Jose State: The Spartans were picked to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference. Returning gymnasts include 2011 regional floor champion and NCAA qualifier Katie Valleau, 2009 regional bars champion and NCAA qualifier Thomasina Wallace, beam record holder Aubrey Lee, and 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year Julia Greer. SJSU coach Wayne Wright was an assistant coach at Stanford from 1997-2001 under Lisa Izzi and Mark Cook. Wright helped coach the Cardinal to its first Pac-10 titles, in 1998 and 2001, and to its first regional championship, in 1999.
Sacramento State: The Hornets opened their season Friday with a narrow loss to visiting California, 190.375-189.725. Cayla Beutler (formerly Boyce) returns after a year off because of injury. She is a former Western Athletic Conference beam champion and NCAA qualifier.
UC Davis: Katie Yamamura, a junior out of Palo Alto’s Gunn High, is the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around (38.725) in a season-opening dual-meet loss to Arizona State. Yamamura is the defending MPSF vault champion.